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SDG Innovation Challenge 2022 for Young Africans

Deadline: 1st of November, 2022

The SDG Innovation Challenge 2022 is now accepting applications. The SDG Innovation Challenge, which was created as a virtual, pan-African ideation arena, is a catalyst for young people from all over the continent to come together and co-develop useful solution ideas to local problems while advancing sustainable development on a larger scale.

They created this innovation challenge in 2020, and it requires participants to use their design and complex thinking abilities to provide quantifiable and qualitative solutions to problems. The World Bank reports that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused approximately 40 million people in Africa to live in extreme poverty and has negatively impacted the economy and way of life.

About the Challenge

The SDG Innovation Challenge 2022 expands on earlier initiatives to make room for a broader audience and more ambitious goals. The SDG Innovation Challenge unites young talent with three main objectives under the topic Transformative Solutions in Global Challenges – Accountability in Leveraging Youth Action to Create and Empower.

  • to trigger fresh thinking by connecting innovators from diverse backgrounds and sectors.
  • to develop fresh, practical approaches to furthering SDG impact through cross-boundary collaboration.
  • to ignite transformative action towards sustainable development and improved livelihoods of communities across Africa.


The SDG Innovation Challenge is where motivated young Africans come together to co-develop practical innovations that further sustainable development of their local communities. There are many reasons to take part; here are a few of them:

  • Access to an unorthodox, dynamic, and diverse platform of youth activists, organizations, and legislators–Tap into a conducive online space to converge around practical SDG solutions!
  • A much-needed opportunity to visualize and implement the SDGs at the grassroots level – take part in the future’s making and jumpstart your involvement in the sustainable development agenda as an active, passionate global citizen.
  • Immense networking potential–Build connections and be part of a community of practice around eco-systemic, collaborative solutions.
  • A space to exercise your global citizenship muscle–Sharpen and hone skills in leadership, innovation, cross-sector collaboration, analytic thinking, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and allied areas.
  • Sourcing diversity of thought, background, and sector–Collaborate with people from a plethora of domains, be it engineering, design, civic policy, social justice reform, project management, finance, education, and many others.


  • Open to participation from young people across Africa.
  • Have a connection to this year’s challenge theme: Transformative Solutions to Global Challenges–Accountability in Leveraging Youth Action to Create and Empower.
  • Have passion, drive, and commitment to improving livelihoods in your community and beyond.
  • A genuine interest in sustainable development and a desire to contribute to advancing the SDGs in your community and beyond.
  • The motivation to work in an agile hackathon-like environment, to engage pro-actively, and to ideate extensively throughout the event.
  • Desire to connect and collaborate with people from different domains and geographies.
  • The ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.
  • The commitment to take the idea to completion and remain engaged with the cause post the SDG Innovation Challenge.


The registration follows a two-step process:

  • First, you must register your group – any one person in that group can do this. You must have the names and email addresses of the young innovators you’ll be working with at hand since they will ask you to provide that information in the online registration form.
    Please note: Whether you’re looking for a group to enter the Challenge, you would want some more diversity of thought and talent in your group, or you ‘just’ want to meet like-minded, committed people who care about the SDGs: the pre-event connector space on Facebook is the space to be. It’s open for business, whatever your business might be.
  • After completing the group registration, the registrant will receive an email with instructions for the second step, the personal registry, where each group member must provide additional personal information that is required to make the event a full success. Both steps are equally important, and they will consider only groups who have completed both steps for participation in the SDG Innovation Challenge 2022.

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Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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