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Apply Now: $1,000,000 for African Online Safety Solutions from Google

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By Wayan Vota on August 10, 2020

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Over 500 million people have access to the Internet on the African continent – 40% of the population. Over 250 million Africans use smartphones for going online.

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This Internet, smartphone and mobile network usage has created extraordinary new opportunities for economic development. However, Internet access, especially by novice users, comes with safety concerns, including:

  • Identify theft
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Sex trafficking
  • Hate crimes
  • Terrorist recruitment and promotion
  • Mis or disinformation
  • Financial scams

$1 Million Africa Online Safety Fund

The Africa Online Safety Fund has a $1 million commitment from Google.org. It will support innovative existing and new solutions to address women and children’s online safety with two categories of funding:

  • Catalytic projects will receive $10,000 in grant funding for small, targeted, and locally or culturally specific interventions.
  • Transformative projects will receive $100,000 for large-scale interventions reaching multiple geographies

The Fund is prioritizing applications that will impact communities in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa.

Apply Now! Deadline is August 21, 2020

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