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Thursday, 07 February 2019 12:33

The World Bank - Identification for Development

THE CHALLENGE: How can digital identification systems in developing countries be better designed or adapted to protect people’s privacy and empower them with greater control over their personal data?

The World Bank is looking for creative ideas, components, the innovative use of existing technologies or complete solutions from academics, entrepreneurs, scientists, technologists, and engaged citizens

1. Provide greater oversight and control of personal data. 

The initiative that enables users to inspect, update and correct personal data; provide transparency regarding who has accessed their data and for what purpose; and the ability to seek redress for unauthorized use.

2. Prevent the misuse of personal data.  

The initiative that can protect misuse or unintended disclosure, such as through minimizing, hiding, compartmentalizing personal data, tamper-proof logs, or other means

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Are you an ambitious scale-up that is creating a more sustainable travel industry? Do you want to learn from one of the industry’s biggest players to grow both your business and impact? Would you like the opportunity to pitch for up to €500,000?

Apply now for the Booking Booster program and accelerate your impact!



  • 3-week accelerator program as a guest of at HQ in Amsterdam
  • More than 30 sessions on leadership, investor readiness, customer development, networking, marketing, product development, pitching, social impact strategy and more, all delivered by our top trainers
  • One-on-one sessions with high-level experts at
  • One personal mentor during the programme and for 12 months after
  • Indefinite access to the volunteer programme
  • The opportunity to pitch your business and impact in front of a live audience and our panel of judges
  • A chance to win a share of the €2 million fund



To apply, your scale-up must be registered as a for-profit entity in the country your operate and must generate revenue, but not exceeding €1.5 million annually. For more information on eligibility requirements, please read our T&Cs.


1. Apply
We are looking for innovative scale-ups who are contributing to a more sustainable travel industry. If that sounds like you, apply via this link between 1 November and 2 December 2018 to be considered for the 2019 Booking Booster.

For the nitty gritty details of eligibility and the programme itself, please check out our T&Cs.

2. Get Selected
Each application is reviewed against our selection criteria* and the most promising scale-ups will be shortlisted. You can expect to be invited for an interview by 24 December 2018. Phone interviews will take place from 7-18 January 2019.

Beginning, 1 February, selected scale-ups will receive an official invitation to join the programme.
*Criteria are Impact, Innovation, Growth Strategy, Financials, and Team & Leadership. For more info, check our T&Cs.

3. Accelerate your Impact
From April 23 to 10 May 2019, 8-10 selected scale-ups will come together in Amsterdam to take part in the Booking Booster programme, featuring workshops and trainings, as well as one-on-one mentoring and expert sessions from the best experts from, tailored to your specific growth needs. As part of the programme, you will be surrounded by an inspiring group of like-minded entrepreneurs. Located right in the heart of Amsterdam at’s headquarters, you’ll be able to soak up our unique company culture and join a community of changemakers representing the full spectrum of the travel industry.

4. Final Pitch Event
On 9 May 2019, you will pitch in front of a live audience and our expert panel of judges for your chance to get a share of the €2 million fund that’s up for grabs. With the learnings from the three-week accelerator programme fueling your pitch, you’ll be challenged to convince the judges of how your business will scale with the assistance of a grant, as well as the tremendous impact you’ll be able to have on the travel industry as a result.

5. After-Care
With or without funding, you will continue to benefit from up to a year of ongoing mentorship from your dedicated mentor, as well as access to our Volunteer Programme to assist you as you continue to grow your impact.

CLICK HERE for more information about the programme.


December 2
April 23 - 9:00 AM - May 10, 2019 - 9:00 AM  •  
Booking Cares Corporation
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Leisure and travel, Tourism

SAIS 2 is inviting organisations that support innovation and entrepreneurship in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to submit Concept Notes and subsequently Full Proposals for grant funding  through the SAIS 2 Innovation Fund  Second Call for Proposals (CfP 2018/2). The call  will open  for  the submission of Concept Notes  via the SmartME portal  on the SAIS 2 website from 29 November 2018 and close 24 January 2019.

The overall objective of the SAIS 2 Call for Proposals 2018/2 is to support enhanced regional innovation cooperation and national innovation systems contributing to inclusive business and development. With this Second Call for Proposals, SAIS 2 seeks to identify concrete projects with well-defined goals that are to be achieved by a partnership of organisations from different SADC countries.

Innovation support organisations from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia such as research/academia, civil society and in particular from the private sector – such as innovation hubs, labs, networks, incubators and accelerators hosting and providing services for entrepreneurs – are encouraged to apply.


Concept Notes for grant funding across these three funding windows are invited:

  • Window 1: Developing Institutional Capacity for Regional Innovation Cooperation.
  • Window 2 : Scaling Enterprises Through Stronger Innovation Support Organisations.
  • Window 3: Improved Enabling Environment for Inclusive Innovation Activities in the Region.

Successful grantees, specifically the Project Coordinators of projects from the first Call for Proposals are not eligible to apply

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Throughout Africa, Johnson & Johnson is looking to drive entrepreneurship and help advance promising health care solutions. Chosen applicants will receive funding up to US $50,000 and technical mentoring from some of the brightest minds at Johnson & Johnson to help bring their idea to life and create meaningful change in their community or country.

The submitted health care solutions will be evaluated based on their ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Idea submission addresses at least one of the six challenge categories (Botanical Solutions; Packaging Innovations; Mental Health; Health Worker Support; Digital Health Tools; Essential Surgical Care).
  • Idea submission is innovative and creative.
  • Idea submission is scalable.
  • Idea submission outlines how the award would help the applicant(s) reach a critical milestone within the timeframe of a single year and provides a full commercialization plan.

You have to sign up for an account to get started, and you will receive an email to activate your account. You will be guided through the application process which will include signing our general Terms and Conditions Agreement, filling out your application form and uploading your non-confidential project plan.

Deadline to apply is January 16, 2019.
Winners will be announced in Spring 2019.

Apply Online                     

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The World Health Organisation Regional Office in Africa (WHO-AFRO) is calling on anyone working to apply new and innovative thinking to improve health outcomes for Africa.

WHO-AFRO is excited to announce the launch of the World Health Organisation Africa Innovation Challenge. The Challenge will source, select and support innovators, researchers and community-based initiatives including youth and women, that are working on novel solutions that improve health outcomes, quality of life, and apply new and fresh thinking to address unmet health needs in Africa.

This Challenge will prioritise innovative and scalable healthcare solutions for selection. The three submission categories are Product, Service and Social Innovation. Detailed information on the criteria and the application form is available at

The deadline for submission of entries is Monday, 10 December 2018

The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will invest up to £10 million in innovation projects. These must encourage technology that will help countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia access secure, low cost and low carbon energy.
The aim of this competition is to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector or international market. To be in scope for this round your project must meet the needs of people, businesses and services in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia.
Proposals must also address all 3 elements of the energy ‘trilemma’:
  • cost
  • emissions
  • security of supply and energy access
There are 3 options to apply into this competition. These are referred to as strands and will be run in parallel. The strands are dependent on the stage your project is at:
  • early stage for feasibility studies
  • mid-stage for industrial research
  • late stage for experimental development
£3 million of the funding is set aside for bioenergy projects.
If your project falls outside of our scope for cost, length or applicable country, please email at least 10 days before the competition closes.
Grant Size
Early stage projects can have total costs of £50,000 to £300,000 and last 6 to 12 months. Mid-stage: £50,000 to £1.5 million, 12 to 24 months. Late stage: £50,000 to £3 million, 12 to 30 months. Projects must start by 1 April 2019 and end by 30 Sept 2021.
To be eligible for funding for any strand you must:
  • be a business, academic organization, charity, public sector organization or research and technology organization (RTO)
  • apply as part of a collaboration with a UK organization if you are based in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia
  • intend to exploit the results to help deliver clean energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia
  • involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
We will fund organizations from anywhere in the world.
Find out if your business fits the EU definition of an SME.

Any UK business claiming funding must be eligible to receive state aid. If you are unsure please take legal advice. For further information please see our general guidance.

Early stage
To lead you must be a UK SME or RTO.
If you are a UK SME you can apply on your own.
Larger businesses and other organizations must work in collaboration with others (businesses, research base or third sector)
Mid and late stage
To lead you must be a UK business.
You must work in collaboration with others (businesses, research base or third sector).
Your project must involve some research and development, testing or demonstration work in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia. This can be done by either the UK or international partner.
International partners
International partners (business or other) are strongly encouraged, where relevant to the project. They will be funded, through the UK lead partner, on the same grant percentage terms as UK organizations.
The lead organization must claim to fund through this competition. If the project is collaborative, at least one other organization in the consortium must also claim to fund.
Please note that a ‘research organization’ is any organization receiving 100% funding or 80% full economic costing (FEC) funding.
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Thursday, 11 October 2018 15:42

ACF – Visual Arts Innovation

The African Culture Fund (ACF) is a pan-African fund that aims to support the sectors of arts education and cultural and creative industries on the African Continent.

The Fund seeks to professionalize of the creative sector, promote cultural entrepreneurs, artists, culture professionals and socio-economic and cultural organizations producing cultural goods and culture service providers.

For this first call, the Fund supports activities and projects in the Visual Arts field.

This call, therefore, concerns activities and projects for the creation, production, and dissemination of works of visual arts. This call concerns traditional visual arts, contemporary visual arts, photography, video art, digital art, decorative arts (textile art, design, marquetry …), etc.

This call covers all countries of the African continent.

For any project made in relation with this call, the maximum budget is US $ 10,000. Projects must be completed over a period not exceeding 18 months.

Applications should include the following attachments:

– The completed application form (in Word or PDF format)

– CV (in Word or PDF format) or references of the candidate

– Cover letter

Applications must be submitted in English or French.


Deadline for submission: Friday, 05 December 2018

The guidelines and the application form can be downloaded from the Fund’s website at by CLICKING.

For clarification or information please send an email to no later than October 31, 2018.

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Sub-themes will be presented and discussed during the first two days of the conference. Each sub-theme will start with a state-of-the-art presentation, after which evidence-based scientific material will be presented. The sub-themes will be presented by experts in the areas. They build on the main theme and provide detailed evidence-based information on specific key areas. These presentations will be discussed by the audience and experts. The presentations will result into outlines of recommendations.

1. Technologies supporting data for health system decision-making Pre-amble: the presentations and papers will focus on how technologies are strengthening public health governance, leadership, policy-making, performance of health programmes, etc. They will provide insight on the status of various electronic platforms (DHIS2, HIMS, LIMS, etc.) that have been employed by ministries, and allied organisations and institutions responsible for health.

2. Technologies for Disease Surveillance, Disease Outbreak Detection and Response, and Cross border mobility and disease tracking Pre-amble: papers and presentations will focus on innovative technologies that strengthen health information system, community health, and capacity to control diseases (e.g. outbreaks, epidemics, pandemics, and disease surveillance in general). Presentations will describe architectures of a technology-driven disease surveillance system; field practice and experience on utilisation of (digital) technologies to strengthen health systems

3. Innovative technologies and solutions for application in, and improvement of healthcare service delivery and health outcomes Pre-amble: the papers and presentations will focus on the use of technologies for healthcare services. The papers and presentations will demonstrate how technologies have improved care and outcomes. They will provide evidence on the role of technologies to provide accurate, comprehensive, and efficient health data, including point-of-care diagnostics, treatment, and adherence to treatment. The papers and presentations will demonstrate how primary health care can benefit from use of Digital Health, and the role of telemedicine.

4. Costing and Financing Health: the role of Digital Health, International Remittances, Universal Health Care, and EAC status on the UN SDGs Pre-amble: papers and presentation will showcase the value of technologies in resource management; the economies of scale associated with the use of technologies in health. The role of mobile financial services in improving health services, innovative technologies for health insurance, etc.

5. Health knowledge management through digital technologies and solutions in East Africa: health research, training, and care Pre-amble: papers and presentations will focus, on and showcase how technologies and solutions are leveraging knowledge management and the effective use of knowledge. The value-added of real-time data flow, training health workforce including community health workers into technologysavvy health workforce. Scaling up technology-driven research and big data aggregation and analytics

DATE: 27th – 29th March 2019 VENUE: Nyerere International Convention Centre (NICC) Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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This call for proposals seeks fundamentally new strategies for manufacturing gut microbial biotherapeutics to achieve manufacturing efficiency and cost reductions necessary for global health applications. We are particularly open to high risk, unproven concepts that could yield novel systems. We also encourage approaches that may be carried out in low- and middle- income countries (LMIC) and proposers currently working in these settings.

Strategies could include (but are certainly not limited to or constrained by) the following ideas:

  • Different reactor designs including continuous stirred-tank, multistage and/or multiphasic bioreactors with small footprints
  • Disposable or low capital cost bioreactor designs
  • Spatial structuring or immobilization at varying length scales, spatial gradients, media viscosity (i.e. liquid or solid state)
  • Dynamically changing growth conditions and inoculation strategies reducing batch-to-batch variability
  • Various growth conditions including temperature, gas composition, mixing and dilution rate
  • Novel, low-cost media components

Proposals should specifically detail how they will demonstrate a prototype process operating at lab-scale or greater enabling the manufacture of a diverse health-associated gut microbiota as may be expected in a live biotherapeutic product, specifically 1) production of at least 10 distinct strains derived from the healthy human gut 2) including at least two strains from the Firmicutes phylum of which at least one strain is highly oxygen-sensitive, at least two strains from the Bacteroidetes phylum and at least two strains from the Actinobacteria phylum. These strains could be obtained from commercial culture collections (i.e. ATCC or DSMZ) or may be novel isolates. It is likely that the growth of multiple strains together simultaneously may be required for efficiency although other strategies can be pursued.


Funding Information

  • Awards of $100,000 USD are made in Phase I.
  • Phase I awardees have one opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II award of up to $1,000,000 USD.

Eligibility Criteria

GCE is open to both foreign and domestic organizations, including non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, international organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions.

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Voice is currently accepting proposals from nationally registered organizations, networks, coalitions and consortia for projects between 18 months to 24 months, for a grant of between EUR 25,000 to EUR 200,000.

Target Groups

  • Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Age discriminated especially the youth and elderly
  • Indigenous people and ethnic minorities


All projects MUST focus on at least one of the following impact themes:

  • Improved access to (productive) resources such as land, extractives, and employment,
  • Improved access to social services, particularly health and education, and
  • Fostering space for political participation and citizen engagement

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications are accepted from ONLY locally registered not-for-profit Tanzanian organizations working in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Zanzibar, Tanga, and Morogoro.
  • International organizations are NOT eligible to apply as lead organizations but can be co-applicants in case of consortium applications.

Deadline: 19 Oct 2018

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