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UNOSSC Invites Tech Startups for its Digital Innovation Challenge

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Due to popular demand, the deadline to apply for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) Digital Innovation Challenge, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been extended. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to send in your application by 31 July 2021. If you have already sent in your application, you do not need to re-apply.

The Challenge will identify scalable innovative digital solutions that will enable countries, societies, communities, institutions and individuals from the Global South to deal with the cascading effects of the pandemic – across governance, economic and social sectors, and wellbeing – and contribute to the organizations’ respective focuses on South-South cooperation and digital technologies.

South-South and triangular cooperation, through facilitating knowledge exchange, interaction and establishment of networks, building capacity and deploying working solutions and innovations on a broader level, will help us tackle challenges brought upon by the current pandemic.

Governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, private sector and start-ups, research institutions, academia and civil society organizations (CSOs) with a digital solution that addresses the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are invited to apply for the Challenge.

The Challenge is supported by the Global South-South Development Center Project (GSSDC) which is jointly initiated by UNOSSC and China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE), with funding support from the Government of China to the UN Fund for South-South Cooperation.

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