We envision a Tanzania in which innovators, entrepreneurs, and youth are empowered to use data and technology to address complex problems affecting their country and communities.
The DLI Innovation Challenge aims to engage, support, and connect Tanzanian innovators, developers, and solution providers to each other and to opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives by increasing the use of or access to data.
TANZANIAN INNOVATORS & ENTREPRENEURS!
We need your help to show how data and the use of data can make a change in people’s lives! Are you interested? Join the challenge!
The Data for Local Impact (DLI) Innovation Challenge awards grants to Tanzanians (individuals, teams, and organizations) who have creative ideas about how to use or combine data – including open data – in new ways to gain insights or empower people through access to life-changing information. The DLI Innovation Challenge also aims to engage, support, and connect Tanzanian innovators, developers, and solution providers to each other and to opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives.
The DLI Innovation Challenge supports the Sustainable Development Goals and aims to contribute to progress in the areas of Health and Wellbeing (SDG 3), Gender Equality (SDG 5), and Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8). The DLI Innovation Challenge team awards grants to local innovators with the best solutions through a competitive process of up to five Challenges. The first Challenge Window was launched in October 2016, with winners announced in March 2017. The second Challenge Window will commence in May 2017. Each Challenge will include three to five themes. The DLI Innovation Challenge team will develop these themes through consultation with relevant Tanzanian stakeholders. The themes will be based on lessons learned from prior Challenge Windows and will incorporate input and priorities from the broader DCLI program.
During each Challenge Window, the DLI Innovation Challenge will award both small grants (up to US$25,000 each) and large grants (up to US$100,000 each) to Tanzanian individuals and organizations based on specific evaluation criteria. For each Challenge Window, we expect to award about 12 grants in the range of US$10,000-25,000 each, along with two grants in the range of US$75,000-100,000. The DLI Innovation Challenge team will collaborate with grantees to develop their ideas into workable solutions that align with the Challenge themes. Solutions can be processes, applications and/or tools that solve a specific problem in each theme. The Challenge is open only to Tanzanian individuals, groups, collaborations and/or legally registered organizations.
The President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) have partnered to invest US$21.8 million in “Data Collaboratives for Local Impact” (DCLI) in sub-Saharan Africa to use HIV/AIDS, global health, gender equality, and economic growth data to improve programs, policies, and decision-making by all stakeholders. DCLI is focusing on the demand side of the data ecosystem, including data use at the subnational level; and it is building evidence and a framework for how to catalyze greater capacity to use data within country systems. DCLI is aligned with broader U.S. government efforts to maximize the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance, and with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data to provide a practical country-level demonstration of how the data revolution will enhance efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For more details, click here
The Dar es Salaam Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi) is collaborating with Palladium to implement the DLI Innovation Challenge, to provide technical assistance to Challenge winners, and to network and support Tanzanian innovators, developers, and data enthusiasts. DTBi is the flagship Tanzanian ICT Incubator.