Over 17 million tonnes of waste are generated by Sub-Saharan Africa annually, and only 12% of plastic waste is recycled.
The Challenge aims to reduce marine plastics in Sub-Saharan African countries by developing and scaling innovative solutions to plastic mismanagement in a way that promotes gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.
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The Challenge will help communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa to prevent plastic waste from entering the marine environment by finding ways to minimize reliance on plastic and new ways of managing plastic waste.
The Afri-Plastics Challenge is divided into three strands:
Strand 1: Accelerating Growth – Apply Here
Seeking small and medium-sized enterprises that have a proof of concept and the ability to scale nationally or regionally to reach a high target number of people, particularly engaging women and girls.
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Strand 2: Creating Solutions (Launching September 2021)
A call for new ideas particularly those that respond to a particular gap in the innovation landscape in specific Sub-Saharan African countries or with specific population groups.
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Strand 3: Promoting Change (Launching December 2021)
A call for large-scale campaigns that raise awareness and engage women and girls in the plastics value chain.
For more information and application, visit the official website of the Afri-Plastic Challenge 2021.