Four Kenyan Firms Win Africa Online Safety Fund

by Business Watch Team
Online Safety Fund

The Africa Online Safety Fund (AOSF) has announced the winners of this year’s grants, among them four organizations operating in Kenya: Boltech Consultancy, Watoto Watch Network, Wezesha Innovation Foundation, and Terre des Hommes Netherlands Foundation in partnership with Childline Kenya.

The selection of the 22 winning organizations from seven countries was announced by Impact Amplifier (IA) from its headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa.

Kenya and Ghana each had four winning entries, while South Africa had five, and Nigeria with six, had the highest number of awards.  Cameroon, Somalia, and Zimbabwe each had one winner.  Although the winning organizations reflect seven countries their internet safety interventions span across 15 African countries in total.

Just over 350 applications were received in the 2023 cohort, from which a shortlist of 40 entries made it to the final selection process.  Each of the eventual winners will receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, made possible with the support of

Making the announcement, Impact Amplifier Director, Tanner Methvin said, “With over 500 million people having access to the internet in Africa, reflecting just under 40 percent of the continent’s population, online safety issues are of critical concern.”

The AOSF, Methvin said, supports innovative approaches to addressing the complex safety issues the internet presents.  “The winning innovative solutions range from unique ways of combating mis and disinformation, establishing investigative teams to track cyber criminals, supporting journalists targeted with hate speech and bullying, integrating online safety training into school curriculums, and much more.”

The AOSF offers grants to organizations throughout Africa that address one or more of the safety issues the internet facilitates. It is however focused on four primary countries: Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa in this funding round.

There are three categories of funding: Transformative, Maturing, and Catalytic. Transformative projects are intended to be larger in scale, reach multiple geographies and/ or potentially large numbers of beneficiaries, and be scalable as a solution. The Maturing projects are intended to test ideas at a larger scale, try new ideas within existing projects, and reach new audiences. The Catalytic projects are intended to be smaller, targeted, and potentially only locally or culturally specific.

Transformative projects are a maximum grant of $50,000, Maturing projects up to $25,000, and Catalytic projects $10,000.

In addition to announcing the winners of the AOSF awards, Impact Amplifier, again with support from, is developing the first Africa-focused online safety research, education, and support platform.

Funding solutions to online safety since 2021, Impact Amplifier has realized that the only way to combat the scale of this challenge is by creating an ecosystem approach.  Part of developing this ecosystem involves centralizing some of the key tools needed for support.

To this end it is developing an online platform, which aggregates all the research which has been done regarding online safety in Africa, making this key knowledge available to policymakers, civil society, academics, businesses, and the general public.   Additionally, the platform will be hosting educational materials to teach children and adults alike how to protect themselves online.

This content will include curriculum, testing materials, evaluation tools, and general awareness content, enabling anyone interested in learning how to protect themselves or others with easy access to all the content they need.  Finally, despite our best protection efforts, online violations occur.

Once someone has been the victim of an online crime or violation getting help is hard to navigate.  To address this, the platform will centralize all the ways that people can seek support no matter where they are in Africa. This new platform will be launched in February 2024.

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