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31 May 2020

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In collaboration with corporate and non-profit partners RB and UNAIDS, the Wits Business School and its Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI), is inviting you to pitch an idea which could be used to launch a fully funded development project in South Africa to the value of £80 000 (approximately R1.5 million).

 Your strategy may be selected among two others to receive full funding for incubation, trial, assessment and implementation. This is an opportunity you cannot afford to miss: one that will boost your career while you gain valuable experience and offer support to those who need it most in our community.

COVID-19 Updates

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us just how vulnerable we all are to these deadly viruses, indiscriminate and invisible leaving an impact that can be felt for generations, and while there is no clear evidence that people living with HIV are at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19, many sufferers have underlying health conditions, such as tuberculosis, making them even more susceptible to the corona virus.

COVID-19 has introduced extra strain and complication to an already difficult task, but we can not afford to wait for things to go back to ‘normal’ before we carry on the fight against HIV and Aids. 

Read about RB and UNAIDS response to COVID-19

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, UNAIDS and Reckitt Benckiser Group plc (RB) are joining forces to help protect people living with HIV across Africa.

UNAIDS leads and inspires global and local leadership, innovation and partnership to ultimately consign HIV to history. Read about what new challenges COVID-19 poses in the fight against HIV

Video message from Bheki Moyo

Dr Bhekinkosi Moyo

The Director of the Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment shares a message about rising to the challenges and finding opportunities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Use this time to be mavericks, be disruptive, be creative and be innovative.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

 

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

How to enter

1

Complete the entry form

Enter the competition and build your team

2

Download the briefing pack

Engage with the briefing pack and it's content to develop your proposal

3

Submit your proposal

Deadline 31 May 2020

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

Please listen to this recording from the 7th of May Zoom briefing session that addresses updates to the competition in the face of COVID-19.

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 Postgraduate, 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 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.

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 (WBS): Competition exclusively open to WBS students and Wits University Postgraduates.

 

Reckitt Benckiser Group (RB), a consumer health company and the makers of Durex condoms: Project partner and competition funder.

 

Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI), a Centre for excellence at WBS: Project facilitator.

 

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), an advocate for global action on HIV/AIDS: Key project advice/advocacy partner.

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