Mawazo Challenge is now open!

Are you passionate about solving community problems?
Can you design a competition or award scheme that will foster and support great ideas to solve problems in health, education or water, hygiene and sanitation?

HDIF is looking for talented individuals or groups, of all ages and backgrounds, to apply with bold ideas to make a positive impact in the community!

The most promising ideas will be rewarded 5,000,000 TZS, 2,500,000 TZS, and 1,500,000 TZS!

In order to participate please fill in the application form in English and submit it in an electronic format to HDIF.
The deadline for the applications is 15th August 2016!

How is the competition designed?
This competition is the first of two stages.
Stage 1: In the first stage HDIF is inviting design concepts for a competition or award scheme that will foster and support ideas to solve problems in health, education or WASH. All design concepts submitted before the deadline will be reviewed by a panel of experts. The three most promising concepts will be selected and the winning idea announced. Please note that the applicant does not have to be able to implement the idea.

Stage 2: In the second stage an open call for applications will be announced for the full design and implementation of the winning design concept. The winner of the first phase is still eligible to participate in the second stage open call if they so wish, or to collaborate with HDIF in other ways in the second stage.
By submitting an entry to the competition, applicants agree to give HDIF the right to implement the entire idea and/or elements of the proposal at any future date.

Who can apply?
We welcome ideas from locally-registered companies, NGOs, universities, hubs, living labs, ecosystem players and individuals permanently residing in Tanzania. Government organisations are not eligible to participate.

What to include in your design idea application?
We are open to seeing new and different ideas so use your imagination. The design concept must include ALL of the following elements:

  • Name: What would you call your competition or award scheme? It should have an inspiring name related to the topic. It can be in English or in Kiswahili depending on the target group.
  • Purpose: What problem would the competition or scheme address?
    Example: “A scheme to award small grants to primary school teachers to run problem solving workshops in their classrooms”
    Example: “A competition to support female grassroots entrepreneurs to solve local sanitation and hygiene issues through new products or services”
  • Sectors: The design concept must aim address a challenge in at least one of the following sectors in Tanzania:  education, health and/or WASH. Your idea can target one or several of these sectors.
  • Target group: How would your scheme or competition create benefits for poor and vulnerable Tanzanians, children under five, women and girls?
  • Innovation:  What’s innovative or different about your approach? How is it new? Is it something which has not been tried before? Are you reaching the target group in a new way?
  • Reach and communications: How will the target group be reached? What communication channels would be used? Which partner organisations would be needed?
    For example: Are you using social media? Would you need to print leaflets? Or visit schools? Or do you know organisations or networks which could help you reach the target group?
  • Support: What kind of activities/initiatives/ideas would be supported?
    This is the heart of your idea. What would you like to support and why?
    For example: community driven initiatives, product or service pilots, capacity building, networking, events, campaigns, solutions to social challenges, etc.
  • Criteria: How would the scheme or competition entrants be evaluated?
    For example, if your idea is to develop a grant scheme for primary school teachers to run workshops, what criteria would be used to review the applications? What are you looking for in terms of people/individual/teams who submit ideas?
  • Design: How would the process work in practice? Would it be a competition format with an overall winner, or would all applications within the target group who fulfill the criteria be awarded? What is the award; a monetary prize or in-kind support?
  • Supporting activities: What else does your idea involve besides the grant/award process?  Are there other activities which would be carried out to create awareness of the competition or award scheme? For example; events, hackathons, training, mentoring, publicity, other activities?
  • Grants/awards disbursement: How would the competition or award work in practice? Would the prize be disbursed to the people or organisations? If monetary, would this be in cash, through mobile money, or how would it work if the prize is in-kind support (e.g. capacity building activities)?
  • Monitoring and reporting: How would you monitor the success of your initiative? What are indicators of success and how would this be measured?
    For example, number of participants/number of received ideas/number or people reached/feedback from participantsHow will the entries be judged?
    All design concepts submitted will be scored against the criteria below:
  • Innovation: HDIF defines ‘innovation’ as an approach, idea, technology or service delivery method that is new to Tanzania and/or the world. The idea should outline why and how your idea is innovative or how it will support innovation.
  • Developmental impact: HDIF will evaluate how your idea could create meaningful benefits for the poor, children under five, women and girls, and the vulnerable. You should aim to communicate how these groups will benefit from the outcomes of the scheme.
  • Viability: look at the viability of the proposed innovation award scheme if implemented in Tanzania and demonstrate how your idea or its outcomes will be viable and sustainable in the long term.
  • Results management: In the first stage outline how the impact of the competition or scheme can be measured.

    Submission process:
    Please fill in the application form in English and submit it in an electronic format to HDIF. The deadline for the applications is 15th August 2016.
    Winners will be announced by 30th September 2016!