RFI Challenge App Africa 2017


Applications are invited for the  RFI Challenge App Africa , a competition aimed at developing innovative mobile or web solutions in the field of girls’ education in Africa, organized by France Médias Monde through 7 billion neighbors RFI.

Eligible Countries: African countries

To be taken at (country): Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

About the Award: Education is a universal concern that affects the production of populations and directly affects their socio-economic situation.

Only one-third of developing countries have succeeded in achieving the “Education for All” goals set by the international community in 2000 but none in sub-Saharan Africa. This is the stocktaking made by Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in the latest EFA Global Monitoring Report. In 2010, 61 million primary school-aged children were not enrolled in school, according to a new study by UNESCO. For 15 years, this figure has been declining. Girls, who accounted for 58 per cent of out-of-school children in 2000 compared with 53 per cent in 2010, benefited greatly from efforts to improve access to education.

The RFI Challenge App Africa, which is in its second edition,  is a competition to support the development of digital applications in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for girls’ education. It is understood by application any solution that can be declined in the form of website, application, sms service and / or any other form of digital service (SMS, Push-Wap, MMS, WAP and Web, Audiotel …).

Type: Contest

Eligibility: This competition is an opportunity for candidates to benefit from international visibility and business opportunities. It is the subject of a specific regulation and is not subject to any purchase obligation or any management fees. The competition aims to encourage and support innovation by stimulating and supporting African start-ups and developers and to promote the integration of ICT in the world of education. It also aims to enhance the skills of local African developers in francophone or anglophone African countries. However, the proposed service must be in French.

Selection: After a first pre-selection of 10 candidates , a second selection within this pre-selected group will enable 3 finalists to present a proof of concept (POC), or a demonstration, to the jury at an event dedicated to Abidjan Of feasibility.

Number of Awards: 3 finalists.

Value of Program: 15ooo Euros. The winner will be financed the development of its application, within the framework of what is defined in the regulation.

Duration of Program: The contest will run from April 27, 2017 to June 30, 2017.

Application Deadline: 30th June, 2017.

How to Apply: Apply here

Visit Program Webpage for details

Award Provider: RFI

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