African Union calls for humanitarian innovation challenge

The African Union (AU) has launched an Africa-wide call for applications to identify five promising digital technology-based ideas that tackle forced displacement or other humanitarian challenges in Africa. The challenge is part of the activities of AU’s theme of the Year 2019: The Year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa. The innovations are also expected to tackle other aspects of humanitarian challenges including man-made/natural disasters in Africa e.g. conflicts, famine, droughts, floods, epidemics, etc.

The top five (5) innovators will be invited to a three-day-long Prototype Lab in Nairobi, Kenya from November 20th to 22nd 2019 where they will receive professional coaching, mentorship and support to bring their ideas to the next level. The event will close with a pitching session where the individual/team with the most convincing concept will receive support worth 20.000 EUR to develop their idea into an innovative digital product, service or tool in an intensive accelerator phase. 

The call is an opportunity for the thirteen GMES and Africa Consortia to showcase how Earth Observation satellite information supports humanity. 

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