AFD Digital Challenge for High-Impact Digital Actors within Africa in France 2021

Agence Française de Développement invites applications for the AFD Digital Challenge for High-Impact Digital Actors within Africa in France 2021.

Since 2016, the AFD Digital Challenge has been rewarding the most innovative African startups, associations, and research centers in terms of digital technology and solving sustainable development goals on the continent.

The digital revolution is transforming the African continent, driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs who combine innovation, economic performance, and social and/or environmental impact.

Startups, associations, and research centers developing digital solutions on the themes presented below are eligible.

Reducing the digital footprint:

  • Digital tools and services for the reduced energy consumption of networks and data centers.

  • eco-construction and tools used to reduce the consumption of terminals and boxes.

  • eco-design of digital equipment and services.

  • recycling of electronic waste.

Innovating to build a sustainable economy:

  • Digital technology to reduce the impact of land, air, sea, and river transport.

  • digital technology to promote sustainable territories.

  • digital services for the dissemination of best environmental and climate practices for the public sector, businesses, and citizens.

  • digital services for green finance.

  • digital tools and services for agroecology, traceability, and limiting agricultural losses.

  • Preventing and reacting to natural disasters: data and prediction, warning systems, business continuity plans for climate incidents, civil protection systems, etc.

  • contributing to the preservation of ecosystems and helping the most vulnerable populations to adapt to climate change.

Worth of Award


In order to be eligible, your project is expected to be/have

  • related to one of the themes presented above and detailed in the rules.
  • already on the market and is in the seed/launch phase.
  • a legal structure as well as a sustainable and autonomous business model.
  • Digital technology at the heart of your solution.
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How to Apply

All applications should be made online via the official website.

Deadline: Apply before May 26th, 2021.


Click here for more details and to apply