Africans to Get Help Distance Learning from APIF

A total of 311 applications were made this year to the International Publishers Association's Africa Publishing Innovation Fund (APIF), which will distribute some $200,000 to organizations looking to assist with distance learning efforts on the African continent amid the Covid-19 crisis. Applications came from 26 countries, ranging from from Algeria to Ethiopia to South Africa. The APIF is in the second year of a four-year, $800,000 program, paid for the UAE philanthropy Dubai Cares.

"The response this year has been far beyond anyone’s expectations, thanks partly to a streamlined online application process and communications push," said Bodour Al Qasimi, vice president of the IPA. "But the level of interest and the range of ideas coming in is further proof that Africa is bursting with entrepreneurial spirit and innovative ideas. With the APIF’s support some of these ideas will become reality and have a lasting positive impact on education where it is needed."

Finalist for the shortlist are being compiled and winning projects will be presented as part of this professional program of year's Sharjah International Book Fair in November.


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