| Sectors: COVID-19, South-South Cooperation, Digital access and inclusion, governance, social and economic development
| Granting entities: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)
| Deadline: 15 July
| Type of support: Grant (seed funding)
| Funding/benefits: 25,000 USD
| Applicants: Startups
| Locations: Global South
Synopsis: The Global South COVID-19 Digital Innovation Challenge, in response to COVID-19, is co-organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC). The challenge will identify scalable innovative digital solutions that will enable countries, societies, communities, institutions and individuals from the Global South to deal with the cascading effects of the pandemic – across governance, economic and social sectors, and wellbeing – and contribute to the organizations’ respective focuses on South-South cooperation and digital technologies. The Challenge objective is to promote South-South cooperation by replicating or scaling up existing innovations with a potential partner/ country in the South. The Challenge will provide a mentorship scheme to increase the potential/ capabilities of the selected proposals/ teams to scaling up innovations across developing countries.
Link to application here.