OpenIDEO invites applications for the Covid-19 Global South Health and Livelihood Challenge to support low- and middle-income families in the Global South to stay healthy while maintaining a sustainable livelihood during the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020.
As COVID-19 began to spread at the beginning of 2020, some of the earliest and strictest lockdown policies were imposed by governments in the Global South, a term that refers broadly to the regions of Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Oceania. Despite this, statistics show that as of August 12, 2020, many of the countries experiencing the highest COVID-related death rates are in the Global South, among them: Brazil, Mexico, India, Peru, Iran, Colombia, South Africa, and Chile.
With the epicenter of the pandemic now in the Global South, and specifically Latin America, millions of people who cannot afford to isolate at home face an impossible choice: either go to work and risk contracting the virus, or stay at home and risk job and income loss.
Unfortunately, if drastic measures aren’t taken to shift the tides, millions of families are at risk of sliding back into poverty. Researchers at the World Economic Forum explain that low and middle-income urban areas are susceptible to incubate disease transmission due to a series of factors, including: proximity due to urban density, overcrowding, and uneven access to basic services.
To date, most governments in the Global South have focused on injecting capital back into their economies in an attempt to strengthen their fractured infrastructure. Unfortunately, all too often there is no robust plan in place to adequately support low- and middle-income families to return to work while staying protected from the virus. Even though many communities have taken preventative measures, it is challenging for many to avoid engaging in the activities that further spread the disease like going to work or shop for food. This is why it is key to find avenues for this portion of the population to safely continue to work, while still protecting their families, prioritizing their wellbeing and that of their local communities.
This is why they’re launching a Challenge using the OpenIDEO platform to empower the social impact ecosystem towards action.
Worth of Award
Up to 10 selected Top Ideas are eligible to receive a combination of the following:
- A share of 55K USD in funding, distributed to up to five of the selected Top Ideas. This funding is provided by La Victoria Lab, Intercorp’s Innovation Lab.
- An invitation to pitch and present their concepts to leadership from Intercorp, and the Challenge Advisory Team (which includes many of the partners listed above). This event will be an opportunity for visibility and relationship building, to support with additional investment and implementation. Additional details will be announced soon.
- One complimentary seat in an upcoming IDEO U course per team
- Entry into La Victoria Lab’s three-week Accelerator Program.
- They’re accepting all stages of innovations, from initial design stage to full-scale rollout.
- Anyone is able to submit to the Challenge, whether you are an individual, a team, or a registered organization.
- They seek innovative ideas that demonstrate a deep understanding of low- and middle-income families in urban areas in the Global South and of those who have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to Apply
Submit your idea, concept, startup, or organization at any stage of development.
Deadline: applications close September 10, 2020 at 5:00pm ET.