Apply to “The Digital Innovation Challenge” in response to COVID-19



The Information & Communications Technology Association of Jordan –int@j invites you to participate in the Digital Innovation Challenge, co-organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC),in response to COVID-19.

The challenge will identify scalable innovative digital solutions that will enable countries, societies, communities, institutions and individuals from the Global South to deal with the cascading effects of the pandemic – across governance, economic and social sectors, and wellbeing – and contribute to the organizations’ respective focus on South-South cooperation and digital technologies.


The Challenge objective is to promote South-South cooperation by replicating or scaling up existing innovations with a potential partner/ country in the South. The Challenge will provide a mentorship scheme to increase the potential/ capabilities of the selected proposals/ teams to scaling up innovations across developing countries.


The challenge will be supported by the Global South-South Development Center (GSSDC) which is jointly initiated by UNOSSC and China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE), with funding support from the Government of China to the UN Fund for South-South Cooperation.


Only legally registered organizations/institutions from developing countries are eligible to participate in this challenge. The challenge is open to governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, private sector and start-ups, research institutions, academia and civil society organizations (CSOs).

Applying organizations/institutions must have an existing project or minimum viable product (MVP) that:


  • promotes South-South cooperation by replicating or scaling up existing innovations with a potential partner/country in the South.
  • demonstrates a new innovative project/prototype, outlining its potential for scaling up through South-South cooperation.
  • is a digital solution.


These include the least developed countries, small island developing states, landlocked developing countries, middle-income, low-income countries and countries with economies in transition


Apply HERE before 15 July 2021, if you have a digital solution that addresses the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Global South.