Heri Marco

Heri Marco

Highly skilled in tracking details, communicating deadlines, and following up with internal and external stakeholders to ensure on time completion within budget. Ability and interest in learning and incorporating new technology. 

Access over $1.5 million in funding is available for MIT Solve's 2019 Challenges.

About the challenge

  • Anyone, anywhere around the world can submit a solution to Solve's Challenges. You can be an individual, a team, or an organization. You can be an applicant from previous years or already part of our community. If you have a relevant solution, we hope you'll apply. For full participation details, please see our Terms of Service.

Areas of focus

  • Circular Economy
  • Community-Driven Innovation
  • Early Childhood Development and
  • Healthy Cities. 

Solutions focus

Solve seeks innovative, human-centered, tech-based solutions to our Global Challenges. Solution applications must be written in English. We will consider solutions at all stages of development:

  • Idea: We welcome you to submit your solution idea, but please note that concept-stage solutions are unlikely to be selected. You have until the submission deadline to prototype and experiment with your idea!
  • Prototype: A venture building and testing its product, service, or business model. Typically described as "pre-seed" if for profit.
  • Pilot: An enterprise deploying a tested product, service, or business model in at least one community. Hybrids and for-profits would typically be in a "seed" round and generating revenue (whether or not they are cash flow positive).
  • Growth: An enterprise with an established product, service, or business model rolled out, which is poised for further growth in multiple communities or countries. Organizations at this stage should have a clear path to sustainability. For-profits at this stage would be "seed" or "Series A."
  • Scale: A sustainable enterprise working in several communities or countries that is looking to scale significantly, focusing on increased efficiency. For-profits in this stage would be "Series A" or "Series B."
  • Partnership Potential: The applicant clearly explains how the solution would benefit from the broad range of resources that the Solve community is positioned to provide.

Through open innovation, Solve is looking for a diverse portfolio of solutions across geography, development stage, and team members’ gender and background. We encourage people of all backgrounds to submit applications.



1 July 2019 

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) is a multi-donor fund, established by the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005) to support its implementation in developing countries.

Eligible projects

The IFCD invests in projects that lead to structural change through:

  • the introduction and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that have a direct effect on the creation, production, distribution of and access to a diversity of cultural expressions, including cultural goods, services, and activities;
  • the reinforcement of human and institutional capacities of the public sector and civil society organizations, deemed necessary to support viable local and regional cultural industries and markets in developing countries.

Who can apply

  • Public authorities and institutions from eligible countries (developing countries, Parties to the 2005 Convention).
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from eligible countries (developing countries, Parties to the 2005 Convention)
  • International non-governmental organizations (INGOs) registered in countries Parties to the 2005 Convention

Funding amount

Maximum 100,000 USD

Deadline: 13 June 2019
Read more or visit UNESCO website
Do you have a great idea but you don't know where to start? Contact us or  Schedule a call or meeting and let's discuss.  We will assist you.
Thursday, 21 February 2019 07:03

Innovating Education in Africa Expo 2019

African Union seeking for the ICT innovative project to enhance education delivery in Africa. There is a high need to innovate education development, provision, and delivery, taking advantage of the digital revolution. As the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) states, ICT is a major tool for ensuring universal access, quality of provision and delivery, and empowerment of school graduates for meaningful personal lives, and contribution to social economic development. ICT opens up possibilities for innovation, entrepreneurship, and employability; flexibility in pedagogies; beating the limitation of time and space for varied learner needs, and simply enhancing confidence and dignity of graduates at all levels.


Types of projects to be submissions

  • Practical Innovations:

Provide a summary description of the innovation, stating the problem it addresses, the unique outcomes that have been achieved, and the possibility of enlarging the scale of operation. Explain briefly how the innovation can be up-scaled, replicated and sustained. Use a maximum of 500 words. The Innovation must not have been submitted for the African Union’s Innovating Education in Africa Expo before.

  • Academic Papers

Papers should present original quality research with the potential for practical application. Submit a succinct Abstract of no more than 150 words; and a paper with a maximum of 1,000 words including references.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Innovation should be in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Education;
  • You should not have been previously awarded the AU Education Innovation Prize;
  • The individual submitting on his/her own behalf or on behalf of an organization must be a citizen of an AU Member State;  The submission must be made by the original author or developer of the innovation or staff of the organization that developed the innovation;
  • The innovation must have demonstrated impact, with potential for wide dissemination in Africa;
  • The individual or organization submitting must consent to have their innovation publicized across the continent for purposes of replication;
  • Each individual or organization must submit only one innovation.


Benefits for successful applicants

  • Presentation of their innovations at the Innovating Education in Africa Expo 2019.
  • Funding support to participate in the event.
  • A chance to receive the AU Education Innovation Prize.
  • Publication of the innovations in the Africa Education Innovations Handbook 2019.
  • Membership of the Africa Education Innovators Network (AEIN)
  • Certificate of recognition for Innovation

Deadline for Submissions in 30th April 2019

Read more or visit the African Union website.

Do you have a great idea but you don't know where to start? Contact us or  Schedule a call or meeting and let's discuss.  We will assist you.


Thursday, 07 February 2019 17:21

Global Innovation Fund

The Global Innovation Fund is open for social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people.

Funding structure:

  • Pilot: Early state innovation project. Looking for testing core assumptions and financial viability (Maximum amount per project is US$230,000).
  • Test and Transition: The innovation project has completed initial testing and is now transitioning to a larger scale(The maximum amount per project is $2.3 million)
  • Scale: The innovation project has solid operational, social and financial viability. The project has improved the lives of those living on less than $5 PPP per day. You want to replicate the project in new countries( Maximum amount per project is $15 million)

Who is Eligibility: Private companies, NGOs, Institutions and government agencies.

Location: Developing countries 

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The Imagining Africa's Futures project is launching a call for expressions of interest for local champions in Africa. Local champions are expected to be key constituents of UNESCO and its partners' effort to conduct research in Futures Literacy by co-designing and co-running Futures Literacy Laboratories in their local communities. Local champions can be a team of driven individuals or organizations. Futures Literacy Laboratories (FLL) are currently in the prototyping phase of the innovation cycle.


  • Revealing people’s anticipatory assumptions,
  • Enhancing their capacity to use the future for different reasons and in different ways in different contexts,
  • Enabling them to ask new questions, and
  • Allowing for a better understanding of what is FL and how to design/conduct FLL
  • Reveal Novelty rather than Predictions: The shift Futures Literacy suggests is from Anticipation-for-Future to Anticipation-for-Emergence.


Role of a Local Champion

The local champion will take the lead in the determining the specific topic, participants, tools and follow-up related to the FLL-NP. They will take responsibility for a significant share of the costs of implementing the FLL-NP. Any candidate who expresses interest in conducting an FLL-NP is committed to becoming a key constituent and actor of the research process for the refinement and assessment of the IAF prototype.

Submission Deadline: open call. Deadline for the first wave of selections: 24 March 2019.

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Following the success of the inaugural Congress, the Tanzania Oil & Gas Congress returns for a second year from 24-25 September 2018, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania with the support of the Ministry of EnergyTPDCPURA and EWURA. Focusing on the latest project updates and developments in the oil and gas industry in Tanzania, this is the official platform promoting government and industry collaboration. The Ministry, TPDC and parastatals will be sending delegations to meet and engage with all the key industry players to discuss new opportunities for partnerships and investment.

Take a look at the 2018 brochure for an overview of what to expect at this year’s Congress, including:

  • Latest speakers confirmed
  • Key benefits of attending the official Congress
  • Who you will meet
  • Opportunities to develop strategic partnerships

To access this opportunity to engage in a meaningful discussion that will end up with identifying opportunities resulting from investments in the oil and gas sector and also clarify solutions on how the sector can specifically underpin the development of our country,

Book your place at Tanzania Oil & Gas Congress platform

Phase IV

GLM|LIC has started Phase IV of its research funding activities, with the overall objective of delivering a significant new body of evidence on growth and labor markets to help shape future policies in low-income countries. Capacity building through involvement of researchers in low-income countries is strongly encouraged.

Research projects can be proposed for the following research areas:

    Growth and Labour Market OutcomesActive Labour Market Policies, Labour Market Institutions and Labour Market FrictionsHuman Capital and Labour ProductivityMigration and Labour MarketsLabour Market Dimensions of Population Dynamics, Urbanisation, and the Environment

There are three cross-cutting themes that researchers are encouraged to address under any of the above research areas:

    The GenderFragile States and RegionImproving Data for Labour Market Research

 The deadline for applications is October 16, 2017. The electronic application portal will be open until then. Projects should start in early 2018 and be completed by December 31, 2020, and have a value of at least €100,000.


Documents and Electronic Application Portal

Please see the below files for more detailed information about the Call and use the forms and template for your proposal:

An archive file including all documents is available for download here. A list of all countries defined as LICs for this call is available here.


Thursday, 17 August 2017 17:46

African Young Entrepreneurs Fund

Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma announced the creation of a US$10 million African Young Entrepreneurs Fund, during the Youth Connect Africa Summit co-hosted by UNCTAD and the Government of Rwanda. UNCTAD is working with Mr. Alibaba's Jack Ma to explore opportunities with African businesses to participate in global trade, as well as to raise awareness of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the international community in 2015. In addition to his role as an adviser to UNCTAD, Mr. Ma also serves as a UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. Mr. Ma underscored the importance of internet access in all nations, saying it was an even more important raw material for economies than coal and electricity were in the past. In light of that, Mr. Ma said that he planned to roll out a partnership with African universities to teach internet technology, artificial intelligence, and e-commerce.

 Key Points

  • African entrepreneurs should not be asking successful businesses, 'How can I distribute your products?' Africans should be saying, 'I have an idea I want to grow – how can you help me to grow it? How can you help me market it?
  • Unlocking Africa's e-commerce is a key priority for UNCTAD, given the potential of online trade to power development.
  • Not being connected to the internet today is worse than not having electricity 100 years ago
  • The Internet & Big Data is the future. You can never stop it. You like it or don’t like it. But you will never stop it.
  • Every time you have a technological revolution, it will kill a lot of jobs and it will create a lot of jobs.

Source: UNCTAD News

The second edition of the annual Africa 2017, a high-level forum offering participants an unparalleled platform for promoting trade and investment within Africa, will take place on December 7-9, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the organizers announced yesterday. This year’s event will kick-off with a Young Entrepreneurs Day (YED), which will bring together emerging and established entrepreneurs, business mentors, startup hubs, angel investors and venture capital firms to share ideas, network and help drive further the “business ideas of tomorrow”. The three-day conference will discuss key issues like policy reforms to improve business and investment climate, among others.

  • The forum will attract business leaders and policy-makers from across Africa and worldwide, including Heads of State, the statement
  • The forum seeks to stimulate investments into the continent and especially cross-border investments.
  • This forum will enhance the economic and cultural integration of Africa and to spur investment into what is still one of the fastest growing regions in the world.
  • The forum will be an unparalleled occasion to gather the architects of Africa’s future and drive further the transformative investment projects of tomorrow

 Source: New Times

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 06:17

Idea Contest



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Business and Investment

Following the success of the inaugural Congress,
Main Grant Application Announcement : January
LAGOS, NIGERIA – Africa’s largest philanthropy
The Africa Region of the World Bank Group (WBG)
International travel to Africa is expected to