Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid
Sep
15
8:30 AM08:30

Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid

Humanitarian crises and disasters have increased in number, complexity and severity over the last 25 years, challenging the resilience of people living in areas subject to recurrent emergencies.

The European Union and its Member States are the world’s leading humanitarian relief aid donor. Humanitarian aid can:

  • Be an urgent intervention following a disaster or conflict and addressing critical situations of large numbers of people affected, often displaced and concentrated in the same place.

  • Help people and communities be better prepared, and more resilient, in order to reduce the impact of disasters and avoid loss of lives and livelihoods.

  • Yield new market opportunities, including for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), unleashing new possibilities to exploit technologies or products and heighten their contribution to solving societal challenges.

Introducing innovative and more cost-effective technologies-based solutions for the delivery of humanitarian aid could help enhance the humanitarian response. Advanced, multidisciplinary technologies include:

Grant Funding for High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid

The European Union is awarding 1 million euros to one winner in each of the following categories: a) shelter and related assistance; b) water, sanitation and hygiene; c) energy; d) health and medical care; and e) open category.

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The prizes will be awarded to the entries that best address the following cumulative criteria applicable to all the five categories:

  • New solution tested successfully and safely in a real environment, with a demonstrated potential of adaptability and scalability under different humanitarian aid settings

  • Quality and sustainability of the solution based on the frugal application of advanced technologies

  • Affordability and cost-effectiveness for constituents and organisations responding to crises

  • Engagement with end users and solution responding to the needs of those in a most vulnerable situation taking age, gender, disability and minority into consideration, and perspective of a business case

Solutions should be novel at the time of the submission, demonstrating the added value and potential of one or more advanced technologies for international organisations, NGOs, end-users, local actors, and the private sector.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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Women Connect Challenge
Aug
6
12:30 PM12:30

Women Connect Challenge

Digital technology is revolutionizing the world by providing access to information, finance and networks — all of which are necessary for women to reach their full economic potential and create more self-reliant communities.

Today, 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries still do not own mobile phones. The internet user gender gap is more than 40 percent in some countries. The persistent gender digital divide is reinforcing, and even exacerbating, existing socioeconomic gaps between men and women. Advancing women’s digital connectivity is key to promoting their empowerment in an increasingly digital world.

At the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick announced the second round of the WomenConnect Challenge under the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative. W-GDP is a U.S. Government wide effort to economically empower 50 million women in the developing world by 2025. By investing in women, USAID is enabling countries to progress beyond assistance by unlocking human potential on a transformational scale. USAID will disburse approximately three grants globally. The period of performance for each award is up to 24 months

The W-GDP WomenConnect Challenge seeks to bridge the gender digital divide so that women can fully participate in the global economy. Winning solutions will support the W-GDP’s three pillars:

  1. Advance workforce development and vocational education for women

  2. Provide access to capital, markets and networks for women entrepreneurs

  3. Remove restrictive regulatory, legal, workplace, and social barriers to enable women in the economy

For more information, please click here.

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Reboot the Earth
Aug
1
3:00 PM15:00

Reboot the Earth

Reboot The Earth is a social coding event that brings young computer programmers, scientists and other interested people together under the auspices of the United Nations to improve upon or build a new software program that addresses the current climate crisis.

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ITU Challenges - Digital Change Makers, Ecosystem Best Practices & Smart Communities
Jul
31
5:00 PM17:00
ITU

ITU Challenges - Digital Change Makers, Ecosystem Best Practices & Smart Communities

Are you an ICT enthusiast, ecosystem builder, or entrepreneur?

The ITU innovation challenge features opportunities to co-create, facilitate digital transformation and build innovation capabilities through the use of knowledge exchange with experts and professionals, open innovation competitions and ecosystem networking opportunities. The expected outcome is the development of bankable projects and solutions that rethink sustainability and impact; ensuring the accelerated digital transformation of communities.

To bridge the digital innovation divide, we are calling for ICT enthusiasts, ecosystem builders, as well as entrepreneurs to help us in our mission of connecting the world and empowering communities. We want your help to:

  • Digitally transform your community to accelerate development in your country

  • Share your community's best practices that enable innovators to develop ICT-centric solutions

  • Scale-up your solution to unlock the potentials for a smart community

For more information, please click here.

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International Forum On Migration Statistics - Call for Papers on Innovation and Migration Data
Jul
31
2:00 PM14:00
IOM

International Forum On Migration Statistics - Call for Papers on Innovation and Migration Data

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees recognize the need for reliable, disaggregated statistics on migration that are nationally relevant and internationally comparable. However still today, there is scarcity of basic data on international migration and existing data are not fully analysed, utilized or shared.

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Global Best Practices Programme (Expo 2020 Dubai)
Jun
30
8:30 AM08:30

Global Best Practices Programme (Expo 2020 Dubai)

Expo 2020 Dubai will host the world for 173 days, each one brimming with new experiences. It’ll be a time to create, collaborate and innovate. And it’s going to be fun. Discover more at https://www.expo2020dubai.com/en/discover

What is the Global Best Practice Programme?

Expo 2020 Dubai’s platform to showcase projects that have provided tangible solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. It will highlight simple but effective initiatives, which localise the Sustainable Development Goals and can be adapted, replicated, and scaled to achieve an enhanced global impact.

To learn more and to apply, please click here.

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Solve Big Problems (SDG Impact Accelerator)
Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

Solve Big Problems (SDG Impact Accelerator)

What’s in it for you?

The SDG Impact Accelerator (SDGia) will provide a cash grant for teams that are at early stages and include them in the international SGDia pre-accelerator.  During the pre-accelerator, teams will have the opportunity to make one field trip to see the problem firsthand through challenge sponsors.

Graduates of the pre-accelerator will be admitted to a mentor-led/partner-backed Impact Accelerator designed by SDGia, and receive additional cash grants to perfect their solutions, test their products in the market with a no strings attached cash award up to 10,000$. The alumni of the SDGia, will be shortlisted for the SDGiaF (SDG Impact Accelerator Fund) for a social  impact investment up to 100,000$. One founder from each team in the pilot cohorts, will also be eligible to be included as guests to showcase their progress and technology in the UN General Assembly in New York at the end of September 2019.

The Big Problems we are looking solutions for:

The Summer ‘19 cohort will focus on two general topics with each one having preferred sub topics led by challenge owners, namely UNDP, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Eczacıbaşı Holding.

Big Problem 1: Livelihood Opportunities and Access to Basic Services

Big Problem 2: Clean Water and Sanitation

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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ELRHA GBV Innovation Challenge: Driving The Adoption of GBV M&E Approaches
Jun
23
6:00 PM18:00

ELRHA GBV Innovation Challenge: Driving The Adoption of GBV M&E Approaches

THE PROBLEM

While various monitoring and evaluation (M&E) approaches have been developed for and by the humanitarian sector, their uptake is low, leading to a lack of evidence on the effectiveness of GBV programmes in emergencies.

The aim of this Challenge is to develop a better understanding of the barriers faced by humanitarian actors when it comes to measuring the effectiveness of GBV programmes and to develop solutions to overcome them.

THE CHALLENGE

Possible solutions in response to this challenge are expected to fall under one or several of the following operational to systemic categories:

  1. solutions to improve the access and usability of the available M&E approaches among GBV in emergencies (GBViE) actors.

  2. solutions to improve the capacity of humanitarian actors to use the existing M&E approaches to measure GBViE programme performance at the outcome level.

  3. incentives for implementing outcomes-focused M&E approaches.

  4. relevant policies and/or mechanisms to enforce them.

  5. solutions to change sociocultural attitudes and biases against gendered programming among humanitarian actors.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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ELRHA Wash Innovation Challenge: Safe, Dignified and Inclusive Menstrual Hygiene Management Programming in Emergencies
Jun
23
5:30 PM17:30

ELRHA Wash Innovation Challenge: Safe, Dignified and Inclusive Menstrual Hygiene Management Programming in Emergencies

THE PROBLEM

In an emergency setting, women and girls often lack access to adequate menstrual supplies or materials, private and safe water and toilet facilities for changing and bathing, or spaces and mechanisms for privately washing, drying or disposing of used materials.

All of these constraints can lead to poor MHM and significant health and psychosocial implications for women and girls including social exclusion and vulnerability. Lacking access to safe and private spaces to manage menstruation can also increase exposure to the risk of sexual violence and exploitation in humanitarian settings.

THE CHALLENGE

With nearly half of displaced populations consisting of women and girls, there is a growing urgency for the humanitarian community to better address such gender-specific needs. As part of our new strategy and ambition to be a responsive and adaptive actor in the humanitarian system, we are focusing this Challenge on tackling three elements of this systemic problem.

  • Lack of prioritisation of MHM – While MHM initiatives, tools and guidance are gradually emerging, there are still significant challenges when it comes to humanitarian practitioners implementing even basic MHM practice. There is a need for initiatives that are able to shift prevailing attitudes, behaviours and practices within the humanitarian sector and drive the importance of MHM programming.

  • Lack of acceptable MHM spaces – The recent focus on MHM programming has centred mostly around the availability of relevant menstrual materials and supplies. While this is important, it is also insufficient. Women and girls need safe and culturally-specific spaces where they can dispose of or wash and dry menstrual materials in privacy.

  • Limited MHM waste management solutions – The disposal of used menstrual materials is a growing and complex challenge as it is dependent on socio-cultural norms and taboos related to menstruation and menstrual blood, as well as on the types of menstrual materials used in an emergency. We need new, safe, discreet and environmentally-friendly solutions for managing MHM waste.

THE CALLS

Across all three Calls, we’re looking for innovative solutions that bring together interdisciplinary teams. We encourage applicants to think holistically about their chosen Call in the broader context of MHM programming. To facilitate this, we expect to support coordination and learning between the grantees of the three distinct Calls:

  • Shifting Humanitarian Norms: Prioritising Mhm

  • Designing Better Mhm Spaces

  • Solving Mhm Waste Management

For more information and to apply, please click here.

 

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ELRHA Wash Innovation Challenge: Exploring the Barriers to Inclusion faced by People living with Incontinence
Jun
23
5:30 PM17:30

ELRHA Wash Innovation Challenge: Exploring the Barriers to Inclusion faced by People living with Incontinence

THE PROBLEM

In humanitarian settings, incontinence could restrict access to essential services such as distributions of food, water or health services, or restrict the ability to meaningfully participate in decision-making processes, leading to further social exclusion and vulnerability.

Incontinence management has recently started getting attention in the humanitarian sector, most noticeably in conversations about sanitation materials. However, there is still little information about the experiences of and barriers faced by people living with incontinence when it comes to accessing relevant services and meaningfully participating in needs assessments, and in the design, implementation and evaluation of WASH humanitarian programmes.

The aim of this Challenge is to build on existing evidence and insights to further understand the barriers to inclusion that people living with incontinence face, so that more holistic, effective and inclusive WASH programmes can be developed.

THE CHALLENGE

Projects will be at the Problem Recognition stage of the innovation process and will aim to provide a comprehensive and developed understanding of the barriers to inclusion faced by people living with incontinence in a specific humanitarian context.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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