CALL FOR TEAMS AND PROPOSALS: The GovLab, AFD, and Expertise France Launch New #Data4COVID19 Africa Challenge

From now through February 5, 2021, l’Agence française de développement (AFD), together with Expertise France and The GovLab, is soliciting innovative proposals (re)using data in a collaborative and responsible way to provide actionable intelligence for decision-makers and people to respond to COVID-19 and future pandemic challenges across Africa.

CONTEXT: The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact, killing over 1,600,000 people around the world and leading to global economic disruptions. Though the effects on countries like the United States and France has been well-observed, considerably less attention has been given to the African continent. Early estimates suggest COVID-19 will result in a 1.4% decline in GDP across the continent, with smaller countries facing significant contractions. An estimated 250 million primary and secondary children are out of school due to disease control measures.

FOCUS: To help local decision-makers address these and other effects, the French Development Agency (AFD), together with The GovLab and Expertise France, is seeking ideas and proposals that (re)use data to provide actionable insight on COVID-19 in Africa. Focusing on the three domains of public health, social, and economic issues, the challenge aims to spur data collaboratives that can provide actionable intelligence for decision-makers and people to respond to COVID-19 and future pandemic challenges across Africa. The challenge looks specifically for proposals that make use of alternative, non-statistical data and involves participants operating in Francophone Africa.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications are open today through February 5, 2021. Successful applicants will receive up to EUR 100,000 in funding to pursue their proposal. We encourage interested applicants to review the full requirements and apply at the challenge’s dedicated website: https://datachallenge.africa/.

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