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THE FUTURE OF CONSERVATION NGOs
Seeking innovative ideas for transformative change

Thank you for your interest in The future of conservation NGOs Innovation Challenge. Applications are no longer being accepted, and the challenge is now closed. The application period ran from 21st April – 22nd May 2022.

The review panel is currently evaluating all the applications. We will be in touch with all applicants by the end of June 2022 to let them know whether or not their ideas were successful. Successful applicants will win €5,000, a place in a tailored incubation and co-learning programme with either the Luc Hoffmann Institute, IUCN CEESP or Impact Hub, and access to a community of conservation practitioners, fellow change-makers, and potential investors.

The Luc Hoffmann Institute, the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and Impact Hub are launching a global challenge to drive innovation and support solutions that proactively address the deep-rooted issues facing conservation non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and help build a just, inclusive and regenerative future.  

Participants have the chance to win:

  • €5,000 per winning entry
  • A place in a tailored incubation and co-learning programme
  • Access to a community of conservation practitioners, fellow change-makers and potential investors.

What is the challenge?

As the climate crisis intensifies and biodiversity loss accelerates, the work of nature conservation organisations is becoming increasingly urgent.

The scope of conservation too is widening. The conservation agenda, traditionally determined by environmental drivers, is now confronted by the human and social rights agenda and drivers such as inclusion, race, and equity.

Structural and systemic issues are at play within the sector, which are impacting conservation effectiveness. There is an urgent need for root-reform – dismantling existing power structures, addressing legacies of discrimination, equalising voices and resources, reframing narratives and challenging the approaches and structures that perpetuate existing social and economic inequalities.

Where is change needed?

Four broad themes, identified collectively through the Luc Hoffmann Institute’s initiative “The future of conservation NGOs“, provide a guide to where change is most needed. 

Redesign the operational, financial, and governance models.
Challenge dominant Global North narratives, embrace different and plural voices & knowledge.
Dismantle racist and discriminatory structures, decolonise conservation practices.
Embrace a more inclusive approach, collaborate & engage with a diverse range of actors.

In this challenge, we are looking for ideas that will help address these themes, but also welcome ideas that may not fit directly under them. 

The Luc Hoffmann Institute’s recently published report, “Exploring possible futures for conservation NGOs”,  proposes ideas on how conservation NGOs can shift towards possible new roles, each idea filtered through a lens that captures our fast-changing world. 

Get inspired by the 15 innovative propositions of possible conservation futures in the report.

What are we looking for?

We are seeking problem-solvers using innovative methodologies to address deep-rooted issues and bring together solutions for a just, inclusive and regenerative future.

Innovative and actionable ideas or prototypes: 

We are inviting submissions from anyone, from any sector, experience or background, with a vision for the future of conservation practices and an idea that can challenge the existing approaches, structures and narratives that are adversely impacting conservation effectiveness. These might include new business model innovations, partnerships, networks, structures and/or tools and tactics. 

Solutions-driven concepts:

The ideas must proactively address the deep-rooted issues, challenges and questions facing conservation NGOs and impacting conservation effectiveness.

From idea to scale-up:

We welcome concepts at all stages of development, from ideation through to prototyping or beginning to scale.

Guiding principles

Diversity, intersectionality and social equity should be guiding principles for all successful ideas.

Featured examples

The examples spotlighted below are innovatively addressing the challenges facing conservation NGOs. We hope they serve as inspiration for the type of solutions this challenge is seeking.

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Ecoversities is reimagining higher education. It is challenging the status quo and seeking to transform the education system by decolonising pedagogies and embracing local knowledge systems and learning practices.

It aims to restore and re-envision learning processes that are meaningful and relevant to the call of our times.

Colectivo amasijo is a women-led collective that rises from the will to care, conserve, and celebrate. The collective listens to the narratives of women close to the land – non-dominant narratives – and enables ways to share, learn, and relate.

They are redesigning conservation work by creating conditions to actively reflect on the origin and diversity of food, de-hierarchizing knowledge and focusing on “doing” (haceres) as a way of learning.

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Invert is a Web3 platform developing forest conservation solutions at scale via decentralized technologies, such as NFTs. It is reimagining philanthropy and fundraising models by gamifying nature conservation.

The idea allows anyone to participate in the ecosystem and join their conserve-to-earn model
Invert’s metaverse is a digital home for endangered forests where users can play, earn, create and explore while tackling deforestation and creating a better future.

Flock Together is a birdwatching collective for people of colour that enables them to reclaim the green spaces and rebuild their community’s relationship with nature.

These walks are a forum to share experiences, challenge perceptions, find and offer support, and develop a stronger connection to the natural world on their own terms. The walks take place in remote forests and local city parks. They started in London and chapters have opened in Toronto and New York.

Diverse group of people birdwatching
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Application Details

Who: Any individual or team from around the world may apply. If applying as a team, we ask that you name three key team members in the application form and nominate a lead representative, who will be the first point of contact and the primary participant in the incubation programme for winning ideas. Participation by up to two other team members in incubation activities is also possible, but the team lead should be consistently present throughout. If your team is larger than three people we ask that you take responsibility for sharing learnings and ideas developed through the co-learning and incubation process back to the wider team.

Sector: We strongly encourage teams composed of people from different sectors. Applicants do not need a history of working on conservation-related projects or ideas or within NGOs.

Age: Individual entrants must be aged over 18 and teams must comprise at least one entrant who is aged over 18.

Language: We are currently accepting applications in English only, but we strongly encourage both native and non-native English speakers to apply. No judgements will be made on language proficiency. The incubation and co-learning programme offered to winners will be conducted in English. 

We acknowledge that there is a need to embrace linguistic diversity, however, at this stage of the initiative, we are unable to do so in a way that is truly inclusive. If you need support to complete the forms in English, please do reach out to us at futurengo@wwfint.org and we’ll find a way to support you as best as we can.

We are calling for submissions from anyone from any sector or background with bold ideas for concepts, projects, businesses, products, models or structures. Ideas must meet the following criteria for consideration:

  1. Reimagines and redesigns

    Contributes to the development of a reimagined and redesigned conservation NGO sector that can better respond to the social and environmental challenges the world is facing.

  2. Challenges and transforms

    Challenges the status quo and aims to build a just, equitable, and sustainable future for people and the planet.

  3. Feasibility, fundability and relevance

    ​​Can be feasibly taken to the next level, is fundable and financially sustainable and can be considered relevant or replicable in a global context. Considers financial, technological, market or other dependencies or obstacles.

  4. Provides a good fit for collaboration and co-learning

    Brings richness and strength to the collaborative process of co-learning and incubation. Challenges and aspirations can be effectively addressed alongside the host institution.

€5,000 in prize money and a place in a tailored co-learning and incubation programme with either the Luc Hoffmann Institute, Impact Hub or IUCN CEESP.

The collaborative programmes of co-learning and incubation will start in the second half of 2022 and the length and duration will be agreed between the winner and the host institution. The programmes are expected to last at least 6 months.

The host institution will work alongside winners to take their ideas to the next level of implementation or testing. Winners and the host will collectively design the co-learning process, with elements that may include:

1. Coaching or Networking

●  1:1 conversations with fellow entrepreneurs and change-makers.

●  Curated introductions to potential partners, clients and/or funders.

●  Participation in a Community of Practice that enables peer to peer learning.

●  Monthly knowledge sharing conversations.

●  Access to the incubating organisation’s networks and contacts.

2. Financial & Funding Support

●  Potential access to funding and/or support to fundraise for the idea.

●  Opportunities to pitch to international investors.

●  Access to bootcamps and coaching to get investment-ready.

3. The opportunity to form a project team within the host institution and lead the project with sustained support throughout the different stages of the project development (for those ideas incubated through the Luc Hoffmann Institute only).

4. A six-month membership with Impact Hub (for those ideas incubated through Impact Hub only).

Why co-learning?

The host institutions seek to avoid a ‘top-down’ process of incubation that maintains the status quo. Instead the Luc Hoffmann Institute, IUCN CEESP and Impact Hub aim to learn from the winning ideas, collaborate together and, where relevant, challenge their own approaches and practices.

In this section you will find some examples of projects and ideas that have been innovatively addressing the challenges facing conservation NGOs. We will be continuously updating these, and we hope they serve as inspiration for the type of solutions this challenge is seeking.

1. Colectivo amasijo is a women-led collective that rises from the will to care, conserve, and celebrate.

They create the conditions to actively reflect on the origin and diversity of food, de-hierarchizing knowledge and focusing on the “doings” (haceres) as a way of learning.

They listen to the narratives of women close to the land—non-dominant narratives—and cook collectively as a way to share, learn, and relate. Through food, the interdependence of language, culture, and territory is understood as a network of interrelationships.

2. Flock together is a birdwatching monthly support club combatting the underrepresentation of black, brown & POC in nature.

The six pillars of Flock Together are: building community, challenging perceptions, showing the benefits of nature, championing ecological protection, offering mental health support, and providing creative mentorship for the next generation. Their mission is to “create a world where every person of colour has the freedom to explore and engage with the natural world, on their own terms."

3. Success Capital is an LGBTIQ+, youth-led, managed, & serving organisation linking grassroots experiences with global and regional mechanisms.

Their work is centred on three pillars: a) participatory decolonized knowledge production, b) peer to peer systemic knowledge sharing and c) supporting variant forms of civic action.

To help you prepare, below you'll find a preview of the questions contained on the application form.

1. Provide a clear description of the specific problem that your idea aims to solve, using non-expert language. Include evidence of the problem, ideally from your own experience as well as from secondary sources. Focus on setting the stage for your solution (rather than describing how you intend to solve it).  If your idea is specific to one region, please state in which geographic area (country, region, specific site) you are trying to solve the problem. (200 words or less)

2. Describe your idea, including how it will contribute to solving the problem identified and to reimagining and redesigning a conservation model that can better respond to the social and environmental challenges the world is facing. (250 words or less)

3. What makes your idea innovative? Describe how your idea challenges the status quo to create more equitable, inclusive and future-relevant pathways for conservation . Remember, not all ideas may be ‘new’ per se – some may have been implemented in communities and localities for decades – yet the innovation could lie in the process of mainstreaming them and changing the system.  (200 words or less)

4. Describe how your idea aims to build a just, equitable, and sustainable future for the planet. In answering this question, think about how your idea addresses existing inequalities in conservation work and seeks to improve life on Earth. (200 words or less)

5. Does your idea relate to one or more of the themes identified as areas where change is most needed in conservation NGOs? Describe how your idea contributes to change within this theme (or themes), thinking about which elements of the theme (or themes) it addresses. If it does not not relate directly to any of these themes, use this space to provide more detail on the change your idea seeks to create. (200 words or less)

-  Operational and funding models

-  Communication and narratives

-  Interdependency and inclusivity

-  Legacy, power and principles

-  Other

6. Describe who will benefit from your idea, both directly and indirectly. Where possible, include numbers of beneficiaries and when answering think about their characteristics and geographic locations. (150 words or less)

7. Have you begun to test your solution, put it into practice or develop a minimum viable product?

- If YES, describe any outcomes or data you have to demonstrate impact so far. Describe any problems you encountered and how you want to improve your solution. (200 words or less)

- If NO, describe the assumptions you are using to predict impact. What do you need to move from idea into practice or testing? (200 words or less)

When answering this question and thinking about impact, try to tell us what type of information you think is important to track. We encourage you to think outside the box and make suggestions that can steer away from traditional ways of measuring impact. Make sure that you tell us how they can be measured.

8. How would your idea be sustained financially over time? Describe the funding or revenue model and any specific financial milestones achieved to date or projected. (200 words or less)

9. Describe the potential of your idea to be replicated or deployed in a global context, or considered relevant in localities outside of your own. What are the potential obstacles that stand in the way? (200 words or less)

10. How does the idea benefit from the strengths, expertise, and assets of yourself and/or your team members? Describe individual or team links to the geographic, social or cultural context of your idea. (200 words or less)

11. What is the next major milestone for your idea and what is the biggest problem you face in achieving it? (150 words or less)

12. What is conservation to you? Describe how you feel about this term. (150 words or less)

Please see the challenge FAQ for more information.

Where are we coming from?

“It matters what matters we use to think other matters with; it matters what stories we tell to tell other stories with; it matters what knots knot knots, what thoughts think thoughts, what descriptions describe descriptions, what ties tie ties.”

- Donna J. Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene

At the Future of the NGO initiative, we acknowledge the importance of recognizing our positionality, including the way we understand the concepts and knowledge we are using and sharing. By reflecting on where we are coming from and how we interpret our key concepts, we aim to engage in the ongoing debates that we believe are central to the sector, and which have been a major motivation for this project in the first place.

Here we present our understanding of some key concepts. These are by no means exhaustive, static or definite; we are in an ongoing learning process and we hope that this starting point serves as an invitation for our readers to join us in the discussion!

Conservation:

The Future of Conservation NGOs project has been, above all, an effort to provide the conservation sector with a space to embrace uncertainty, uncomfortable discussions, and deconstruct itself. Central to this has been the recognition that the term conservation itself is fundamentally controversial, and comes with a legacy and a long history of unresolved issues.
One of our main learnings throughout this process is that conservation means very different things across people, race, class, gender, discipline, schools of thought, sectors and geographies, to name a few. There are diverse understandings upon why, who, how and what to conserve, and one of the main goals of this Innovation Challenge is to better understand our interlocutors’ view on this.
This said, we also acknowledge that there is no neutrality in these debates, and that stating that we don’t have our own opinion around what conservation is would not only be naive, but simply dishonest. Here, we want to share with you OUR understanding of conservation, hoping that this will create an open discussion.
For us, conservation refers to: ways of being and living that are intended to maintain, establish or improve thriving relationships among all life on Earth.

References:
LHI’s understanding of what conservation means is mainly inspired by the thinking of:
Robin Wall Kimmerer – Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Sandbrook, C. (2015) ‘What is conservation?’, Oryx, 49(4), pp. 565–566. doi: 10.1017/S0030605315000952.
Wyborn, C. et al. (2020) ‘Imagining transformative biodiversity futures’, Nature Sustainability, 3(9), pp. 670–672. doi: 10.1038/s41893-020-0587-5.

Impact:

Throughout this initiative we talk about impact. For the Innovation Challenge, we are seeking for innovative and unconventional solutions that positively impact conservation outcomes. But, what do we mean with impact for conservation effectiveness?
As previously stated, conservation is normative and means different things for different people. In this sense, the way one understands positive impact for conservation directly reflects our own values and ideas of what is better for life on Earth. In the conservation sector, impact indicators have been traditionally shaped by the values and views of the donors, which often ends up in the imposition of Global North conservation priorities and styles in projects implemented in the Global South.
While using the word impact constantly, we want to acknowledge that we understand that this is a normative concept, that it is not subjective and that it must be constantly examined. We want this Innovation Challenge to provide a space for the ideation, mainstreaming and discussion of new ways of looking and measuring impact for conservation.

Minimum viable product:

“A minimum viable product (MVP) is a development technique in which a new product or website is developed with sufficient features to satisfy early adopters. The final, complete set of features is only designed and developed after considering feedback from the product's initial users.”

References:

What is a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)? - Definition from Techopedia (no date) Techopedia.com. Available at: http://www.techopedia.com/definition/27809/minimum-viable-product-mvp (Accessed: 17 April 2022).

Positionality:

“Positionality is the notion that personal values, views, and location in time and space influence how one understands the world. In this context, gender, race, class, and other aspects of identities are indicators of social and spatial positions and are not fixed, given qualities. Positions act on the knowledge a person has about things, both material and abstract. Consequently, knowledge is the product of a specific position that reflects particular places and spaces.”

References:

Warf, B. (2010) ‘Positionality’, in Encyclopedia of Geography. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, Inc., pp. 2258–2258. doi:10.4135/9781412939591.

Timeline

Webinar

On Wednesday, 4 May 2022, we hosted a webinar: The future of conservation NGOs – Innovation Challenge – Seeking innovative ideas for transformative change.

The webinar featured an informational session about the innovation challenge and live Q&A, as well as short inspirational talks.

The speakers:

  • Anca Damerell, Head of Programme at the Luc Hoffmann Institute 
  • Ameyali Ramos, Deputy Chair for the IUCN Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy and the International Policy Coordinator for the ICCA Consortium 
  • Bruno Lacey, Global Associate at Impact Hub 
  • Martin Kalungu-Banda, consultant in organisation and leadership development, a facilitator of innovation and change; trainer, coach and author and a social-entrepreneur

If you were not able to attend, you can watch the full recording below.

Questions

Please see the challenge FAQ for more information.
For specific questions about the challenge or the incubation programmes, contact futurengo@wwfint.org.

Terms & Conditions

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Innovation Challenge

BEYOND TOURISM IN AFRICA

Diversifying community livelihoods from wildlife

11 December 2020: The list of winners has now been announced! Please visit the news story for details and to see the full list.

The Luc Hoffmann Institute, the African Leadership University’s School of Wildlife Conservation and the WWF Regional Office for Africa are launching a global innovation challenge. We aim to discover and incubate new revenue models that do not depend on tourism, but still enable local communities within African countries to obtain their livelihoods from wildlife, manage their natural resources sustainably, and improve their collective wellbeing. Participants have the chance to win a place in the African Leadership University’s incubation programme and access to seed money

What is the challenge?

Many communities across Africa rely on tourism to generate income and other benefits from wildlife on their land. However, all forms of tourism, including  photographic tourism and trophy hunting, are extremely vulnerable to social, economic or political instability and changes in the international market.

In order for wildlife to survive on communal lands, communities that manage the land or live in close proximity to wildlife have to derive tangible benefits. Over the past 30 years, different forms of tourism have provided significant benefits, including revenues, to rural communities who share their land with wildlife. This income has enabled these communities to fund the operational costs of wildlife management, such as employment of community scouts to do patrols and monitor wildlife, institutional governance arrangements to ensure that the benefits are equitably used and distributed, and often other benefits like direct cash payments, school fees and community development projects. In this way, wildlife-based tourism not only funds nature conservation but also provides income and employment to a significant proportion of rural people in many African countries. 

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The shock to the tourism sector caused by the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the vulnerability of a conservation model based primarily on tourism. All touristic activity was brought to an abrupt end in March 2020 when the world responded to the pandemic with an almost total global shut down of commercial passenger flights and lockdown measures. Employees in the tourism sector lost their jobs and livelihoods, with a disproportionate impact on people in remote and rural areas. Before COVID-19, wildlife tourism directly contributed US$29.3 billion in GDP to the economy in Africa and directly provided 3.6 million jobs across the continent, over one-third of all jobs in tourism (36.3%). 

With the prospect of very few tourist arrivals in the short-term, protected areas and other conserved lands have had problems paying the salaries of rangers and other staff, who must find other ways of sustaining their families. As people lose their jobs and livelihoods, there are growing fears of a surge in illegal hunting for both subsistence and to feed commercial trade due to the decreased patrolling of parks and conservation areas in an Africa that is in ‘lockdown’. While the prospects for recovery in the tourism sector are a matter of intense speculation, it is possible, and indeed likely, that it will take years to see a return to pre-pandemic levels of economic activity. Even when economic activity restarts, more resilient and sustainable wildlife economies are needed to diversify risks for communities, governments and the private sector. 

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Objectives of the innovation challenge

To discover and incubate new revenue models that do not depend on tourism, but still enable local communities in Africa to derive income from wildlife, manage their natural resources sustainably and improve their collective wellbeing.

What we are looking for ?

We are looking for innovative concepts, ideas, revenue or finance models that can generate sustained benefits for rural communities from wildlife conservation, beyond tourism. We are not calling for investment-ready proposals, but for ideas with high potential that might be developed during our incubation programme. 

Guiding principles
All ideas must create value for both communities and nature. We have laid out five equally important criteria that should be addressed in answering the questions in the application form.  Diversity, gender inclusivity and social equity should be guiding principles for all successful ideas.

Application Details

We are calling for submissions from anyone from any sector or background with bold and sustainable ideas for concepts, projects, businesses or products. Ideas must meet the following criteria for consideration:

  1. Generates value (economic, social and cultural) for local community(ies) in Africa from wildlife or natural resources
  2. Does not rely on tourism to generate revenue
  3. Empowers communities with decision-making power and ensures their rights, dignity and livelihoods are a priority
  4. Demonstrates to be feasible, financially sustainable and potentially scalable
  5. Aims to improve the conditions for wildlife and natural resources.

All eligible applications will be evaluated by a panel of experts from the partnering organisations based on these criteria.

Definitions:
We define the terms used within this challenge as follows:

  • Tourism includes every form of tourism, both consumptive and non-consumptive, both local and international, that requires the physical presence of the tourist in the destination. Common examples include photographic tourism, trophy hunting, sport fishing and ecotourism. Innovative ideas around virtual tourism and online or digital opportunities are very  welcome.
  • Wildlife encompasses both fauna and flora. Domesticated species do not fall under this definition.
  • Rural communities or communities are those managing wildlife or habitats, as well as communities living in the proximity of wildlife habitats.
  • Scalable means replicable in other locations or the potential to become a high-growth business. A high-growth business would eventually have the potential to generate returns at the scale of tourism, including trophy hunting.
  • Innovative means a new and original idea, project, business, etc. The idea can also be based on something existing, but must incorporate an important change that allows it to meet the requirements of the challenge. Examples might be an innovation that makes a business model scalable, brings financial sustainability, gives decision-making powers to communities, etc. Innovative ideas are by no means reduced to technology.

Innovators from around the world are welcome to apply, especially people from non-traditional backgrounds and those with strong ties to rural communities in Africa.

Who: Any individual or team with bold ideas from around the world may apply, but we are especially seeking solutions from within Africa itself, and we will look favourably at applications from within the continent. On the application form, applicants must demonstrate their strong links to the geographic context of their idea.

Age: There is no age limit for applicants. However, to be considered for the ALU incubation programme, the team lead must be at least 18 years old and teams may have a maximum of 3 members.

Language: Submissions must be in English, but we strongly encourage both native and non-native English speakers to apply. No judgements will be made on language proficiency. Please note: the ALU incubation programme offered to selectees is conducted in English. 

Sector: We strongly encourage teams composed of people from different sectors, and particularly from outside the conservation sector. Applicants do not need a history of working on conservation-related projects or ideas.

A place in the ALU’s incubation programme and access to seed money.

Up to 15 ideas will be selected. Successful applicants will win a place in the African Leadership University’s 8-month incubation programme, culminating in a public pitch to top investors. The programme commences in February 2021 and will run over eight months. It is a part-time, virtual programme. 

The African Leadership University Incubator Programme supports high-potential entrepreneurs with a drive to transform Africa through impactful and ethical ventures. The programme provides access to life-long learning and a community of peers, mentors and potential investors. At the end of the programme, all participants would be expected to successfully launch a venture with the opportunity for potential investment. For this particular cohort, the programme is focused on impactful ideas in the wildlife conservation sector, with entrepreneurs going through an 8-month experience that uses a unique model that can transform their ideas into a viable business. If you apply as a team and your team is successful, a maximum of three team members will be admitted to the programme. 

During the incubation programme, participants may receive a grant of up to US$10,000 from the organisers as early seed money.  

The programme is set to start in February 2021 and will run over eight months. It is a part-time, virtual programme. 

What kinds of innovative ideas, revenues or finance models are we looking for?

We're looking for promising options to diversify income for communities. For example, payment schemes for ecosystem services, generation of carbon, wildlife or biodiversity credits, wild product trade, sustainable agriculture and forestry, or certification schemes, to name a few. ‘Diversifying local livelihoods while sustaining wildlife’ is a useful resource with illustrative examples of emerging new initiatives. It provides a snapshot of different models for community-based conservation, mainly in southern and East Africa, and is accompanied by an inventory of more than 130 community conservation initiatives. While the review and the inventory present a good overview, these initiatives have not been analysed in detail and the innovation challenge selection criteria have not been applied to them.  

To help you prepare, below you'll find a preview of the questions contained on the application form.

  1. What is the problem you are trying to solve? In which geographic area (country, region, specific site) are you trying to solve the problem? Describe the specific problem that your idea will solve, using non-expert language. Focus on setting the stage for your solution, rather than describing how you intend to solve it. (200 words or less)
  2. Describe how you intend to solve this problem and how this solution will create value (economic, social, cultural) for communities. Which community or communities are you targeting and how?  Please mention if the target community(ies) have played a role in the design of the solution. (300 words or less)
  3. How does your idea aim to improve the conditions for wildlife and natural resources? (200 words or less)
  4. What makes your idea innovative? (150 words or less)
  5. How could your idea be implemented in practice (assuming you would have the financial means)? In answering this question, think practically and describe at least one risk (eg social, environmental, economic) associated with the idea and how it might be mitigated. (200 words or less)
  6. How would your idea be sustained financially over time? (150 words or less)
  7. Is the idea scalable? Describe its potential to be replicated in other locations (globally) for the benefit of other communities or to become a high-growth, sustainable business. A high-growth business would eventually have the potential to generate returns at the scale of tourism, including trophy hunting. (200 words or less)
  8. Describe your personal or team links to the geographic, social or cultural context of your idea. How does the idea benefit from the strengths, expertise and assets of yourself and your team members? (150 words or less)

Please see the challenge FAQ for more information.

Webinar

On Thursday September 10 2020, we hosted a webinar: ‘GOING BEYOND TOURISM IN AFRICA: Diversifying Community Livelihoods from Wildlife’. The webinar featured an informational session about the innovation challenge and live Q&A, as well as short inspirational talks.

The speakers:

  • Alice Ruhweza (Director, WWF Regional Office for Africa)
  • Gautam Shah (Founder, Internet of Elephants)
  • Fred Swaniker (CEO and Founder of the African Leadership Group)
  • Melissa De Kock (Community Conservation Specialist, WWF) 
  • Tolu Agunbiade (Entrepreneurship Program Manager, ALGroup)
  • Elisabeth Losasso (Beyond Tourism in Africa Project Manager, Luc Hoffmann Institute)

If you were not able to attend, you can watch the full recording below.

Questions

Please see the challenge FAQ for more information.
For specific questions about the ALU incubation programme, contact sowc+incubator@alueducation.com.

Terms & Conditions

Read the full project Terms & Conditions.