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Deadlines:

25 Feb 2020
25 Feb 2020

1. Complete Entry Form

Fill out this entry form to download your briefing pack by 25 February 2020

26 Feb 2020
26 Feb 2020

2. Attend Compulsory Briefing

Attend the compulsory briefing:

Time: 16h30 for 17h00

Venue: Classroom 6, Wits Business School

Date: 26 February 2020

31 Mar 2020
31 Mar 2020

3. Submit your proposal

Upload your proposal here by no later than 31 March 2020.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

 

Thandi Makhubele on:
thandi.makhubele@wits.ac.za, or 011 717 3304

Background

HIV infection remains a leading health crisis in Africa which disproportionately affects young women. Every week around 6000 young women become infected with HIV but more staggering still is that on our own continent four out of five new HIV infections occur among adolescent girls. 

This means that AIDS-related illnesses are the biggest killers of young women in sub-Saharan Africa with debilitating effects on the economic welfare of African communities. What is needed are strategic solutions delivering an effective combination of HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health services to people at higher risk of HIV, STIs and unintended pregnancies. 

The education and empowerment of women has been shown to be a key factor in upliftment and development and it is in this strategic area where you, as a student of the Wits Business School, could make a difference.    

The Brief

Your proposal must respond to two key objectives: education and access.

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  • The project must deliver educational interventions aimed at stimulating the adoption of safer sexual behaviours.
  • The project must remain sensitive to and respectful of cultural and religious beliefs to ensure uptake by community members.
  • The project must stress the importance of economic empowerment of women and girls as part of a holistic solution.
  • The project must assess weaknesses in supply and demand of quality condoms in sub-Saharan Africa and propose strategic interventions to strengthen them.

  • The project must contribute to breaking down existing barriers and inequities that hinder the provision and use of high-quality condoms.
  • The competition is open to you exclusively as currently registered students at Wits Business School at PostGrad, MBA, Masters or PhD level.

  • Individuals or groups of up to four members are eligible.

  • Groups may be composed of other members of the University of the Witwatersrand provided at least one member of the group is a WBS student.

  • Groups must submit a RACI assessment clarifying the roles of each team member for the selection committee.
  • The winning team or individual will have unique and exclusive access to a team of experts to help elaborate their project.

  • You will see your ideas implemented in the real world and change lives for the better.

  • The winners will be invited to attend a meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos 2021 where they will present their project.

  • Any expenses incurred in the elaboration of the project such as remuneration for time, travel and equipment may be claimed back from the project budget.

  • Winners will receive publicity, exposure and an invaluable addition to their CV.

  • Winners will spend time and be mentored by senior executives of the local and global RB offices.

Education

  • The project must deliver educational interventions aimed at stimulating the adoption of safer sexual behaviours.
  • The project must remain sensitive to and respectful of cultural and religious beliefs to ensure uptake by community members.
  • The project must stress the importance of economic empowerment of women and girls as part of a holistic solution.

 Access

  • The project must assess weaknesses in supply and demand of quality condoms in sub-Saharan Africa and propose strategic interventions to strengthen them.
  • The project must contribute to breaking down existing barriers and inequities that hinder the provision and use of high-quality condoms.

Eligibility

  • The competition is open to you exclusively as currently registered students at Wits Business School at PostGrad, MBA, Masters or PhD level.
  • Individuals or groups of up to four members are eligible.
  • Groups may be composed of other members of the University of the Witwatersrand provided at least one member of the group is a WBS student.
  • Groups must submit a RACI assessment clarifying the roles of each team member for the selection committee.

Incentives

  • The winning team or individual will have unique and exclusive access to a team of experts to help elaborate their project.
  • You will see your ideas implemented in the real world and change lives for the better.
  • The winners will be invited to attend a meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos 2021 where they will present their project.
  • Any expenses incurred in the elaboration of the project such as renumeration for time, travel and equipment may be claimed back from the project budget.
  • Winners will receive publicity, exposure and an invaluable addition to their CV.
  • Winners will spend time and be mentored by senior executives of the local and global RB offices.

Please Note: Compulsory Briefing

There is a compulsory briefing meeting for all those interested in entering the competition.

Time:

16h30 for 17h00

Date:

26 February 2020

Venue:

Classroom 6, WBS

Additional Information

  • A specific South African township will be identified where the winning 2 or 3 pilot projects will be implemented. This will allow for genuine comparative data.

  • Once the pilot has been completed and trialled with WBS in South Africa, it will be launched at business schools in Nigeria and Kenya.

  • The final judging day in front of panel will take place in June 2020 after which the winning projects will be announced.

  • Projects will then be incubated, launched, scaled and measured over the 2020-2022 period. The winning team will present its results at Davos 2022.

Wits Business School:

Exclusive access to competition.

Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI):

Project facilitator.

Reckitt Benckiser Group (RB):

a consumer health company and the makers of Durex condoms. [Project partner and competition funder.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS):

an advocate for global action on HIV/AIDS. Key project advisor and advocacy partner.

Wits Innovation Hub and Wits Enterprise:

Incubation and mentoring of winning project teams.

Wits Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR):

Formal assessment of the social impact of winning project pilots.

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