ICT for Social Good: The Opportunity to Build Bridges Between Italy and Cambodia

Italy – the country of delectable cuisine, home to beautiful Renaissance architecture and possibly the future starting point of your innovation’s development.

If you find that hard to believe, start believing it because that’s exactly what ICT for Social Good is offering to winning innovators.

Offered within the ‘Innovation for Development’ programme, ICT for Social Good is a grant for local innovators in low-income countries that aims to empower people through tech.

Usually, many projects, realities and innovative ideas created with a bottom-up approach are left unrecognized due to the high barriers of entry that guard international development projects.

However, ICT for Social Good believes in valuing and sustaining these innovations as they represent a good starting point for a fresh approach to international cooperation and local developments.

The ultimate goal is not only to sustain local innovators in low-income countries but to also to introduce the potential of budding local innovations to the development sector that is too often still revolving around traditional intervention models.

To achieve that, the grant award two winners with two prizes – 12,000 euros and 10,000 euros respectively. The euro prize serves as an incentive and award for organisations to further their social impact via digital technologies, but what sets this grant apart from others is the rare opportunity it offers to winning projects – an invitation to ‘Innovazion per lo Sviluppo’ in Italy.

This invitation creates meeting opportunities between entrepreneurial realities and local innovators and Italian research centres that may be interested in sustaining and nurturing these winning projects. Not only does this promote partnerships between the South and North tech sectors that may entail added value through varying geographical contexts, it also raises awareness of local innovations and the potential that diffusion chances and higher access in ICT brings.

All social and local development projects in the following sectors are welcomed to apply for the grant:

  • Food Security
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Health
  • Education
  • Human Rights
  • Democratic Participation

However, as the name ‘ICT for Social Good’ suggests, the realization of the projects must be done through an ICT solution, and only non-profits, NGOs, social ventures/enterprises tackling social issues with social purposes are eligible.

For more information, you can visit their website here.

With the recent developments in Cambodia’s tech scene, it is refreshing and exciting to know that the Kingdom has been provided with a valuable opportunity such as this to present its potential so far across the globe.

Without a doubt, Geeks in Cambodia certainly hopes that a Cambodian startup would be able to present its innovation on a global scale and pave the way for more homegrown talents to be recognized internationally.

So, if you have a great innovation that can help a social cause and the future of Cambodia’s tech scene, why not apply now before application closes on 30th April?