ICT for Social Good: Innovation for Development Grant Program for Local Innovators in Low-Income Countries

Deadline: 30 April 2017

The ICT for Social Good is currently accepting applications for its grant program “Innovation for Development” to sustain, as much as possible, local innovators in low-income countries but also to inform the development sector too often still based on traditional intervention models about local innovations.

“ICT for Social Good” is part of a broader framework, “Innovation for Development”, a large feasibility study on innovation within the international development sector promoted by three italian foundations: Fondazione Cariplo and Compagnia di San Paolo, in collaboration with Fondazione Mission Bambini.


  • Raise the awareness of stories and examples of local innovation in order to sensibilize the operators of the Italian development sector, often focused on traditional intervention systems.
  • Focus on the potential role of the ICTs that are emerging in the development sector as tools able of support solutions to poverty thanks to higher access and diffusion chances.
  • Identify, value and award organisation that can already prove their social impact thanks to the application of digital technologies already available.
  • Promote and encourage partnerships between actors from the South and – the North of the world. The program believes that the collaboration between organisations based in different geographical contexts represents an added value that can entail better results.

Funding Information

  • The winner will receive a 12.000€ grant.
  • An official ceremony will be hosted in Italy during the final event of the Innovation for Development framework. Italian entrepreneurial and research realities will be present in order to know the project and, possibly, sustain it.
  • Fondazione Mission Bambini will offer a special grant named “ICT 4 Children” equals to 10.000€. The grant will be assigned to the project more aligned with the Foundation’s mission and focused on children.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The requirements of the candidates are:
    • To be a Non­profit organization or social venture/enterprise that is led by a social purpose and tackle social issues
    • To be an association, cooperative, NGO, individual enterprise, consortium at least since 6 months
    • To have the endorsement ­ a statement that assesses the good work made by the candidate ­ of an authority that can be either internationally (UN agency, development agency, international NGO, etc.) or locally recognised (University, research centre, government, regional institution, etc.).
    • Each candidate can submit a maximum of two projects South­North partnerships are welcome.
  • The projects, based on the use of ICTs, have to fulfill the following requirements:
    • Be focused on one or more of the following themes: food security and food sovereignty, water and sanitation, health, education, human rights and activism, inclusive and sustainable development
    • Be realised in one or more of the selected countries of Africa, South and Central America, Balkans and Asia regions
    • Be active from at least 6 month
    • Be able to prove the impact by means of reliable data and documents

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Countries

Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivorie, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Balkans: Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro.

Asia: India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia.

For more information, please visit ICT for Social Good.

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