Citizen Connections: more than 500 applications received
Following the success of the Citizen Connections MOOC last November, which brought together 5,000 people, a call for applications was launched to select 25 young, innovative and committed project leaders to benefit from an incubation programme and develop their initiatives.
More than 500 application files were submitted in one month from French-speaking Africa. This high number of applications confirms the strong interest of the continent's youth in the development of civic tech projects.
A jury of experts will examine all the files throughout January and then oral interviews will be conducted in February to decide on the best candidates. Particular attention will be given to projects that are led by women or tackle gender-related issues.
The list of winners will be published on 5 March 2021.
The 25 people selected will benefit from 8 months of editorial and technical support which will include three week-long collective incubation sessions, in Paris and French-speaking Africa, as well as individual coaching by a local incubator and a mentor. Project start-up assistance may be granted at the end of the programme depending on the quality of the projects.
The Citizen Connections project is co-funded by the French Development Agency and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.