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Government of Canada Afri-Plastics Challenge: Accelerating Growth 2021 for African Entrepreneurs

The Afri-Plastics Challenge Strand 1: Accelerating Growth are open now. Apply now! 

Application Deadline:

15th September 2021

About the Afri-Plastics Challenge:

Over 17 million tonnes of waste are generated by Sub-Saharan Africa annually, and only 12% of plastic waste is recycled. The Challenge aims to reduce marine plastics in Sub-Saharan African countries by developing and scaling innovative solutions to plastic mismanagement in a way that promotes gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

The Challenge will help communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa to prevent plastic waste from entering the marine environment by finding ways to minimize reliance on plastic and new ways of managing plastic waste.

The Problem

Over the past years, demand for plastic has substantially increased in Sub-Saharan Africa and it is projected to follow the same trajectory over the next decades…

Indicating a growth of 375% in Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East and North Africa together

Compared to a global average of 210% by 2060

Areas of opportunity for innovation

We are looking for existing solutions to improve plastic waste management that can be scaled throughout the duration of the Prize. Examples of a few of the types of organisations that may be interested in applying and scaling their businesses include; small-medium scale recyclers, waste picking organisations, waste management enterprises or small-medium buy-back centres.

The two main strategies for mitigating plastic leakages at the downstream level include improved and intensified waste collection, and recycling – actions within these two dimensions are highly interdependent.

We strongly encourage all entrants to consult the official site, afri-plastics.challenges.org, for additional information and resources before entering the Challenge.

Type of Award:

Contest

Eligibility:

We are looking for existing solutions to improve plastic waste management that can be scaled throughout the duration of the Challenge. Examples of a few of the types of organisations that may be interested in applying and scaling their businesses include; small-medium scale recyclers, waste picking organisations, waste management enterprises or small-medium buy-back centres. 

As depicted below, the two main strategies for mitigating plastic leakages at the downstream level include improved and intensified waste collection, and recycling – actions within these two dimensions are highly interdependent.

Number of Awards:

Not specified

Timeline of Award:

The Afri-Plastics Challenge is divided into three strands:

  • Strand 1: Accelerating GrowthSeeking small and medium-sized enterprises that have a proof of concept and the ability to scale nationally or regionally to reach a high target number of people, particularly engaging women and girls.Learn more here.
  • Strand 2: Creating Solutions (Launching September 2021)A call for new ideas particularly those that respond to a particular gap in the innovation landscape in specific Sub-Saharan African countries or with specific population groups.
  • Strand 3: Promoting Change (Launching December 2021)A call for large scale campaigns that raise awareness and engage women and girls in the plastics value chain.

How to Apply for the Afri-Plastics Challenge:

The Afri-Plastics Challenge Strand 1 Accelerating Growth opens for entries on Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 09:00 (BST) and closes on Wednesday 15 September 2021 at 12 noon (BST).

Following the closing date on Wednesday 15 September 2021 at 12:00 noon (BST), entries for the will be screened for eligibility and assessed. A diverse portfolio of entries that best meet the relevant assessment criteria will be long-listed by a group of external assessors, then later shortlisted by a Judging Panel.

We strongly encourage all entrants to read the Applicant Handbook along with the full Terms and Conditions before entering the Challenge.

Visit Afri-Plastics Challenge Webpage for Details

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