7 September 2018 





Africa Innovates for the SDGs

Africa Innovates for the SDGs is a new award for African social innovators with exceptional ideas and initiatives linked to any of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Co-Chair of the Group of Eminent Advocates for the SDGs and President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, launched the award for a new generation of early-stage social innovators in Africa who are solving pressing problems in the SDG focus areas. The award will put a spotlight on the winning SDG innovators and raise awareness around their work.

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Open to innovators from any one of Africa’s countries, Africa Innovates for the SDGs will recognize and award exceptional early-stage African innovation that solves key challenges linked to the Sustainable Development Goals. The winners will be awarded the grand prize and have their work showcased at an international level, helping them to expand their work.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Social Entrepreneurship.
  • SDG Innovating.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Last date to apply September 7, 2018.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Applicant must be a citizen of any African country or a resident in any African countries for a minimum of 3 consecutive years.
  • Applicant must be 18 years or older.
  • The solutions submitted to Africa Innovates for the SDGs must:
    • Be unique, new and innovative.
    • Clearly contribute to one or more of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
    • Have already been tested or have proven impact.
    • Have the potential to create strong and meaningful impact on society especially for large numbers of people.



  • Selected innovators will receive funding to develop and scale their innovations to become financially sustainable and reach as many beneficiaries as possible.Successful applicants will receive regional exposure and a cash award of up to USD 5,000.

How to Apply

First Step:

Before you apply, you can download the Application Guide and FAQs to assist you in submitting your application.

Second Step:

  • Complete an application form online by pressing “Apply Now”.
  • On the application form, you will be asked to describe your innovation and answer a number of questions.
  • If you have any problems viewing the form, please send an email to

Third Step:

The applications will be evaluated, and the applicants that meet the selection criteria will be called for an interview. You will be notified as to whether you have passed on to the second step.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Moustafa Ashraf/ Egypt 

Reviewed by” Mayar Abdalla/ The Netherlands

and Ahmed Morsy/ Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team