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Ongoing discussions

here we have some internal notes on the status of the activities



Point of departure: African Innovation Week 2019 and meetings with Ministers, follow-up through Desta

  • Established a proposal for connecting 500 secondary schools through radio,
  • collaboration with the Educational society in Ethiopia (see: BasicInternet:Meetings)


Kenya: Business mission with Innovation Norway and Norwegian African Business Association (NABA)

  • Point of departure: Brenda joined the business mission in Kenya
  • Agreements with AHERI on community roll-out in the Kizumu area
  • Hackathon as part of AHERI conference - meeting entry???


  • collaboration with Iris Hub, see DigI:Villages - Brenda follows up
  • Connecting 3-5 schools together with Iris Hub (Benjamin) in Spring 2020
  • CMU Carnegie ... University in Kigali, interest for collaboration and connections to the government.
  • University of Rwanda - some initial contacts
  • EAC Internet Society - contact via Brenda

South Africa

  • Mandela Institute for Development Studies
  • Brenda to follow-up with Ian

South African Norwegian Association

  • Sanjay and Brenda to draft up an MOU between BIF and SANA
  • Sanjay and Brenda to follow-up no the opportunities for funding and build up a portfolio for projects


  • Hackathon DigI:TZ-Hackathon_Feb2020 - Josef, Christine, Brenda has joined
  • Call for action launched on "Apply now: Tanzania Digital Health" - who?
  • Shipment of equipment - Rashid, ... - suggest to ship via Muhas
  • UCSAF: Proposal for 10 schools connectivity - driven by Catherine R. Kimambo


Point of departure: Meeting with the Ministry of ICT on 24-26Feb2020, as well as UCC

  • no further activities as of now



Point of departure: Bruce Schulte connected to discuss connectivity within Ecuador, and to the Galapagos Islands (May2020)

  • Meetings with Rotary to extend connecting schools



Sudhir is driving the work, mainly due to the collaboration with academic institutes

  • 3Feb2020 for the 5GHuddle with 3 talks
  • Collaboration with IIT Indore on digital and financial inclusion


  • Monastic School have their own programme
  • Telenor is interested in buz cooperation for connecting 20 schools
  • Adra Norway follows up with "educational collaboration" involving Zabai, Telenor and Gov.


6G (Beyond5G)

  • Sudhir and Josef commenting on the White Paper WG1 on "6G and the SDGs"
  • 6G conference in Levi in the middle of March2020 - Sudhir organises a session on Digital Inclusion


Caritas Kinderdorf connected in 2017, reaching out to 60 children/teens and 30-40 supervisors in 7 houses, - transferred to "user-owned network"

  • used as reference for digital inclusion and "10 Mbps for 10 €/month"


how to establish a proposal


  • deadline
  • idea of a core objective
  • Company: we will involve a company // Foundation: us to lead // NGO: collaboration with Red Cross, Kirkens nødhjelp, Plan - African Child // Academic: University of Oslo....
  • Follow the steps atHow to establish a proposal


Global Giving

Deadline for application by October 16, 2020 to participate in the 2020 Giving Season


Research Council of Norway (NFR)

Innovation Project in Business - ongoing - JOSEF/Brenda

Innovation Norway - business application/Induct - ongoing - Brenda

  • ongoing deadlines
  • send application within 10Jul2020
  • platform as the "innovation platform for fund rising"
  • connectivity, skills, regulations, and inclusion
  • National Knowledge Portal as interface for private/Public partnership (PPP)

Ekstraordinært Innovasjonstilskudd 2020

  • Som en del av regjeringens tiltak for å begrense skadevirkningene av koronautbruddet for norsk økonomi, har Innovasjon Norge fått økte rammer til innovasjonstilskudd rettet mot små og mellomstore bedrifter med vekstambisjoner
  • Tilskudd til innovasjonsprosjekter skal bidra til å styrke bedriftens konkurransekraft og utløse et potensial for bærekraftig vekst
  • Brenda i forbindelse med Induct vil kjøre søknaden som Induct vil sende videre til Innovasjon Norge
  • The point of departure skal være våre National Knowledge portal i forhold til Storting Melding 11. Access, Skills, Regulations and Inclusion
  • Fokus skal også være bærekraftigmål (Connecting schools and spread of information)
  • Identifisere potensiale av modelen for virksomhetene (F.eks. for Induct og BIF)
  • Status(Frist):Omgående

Innovasjonsprosjekt i næringslivet SØKNADSFRIST

  • Antatt tilgjengelige midler: Kr 1 500 000 000
  • Støttegrenser: Kr 2 000 000-16 000 000
  • Varighet: 24-48 måneder

UNICEF: COVID-19 Response - OPEN call - (after ISOC)

As part of the COVID-19 response, the DPG Alliance is committed to accelerating support to and scale up of digital solutions that support the prevention and response to COVID-19 and help young people and their communities continue learning and working.

The Alliance will prioritize technical and financial support for the deployment of Digital Public Goods in the following areas:

Foundational literacy and other learning resources and platforms Job skills Health Financial services and inclusion The Alliance can provide seed funding and support through the UNICEF Venture Fund for local companies and initiatives to look at future job skills, entrepreneurship, and fintech to prepare for the rebuilding after COVID-19. See for eligibility criteria and further details.

Rights of minorities of faith and belief - Deadline (?) Amount (?)

  • Disbursement Requests  ?

Grants provided through civil society are intended to promote freedom of religion and belief, with particular emphasis on minorities of faith and belief. The support can include both targeted and inclusive interventions.


Norad Tender

It's a one year position for the consultant with possible extension with the budget excluding VAT: 3 500 000.00 NOK. 

Research Grant Programme

The Internet Society Foundation’s Research Programme supports global research collaborations that advance understanding of the Internet and its value for all.

Funding up to $200,000 for research lasting up to 2 years. Timeframe

  1. Statements of Interest accepted beginning 1 September 2020
  2. Full Proposal invitations on a rolling basis thereafter

Who can apply?

  • Independent researchers should have a postgraduate research degree (PhD, Masters) and publications/patents in the relevant area
  • Research institutions should be 501c3 or equivalent and should have a mission that is aligned to that of the Foundation

Areas of Focus

  1. Greening the Internet
  2. The Internet Economy

Future thematic areas to be launched in 2021 include The Digital Divide and A Trustworthy Internet.


  1. Independent researchers should have a postgraduate research degree (PhD, Masters) and publications/patents in the relevant area
  2. Research institutions should be 501c3 or equivalent and should have a mission that is aligned to that of the Foundation

Phase 1:

Challenging inequality

FORD Foundation opens for idea fund on a rolling basis.

Our idea: DigIWomen: Empowering women in refugee centres in Tanzania

Cooperation on Framework Conditions - 14Aug2020 - JOSEF

Also on Strategic Partnership - 3 yr project: 10 mio NOK, 6yr project: 15-20 mio NOK

The grant scheme aims to stimulate to a business climate that promotes private sector development in the developing countries, including strategic partnerships with private enterprises and non-commercial organisations. strengthen higher education, Better qualified workforce, Applied sustainable solutions and practices, Evidence-based policies, Enhanced gender equality and inclusion Outcome a.o.: Improved institutional small-scale infrastructure,equipment for education+research Main focus: ICT for innovation & agriculture asked by Norad

  • Collaboration with Kenya on Agriculture (Sharon), and Iris Hub on Innovation and Job creation (Benjamin). Based on National Knowledge Portal (Annemijn)

SCILLS Grant Programme - 3July2020 - Wisam, & Danica

 - Statements of Interest accepted: Week of 8 June to 3 July 2020
 - Initial pre-screen by Foundation staff: 6 July to 10 July 2020
 - Screened applicants invited to submit full proposals: 13 July to 21 August 2020
 - Independent Review Panel evaluation: 22 August to 4 September 2020
 - Decisions will be shared: Beginning September 7, 2020

Norhed - 26June2020 - Ghana/Ethiopia - directory 2020Norhed on owncloud

  • Maurice (FCI) & Christine Holst
  • Gerdi has performed an analysis
  • UiO will apply - digital health education involving minorities
  • Tanzania and Malawi (as part of shortlist), and suggest an East Africa Council (EAC) collaboration
  • Empowering Youth - Universities as Innovation hubs
  • See the full call in MFA/Norad’s Grants Portal (since 20 March 2020).
  • For a detailed outline of NORHED II, see Programme Document.
  • The application deadline is extended to Friday 26 June, 2020, at 13:00 CET.
  • big competition, two contributions to address Ethiopia and Ghana/Tanzania

ICT works - Health Security - 18Jun2020 - Wisam

  • 1.5 million USD
  • Evaluation result :22 Sep. 2020

ICT works - 1Jun2020 - WISAM = Deadline: 31May2020 Grant funding and equity investment levels are:

  • New Ideas with Proof of Concept: US$50,000-100,000 Grants (could be suitable for us)
  • Capacity Building in Technology and Innovation: US$100,000-150,000 Grants (could be suitable for us)
  • Scaling Up of Innovative Projects: US$300,000 Equity Participation
  • Technology Commercialization: US$1,000,000 Equity Participation

GSMA innovation, 22May2020 - Danica

  • Accessibility: Innovations which improve the accessibility and usability of handsets and mobile internet services for citizens who are unable to access them. This will not include accessibility to networks, electricity or IDs.
  • Affordability: Innovations which improve affordability of handsets and mobile internet services.
  • Digital skills: Innovations which focus on improving basic digital skills and confidence to use mobile internet.
  • Safety and security: Innovations which focus on improving safety and security of those who want to use mobile internet. This will not include tacking issues of data privacy and fraud.

School Connectivity in Ethiopia - 1Mar2020 - JOSEF

  • Eye Networks - Adra Norway, IBA Ethiopia, BasicInternet,....
  • connecting 500 schools - 4.82 Million USD
  • Ministry of Education has asked for connecting 3500 secondary schools for a total of 35 Million USD
  • Desta (Africa Innovation Weeks) is organising with Norad and Innovation Norway for financing
  • open issues:
    • Adra Norway (Jonathan to lead) - most suitable
    • Norad funding (Kari Moe Jacobsen - education... )

Innovation Norway - Covid-19 - KATHE & LINDA

  • 2 pager submitted - 27. or 28Apr2020 ("først man til mølla")

Skissen (maks to A4-sider) må gi informasjon om både bedrift og prosjekt, og bør inneholde:

  • Kort beskrivelse av bedriften, med nøkkeltall og kontaktinfo
  • Kort beskrivelse av prosjektet og hvordan dette kan hjelpe utviklingsland med å løse utfordringer innen helse i COVID-19-pandemien
  • I hvilken grad vil løsningen kunne bidra til å løse både kortsiktige og mer langsiktige problemer som oppstår som følge av pandemien

Marked (land) og målgruppe for løsningen

  • Samarbeidspartnere eller potensielle samarbeidspartnere
  • Hovedaktiviteter med tidslinje og kostnader i et eventuelt prosjekt

DFID - UK Frontier - Data collection - 9(18)May2020 - JOSEF


Youth leadership award CISCO

  • Josef: think it fits to Catherine

Combating Modern Slavery Through Civil Society

- Norad invites civil society organisations to submit proposals for projects combating modern slavery for the period 2020/2021-2023.

  • See the full call in MFA/Norad’s Grants Portal.
  • The application deadline is 1 October 2020 at 13:00 CEST.
  • Norad aims to complete the assessment of applications in early 2021.

- General Information The call for proposals Combating Modern Slavery Through Civil Society is a component of Norway’s Development Programme to End Modern Slavery, which will be published shortly. The programme’s main objective is to reduce the prevalence and scope of modern slavery in selected partner countries and sectors and with three related outcomes (see below).

This aligns well with Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking, and end child labour.

Enterprise Development for Jobs - 8Oct2020 13:00h

Deadline is 8Oct2020 at 13:00 CET

Call for proposals 2020: Support for enterprise development in developing countries

Detailed information on fund amount, objectives, target groups, criteria, ...etc here NABA Webinar for potential applicants to the Enterprise Development for Jobs' call for proposals on the 3rd of Sept. @ 10:00

There will be another webinar for potential applicants within the renewable energy sector on the 3rd of Sept. @ 12:00, but they have published the wrong link to it.

Planned potential partners:

1. Solenergiklyngen (

Josef will contact Trine Kopstad Berentsen (Daglig leder i Solenergiklyngen) - no contact

2. Norwegian Energy Partners (

Brenda will contact Gulbrand Wangen (Director Special Projects Africa) - Gunn Vik promised to share with Norwep partners

ICT works - $270,000 IBM Funding for COVID-19 Digital Response- 31Jul.2020

ICT-58 - 17Jun2020 - WHO invites us?

  • Invite ourselves as partner - International partnership building between European and African innovation hubs - ID: ICT-58-2020

ICT57-2020 - 17Jun2020 - no participation

An empowering, inclusive Next Generation Internet - ID: ICT-57-2020

H2020 Supporting deployment of eHealth - 18Jun2020

  • Supporting deployment of eHealth in low and lower middle income countries in Africa for better health outcomes, Deadline date:18 June 2020

ID: SC1-HCC-09-2020

Pre-commercial Procurement for Digital Health and Care Solutions - 18Jun2020

ID: SC1-DTH-14-2020 Deadline: 18 June 2020

ISOC Foundation - 17May2020 - WISAM

  • with Joseph Bishi
  • Application opens between 5 -17 May 2020

This Foundation is targeting applications that accelerate and coordinate humanitarian response what is affordable and accessible by the Basic Internet Foundation concept of work.

The Norwegian Climate and Forest funding to civil society - 19May2020 - BRENDA

funding for civil society organisations - projects 2021-2025, 5yr project, above 20 mio NOK

  • 19May2020, 13h EST
  • Regnskogsfundet - (others who write a proposal...)
  • projects that contribute to goal: reversed and reduced loss of tropical forest contribute to a stable climate, protect biodiversity and enhance sustainable development. Project addresses population groups in developing countries that depend on tropical forests for subsistence, as well as all other population groups from these countries that will benefit from reduced greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Indigenous peoples, local communities and environmental defenders .
  • Our topics: Information to indigenous people, local communities, environmental defenders

ResearchProject - InternationalDevelopment- 20 May2020- no submission

Focus: international development



  • Link Global Health and One Health - LANCET commission...

COVID-19 hasteutlysning: Innovasjonsprosjekt med privat-offentlig samarbeid (BIA-X) - 20May2020

not considered, as focus is in Norway

not submitted: COVID-19 video

  • not submitted - CovidInfo full call 31Mar2020 - outline 16March, see owncloud = 2020CovidInfo-NFR

Botnar - Phase 2: - DANICA

Phase 1: delivered 1: 14Apr2020 15:00h
Fit for the Future call: Foundation Botnar

  • 400 applications submitted
  • see owncloud = 2020Botnar-FitForFuture
  • Partners
    • Digital Skills Foundation (Annemijn) - course
    • Kortex - National Knowledge Portal
    • Basic Internet - connectivity
    • African Child - contacts and courses - "train the trainer"
    • Temeke network - 24 sites - >1000 students
    • MUHAS - Municipial contact, (Muhas, African Child: scale up to 5.000 students)
    • UiO - Digital Health
    • Content from MINDS (and upscaling) -

Youth Technology - 27Mar2020 - no submission :-(

Deadline is 27 March 2020

Horizon 2020 EU projects


-Horizon 2020, funding opportunities and those related to Covid19:

NATO Partnership for Peace - deadline? - DANICA

Multi-Year Projects, typical three-year projects are in the €150,000–€300,000 range. n/w

NATO Partnership for Peace

  • digititalisation - infodemics (see Kenya, Covid-19)

EU-Serbia - deadline? - DANICA

  • Serbia EU membership, status:

- maybe to enter in 2025? -In March 2012 Serbia was granted EU candidate status. In September 2013 a Stabilisation and Association AgreementSearch for available translations of the preceding link between the EU and Serbia entered into force. - EU framework, Horizon2020 universities, Science and tech calls are on.

Norec proposal

  • with Kenya and Uganda, Brenda develops
  • Proposal submitting on Wednesday (12Feb2020), still discussing if UiO is partner or just supporting
  • Brenda and AHERI to finalise the added requirements and send to Are on wednesday (29.april2020)


On a two weeks base, there be a routinely check for the published calls and proposals.

Other interest organisations

Technology og video


we finally solved the challenge of ordering. Thanks to and EyeNetworks we have a direct ordering process. Delivery to ITS@Kjeller, bill goes to EyeNetworks, and ITS will send order to EyeNetworks.


  • UiO has transport agreements - will test

Video production

Screenshot of Corona video by DHP-alliance

Corona video in two versions: Youtube

Strategy: DHP-alliance

How can we increase our footprint, and invite for partnership? -

  • last page "created by ...."
  • Logo og navn
  • want to join, visit....

Other organisations

  • no direct funding opportunity, but interesting partners such as Seniornett inside


see cards under:

Africa50 - BRENDA

Africa50 and Africa Innovation challenge, see

  • JOSEF has written a proposal to get us known
  • Focus is on business growth, not our connectivity
  • Brenda to contact Jonas Tesfu and Africa50
  • Deadline: 31. January 2020

Business partnership

Business partnership is based on share your Internet

  • Kathe develops the business package

Identify business of Basic Internet - KATHE

  • Need to buy connectivity: UNHCR, Red Cross, ...

Sustainable Business models for Access to Digital Public Goods

Paket with access to schools - funds required "we will provide as a loan".

Artur Sletteberg

  • Norfund, Funding (DK), DNB, ....
  • funding for people on the ground (small loans to people in villages....)

  • "reconsider", looks like a social dating site?
  • introduce an antenna?

Events & Publications

If you know where we are involved, create a meeting:

  • Internet Governance Forum in Nov2020 in Poland - Catherine has asked for a booth and a panel - concept note to be written
  • ITU Digital Transformation Centres - 11-13Feb2020 in Geneve - Invitation to Danica and Josef to give a presentation'. Danica will talk on digital literacy skills for the DTCs and Josef will talk about....?'

Book chapter