DOES YOUR DIGITAL PROJECT PROMOTE THE DEVELOPMENT    OF SUSTAINABLE  CITIES IN AFRICA? 

WHAT IS IT?

For the fourth consecutive year, the French Agency for Development commits alongside high impact digital actors in Africa. For this new edition, the AFD Digital Challenge wished to combine the challenge of digital transition with that of sustainable cities, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG).

“ The creation of sustainable cities and communities” is a major challenge in view of the massive urbanization affecting the African continent. In fact, the vulnerabilities related to the centralization of populations are numerous and more particularly in a global context of climatic instability.

A sustainable city is one that has to, first of all, answer the basic needs of its population, and being the economic engine of the country, has to integrate the different environmental, social and cultural challenges related to its development. 

Digitalization is a powerful lever for the development of a sustainable, resilient and modern city in which its population actively participates in public decisions. However, the rise of digital technology must remain inclusive and accessible to all so as not to increase the inequalities of the continent.

AFD DIGITAL CHALLENGE IN NUMBERS: 

#25

Number of AFD Digital challenge winners

+1600

Number of applications

+40

Represented countries

THE ESSENTIALS

#1

Your project proposes a solution in the field of urban services, urban planning for the most vulnerable, local economic development or improvement in citizen and local authorities relationship.

#2

Your project is in the process of prototyping, launching on the market or expanding into other territories.

#3

Your project has a legal structure as well as a sustainable and autonomous business model.

#4

Digital technology is the heart of your solution.

THE ORGANIZERS

Public and solidarity Bank, the AFD is the central player in the french development policy. We are committed to projects that concretely improve the lives of people in developing countries, emerging countries and the overseas territories. 

Intervening in multiple sectors - energy, health, biodiversity, water, digital technology, trainings - we support the transition to a safer, fairer and more sustainable world: a world in common. Our action falls completely within the sustainable development objectives. Present in 108 countries through a network of 85 agencies, we finance and guide today more than 2500 development projects.

Digital Africa is an open and inclusive innovation, in the spirit of the "Commons", which aims to support the African entrepreneurial dynamic, drive digital innovation, and support the emergence of impact entrepreneurs.

The Digital Africa label federates African innovation initiatives and ecosystems, supports them by giving them access to resources and business opportunities, and puts them in touch with European innovation ecosystems to think together about the future.

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