What is this call about?
The African Union Civic Tech Fund is a pan-African competition that aims to accelerate innovative civic tech initiatives that have the potential to lead to citizen-led transformative action across the African continent. This rests on the recognition that there is an acute need for meaningful participation by African citizens in addressing and solving governance and development challenges across the continent.
The overarching policy framework for the African Union Civic Tech Fund is Africa’s Agenda 2063 as well as other key policy documents associated with the African Union Shared Values agenda, such as the ACDEG or the African Youth Charter. Initiatives should therefore provide innovative solutions to solve problems of citizen participation, across a number of relevant areas:
- Participation in public space & public discourse;
- Electoral cycles and elections;
- Rule of law & orderly transfers of power between governments;
- Democratic culture and political pluralism;
- Responsive, transparent and accountable governance;
- Peace and security (where it impacts democratic governance);
- Human, economic and sustainable development (where it impacts democratic
How do I apply for a grant?
When a call for ideas is open on the website, click ‘Apply for Support’ to be directed to our overview of open calls with details on the call, such as the guidelines and a link to the online application form. You can complete the application form in English, French or Portuguese.
What does the application process look like?
We will publish calls for ideas on this website to which applicants will submit expressions of interest via the online application form. Once these are reviewed, a selected number of applicants will be invited to submit a full application. From these, selected applicants at one organisation will be chosen. For some calls several organisations may be chosen.
Can I submit my application without using the online application form?
No. We will only consider applications submitted through the online application form. If you encounter technical issues, you can contact us for support at this email address: email@example.com.
Who can benefit from support?
The Fund is primarily foreseen for not-for-profit entities registered in any African Union Member States. If duly justified, we will also consider applications from for-profit entities. Each call will have further specifications, for example with a geographic or thematic focus.
I applied, how do I know my concept note was shortlisted?
All applicants will receive an official response with the result of the selection process. Only selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application.
In which language should I apply?
We accept applications in English, French and Portuguese.
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