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57 million NOK for innovation to combat poverty

Visjon 2030 has granted funding to four new innovation projects related to health and education.

Total 57 million NOK have been granted through the Visjon 2030-inititive. The projects are headed by Norwegian institutions and organisations cooperating closely with actors in developing countries.

"I am pleased that we now can go ahead with four good projects related to education and health", says Børge Brende, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

"VISJON2030 has been an exciting process where researchers, the business community and non-governmental organizations have been involved. We believe these projects will develop knowledge and innovations contributing to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in these areas", adds the Minister.  

"It is particularly positive that two of the projects focus on improving the learning outcomes for children with disabilities. They are good examples showing that health and education often can and should be seen in context", says Brende.

The VISJON2030 initiative was launched in autumn 2014 by the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Health and Care Services and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a national brainstorming effort to foster innovative Norwegian solutions that can promote achievement of the new Sustainable Development Goals for education and health.

The four new projects are granted funding for three to four years, and will start in 2017:

A new Hearing Care Service in Tanzania
The project will contribute to helping help hearing-impaired children receive primary education and increase their learning outcomes. The project will develop new auditory supportive equipment suitable for low resource settings.  The project will develop a model for hearing services in Tanzania that is sustainable and based on participation from the local community.

Project leader: SINTEF
Country: Tanzania
Partners: DEAF AID, Listen AS, NTNU, Open University, Tanzania

Securing education for children in Tanzania
The project will help to improve the reading abilities of primary school children in Tanzania. More visual customized teaching and better screening methods to detect visual disorders in primary schools will be established. An eye-tracker prototype will be used to detect visual disturbances among the students.

Project leader: Høgskolen i Bergen
Countries:      Tanzania
Partners: Patandi Teachers College of Special Needs Education, Tanzania

Randomizing Speed School II: Identifying a mechanism for boosting the transfer of children, especially girls, to lower secondary education
The project focuses on a key challenge for the education sector in the Sahel region, namely the transition from primary to secondary school level, especially for girls. The project will improve a low cost mechanism to reintroduce students who have dropped out of primary school education.

Project leader:  Strømmestiftelsen
Countries: Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso
Partners:  Strømme Foundation, Fafo, Université Abdou Moumouni, Niger, GRAADECOM, Mali,  ATPF, Niger, ONEN, Niger

Non-discriminating access for Digital Inclusion
The project will provide low-cost network access and information services aimed at low-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. It will offer personalized content for education and health purposes, and web access to off-grid locations as a basis for better health and education services, entrepreneurship and job access for youth and women.

Project leader: Stiftelsen Basic Internet Foundation
Countries: Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo
Partners: National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) Tanzania, MOVATION AS, Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children,Tanzania, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania, Orange, France, Future Competence International Ltd, Rwanda, University of  Oslo, IPXextenso, Global Health Media Project, USA, Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa S Coop, Spain.

Call from Innovation Norway
Innovation Norway has also launched Visjon 2030-call for innovation projects related to health and education in developing countries. The application deadline is February 2, 2017. Read more about the call here.
Read more about the call here.


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