Tanzania: New Innovation Challenge Launched

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The Human Innovation Development Fund (HDIF) in collaboration with the Commission of Science and Technology (COSTECH) has launched the Mawazo Challenge, an initiative to stimulate ideas and find design concepts for a new challenge which could solve community problems in education, health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Tanzania.

The Head of the UK, Department for International Development (DFID) Tanzania, Vel Gnanendran said winners of HDIF funding opportunities are selected based on a combination and balance of five criteria as innovation, development impact, viability, organisational capacity and resulted measurement.

Winning innovations cover a range of notable themes including early childhood development, youth and job creation, ICT applications and innovations that support women and girls.

"By tapping in to the latest home-grown Tanzanian innovation access quality healthcare, education and clean water and sanitation" said Gnanendran who recognise that innovation and technology is making a difference to the lives of ordinary people in Tanzania.

Mr Gnanendran was speaking with reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday during the launching ceremony of Mawazo Challenge.

The project which will end in August this year is being funded by the United Kingdom (UK). On his part, COSTECH Director General, Hassan Mshinda told reporters that this is an opportunity for the youth to submit their ideas and look for design concepts for new challenge facing the public especially in rural areas insisting that COSTECH will support them to grow in this new world of Science and technology.

"HDIF, UK Aid and COSTECH are working hard to help support the innovation ecosystem by linking great Tanzanian researchers, technology experts, entrepreneurs, creative, development professionals and policy makers.

"Our vision is that, together we can continually design, test and scale innovations that help Tanzania accelerate human development" said HDIF team leader, David McGinty.

The first prize winner of "Mawazo Challenge" will take home 5m/-, the 2nd 2.5m/- while the third winner will get 1.5m/.
Source: Tanzania Daily News