Digital Transport for Africa (DT4A) Innovation Challenge 2022

WRI Africa and WRI Ross Center in partnership with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is pleased to announce the Digital Transport for Africa (DT4A) Innovation Challenge.

The DT4A Innovation Challenge is an exciting opportunity for initiatives that aim to transform transit systems in African cities by leveraging open data and innovation.

Four applicants, selected by WRI and a jury of experts, will each receive a phased award of US$30,000 to implement a new initiative over 12 months.

The deadline for submissions is 16 February 2022.

DT4A’s vision is underpinned by four policy goals adapted to the unique transportation landscape of urban Africa. Initiatives should demonstrate their alignment with and progress towards achieving SDG 11.2 and the Sustainable Mobility for All vision:

  • Universal Access – Connecting all communities, with an emphasis on vulnerable groups including women and children, people living with disabilities and those living in extreme poverty, to the necessary opportunities and resources of urban life.
  • Efficiency – Improving the reliability, affordability, and quality of public transport services inclusive of all formal, semi-formal and informal transit providers.
  • Safety – Greatly reducing traffic-related fatalities, injuries and crashes.
  • Green – Minimizing the negative environmental impact of mobility, which includes greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

The DT4A Innovation Challenge invites applicants to submit proposals under three main activity areas. Applicants can apply for one of the following activities:


For applicants developing and deploying open-source tools for transit data collection, management, transit operations, and passenger information services


For applicants focusing on building the capacity of local governments and local mapping communities on data collection, management and analysis; building capacity of decision makers on the application of open transit data for transportation planning, management and operations; and capacity building on the development and uptake of passenger user information tools and services


For applicants focusing on leveraging existing transit datasets in the DT4A repository and conducting meaningful action research and analysis

Digital Transport for Africa (DT4A) 2022 Innovation Challenge Eligibility

Organizations/NGOs, academic institutions, and private companies that have projects or initiatives that fit the selection criteria are eligible to apply for the DT4A Innovation Challenge. Applicants must have the support of local authorities (municipalities) and provide letters of support from city representatives is highly recommended. Applicants must be from Africa or working in Africa. Only one application per organization can be submitted.

Organizations, including non-profits, academic institutions and private companies must:

  • Be a non-profit, non-governmental organization, or private company and be officially registered where you operate
  • Have a total annual operational budget of more than US$20,000
  • Be able to complete an Organizational Capacity Assessment, containing questions on organizational governance, internal controls, accounting, audit resolution, and technical capacity, in English or in French, and receive a medium to low-risk rating.
  • Be able to provide the most recent annual audit of your organization. If you do not have an audit, you must provide the following three documents:
    • A balance sheet for the most recent year and the previous year
    • An income statement for the current and previous year
    • A cash flow statement for the current and previous year
  • Have at least one key project person with professional working proficiency in English or in French (oral and written), in order to be able to submit narrative and financial progress reports and communicate regularly with WRI staff.

NOTE: Please note that WRI will conduct a background screening once the finalists are selected. Please consult the full Terms and Conditions before applying.

Digital Transport for Africa (DT4A) 2022 Innovation Challenge Evaluation Criteria

Applicants will need to meet the following criteria to be selected as a finalist:

  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of DT4A’s objectives and clearly articulate how the innovation/initiative aligns with the DT4A Innovation Challenge.
  • Describe clearly what the innovation is and how it is filling a need/gap in the city/community particularly for underserved groups/vulnerable communities.
  • Explain how the innovation is utilizing open-source transit data, tools and applications.
  • Describe the impact of the proposed initiative/innovations on sustainable urban mobility in accordance with SDG 11 and the four policy goals indicated above (universal access, efficiency, safety and green).
  • Describe the scalability of the innovation/initiative to other geographies.
  • Explain how the grant will be used within the given timeline and justify its feasibility; AND
  • Provide a letter of support from a relevant government agency.

To apply for the DT4A Innovation Challenge the applicant must register on the application portal to complete the online form. Follow the link below to find instructions on how to apply for the innovation grant and begin the application process. You may also upload photos, videos and any other supporting documents to support your application.

You will be able to make changes to your submission until the submission period closes on February 16, 2022, 11:59 pm EAT.


The timeframe for the DT4A Innovation Challenge is as follows, while project implementation is from June 1, 2022, to April 21, 2023. The graph below provides an overview of the key dates that the applicant should consider.

Please consult the Terms and Conditions before applying. Questions? Please contact us.

APPLY NOW. For mor informatio, visit Digital Transport for Africa (DT4A) 2022 Innovation Challenge.

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