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AfDB 2020 Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative’s #AfricaVsVirus Challenge

Applications are invited for the #AfricaVsVirus Challenge 2020. The #AfricaVsVirus Challenge is 72-hour Ideathon addressing the challenges presented by the global Novel Coronavirus pandemic to African societies, economies and individuals and prototyping tech and non-tech solutions.

The Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative of the African Development Bank is organizing the #AfricaVsVirus Challenge to create tech and non-tech solutions to some of the most pressing challenges posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic. They are calling on socially committed citizens worldwide, problem solvers, creative minds, health experts, programmers, graphic and web designers to come together in a 72-hour collaborative digital process.

Following the #AfricaVsVirus Challenge, the best solutions will be selected and will be fully implemented with partners and donors in Africa and worldwide.

Thematic Focus

The #AfricaVsVirus Challenge will be framed within the broad context of the African Development Bank’s fifth development priority for the continent: Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.

The list below includes the 9 main themes they propose for the challenge, including subcategories to help spark your ideas! Feel free to propose challenges and ideas beyond their suggestions.

  1. Public health and epidemiology
  2. Vulnerable populations
  3. Businesses & Economy
  4. Community
  5. Education
  6. Entertainment
  7. Government support
  8. Environment and Energy
  9. Food security

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About African Development Bank Group

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) or Banque Africaine de Développement (BAD) is a multilateral development finance institution. The AfDB was founded in 1964 and comprises three entities: The African Development Bank, the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund. The AfDB's mission is to fight poverty and improve living conditions on the continent through promoting the investment of public and private capital in projects and programs that are likely to contribute to the economic and social development of the region.[1] The AfDB is a financial provider to African governments ... read more


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Aim and Benefits of AfDB AfricaVsVirus Challenge

Following the #AfricaVsVirus Challenge, the best solutions will be selected and will be fully implemented with partners and donors in Africa and worldwide.


Requirements for AfDB AfricaVsVirus Challenge Qualification

The following personalities can participate in the challenge:

  1. Global Citizens: The #AfricaVsVirus Challenge is calling on socially committed citizens worldwide, problem solvers, creative minds, health experts, programmers, graphic and web designers to come together in this collaborative process.
  2. Challenge owners: The coronavirus is causing disruptions in almost every aspect of our every day lives. Thus, challenges can come from a wide range of sectors: The #AfricaVsVirus Challenge is seeking specific problems, challenges and demands from organizations and individuals affected by the crisis. These could come from hospital managers, social workers, restaurant owners, government agencies, etc. They also look forward to receiving ideas on how to address specific challenges.
  3. Mentors: Experts in certain areas are called to support teams with either content or technical expertise while developing solutions to the proposed challenges. Mentors will guide teams, answering questions and providing ideas.
  4. Moderators: Experts in the areas covered by the Ideathon with extensive expertise leading teams and coordinating groups can take part in the Ideathon as Moderators. Moderators will be responsible for keeping teams moving smoothly towards their goal.
  5. Organizations: Companies and organizations can either support the Ideathon through in-kind tech contributions to help develop ideas or to help facilitate the implementation of the Ideathon.
  6. Ideathon Organizers: The #AfricaVsVirus Challenge welcomes the support of those who want to contribute with the implementation of the Ideathon. Experienced project managers, communication specialists, and tech-savvy minds are all invited to participate.

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Application Deadline

April 15, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to African Development Bank Group on africavsvirus.com to apply

The #AfricaVsVirus Challenge will take place from April 17-19, 2020 online. Participants will have 72 hours to collaborate in teams and build solutions to specific challenges. They will start with a kick-off session on April 16 at 18:30 GMT+1 and end on April 19 at 18:30 GMT+1.

For more details, visit #AfricaVirusChallenge



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