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Citizen Connections – Develop Civic Engagement with Digital Tools

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted December 8, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on December 17, 2020
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In less than a decade, the explosion of online media and the growing demand for more effective public action in Africa have opened up unprecedented opportunities for innovation in the field of citizens’ initiative, known as “civic tech”. Digital tools are now available, but the lack of knowledge and the absence of a viable ecosystem are hindering the development of these initiatives.

Connexions Citoyennes intends to contribute to youth participation and citizen control of public action by strengthening the capacity of actors and actresses to implement and promote their digital initiatives.

The stage of advancement of the projects is not a selection criterion. In fact, candidates presenting a project idea may be selected in the same way as candidates submitting a more mature project.

Utilize This Offer

Are you between 18 and 35?
Do you want to launch a digital and citizen initiative in French-speaking Africa?
CFI offers to support you in the development of your project.

The objective of the call for applications is to select 25 young leaders and project leaders who will benefit from an incubation program that will allow them to strengthen their capacities and make their digital and citizen project a reality.

CFI takes into consideration candidates who meet the following criteria:
1) Have the nationality of one of the listed countries;
2) Be between 18 and 35 years old;
3) Have internet access (help may be offered);
4) Mastering French both orally and in writing;
5) Develop a project with a citizen and digital dimension in French-speaking Africa.

Target countries:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Chad, Togo, Tunisia.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Dec 08, 2020
Dec 08, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write (baby steps...) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Don't forget to visit regularly the World Pulse website and:
a) Go to Menu (left upper corner);
b) Click on Explore Topics OR Explore Regions;
c) Type the name of your country in the Search space;
d) Then search for offers that may suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Dec 09, 2020
Dec 09, 2020

Thanks, Ana. Sounds great.