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CATEGORY: African Grand Challenges
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A police officer stands guard at 3am after a grenade attack at a bar in downtown Nairobi. Several patrons were injured. Insecurity and specifically terror attacks are a major challenge in Kenya and an the Horn of Africa region.

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I think this is a great image to illustrate the challenge of public safety - thanks for submitting!

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Category 1:
African Grand Challenges

What are the grand challenges that need to be addressed for Africa to realise its full potential? For example, could they be:

  • Improved access to food and drinkable water?
  • Health services in places where one doctor has to attend to more than 1,000 people?
  • Universal access to electricity in cities where only 20% of the population have access to it?
  • Transportation in cities, where travelling two kilometres can currently take over an hour on the roads?
  • Or is it the ability to hold governments accountable and track their progress? Share the images that best illustrate your country’s biggest challenges, focus areas and opportunities for transformation.

Category 2:
African City Systems

What systems do African cities depend on?

  • Infrastructure like roads, buildings and bridges?
  • Organisations and systems that manage a city's transportation, healthcare, security, government, water or energy services?
  • The systems we use to live and communicate - such as telephones, internet and social media?
  • Or are they the places in a city where people and communities come together, such as markets, bus stations, town squares and sports stadiums?

What makes a city smart? Capture images that define how a city lives and breathes.

Category 3:
African Innovation

What are the solutions that people are implementing across Africa to overcome everyday challenges?

  • New technologies applied to address perennial problems such as solar panels and wind turbines?
  • Old technologies that continue to give a new lease of life? For example, radio is used to deliver education in remote regions.
  • The creative ways in which individuals or communities live, communicate and trade? For example, mobile money transfer systems, information systems and applications.
  • Or is it the low-tech but effective homemade devices such as seed planters, paraffin lamps and shoes made from recycled materials?
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