$15K African Conservation Challenge:
digital identity to foster African conservation dialogue launched
Closing date for proposals 30 May 2021
Resource Africa, in partnership with Yoti proudly announces the launch of a digital identity-themed African Conservation Challenge open to individuals and organizations throughout Africa. The USD15 000 prize challenge forms a part of Yoti’s Social Purpose Strategy. It seeks to foster online dialogue between communities and other conservation stakeholders that is authentic, trusted, and dignified.
The RA partnership with Yoti and Afrilabs stems from recognition of the missing voices of rural people in debates and decision-making processes around their rights to use, manage, and conserve their natural resources as they have done successfully for millennia. As we head toward the Convention on Biological Diversity
Conference of Parties (CBD COP) and beyond, local communities’ involvement and ability to represent their issues and influence these global debates and policies is critical to the successful conservation of biodiversity.
Challenge participants will be tasked with developing an online platform, based on the verified digital identities of all participants, that can enable local rural communities to engage a range of stakeholders, including government officials, conservation leaders, members of the public, to enable respectful, non-confrontational debate.The Challenge is open to web developers across Africa. Entries submitted will be considered preliminary ideas only and will be judged as such. The final site design and functionality will be determined following discussions between the winning entry, and Resource Africa and Yoti. First and foremost we are looking for interesting, compelling proposals based on the information provided.
Submission details are available in a downloadable PDF, and the competition closes on May 30, 2021.