Africa Online Safety Fund Reveals Grant Recipients

The Africa Online Safety Fund (AOSF) has announced the winners of this year’s grants, with between US$10,000 and US$50,000 given to 22 organisations from seven African countries.

Earlier this year South African social impact advisory firm Impact Amplifier had secured a second round of funding from to launch the second phase of the Africa Online Safety Fund, which seeks innovative solutions to online safety challenges.

The first phase of the fund focused on funding 26 social innovators in nine African countries with unique approaches to addressing online safety. The second Africa Online Safety Fund, which is a US$1 million commitment, has now selected 22 organisations as beneficiaries.

Six of the selected organisations are from Nigeria, namely Access Drive Capacity Development FoundationComcastle Plus (Trading As Epower)Lagosmums FoundationTechSocietalTeens Can Code and Zikoko Citizen.

Five come from South Africa, in the shape of Centre for Analytics and Behavioural ChangeCity Of Johannesburg Library And Information ServicesGlobal Leading Light InitiativesMedia Monitoring Africa, and Wolfpack Information Risk (Pty) Ltd.

Ghana – Ghana Internet Safety FoundationIwatch AfricaMy Power App, and Penplusbytes – and Kenya – Boltech ConsultancyTerre Des Hommes NetherlandsWatoto Watch Network, and Wezesha – are each represented by four ventures.

The rest of the cohort comprises Cameroon’s Internet Society, Somalia’s Somali Women Journalists’ Rights Association (Sowjra), and Zimbabwe’s Safety N Us Trust.

Just over 350 applications were received for the 2023 cohort, from which a shortlist of 40 entries made it for the final selection process.  Each of the eventual winners will receive grants ranging from US$10,000 to US$50,000.

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