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OpenIDEO COVID-19 Global South Health and Livelihoods Challenge

OpenIDEO COVID-19 Global South Health and Livelihoods Challenge

Application for OpenIDEO COVID-19 Global South Health and Livelihoods Challenge Applications

The OpenIDEO COVID-19 Global South Health and Livelihoods Challenge seeks innovative ideas that demonstrate a deep understanding of low- and middle-income families in urban areas of the Global South and those that have been most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We accept all stages of innovations, from the initial design stage to full-scale implementation. Anyone can participate in the Challenge, be it an individual, a team, or a registered organization.

Introduction:

As COVID-19 began to spread in early 2020, some of the earliest and strictest lockdown policies were imposed by governments in the Global South, a term that broadly refers to the regions of Latin America, Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Oceania. Despite this, statistics show that as of August 12, 2020, many of the countries experiencing the highest death rates related to COVID are in the Global South, including: Brazil, Mexico, India, Peru, Iran. , Colombia, South Africa and Chile.

  • Country: Online
  • Financial coverage: Fully Funded
  • Eligible Regions: Anyone can apply
  • Deadline: September 10, 2020
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    Eligibility Criteria :

    • OpenIDEO COVID-19 Global South Health and Livelihoods Challenge is open to entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists, students, public and private sector organizations, non-profit organizations and others working anywhere in the Global South or with in-depth knowledge of the context in which the communities of the region are operating.
    • They welcome innovative ideas that demonstrate a deep understanding of low- and middle-income families in urban areas of the Global South and those that have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • They are embracing all stages of innovations, from the initial design stage to full-scale implementation.
    • Anyone can participate in the Challenge, whether the applicants are an individual, a team, or a registered organization.

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    Benefits :

    • Award funds and support will be available for up to 10 main ideas. Additionally,
    • Top Ideas will be invited to present their concepts to Intercorp leadership to be considered for additional investment and implementation.
    • Some ideas may also have the opportunity to be trained by La Victoria Lab, Intercorp’s innovation laboratory, to explore implementation avenues.

    The COVID-19 challenge for low- and middle-income families in the urban global South represents a confluence of many challenges into one. According to the IPI Global Observatory, the Global South has “the highest rates of COVID-19 in the world, a lack of adequate access to healthcare, and a large emerging middle class that is at risk of slipping back into poverty.” . Statistics from the region only compound the gravity of this reality. For example:

    • According to a report recently published by ECLAC United Nations, the poverty rate in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to increase by 4.4% in 2020, which translates into some 30 million people who had entered the middle class, retreating into poverty.
    • Most of the population in countries like Peru (76%), Colombia (74%), Brazil (80%), South Africa (64.3%) live in urban areas, and many of them live in multigenerational households. People living in tight spaces and urban density put older adults and those with underlying medical conditions at even greater risk.
    • Many low- and middle-income cities and communities live in poorly ventilated and substandard buildings, making it easy for disease to spread. Many lack access to clean water, basic sanitation, and regular electricity.
    • Commuters often rely on crowded public transportation, where there is a high risk of disease transmission.

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