Africa Prize Shortlist 2023
The innovations shortlisted in 2023 tackle challenges central to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including clean water and sanitation, sustainable cities and communities, clean energy, good health and wellbeing, and quality education.
The complete list of selected technologies and candidates is as follows:
Edmund Wessels, South Africa
A portable device enabling gynaecologists to diagnose and treat uterine health issues without anaesthetic.
Anatoli Kirigwajjo, Uganda
A local digital network connected through a physical device utilising the Internet of Things to provide security at a low cost in under-resourced areas.
WAGA Power Pack
Gibson Kawago, Tanzania
A power pack made with recycled laptop batteries to provide reliable and affordable power for electric bikes, power banks, solar lights, businesses and homes.
Affordable AMD Solution
Boitumelo Nkatlo, South Africa
A technology to treat acid mine drainage (AMD), using industrial waste to recycle contaminated water for human consumption.
Cristovão Cacombe, Angola
A robotics learning tool for children that must be assembled and programmed to perform specific tasks.
Flavien Kouatcha Simo, Cameroon
A portable fish farm that uses fish waste as a fertiliser to produce organic vegetables, enabling small-scale farmers to increase production.
Multi-Purpose Earth Brick Machine
Fikru Gebre Dikumbab, Ethiopia
A manually-operated portable machine to make interlocking compressed earth bricks using 90–95% soil and 5–10% cement.
Dr Deon Neveling, South Africa
A host-specific multi-strain probiotic designed to promote gut health and prevent bacterial infections in chickens, reducing the need for antibiotics.
Smart Green Stove
Margaret Yainkain Mansaray, Sierra Leone
An efficient non-electric cooking device designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and health risks, slashing energy use by 70%.
Smart Water Tech
Allen Chafa, Zimbabwe
A real time water quality monitoring and control system to address water borne diseases.
Tolulope Olukokun, Nigeria
ONE TO WATCH WINNER
An electric cargo bike with a battery powered fridge to help Nigeria’s smallholder farmers get fresh food crops to market.