Apply Now! 1 Million Euros for African ICT4D Projects Supporting the SDGs

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Are you working on a digital development solution to support the Sustainable Development Goals in one of the 14 partner countries of the Belgian bilateral cooperation? Is your solution focused on improving living conditions and increasing women and young people’s rights, inclusion and empowerment? Do you take a Human Rights-based Approach to your work?
Apply now to the inaugural Wehubit Call for Proposals! Grants ranging from 50,000€ to 350,000€ will be awarded in 2018 based on a two-phase application process for scaling up and replicating initiatives that have successfully passed a pilot phase.
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Wehubit has grant funding for these types of efforts:

  • Development of digital solutions: geolocation technology, databases, big data, virtual reality, blockchain, gamification, social networks, etc.
  • Capacity development: strengthening staff skills in the project’s technological and digital domain
  • Product development: adaptation/development of digital products in view of a development on a larger scale
  • Quality: implementation of quality improvement and control systems.
  • Digital literacy: improving people’s skills in using digital tools and technologies.
  • Data systems: using digital technology to improve the collection, management and use of data
  • Institutional technical assistance: supporting laws and regulations that improve access to digital technologies or their use
  • Participation to trade fairs: presentation at local, regional and European trade fairs of digital solutions developed by the project

Grant Funding Application Deadline: August 10, 2018
Wehubit is implemented by the Belgian development agency, Enabel, together with its partner, the Belgian Investment Company for Developing countries (BIO), on behalf of the Belgian development cooperation.
The Wehubit Digital for Development Programme supports multiple financing instruments such as Grants, Loans and Equity. The general objective is to support and improve digitization to accelerate sustainable development, strengthening prosperity, reducing inequality and empowering people and businesses in the partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation.
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Grant Funding Eligibility
Wehubit supports scaling-up and replication of ICT4D projects in line with the nine Principles for Digital Development and the Digital for Development policy paper of the Belgian Development Cooperation, which has a focus in three areas:
Better use of (big) data, drawn from traditional and innovative sources
Data are indispensable for setting up and monitoring any development intervention, as well as for measuring the realization of the SDGs and increasing public authorities’ accountability.
The Belgian development cooperation will invest in the tools and policies needed to use real-time big data to produce actionable insights for development actors, and thus to increase their impact.
Equal attention will be given to open data, freely accessible to the public, to promote good governance and facilitate humanitarian relief and development, natural resource management and disaster risk reduction.
Digital for inclusive societies
The Belgian development cooperation will use the potential of digitalization to both maximize the number of beneficiaries of an intervention and to lower the threshold for vulnerable groups to enjoy democratic rights, to have equal access to basic services, to participate in public life, and to be financially and economically included in society.
Digital for inclusive and sustainable economic growth
In line with its policy priority to promote sustainable inclusive economic growth, the Belgian development cooperation will deliberately support interventions that turn digitalization into a positive force to create (self-)employment and to promote socially responsible entrepreneurship.
Belgian Bilateral Cooperation Countries
Wehubit is funding activity in the 14 partner countries of the Belgian bilateral cooperation, which include:

  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • DR Congo
  • Guinea
  • Mali
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Niger
  • Palestine
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

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