The ActivSpaces Tech Hub will now be the technical support centre for the WIDU Africa project. This is in the context of a local subsidy from GIZ on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by BMZ. GIZ is providing ActivSpaces with a local subsidy for the implementation of the WIDU project’s capacity building on digital skills and technical assistance to entrepreneurs, amounting to up to 11,820,000 FCFA.
To better inform you about the objectives of this subsidy, we will tell you more about the GIZ WIDU Africa project.
Money transfers from Germany to Africa by its diaspora have great potential for the economic development of the respective countries. This is exactly where WIDU comes in. The project redirects existing money flows into sustainable entrepreneurial investments and small businesses.
WIDU connects via a platform ( https://widu.africa/ ) members of the diaspora (Ghanaian and Cameroonian) in Germany and a local entrepreneur who are willing to invest the same amount in a local project. The precondition for participation in the support programme is that the project partners trust each other. After successful mentoring and proof of private investment on the platform, the subsidy is paid out in the amount of the joint WIDU contribution for the further development of the project. One of the advantages of the WIDU platform is that it enables transparent and efficient project management for all parties involved. In addition to the financial support from the diaspora, the sponsored entrepreneurs receive a free financial subsidy and coaching from WIDU. The aim? The creation of new jobs, increased income and better economic prospects for the participating African countries.
Purpose of the subsidy to ActivSpaces
Since the deployment of WIDU in Cameroon in particular, the team has noted that many needs for assistance in the process have been requested by entrepreneurs at the local community. ActivSpaces proposes to address this issue by hosting a technical support and capacity building centre in digital skills for the WIDU project, this is the objective of the subsidy of 11,820,000 FCFA for a period from 01 September to 15 December 2021.
To achieve this, ActivSpaces will provide access to space and equipment. A room will be set up and equipped with computers and other digital tools needed for the purpose. There will also be staff available for direct support.
Below are some common problems that ActivSpaces will help to address:
– How does WIDU work?
– How do I register?
– Am I eligible to participate?
– I am stuck in the WIDU process.
– Where can I get more information?
– I registered on WIDU.africa but did not receive an invitation email. What should I do?
– I am an entrepreneur and I registered as a European donor by mistake. What should I do?
– I have forgotten my password. What should I do?
– I forgot my password and I don’t have control over my email account. What should I do?
– How do I transfer money for the contractor securely?
As you can see, ActivSpaces will also act as a sort of help centre, but not only because the projects subsidised by WIDU are not always digital or managed by people who know about digital. This is where ActivSpaces will come in as a digital support.
ActivSpaces is a partner with GIZ on many others projects, and ActivSpaces has already demonstrated its skills in digital capacity building as the leading Tech Hub in Cameroon, so it is natural that the WIDU Project has put its trust in this new adventure.