Win a share of R1.5 million in the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Youth Challenge 2021 (For youths residing in South Africa)

Are you a youth legally residing in South Africa? 

Then you should submit your ideas and solutions that improve the lives of communities by addressing infrastructure challenges in new and innovative ways that build Africa’s prosperity in the inaugural DBSA Youth Challenge.

Sectors

  • Energy: Your idea will contribute to economic and environmentally sustainable energy generation, storage and/or distribution.
  • Health: Your idea improves access to quality affordable primary healthcare in marginalised communities in urban and rural areas of the country.
  • Water: Your idea reduces water pollution and/or Increases access to clean potable water.
  • Human Settlements & Housing: Your idea offers a solution to the need for affordable, environmentally sustainable housing in informal settlements and/or rural areas of the country.
  • Transport: Your idea improves access, safety and/or the experience of public commuters, or reduces traffic congestion and air pollution or increases the efficiency of moving goods.
  • ICT: Your idea solves the challenge of access faced by many, breaking down those barriers to digital accessibility and connectivity.
  • Education: Your idea solves the need of access to quality education for every child ensuring that they’re equipped for the future.

 

Application Deadline: July 31, 2021

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Benefits

  • Successful applicants win a share of R1.5 million towards their Infrastructure development idea with a 12-month mentorship programme to assist with the execution of their infrastructure idea.

Eligibility

The opportunity is open to :

  • Anyone legally residing in South Africa. 
  • People between the ages of 18 and 35

N.B: DBSA employees, their immediate families as well as DBSA partners, service providers and other companies associated with the competition and with the DBSA are not eligible.

Specifications

  • Applications must be submitted in English.

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Application Instructions

Fill in the application form and include a short motivation answering why you think yours is the winning idea.

 A duly completed form with a full description of the innovation must accompany each submission, otherwise the entry will be disqualified.

About the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Youth Challenge

Development Bank of Southern Africa

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is a leading development finance institution (DFI) operating across the African continent. We provide infrastructure financing in the energy, transport, water and Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sectors, with a secondary focus on the education, health and human settlements sectors. We believe that financing infrastructure is about improving people’s lives and growing the economy. With the inaugural DBSA Youth Challenge, we are inviting youth legally residing in South Africa to submit their ideas and solutions that improve the lives of our communities by addressing infrastructure challenges in new and innovative ways that build Africa’s prosperity.

The DBSA is committed to building Africa’s prosperity. We believe that development is an inclusive process towards enriched and sustainable livelihoods. The DBSA Youth Challenge is an invitation to youth legally residing in South Africa between the ages of 18 and 35 to come up with new solutions to the infrastructure problems we see every day. We are looking for innovative ideas and solutions, big and small that address the challenges we face in infrastructure within the transport, water, energy, Information Communications and Technology (ICT), education, health and human settlements sectors.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Application Deadline is July 31, 2021

Ideas will be selected according to:

  • Originality
  • Relevance
  • Technical feasibility
  • Quality of the submission, motivation and presentation
  • Scalability
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