We-Account social Innovation Challenge (SIC) 2020/2021( Application process closed) Winners to be announced in May 2021.

About The Challenge

Innovation for Change (I4C) Africa Hub is launching the We-Account Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) 2020/2021 around three (3) key thematic areas of Government Accountability & Transparency, Supporting Marginalized & Vulnerable Communities, and Community Rights & Resilience in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, arguably the greatest challenge facing the continent and the world to date.

I4C Africa Hub is pleased to announce the call for applications for this initiative which encourages organizations across the region to work together and come up with innovative ways to bring about social change. The I4C Africa Hub encourages youth-based and women’s organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), grassroots movements, community or people’s organizations, and social enterprises across the region to find and scale innovative solutions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Innovations can be technology related, policy relevant related to research or advocacy and should produce long-term change for the continent with the aim of deepening social impact in more sustainable ways through entrepreneurship.

The Eight (8) best innovative initiatives across the continent’s sub-regions (Central, East, North, Southern & West Africa) will be supported with a grant of up to USD $10,000 each for research, design support to help scale-up their initiatives and will receive mentorship for a year from the I4C Global network within the Learning and Evaluation Lab.

Key Themes

The We-Account SIC 2020/2021 initiative will be based on the following three (3) overarching themes:

Mitigating opportunities for embezzlement and misuse of resources devoted to COVID-19, supporting oversight of rescue packages and economic stimulus measures, or defending rights, access to information, and civic space that may be impacted by COVID-19 emergency measures

Government Accountability & Transparency

Mitigating opportunities for embezzlement and misuse of resources devoted to COVID-19, supporting oversight of rescue packages and economic stimulus measures, or defending rights, access to information, and civic space that may be impacted by COVID-19 emergency measures.

Supporting Marginalized & Vulnerable Communities

Launching support networks for marginalized and vulnerable communities including women, youth, refugees (and more), and creating innovative solutions that connect vulnerable communities to local governments and/or international or regional human rights platforms.

Mitigating opportunities for embezzlement and misuse of resources devoted to COVID-19, supporting oversight of rescue packages and economic stimulus measures, or defending rights, access to information, and civic space that may be impacted by COVID-19 emergency measures
Community rights

Community Rights & Resilience

Enhancing communities’ understanding of their human rights during a crisis, harnessing civic innovation towards communicating real-time, accurate information about COVID-19 and associated human rights information in hard-to-reach community members, and reinforcing peoples’ involvement with government response.

Timeline

How To Apply

1. Apply

Review requirements, guidelines and fill in the application form. Applications will be open as of the 10 March 2021.

2. Follow Us

Follow the We- Account SIC 2020/2021 on social media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. (links below)

3. Spread The Word

Spread the word! Use the following hashtags when sharing: #SIC2021, #WeAccount2021 and #I4CAfricaHub

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