When programmes like the Federal Government’s MSME survival fund are being launched, many people find it very difficult to go through the registration process. I have decided to write this step by step guide to help you submit your application for the programme and hopefully become one if the beneficiaries.
Global Value Chains have changed and indeed are changing the international trade. This article seeks to highlights these changes and discus how the Nigerian government policies support to broaden participation in GVCs.
The MSME Survival Fund is a conditional grant to support vulnerable micro and small enterprises in meeting their payroll obligations and safeguard jobs in the MSMEs sector. The scheme is estimated to save not less than 1.3million jobs across the country and specifically impact on over 35,000 individuals per state.
The Federal Government has released new details on the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) support scheme being rolled out under the National Economic Sustainability Programme.
According to estimates provided, the sum of N50 billion will be used to provide payroll support, N200 billion for loans to artisans, and N10 billion support to private transport companies and workers.
Major sectors to benefit from the MSME survival fund include private schools, road transport, hotels, tourism, restaurants, creative industries and export-related businesses.
The implementation committee chaired by Ambassador Mariam Katagum, Minister of the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, will collaborate with private sector MSME associations to verify and screen applications from bidding MSMEs, define quantity and price of products required, and also get participants to join in the procurements.
This scheme will protect and sustain the income of vulnerable Micro and Small Enterprises from the economic disruptions of the COVID – 19 pandemic through the implementation of various initiatives aimed at boosting the production capacities of the small businesses as well as provision of grants.
The fund is not a loan that someone needs to pay back instead it is a grant.
The Nigerian Government will allow 250,000 people to register their businesses for free. The first period of this grant is three months.
The government disclosed in a tweet on the official handle of the government, the support scheme will include a Guaranteed Off-take Scheme for priority products, and an MSMEs Survival Fund.
The scheme will be implemented over a period of three months in order to provide immediate relief from the economic impact of the pandemic.
The Main Objective of this particular scheme is:
- To boost production capabilities of small businesses with the view to ensuring that they remain in business.
- Increase employment and create wealth
- Engender inclusive growth and
- Enhance access by MSMEs to financial services.
To benefit from this scheme, MSMEs would have to go through a rigorous and painstaking verification process which will be based on criteria.
- Employees company must be registered in Nigeria under the Corperate Affairs Commission, CAC.
- Must have a staff strength of not less than 3 persons
- Must have a BVN by company CEO
- Must be owned by a Nigerian
- Service providers in the transportation sector, ie. Mechanics, Taxi drivers, Bus drivers, Electricians, Artisans and Plumbers etc.
MSMEs that are unregistered will receive support to complete registration with the Corperate Affairs Commissions (CAC), and all participants will be expected to make payments based on signed agreements.
HOW TO APPLY
The Registration for the survival fund will begin on the 21st
Visit the website of this project for more information.
The committee will identify eligible SMEs and screening and verification for this fund will be based on company registration, and tax registration. The implementation committee will approve disbursements through microfinance banks and fin-tech credit providers.
ONLINE APPLICATION FOR RECRUITMENT INTO THE FEDERAL TEACHER’S SCHEME (FTS) FOR 2020/2021 SERVICE PERIOD.
The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has commenced recruitment into the Federal Teacher’s Scheme (FTS) for 2020/2021 periods. The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) is a Federal Government Agency which is responsible for Federal Teacher’s Recruitment happening in Nigeria.
The Federal Teacher’s Scheme (FTS) is a two-year intervention programme which was established by the Federal Government in 2006 to assist States in addressing teachers shortage at the basic education level.
Being a teacher is one of the jobs with the greatest degree of responsibility, because being a teacher is not only training individuals, but also, in a certain way, shaping the society of tomorrow.
Applications are invited from eligible candidates for recruitment into the Federal Teacher’s Scheme (FTS) for 2020/2021 service period.
Only candidates who fulfill the following conditions need to apply:
- Bachelor degree in Education or Bachelor degree with Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), of not lower than Second Class (Lower Division) and not earned earlier than 2014.
- Must have completed or exempted from the NYSC Scheme.
- Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) with credit passes in Teaching Practice and the Teaching Subjects, and not earned earlier than 2014, with specialization in any of the following subjects:
- English Language
- Integrated Science
- Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- Agricultural Science
- Home Economics
- Computer Science
- Technical/Technology Education
- Computer Science or Information Technology
- Nigerian Languages
- Physical and Health Education
- Not more than 35 years of age.
- Not currently employed or enrolled under NYSC, NPower or any similar programme.
The service period is for two (2) years or as may be determined by the Universal Basic Education Commission.
The Federal Government shall pay each participant an allowance of N30,000.00 per month.
AREAS/REGIONS EXPECTED TO BE POSTED TO AS A SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT FOR FEDERAL TEACHERS RECRUITMENT.
Before applying for the Nigerian Federal Teachers Recruitment, bear it in mind that you might be posted to rural or urban areas as slated by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
- Schools identified through UBEC quality assurance to be without teachers.
- Schools in internally displaced persons camp.
- Nomadic schools.
- Almajiri schools.
HOW TO APPLY:
Application Form shall be completed online. Interested candidates who fulfill the above listed eligibility criteria should visit this site for completing and submitting their application Forms online. Candidates will be required to upload their credentials (as listed on the site) together with their most recent passport photograph.
The portal for application shall be open for two (2) weeks, from 10th-24th September,2020.
There will be no extension.
All enquiries relating to the online application should be directed to:
email@example.com and +2347036662931.
Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for a Computer-Based Test as scheduled below:
DATE: Saturday,10th October, 2020
VENUE: At designated CBT Centre in each State Capital (Information on this will be provided by the State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBS) and UBEC Zonal and State Offices)
TIME: 9.00 am
Enquiries about the Scheme should be directed to: 08033109307, 08033364779, and 08036014258.
Facebook Small Business Grants Programme to support businesses suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has launched in Nigeria. According to the company, 781 small businesses in Nigeria will benefit from a ₦500m grant as part of its $100m Global Grants Programme. The program which started earlier this year aims to support 30,000 Small and Medium Scale Business (SMBs) in over 30 countries as well as Nigeria.
The funds which will be released in cash grants and ad credits will help empower and lengthen a helping hand to local small business owners who have been most affected. This will be accomplished by helping businesses keep their employees going durable, support with rent and operational costs, help connect with more clients and sustain their communities.
There are several requirements that must be met to be qualified to benefit from the Facebook grant. Secondly, the business must be over a year old. So you must have established the company before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. Also, you must have experienced significant challenges due to the pandemic. Consequently, your business must be in or near a location where Facebook operates.
So if your business is based in Nigeria you qualify. If you meet the above requirements you will need the following documents when applying; the latest annual return of your business, your business registration or business license, Partnership Agreements and your 2019 financial statements. For the application process in Nigeria, Facebook has partnered with Deloitte Ireland LLP and Quest Computing Ltd who will be administering the application process.
To qualify for the Facebook grant you must get the following:
- Your business must be profit oriented.
- Your business get between 2 and 50 employees.
- You should be in business for over a year.
- Your business must have experience challenges from COVID-19.
- Be in or near a location where Facebook operates.
Documents needed for Facebook grant:
On the completion of your application, you will be required to supply your most recent financial statements or accounts along with legal documents that prove your business has been established for at least one year; i.e. your annual tax return, business registration document (CAC documents), business license or partnership agreement.
You will also make sure that you provide full financial statements or accounts for your business. At least, the financial statements you will provide should include one balance sheet and another income statement/profit or loss statement. A balance sheet will normally show summary of all of your business’ properties and liabilities; i.e. cash, balances due from your customers, loans that your business owe, buildings owned by your business, stock held by your business etc.
You should get income statement/profit or loss statement includes a summary of your income, expenses and profit for a year. Abridged financial statements or accounts will not be accepted. When Facebook asks for the submission on their portal, please upload these two documents in a PDF format.
Do have in mind that you might be asked to provide further documents at a later stage in the process.
Pros and Cons for the application:
You cannot apply on behalf of your business if you are a current government official or relative of a government official. You will be asked to confirm you are not a government official as part of the application form. A government official includes officials, employees, representatives or anyone else acting in an official capacity for or on behalf of a government, government agency or other administrative authority or judicial or quasi-judicial body (whether elected or appointed, including for example, legislators, regulators, police, judges, tribunal members, federal, state or local council members), state-owned/controlled enterprises and executives at state-controlled companies; political parties or campaigns; public international organizations (including for example, UN officials); and candidates for public office; any person acting on behalf of or any relatives of any of those listed.
This programme has been designed to help small businesses overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19. The information you provide in the application form will allow us to understand how your business has been affected by COVID-19, and how it could benefit from a grant during this difficult time.
All personally identifiable information supplied in this Application Form will be processed in accordance with the Facebook Data Policy.
When completing the application form, please consider the following:
1. The information you provide will be examined objectively and in a fair manner, with all applicants treated equally.
2. When answering a question in a ‘free text’ field, please provide the essential information in a comprehensive but concise manner, adhering to the character limits provided.
A company is a corporate structure with distinct legal personal status. It is statutorily regulated and incorporated for the tenacity of profit maximization. All companies, whether a private company limited by shares, private unlimited or a company limited by guarantee need be registered in agreement with the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), being the major law that standardizes companies in Nigeria. The requirements for registering a company in Nigeria are upfront with no complexities.
The commission in charge of the regulation and supervision of the registration and companies is the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) established pursuant to the provisions of CAMA. It must be well-known that the minimum number of persons required to form a company is two (2), with the age capacity not less than 18 years. The only exemption for a person less than 18 years to register a company is where there are two or more adults involved in the establishment of the company.
There are two joint options to be well thought-out when starting a business. You can either register it as a Business Name or incorporate a Limited Liability Company with the Corporate Affairs Commission. A Business Name is generally used for Sole Proprietorships (One Man Business) whereas a Limited Liability Company is maintained by Shareholders and as the name denotes their liability/ dividends are constrained to the shares they own in the company.
Also referred to as a corporation or a limited liability company, it is a type of business that offers incredible benefits over being a sole proprietor. Registering a company rather than a business name gives you a much more professional image and influence. It indicates to investors that you are committed to professional corporate governance structures that have been created. It emphasizes that the business has permanence and can be trusted.
It also makes it easier to raise capital by issuing new shares to investors. For one, there is the liability protection. Forming a corporation gives you the leeway to raise capital through the sale of shares of your company. With a company (Private Limited Liability Company), the first attractive bit is that the company is a separate legal entity from the owners. To break it down, the company is regarded as different from you.
You can be personally broke while the company is rich and vice versa. The death of the founder does not necessarily have any effect on the company as the company has a life of its own. It is worthy of note that a private limited liability company can have up to 50 shareholders!
Guidelines for registering a limited liability company
- The first step required by the applicant is to select two suitable proposed names for the company.
- After this is done, an availability check will be conducted on the CAC online portal to find out if the name is vacant and not already in use.
- Choosing the type of company to be registered whether a private limited company or private unlimited company or company limited by guarantee.
- The objectives and business of the company must be provided.
- The registered principal address of the company.
- The share capital and shareholding formula among shareholders will be required.
- The particulars of a minimum of two (2) Directors will be required. A copy of their means of identification such as voter’s card, national ID, drivers’ license or international passport.
- Particulars of the company secretary (one of the directors may also act as the Secretary of the company)
- The applicant will be required to furnish details of the shareholders of the company. Details such as names, occupation, residential address, email address, mobile phone number and means of identification such as driver’s license, international passport or national identity card. It should be noted that the directors listed can also hold the capacity of shareholders in the company if desired.
- The memorandum and Articles of association of the company to be registered which is advisable to be drafted professionally by a Legal Practitioner. Nevertheless, the CAC has provided a generic MEMART, which any new company can be adopted.
- The applicant will also be required to pay a filing fee to the CAC and stamp duty paid to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
Where this information is provided for, the following statutory forms will be required to be filled and submitted along with the evidence of payment at the CAC and other requirements:
- Form CAC 1- Availability search and reservation of name
- Form CAC 1.1-Pre-registration form.
Incorporation can be commenced online by an individual applicant or through a CAC endorsed agent at the CAC’s online portal. Where an individual commenced the incorporation himself or herself, such a person will still require the services of a legal practitioner for an attestation.
Benefits of company incorporation:
Reputation with Customers
Developing reputation particularly from clients and customers you’ve never done business before is very challenging. Registering your business gives your prospective customers assurance that they are dealing with a trustworthy organization. If your business is online founded and you have the option of customers paying to your company account before you can ship the goods or services, having a registered business together with a corporate account give more integrity and trust.
Account Opening in Your Company Name
Another great benefit of registering your company name is to use it to open corporate account in your company name. Having corporate account give you more trustworthiness and conviction from your clients, bank, merchants and other business associates
Legal Liability Protection
The minute you register your business as Limited Liability Company, you are a dissimilar entity from your company. You also get legal liability protection. If you incorporate, you will not be held personally responsible for certain accidents and other liabilities. If you acquired loan and you fail to pay, your bank will not take hold of your property except the company asset because you are sheltered from such occurrence.
As soon as your company is registered, gaining access to loan comes to be very easy compared to personal loan application. Using your documents, you are going to have to attest that you’re really a business. This gives trustworthiness and conviction and also warrants confidence and your investors or creditors will see that they are dealing with an establishment and will be willing to lend you money if other terms and conditions are made.
Starting a business triggers a lot of questions in the mind of the owner, questions like, what kind of business or company do I want to establish? A company that will be independent and even continue after my death or one that dies with me” The answer is evident, a company that continues even when I am not around. So if registering your business, one of the benefits is that even if you’re dead or become disabled, your business continues particularly when you have the right edifice in place.
A registered business can employ full-time employees and pay them salaries and additional benefits. You have the chance to seek for intern particularly from National Youth Service Commission that will not cost you a lot in terms of paying salaries and incentives.
Business Voyage to Other Country
One more great benefit of business registration is that you can simply obtain visa and travel to any country for business purposes. Each country always receives foreign investors who are interested in doing business in their country because such worthy investments will add value to their economy.
Conclusively, to run any company in Nigeria, such a company need be incorporated. Even though the company registration can be commenced online, the original copies of the documents used for the registration has to be submitted to the CAC before the Certificate of Incorporation can be handed out to the owners or their agent.
United Bank for Africa (UBA) is one of Africa’s leading financial services institutions — with operations in over 20 countries across the continent. UBA has over 70 years of experience in the banking industry. Today it provides a range of different services — cut across commercial banking, corporate banking, SME banking and retail banking. Together with Access Bank, First Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank and Zenith Bank — UBA forms part of Nigeria’s tier-1 banks. UBA has a variety of different business loan and finance products on offer — appropriate for both large corporates and smaller companies.
Funding and types of business loans available through United Bank for Africa
Young Entrepreneur Finance Scheme
Young Entrepreneur Finance Scheme is an initiative of the bank to provide credit facilities precisely to young entrepreneurs across Africa with energetic business ideas and who would require finance to grow their small and medium scale businesses. With this structure, UBA offers credit facilities to young African entrepreneurs. In order to apply, you need a durable and bankable business idea. Should you have this, UBA, along with other partner financial institutions, may be able to give you the capital needed to grow and scale your business.
This product seeks to offer credit facilities to young entrepreneurs across Africa with vibrant and bankable business ideas and who require capital to finance and grow their small and medium scale businesses. The source of the funding/guarantee shall be either directly from UBA or from any of the acceptable Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) such as USAID, IFC, AfDB, AFD etc., or other Hedge funds the Bank is able to work together with. All business sectors of young entrepreneurs with workable or thriving businesses ideas for strong potential growth except Real estate, Tobacco, Alcohol and Weapons.
The product is targeted at young entrepreneurs from across Africa who are at least 18 years’ old. A maximum of N15, 250,000 and a minimum of N1, 525,000. Maximum of 7years but startup businesses will be allowed a 6 months moratorium period. Applicant business must have been a customer for at least 1 month supported with 3 months’ account statement from former bank. Repayment will be made from beneficiary business proceeds irrevocably domiciled to UBA. You can apply for the young Entrepreneur Finance loan at UBA GROUP Click on YEFS and follow the heads-up.
UBA Medical Loan
UBA’s medical loan facility is designed to support businesses active in the healthcare sector. Funding can be provided in the form of a term loan, or by the way of asset financing. Examples of eligible businesses include dental clinics, diagnostic centers, hospitals, medical laboratories, opticians and pharmacies. Up to N50 million can be advanced, for up to 3 years.
With a temporary overdraft, businesses have access to extra cash — that can be used for emergency expenses. This is a short-term credit facility — where you can borrow funds for up to 30 days. Interest is charged on any monies borrowed.
Invoice Discounting Facility (IDF)
If your business often has unpaid invoices — you may be interested in UBA’s invoice discounting facility. Here, you can get a cash advance — as long as you have a verifiable invoice. Any money released, will be discounted i.e. you get a percentage of the total invoices value.
UBA School Loans
The UBA School Loans facility is aimed at meeting the funding requirements of private schools. Financing can be used for a variety of purposes including working capital, asset acquisition and buying/developing property.
UBA Creative Industry Finance
This creative industry scheme is backed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). With it, you can get a loan of up to N500 million, at an interest rate of 9% per annum. You will have up to 10 years to repay any monies borrowed. Businesses with activities in things like fashion, ICT, movies and music are eligible.
AGSMEIS stands for Agri-Business Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme. It is an initiative designed by the CBN to support agricultural businesses — as well as other micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMES). Up to N10 million can be borrowed, for 7 years, at an interest rate of 5% per annum.
Development Bank of Nigeria
Through participating banks like UBA, the Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN), advances credit to MSMEs — to be used to grow and develop their businesses. Depending on the nature of your business, you may have up to 10 years to repay the loan. Interest rates are flexible.
UBA links Nigerian importers, exporters and trading companies — to international markets — with the help of its trade finance solutions. Products on offer include letters of credit and LC discounting finance.
Qualifying for a United Bank for Africa business loan. UBA Bank has many different funding options — from term loans, to receivables finance, to business overdrafts. Further, there are a number of schemes or initiatives that focus on certain sub-sectors of the economy e.g. agriculture. Accordingly, your business may not necessarily be eligible to apply for every finance product on offer.
In addition, each of these facilities will have their own terms and conditions to meet. That being said, there are certain requirements you’ll need to meet — no matter the finance product that you apply for. In general terms, in order to qualify for financing, your business must show proof of regular monthly income. Having a profitable business and a good credit history is also important.
Other general business lending criteria can (but not always) include:
. Having a business or corporate bank account
. Been trading for some time (1-3 years minimum)
. Must have a good Credit Bureau Report — with no unpaid obligations or bad debt
. Being an active customer of the bank
Although you need a registered business, to apply for a UBA business loan, there are other options — for unregistered businesses.
UBA bank also offers personal loan products and salary advances, that may be used (in certain circumstances) for business purposes.
How to apply for a United Bank for Africa business loan
There are a few different methods for applying for a UBA business loan. Applications can be made via email, phone or in person (at a suitable UBA bank branch). Some loan products also accommodate online applications.
Irrespective of the channel of application, loan requests will be evaluated against UBA lending guidelines. Your business, as a whole, will be assessed and the purpose of the loan taken into account — before the bank reaches any lending decision.
- Funding approval will result in funds being released — subject to you meeting the terms set out in the relevant approval letter.
- A checklist of what may be required — as part of any application process includes:
- Completed application form
- Company profile
- Business plan
- Cash flow budget
- Bank statements (12 months)
- Audited financial accounts
- Certificate of Incorporation
- Valid means of identification (driving license, passport, and voter’s card)
- Proof of address
- Details of collateral offered (if any)
Note. More (or less) documentation may be asked for — depending on the credit facility you apply for and the size of your business. For instance, larger corporate organizations may need to produce a tax clearance receipt.
UBA requires collateral on some of its loan products, this is principally true — where large volumes of money are in question. For relatively small amounts of money — loose loans are possible. As soon as collateral or security is prerequisite, acceptable forms of such can include:
- Obligations of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN Bonds, FGN Eurobonds, FGN Treasury Bills etc.)
- Obligations of state governments or agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
- Other non-government debt instruments
- Physical assets e.g. real property
- Third party guarantors (or collateral)
D-PRIZE GLOBAL COMPETITION IS LIVE
D-Prize increases access to poverty alleviation interventions in the developing world. Numerous solutions to poverty are in existence. The challenge is allocating these solutions to the people who need it most. The programs yield new distribution entrepreneurs- social entrepreneurs who start new ventures that allot proven life-enhancing technologies to millions of people living in life-threatening poverty.
Their Goals are;
. Significantly increase access to life changing technologies in the developing world and prove an impact in a measurable way.
. Encourage young entrepreneurs to focus their talent on the developing world, pilot new solutions to distribution problems and launch new social ventures
. Encourage a global dialogue on the importance of leveraging distribution solutions for development. Believing the path to development is through solving distribution.
D-Prize is also open to any business type (for-profit, non-profit, and all in between). All front-runners will be awarded up to USD 20,000. The award is presented in the form of a convertible grant. Up to 25 of the most talented proposals will be selected for funding awards, irrespective of which challenge track was selected. D-Prize challenges are open to anyone or any teams. The sole restriction is that individuals and their immediate family on the judging panel may not participate as a contestant.
D-Prize Challenges are in the following category;
1. Girls’ education
4. Global health
6. Governance and infrastructure
Contestants are assessed based on:
Passion and potential for candidate’s success, as evident by their academic and professional background, relevant skills, and quick leadership trajectory
Focus on distribution. Proposals must focus on distributing a proven poverty solution that needs greater access in the developing world.
Potential for scale, based on the organizational model proposed in the concept note and the entrepreneur’s desire to commit and grow.
D-Prize is for aspiring entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world, of any age, and any background.
They will consider funding existing organizations only if: you are piloting a new distribution-focused initiative, and you need high risk capital.
You should have enormous ambition, and can imagine yourself as a successful entrepreneur. You are ready to launch your new venture, and – if a pilot proves successful – you are excited to grow it into a world changing organization.
If you are still a student or have existing commitments, you should have a clear idea how to transition into a full-time founder.
D-Prize is exclusively interested in ventures that will scale distribution of an already proven poverty intervention in the developing world. They do not fund prototypes of promising new interventions.
D-Prize challenges are open to anyone or any teams. The sole restriction is that individuals and their immediate family on the judging panel may not participate as a contestant. D-Prize is also open to any business model (for profit, non-profit, and everything in between).
The Program Submission Policies
- Proposals must be submitted following the instructions in this packet.
- Extra material outside of the proposal will not be considered.
- Revisions to proposals after submission will also not be considered.
- Only one proposal per person or partnership will be considered.
- Proposals must be written in English.
How to apply
Please prepare a concept note which respond to the following prompts:
. How does your new organization or venture idea improve distribution of your selected intervention?
. What is the expected impact of your work?
. Who is your team?
Note: Concept notes are limited to two pages.
Please include a resume for each person on your team, limited to one page per person.
Note: Resumes should highlight the most relevant past leadership roles and accomplishments.
Input your contact details and upload your documents.
Note: Files must be PDF and are limited to a size of 4MB each. Concept notes and resumes can be separate documents.
This year’s challenge plan has been planned thus;
Chlorine dispenser challenge:
400 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to improved water. Chlorine dispensers at community water sources treat water and lower the occurrence of waterborne disease like diarrhea. Can you distribute community chlorine dispensers and teach people to use them?
Sugar daddy awareness challenge:
14 million unintended teen pregnancies occur annually in sub-Saharan Africa, and girls are 5x more likely to be infected with HIV. A one-hour “sugar daddy awareness” class reduces these risks 28%. Can you teach “sugar daddy awareness” classes to girls in need?
Quality inputs challenge:
Increasing the productivity of sub-Saharan African smallholder farms has potential to lift millions of people out of extreme poverty. High quality seeds and micro dosing of fertilizer are cost-effective ways to ensure higher crop yield. Can you distribute a bundle of proven agricultural inputs and teach farmers to use them to grow more?
Custom agriculture challenge:
D-Prize is specifically interested in distributing proven agriculture interventions to smallholder farmers. If you know of a highly-effective intervention that is backed by credible evidence, we want to hear your plan to increase its distribution.
Solar lamp challenge:
600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa use kerosene lanterns to light their homes. Pico solar lamps are cheaper, cleaner, create cost savings, and increase household incomes by 30%. Can you sell solar lights to rural or slum-dwelling households in need?
Self-injectable contraceptive challenge:
Over 200M women globally lack access to family planning products. Sayana® Press is a self-injectable contraceptive in a single-use package. Since the product is simple enough for recipients themselves to administer, it may be particularly valuable for women who prefer injectable contraceptives but do not have regular access to health facilities. Can distribute Sayana® Press to underserved women through a private health network?
Half the world lacks access to medical oxygen – a basic and critical treatment for numerous ailments. Oxygen concentrators are machines that produce medical oxygen in low-resource settings and are being distributed at a large scale – yet without maintenance, many will soon be at risk of breaking down. Can you develop a team of technicians to service existing oxygen concentrators?
Patient identification challenge:
Obstetric fistula, cervical cancer, club foot, and cataracts all have effective treatments. Yet identifying patients among large populations is difficult. Can you create a way to identify patients and connect them to early treatment solutions?
Maternal health challenge:
Misoprostol is a $3 drug that could prevent 100,000 maternal deaths from postpartum hemorrhaging. Can you develop an organization to train birth attendants to administer misoprostol?
Voluntary medical male circumcision challenge:
The incidence of new HIV infections in many countries in Eastern and Southern Africa remains high. Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) can substantially reduce the risk of HIV acquisition for men, and can also reduce the risk of transmission of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) to the men’s partners. Can you develop an organization to identify candidates for VMMC and connect them to health facilities?
Prevention of mother-to-child transmission challenge:
HIV can be transmitted from pregnant women to their infants. A short round of antiretroviral therapy (ART) can substantially reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission. Can you prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV by helping HIV-positive pregnant women adhere to an ART regimen?
Child immunization challenge:
Millions of infants in developing countries do not receive the routine immunizations recommended by the World Health Organization. Increased immunization rates in low-coverage areas could prevent a large number of childhood deaths from preventable diseases. Can you direct 500 caregivers (parents or other guardians) to bring their infants to health facilities for routine immunizations that otherwise would not occur?
Teaching at the right level challenge:
In many resource-limited countries over 50% of Grade 2 students are unable to read a single word of a short text or perform two-digit subtraction. Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) is an education program that tailors instruction to the learning level of the child, rather than their age. The result is that basic literacy and numeracy are achieved by students before they finish primary school. Can you implement an effective TaRL program to teach students in a resource-limited classroom?
Governance and infrastructure
Government transparency challenge:
Public services in developing countries are rife with corruption. Public reporting and scorecards creates real accountability. Can you improve transparency and report data on the public service performance?
Propose your own challenge:
Propose your own challenge! If you know of another proven intervention in need of greater distribution, we would like to hear it. The only requirements are to choose an already proven poverty solution that is in need of distribution to more people in the developing world.
Select a challenge above and be prepared for the following deadlines:
. The Global Competition launches on September 8th, 2020.
. Early Submission Deadline: October 18th, 2020 at midnight PT (Pacific Time)
. Regular Submission Deadline: November 8th, 2020 at midnight PT (Pacific Time)
. Extension Deadline (limited to 200 people who register): November 29th, 2020 at midnight PT (Pacific Time)
. Organize your concept note and resume(s), and clearly name your files. Concept notes and resumes can be separate documents. Files must be PDF and are limited to a size of 4MB each.
. Input your contact details and upload your documents.
. The deadline of Dprize challenge 2020 is 10th December 2020.