The African Union offers scholarships for civic technology professionals in Africa

(Ecofin Agency) – Improving citizen participation through technology is the ambition pursued by the AU Civic Technology Fund. The institution offers a skills building program for civic tech professionals in 7 African countries, including Mali and Morocco.

The African Union Civic Technology Fund (AUCTF), a German Cooperation-funded project that promotes the use of civic technology to amplify the voices of citizens, has opened applications for a fellowship program for professionals in civic technology in Africa.

Nationals and citizens of 7 countries on the continent are eligible. These are Mali, Nigeria, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya and Morocco. In addition to nationality requirements to be eligible, applicants must work to strengthen citizen engagement through the innovative use of data and digital technologies.

They are also required to have at least three years’ experience in the field of civic tech, an understanding of the role of civil society and a good command of English. Knowledge of French is an asset.

The program is a training and coaching opportunity for fellows. They will be able to deepen their technical mastery for the operation of their platform and on the setting up of the business plans to be adopted. For this, they will receive skills in the fields of cybersecurity, digital marketing and web development.

Applicants will work with partner organizations. They will help a wide range of actors scale up their civic technology initiatives that amplify the voice of citizens or help hold governments to account. This program responds to the need to advance citizen participation in governance spaces, through the innovative use of data and digital technologies.

As the program works to address governance and development challenges, it recognizes the central importance of Africa’s youth in shaping the continent’s future.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

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Vanessa Ngono Atangana

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