Applications open for Beyond Tourism in Africa innovation challenge

Do you have an idea that could transform the way communities derive benefits from wildlife?


The Luc Hoffmann Institute, the African Leadership University’s School of Wildlife Conservation and WWF Regional Office for Africa are delighted to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Beyond Tourism in Africa innovation challenge.

The challenge seeks to find innovative sources of income from wildlife that go beyond tourism. Participants have the chance to win a place in the African Leadership University’s incubation programme and access to seed money.

We are looking for solutions that allow for the protection of nature while also providing sustainable livelihoods and economic resilience to the communities who manage land or live in close proximity to wildlife.

Through this challenge, we hope to address a growing dependence on tourism revenue among rural communities in Africa, particularly in funding conservation efforts. The global shutdown caused by COVID-19 has highlighted the vulnerability of communities reliant solely on tourism and has accelerated the need for innovative solutions.

Anyone with a bold idea for a sustainable way to derive income from wildlife may apply. Applications from people with strong ties to wildlife-adjacent communities anywhere in Africa and from those with non-traditional conservation backgrounds are encouraged.


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Application period:

1 September – 15 October 2020

For further details and to apply online visit:

Look out for our informational webinar in early September, where you’ll have a chance to hear from the challenge organisers and ask questions! More details coming soon.



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To get in touch with the challenge team or to provide funding to enhance the project’s reach and impact and contribute to the future of conservation, email:


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