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Welcome Tanzanian innovators, entrepreneurs, developers, and solution providers! 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 will award grants to Tanzanians (both individuals 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 will award grants to local innovators with the best solutions through a competitive process of up to five Challenges. The first Challenge Window will be launched in October 2016.
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. The themes for next Challenge Window will be announced approximately four months after the launch of the first Challenge. The themes for the first Challenge are:
Challenge 1: Access to Quality Healthcare and Information - Design innovative solutions, processes, and/or tools that leverage available open data, such as the Health Facilities Registry, to strengthen linkages between health facilities and community structures and to enable better access among people in rural communities to available health services, resources and products.
Challenge 2: Empowering Citizens - Design innovative solutions, processes, and/or tools to facilitate communication among girls and/or their parents to identify, share, and manage adolescent reproductive health issues, including menstrual-related challenges faced by school girls, with the ultimate objective of helping to keep young women and girls in school.
Challenge 3: Feedback from Community - Design solutions, processes and/or tools – or expand on existing tools and services – that use available open data (such as the Health Facilities Registry) alone or in combination with other data, to promote social accountability monitoring and active participation of citizens in providing feedback on health service quality and provider performance.
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 DLI Innovation Challenge is a new initiative in Tanzania and is expected to evolve over time based on lessons learned. The DLI Innovation Challenge team reserves the right to makes changes to the program, to adjust any or all terms and conditions, rules, guidelines, number and size of awards, and deadlines in order to best serve the needs of the Tanzanian data ecosystem and/or the program funders.
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. Palladium is a positive impact organization with over fifty years’ experience tackling challenges in health, gender equality, and economic growth.
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.