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Status Update

Africa Online Safety Fund

Location

Senegal, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia

Date

June 2020 - Present

Description

Over 500 million people have access to the internet in Africa; and although this reflects just under 40% of the population, this level of penetration is 110 times what it was just 20 years ago. Not only has internet access increased dramatically in Africa, but so has smartphone usage, with ownership now at 250 million people.

This exponential increase in internet, smartphone and mobile network usage has created extraordinary new opportunities for socio-economic development on the African continent.  However, this rapid growth rate has simultaneously created a range of safety concerns, including

  • Identify theft
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Sex trafficking
  • Hate crimes
  • Terrorist recruitment and promotion
  • Mis or disinformation
  • Financial scams

IA Role

To address these issues, the Africa Online Safety Fund, with financial support from Google.org, and domain expertise from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, has been established to finance innovative existing and new solutions to these challenges.  Impact Amplifier is managing the entire process of finding, vetting, funding and supporting the innovative online safety solutions which emerge.

Status Update

June 2021

Read Impact Alpha’s article about our Online Safety Fund and gain access to 5 free articles
per month. “Africa’s Online Safety is a New Frontier for Social Innovation

Recent Work

Building Resilience and Impact Assessments

Client:

Nando's

Locations:

South Africa, USA, United Kingdom, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi

Date:

2012 - Present

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Capacity Building Programme For Entrepreneurs and Intermediaries

Client:

SAIS

Locations:

South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi, Botswana

Date:

2019 - Present

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South African Food Ecosystem Impact Assessment

Client:

FoodForward South Africa (FFSA)

Locations:

South Africa

Date:

June 2020 - Present

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Scaling Digital Skills

Client:

The World Bank & YES (Youth Employment Service)

Locations:

South Africa

Date:

September 2020 - Present

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Digital Skills Marketplace

Client:

Google.org

Locations:

South Africa

Date:

2019 - Present

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Social Innovation Accelerator and Fund

Client:

SAB Foundation

Locations:

South Africa

Date:

2018 - Present

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