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Kofi Annan Award for Innovation in Africa

Adam Urosevic

Issue 94 - spring 2022

Adam Urosevic
Adam Urosevic, Federal Chancellery

Whether in Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique or Algeria - across Africa, social entrepreneurs are developing new solutions for local challenges: drones that deliver vaccine doses to remote areas, tractors that are controlled by sensors, or 3D printers for prostheses. 

Digital innovation is creating a historic opportunity for the continent. These solutions also play a key role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Against this background, the Federal Chancellery initiated the "Kofi Annan Award for Innovation in Africa" ​​in order to support African social entrepreneurs in the further development of digital health solutions together with renowned partner organizations. The nine finalists have now been selected from more than 330 applications from 38 countries. In a few weeks, the three winning teams will each receive 250.000 euros, mentoring, concrete networking opportunities and broad international attention.

For more information on the amazing finalists and the Kofi Annan Award for Innovation in Africa go to: bka.gv.at/en/kofiannaward

Adam Urosevic is Advisor for Sustainable Development at the Federal Chancellery.

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