Global South COVID-19 Digital Innovation Challenge- Call for Mentors, Deadline 31 December 2021

December 14, 2021
The Global South COVID-19 Digital Innovation Challenge was launched in June 2021 in collaboration with the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) as part of the ITU Innovation Challenges. The challenge sought to 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.
ITU received over 250 challenge applications. An expert selection committee of over 40 members was convened to review the submissions based on the evaluation criteria to determine the best innovative solutions that promote a return to normalcy after the COVID-19 crisis. The expert selection committee shortlisted 25 projects.
The organizers of these 25 projects had live pitching in front of a selection committee on 27 and 28 October during the virtual 2021 ITU Global Innovation Forum. The selection committee chose twelve winners, announced on 29 October 2021, during the “Bringing it all together – Awards ceremony and closing” session.

Call for Mentors

​ITU and UNOSSC are calling for mentors to support the winners of the Global South COVID-19 Digital Innovation Challenge and develop a Global South digital innovation mentor network. Experts are sought in the following areas:​

  • ​​Soft landing: has expertise and experience in

The ITU Innovation Challenges Mentorship Programme is open to policy-makers, financiers, start-up accelerator/incubator programme managers, recognized ICT experts and former ITU Innovation Challenges winners.

Mentor will receive:​

All mentors are expected to commit up to 10 hours of their time over a period of six months, in addition to the four-hour training boot camp, to provide support to the winners of the Global-South Challenge.

How to Apply

Interested individuals must complete the application form and send it, along with their photo and CV, to by 31 December 2021.

​​​​​​Meet the Winners

Project​ ​Country Organization/Institution​
​Wheels for Life by​ Kenya ​Capsule Limited
Blended Hands-on Science Teacher Training​ ​Ghana Practical Education Network
Patient-centric Active Adherence, Care and Treatment Solution (PACTS) ​India ZMQ Development
​StopCOVID – Scan QR CODE for the Safety of the Country​ ​Cambodia Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPTC)​​
​Integrating digital technology in last-mile delivery of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services within peri-urban suburbs during the coronavirus pandemic in Uganda ​​Uganda​ ​The Medical Concierge Group  Limited
​Affordable food for Everyone ​Uganda Solerchil Technologies
​Digital Literacy in Ecuador’s Amazon ​Ecuador/USA Equitable Origin, Inc
​O-lab: Learning without Borders Colombia-Nigeria ​Colombia ​Fundación El Origen
​Freelancy​ ​Tunisia ​Freelancy Dévelopment
​Building digital tools to strengthen India’s COVID-19 response through nutrition application ​India Dimagi Software Innovations Private Limited
​Ketabi App ​Jordan ​Integrated Generation
​Savvy ​Nigeria ​Publisher E-publishing and Digital Music Distribution Limited