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Humanitarian Innovation Challenge


Humanitarian Innovation Challenge

Deadline for applications: October 18, 2019, 5pm EAT

About the Humanitarian Innovation Challenge

The African Union, Humanitarian Affairs, Refugees and Displaced Persons Division of the Department of Political Affairs, is organizing an “Humanitarian Innovation Challenge" to identify five promising digital technology-based ideas which 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) on 20 – 22 November 2019 where they will receive professional coaching/mentorship and support to bring their idea to the next level. The event will close with a pitching sessions where the individual /team with the most convincing concept will receive 20.000 EUR to develop their idea into an innovative digital product, service or tool in an intensive accelerator phase. 

The accelerator phase of the project will take place in the winners’ country or region in 2020. 

How and where to apply?

Please send your filled-out application form (Word/PDF, max 12 MB) to this email address: with the Subject as follows: HIC Application – Submission

Note: If you already built a first prototype of your idea, you should provide a link to that in the application form. But: the idea shouldn’t have been launched to a broader public yet (> ~100 people/users).