The judges have been busy reviewing the second challenge applications and selecting the best ideas for a final pitch event. We expect to announce the winners in September 2017. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to receive updates on our progress.

Yes! We will host another Challenge Window in 2017. Planning is already underway for our third challenge window. We can tell you that our next themes will focus on economic opportunities and job creation for youth. Continue to check back here for updates on the themes and timeline.

Everyone! Whether this is the first time you heard about the DLI Innovation Challenge or you made it all the way to the final round in the previous challenges, we want you to share your innovative ideas for improving the use of data in Tanzania.

The DLI Innovation Challenge is funded by PEPFAR in the context of the MCC-PEPFAR DCLI program and focuses on efforts related to Health and Wellbeing (SDG 3), Gender Equality (SDG 5), and Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8). Before each Challenge Window, DTBi uses a participatory and consultative process with Tanzanian stakeholders, including pertinent government authorities and other institutions relevant to the Challenge focus area. A long list of themes is reviewed, adjusted, developed and tested through focus groups before selecting the final Challenge themes.

Innovative ones! We accept new ideas for processes, systems, online or mobile tools. We also accept applications to support the scale-up of solutions/prototypes. Check the evaluation criteria to see whether your idea could be a winner. Ideas should address the challenge themes and either increase either the demand for quality data or the capacity to use data to improve the well-being of Tanzanians.

Only Tanzanian nationals age 18 and older are eligible to apply. Organizations must be local to and legally registered in Tanzanian. Read the eligibility criteria on our Apply page for more detailed guidelines.

Applicants must choose to apply in only one category – individual or organization – for each Challenge Window. Applicants who apply as both an individual and an organization within the same Challenge Window will not be considered for a grant.

Only the contact person listed on your application needs to submit the ID card and reference letter and referee names with the formal application. However, if you are selected for a grant, all team members will be the subject of a pre-award assessment.

Individuals and small teams can win up to US$25,000. Registered organizations can win up to US$100,000.

The funds are intended to help successfully translate your idea into an innovative solution or product that addresses one of the Challenge themes. You will have to report progress towards that goal and how you spend the funds to the DTBi Grants Manager and/or your local mentor.

In addition to receiving money, winners will be paired with a local mentor. This mentor will help them develop their innovative ideas into a final product.

You will be helping to address a Tanzanian need and improve lives while also building your design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation skills. As a participant in the DLI Innovation Challenge, you will also have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other Tanzanian innovators, developers, data enthusiasts, and solution providers. Connecting with the DLI Innovation Challenge may lead to future opportunities to improve the use of data and make a tangible difference in people’s lives.


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