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HDIF COVID-19 Response Challenge

The world is currently united in confronting the COVID-19 pandemic which is having devastating negative impact on all spheres of life. The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF), a UKAID innovation programme in Tanzania, is contributing to the COVID-19 response both directly and indirectly through partners.

In a bid to contribute further to the fight, HDIF launched a COVID-19 Response Challenge that aimed to find, support, and amplify innovative market-ready solutions that are addressing the effects of COVID-19 in Tanzania.

What we looked for

Innovative market-ready solutions that counteract the negative effects that COVID-19 has had in the provision of Health, Education, WASH, or Early Childhood Development (ECD) services in Tanzania.

What we are offering

This challenge offers a platform to local COVID-19 response innovators to be visible, recognized and potentially further supported to scale. More specifically, selected innovators will stand a chance to win the following;

  • An opportunity to pitch to a virtual audience including Development Partners, corporates and other stakeholders who may be interested in support further the innovations.
  • A cash award of up to TZS 30 Million to be invested in the innovations.
  • Advisory support from the HDIF Team and partners for up to a period of 3 months.

Criteria for selection

  •  The presented solution must have been already piloted/tested in Tanzania
  •  The capacity of the team to effectively and immediately deploy the solution
  • The solution’s viability
  • The solution must address COVID-19 effects in the provision of health, education WASH, or ECD services in Tanzania

Process and Key timelines

  • The application process ended on 25 May 2020
  • Shortlisted candidates were informed by email on 29 May 2020. They will pitch their solutions through a webinar (link below) to a panel of judges on 5 June 2020 (2 pm – 4pm GMT+3). The webinar will be open to the public. Other Development Partners and corporates interested in funding COVID-19 Response solutions to fund will be invited.
  • Depending on the number and quality of pitched innovations, HDIF will award up to (3) three solutions and the rest will be up for grab by other potential funders.

HDIF COVID 19 Response Challenge Pitching Webinar

This video is a recording of the pitching webinar that was conducted on 5th June 2020.

Top 5 solutions

Tai Tanzania uses storytelling through 3D animation video as a knowledge-sharing modality in the creation of social, behavioural change. Tai Tanzania have produced and disseminate 3D animation to raise awareness on COVID-19 to create positive mental attitude, protection, safety and promoting the community members to be of service to others in fighting this pandemic.

VISUAL AIDED STORIES creates Pan African murals that are a brilliant intersection of art and advertising- combining visually compelling designs with advertising messages as a unique model of talking to the society, that is human-centred. The murals are Part Art + Part Ad.

Bits and Bytes partnered with the Tanzania Makers Community in organizing the delivery of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers across Tanzania. Through this collaboration, they 3D print PPEs locally and are ongoing with trials for ventilators at the moment.

Mtabe is an offline QnA-based learning platform using SMS and Natural Language Processing to provide daily quizzes and answers to questions to students without internet access, textbook or smartphones.

Zaidi Recyclers and Tanzania Recyclers Association have embarked on an initiative to make durable but cost-effective FACE SHIELDS locally. These efforts occurred as COVID19 was declared as a global emergency concern and hit millions of people across the continent; most countries started to scramble for high priced and less available PPEs to protect their front-line workers.