UNDP Multi-City Challenge Africa 2021 – Call for Applications

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UNDP wants to hear your solutions to three complex urban challenges in five African cities. Find more information about how to participate here.

Application Deadline:13th December 2020

About the Award: The Multi City Challenge is a process by which cities facing common problems pool expertise from residents to discover and implement innovative solutions.

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The Multi-City Challenge Africa aims to solve complex urban problems in collaboration with the people most affected by these problems: the residents of the city. The programme offers training to public officials of the participating cities to support them in defining challenges and solving them in collaboration with their residents. It offers the community a space to participate in the design and formulation of public policies and programmes at the local level, allowing them to provide their innovative ideas to overcome these challenges.

Eligible Field(s): The participating cities, Accra, Bahir Dar, Kampala, Kano, and Mutare, have defined three shared challenges to solve together with their communities. 

Type: Contest


  • Individuals or organisations interested in working to improve the urban context of the participating cities and, therefore, the quality of life of the residents, can participate regardless of their place of residence. However, we especially invite the residents of the five participating cities to submit ideas and to evaluate solutions proposed by others. 
  • Individuals who are relatives of the members of the city teams (see members in the profile of each city) or of the Multi City Challenge team are excluded from participating in the challenge. 

Selection Criteria: We seek innovative, low-cost ideas to solve these challenges that can be implemented by the cities in the short term. Solutions can include products, services, software, methods, models, public programme designs, and more. Solutions do not need to be novel. In fact, something that is in use elsewhere is of great interest but must be supported by evidence that the proposed solution will work in one of the participating cities.

Eligible Countries: Members of the cities listed (Accra, Bahir Dar, Kampala, Kano, and Mutare)

Number of Awards: The judges will select up to two winners in each category.

How to Apply: Participation is divided in two steps:

  • Step 1 (4th November – 13th December): Posting an idea to address one of the above three challenges in a city (maximum one idea per challenge per participant) to africa.multicitychallenge.org. 
  • Step 2 (14th December – 23rd December): Evaluating the ideas that you consider most 1) impactful, and 2) practical. 
  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

Visit Award Webpage for Details