Wehubit is a Digital for Development programme implemented by Enabel (Belgian development agency) in partnership with BIO. It started on April 1st 2018 and provides a portal for financing D4D initiatives through grants and loans.
Digitalisation is transforming the way jobs are being carried out. Holding great potential for citizens and societies, it will lead to new career pathways and create jobs in the digital economy. But not everyone has access nor the ability to grasp these opportunities.
We believe education, training and the world of work play a key role in overcoming this ‘digital divide’. So with this new call for proposals Wehubit is looking for innovative digital solutions who contribute to closing the digital divide by improving digital literacy and skills through education, training and the world of work..
Who can apply? Projects wishing to deploy digital solutions in one of the 14 partner countries of the Belgian development cooperation which are implemented by public or non-profit actors seeking to scale up a digital application.
The Pears Program for Global Innovation and IsraAID, the Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid, invite Israeli companies with innovative solutions in the fields of:
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Technology
to apply to the IsraAID-Pears Program Pilot Fund. This is a unique opportunity to field test your technology in one of IsraAID’s humanitarian and long-term development operations around the globe.
We are looking for affordable, off-grid, durable, and sustainable technological solutions, addressing one of the challenges described here. Selected startups will receive mentorship for pilot designing and funding for field testing in one of IsraAID’s locations.
You are invited to submit your academic case study about a business dilemma faced by a company or organization located or doing business in the MENA region. Please review our entry requirements.
All submitted case studies must focus on a business dilemma of an organization or company located or doing business in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region (Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya , Malta, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Palestine and Yemen.) The organization or company can be small or large, entrepreneurial or long-established and can include private sector multinationals, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), or nonprofit organizations. The key is to ensure the case describes a challenge faced by the organization related to creating, implementing, evaluating, and/or disseminating a market-based solution in the MENA region.
By launching this case writing competition, WDI Publishing aims to:
- Encourage/reward the development and publication of new, relevant academic case studies about the MENA region.
- Publish teaching materials that will increase understanding of the unique and realistic challenges and advantages of doing business in the MENA region.
- Encourage usage of case studies in the MENA region as tools to develop the critical thinking skills of higher education students.
The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum Innovation Awards celebrates emerging innovation that promotes affordable, resilient housing.
- “Affordable” is defined as providing housing solutions that are directly accessible and affordable to the poorest and most vulnerable.
- “Resilient” refers to the capacity of homes to recover from and cope with various pressures. This includes the ability to withstand natural hazards, contribute to healthier living conditions, and avoid unnecessary and disruptive relocations.
- “Housing” refers to a home of an individual, family, or other unit in any tenure status (e.g. owner occupied, rental, etc.) in the urban or rural context.
Finalists from each category will be chosen from the applications received. The finalists will be flown to Bangkok to present their innovation in person and will be given a space during the Housing Forum to present materials related to their submission. The organizers will shoulder the cost of travel to Bangkok, accommodation and meals.
From the finalists, a final winner from each category will be announced at the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum Networking Dinner on September 18, 2019. Each winner will receive an award and a cash prize of US$5,000.
Who should apply?
All individuals, companies, institutions and partnership projects are eligible for the various award categories. Priority will be given to initiatives that support the Asia and Pacific region. For categories 2 and 3, preference will be given to initiatives led by organizations from civil society, public or non-profit sector.
Innovations that transform lives…where do they happen? In sophisticated labs? Using ultra-modern technology? And advanced equipment?
No. Not always.
Because when an idea or an innovation is driven by empathy towards the less-privileged and the determination to resolve their hardships, the way forward inevitably appears before you. Everything around you becomes a resource. Whatever you place your hands on, becomes a valuable equipment. And you realize that you are inside one of the grandest labs…a lab called life.
Infosys Foundation is back with its second edition of Aarohan Social Innovation Awards with the aim of recognizing and rewarding individuals, teams or NGOs that are developing solutions for the social sector (Healthcare, Destitute Care, Rural Development, Women’s Safety & Empowerment, Education & Sports and Sustainability) with the potential to positively impact the underprivileged in India at a large scale.
Last year, from 1800+ registrations, 12 social innovators won up to INR 1.75 Cr. Hurry up! The submission process starts on 15th July 2019 and ends on 30th September 2019.
Digital technology is revolutionizing the world by providing access to information, finance and networks — all of which are necessary for women to reach their full economic potential and create more self-reliant communities.
Today, 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries still do not own mobile phones. The internet user gender gap is more than 40 percent in some countries. The persistent gender digital divide is reinforcing, and even exacerbating, existing socioeconomic gaps between men and women.
Advancing women’s digital connectivity is key to promoting their empowerment in an increasingly digital world.
At the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick announced the second round of the WomenConnect Challenge under the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative. W-GDP is a U.S. Government wide effort to economically empower 50 million women in the developing world by 2025. By investing in women, USAID is enabling countries to progress beyond assistance by unlocking human potential on a transformational scale. USAID will disburse approximately three grants globally. The period of performance for each award is up to 24 months
The W-GDP WomenConnect Challenge seeks to bridge the gender digital divide so that women can fully participate in the global economy. Winning solutions will support the W-GDP’s three pillars:
- Advance workforce development and vocational education for women
- Provide access to capital, markets and networks for women entrepreneurs
- Remove restrictive regulatory, legal, workplace, and social barriers to enable women in the economy
The Social Impact Accelerator provides one whole year of support, six months of which is an intensive program designed for selected social enterprises. Through this intensive six-month program, selected social enterprises will receive network and mentorship support to allow them access to markets, talents, capital and guidance from our world-class mentors, advisors and partners.
The Social Impact Accelerator is part of the Innovation for Social Impact Partnership (ISIP), a project co-implemented by PhilDev and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade- Australia (DFAT-Australia). ISIP aims to aims to support promising innovative social enterprises in the Philippines to be able to collectively contribute to SDGs’ achievement, acceleration, and sustainability.
The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains aims to scale digital solutions for the agricultural last mile and improve smallholders’ financial inclusion, livelihood and climate resilience.
The Fund prioritises enterprise services targeted at organisations (e.g. agribusiness, cooperatives, etc.) procuring from smallholders with the focus on those living on less than USD 2 per day.
Up to eight grants of £220,000 each are being made available to support projects of 24 months duration. In addition, the GSMA will provide in-kind support and consultancy to assist the development of business plans, and service implementation through market research, user-centric design, business intelligence, user-testing with agribusiness staff and smallholders.
Grants are available across two categories of application:
Applications for funding across both categories are assessed through a two-stage application process.
Concept Note: The first step will be to submit a Concept Note, which outlines the project objectives, lists proposed partners, demonstrates the consortium’s capacity to deliver the project and explains how the project fits within wider strategy of the business owner.
Business Plan: A short-list of applicants whose Concepts Notes meet the objectives and eligibility requirements of the Fund will be invited to develop a Business Plan which will further outline the strategy for implementing and scaling the service; provide a budget projection with an indication of how the grant is to be spent, and a workplan for the 24 month implementation period.
All eligible applicants at Concept Note stage, irrespective of whether they ultimately receive grant under this Innovation Fund, will be invited to join the GSMA AgriTech Priority Learning Partners Initiative, where they will gain access to a number of knowledge sharing resources and events, including webinars on the topic of enterprise solutions for the last mile.
Submit Concept Note Applications by 31 July 2019.