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About the #Data4COVID19 Africa Challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic is a human tragedy, impacting people around the world. The social and economic costs are huge, and they are contributing to a global slowdown affecting every country and community. The African continent, like much of the world, has been badly affected.


Policymakers need much more detailed analysis and actionable insights to guide their decisions, support actions of huge significance, and monitor their impact. The prevalence of alternative data—even in traditionally data-sparse countries—and advances in data science provide a unique opportunity to experiment with new ​data collaboratives​ that bridge data sets, partners and expertise, and stakeholders to generate actionable intelligence and help decision-makers and people navigate this unprecedented crisis.


From now through February 5, 2021, l’Agence française de développement (AFD), together with ​Expertise France​ and ​The GovLab, is soliciting innovative proposals (re)using data in a collaborative and responsible way to provide actionable intelligence for decision-makers and people to respond to COVID-19 and future pandemic challenges across Africa. The Data4COVID19 Africa Challenge aims to address the rapidly developing situation in communities across the continent.


About the Webinar

If you are interested in applying to the #Data4Covid19 Africa Challenge, join us on Tuesday, January 12 at 4 PM CET to learn more! The webinar will introduce the goals and partners of the challenge, types of ideas and proposals that we look to support, eligibility criteria for applicants, and timeline of the process. We will also be answering any questions from prospective applicants.


The Webinar will be hosted by Stefaan Verhulst, Chief Research and Development Officer of The Governance Lab, Peter Martey Addo, Head of DataLab and Senior Data Scientist at the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and Beata Suszterova, Project Coordinator at Expertise France.


More information on the challenge and an application form can be found here:

Le webinaire sera animé par Stefaan Verhulst, directeur de la recherche et du développement de The Governance Lab, Peter Martey Addo, directeur de Datalab et Data Scientist à l’Agence Française de Développement (AFD) et Beata Suszterova, coordinatrice du projet à l’Expertise France).


Vous trouverez plus d’informations sur le défi et un formulaire de candidature ici :


Tuesday 12 January 2021


4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CET


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