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  Press release

  25th March 2024   

Orange Sierra Leone launch the 6th edition of the Orange Social Venture Prize (OSVP) in Sierra Leone and 14th edition in Africa and the Middle East to support social innovation and encourage local entrepreneurship.

This will mark the 6th Edition of the OSVP competition in Sierra Leone and 14th edition in Africa and Middle East. The Competition will officially open for submission of applications Monday, March 25th 2024. Applicants from the 17 Orange affiliates in Africa and Middle East including Sierra Leone must apply for both the National and International competition and should submit their applications on or before 26th May 2024 at the website below:

Through this competition, Orange Sierra Leone, as a responsible corporate and social investor, aims to contribute to the human capital development, support local social and environmental innovations, and encourage entrepreneurship in Sierra Leone.

Since 2019, OSVP prize has been awarded to innovative projects in the field of education, healthcare, e-commerce, and agriculture and projects that contribute to achieving sustainable development goals using digital technology. The competition has two stages:

  1. The National Stage:

Applications will be submitted from the 25th March - 26th May 2024 for the National and Women’s competition. At the end of this application phase, a national pitch competition will be held in August 2024 to award the National and Women’s category winners. The winners will receive the following prizes:

  • NLe 200,000 – National Winner
  • NLe 120,000 – Women’s Winner
  1. The International Stage:

The National and Women category winners from each subsidiary in the 17 Orange affiliates in Africa and Middle East will automatically be selected for the international phase. After their evaluation, 10 finalists will be selected. A final jury of African tech influencers will select the top 3 winners of the OSVP International Grand Prize in October/November 2024.

As equal opportunity is a key aspect of Orange policy, an International Women's Prize will also be awarded for the fifth consecutive year. This prize will be awarded to a woman who offers a technological solution to improve the living conditions of women (women’s independence, job creation or preservation, gender data collection, digital and financial inclusion, etc.).

The winners of the international and women’s competition will receive the following prizes:

  • €25,000 for 1st place international winner
  • €15,000 for 2nd place international winner
  • €10,000 for 3rd place international winner
  • €20,000 for Women’s international winner 

 About Orange Sierra Leone

Orange Sierra Leone is one of the leading telecommunications operators and service provider in Sierra Leone licensed by the National Communication Authority, the company is dedicated towards meeting the socio-economic needs of the society. The strategic objective of the Orange Sierra Leone is to become a responsible Corporate Social Investor and to improve the daily lives of the people in Sierra Leone through responsible and wonderful digital experiences.”

Orange Middle East and Africa (OMEA)

Orange is present in 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East and has over 143 million customers at 31 December 2022. With 6.9 billion euros of revenues in 2022, Orange MEA is the first growth area in the Orange group. Orange Money, its flagship mobile-based money transfer and financial services offer is available in 17 countries and has more than 80 million customers. Orange, multi-services operator, key partner of the digital transformation provides its expertise to support the development of new digital services in Africa and the Middle East.

Press Contacts:

Orange Sierra Leone: Mabel Mason, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., + 232 76 450 189

Orange Middle East and Africa: Anita Oyono, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +33 6 75 02 03 79

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In response to the economic crisis caused by the war between Russia and Ukraine, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) with support from the World Bank is implementing the Contingent Emergency Response Component (CERC) in NaCSA and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS).

Given that NaCSA has the systems to implement cash transfer programmes, MAFS contacted the Commission to i tmplement the CERC component of the Food System Resilience Programme (FSRP).

The CERC of the FSRP is an Emergency Cash Transfer (ECT) to 12,000 extremely poor populations residing in flood-prone areas in 12 districts including Bo, Kenema, Bonthe, Kailahun, Pujehun, Moyamba, Tonkolili, Port Loko, Karene, Falaba, Koinadugu and Kambia.

Each beneficiary will receive a cash amount of NLe2,600 to afford basic needs. Hopefully, the benefit will assist the poor to provide good food, afford transportation to access medical facilities when sick, and if possible use it to commence business to enhance livelihoods.

Before proceeding to the symbolic launching of the FRSP, the NaCSA Commissioner paid a courtesy visit on the Mayor of Bo City, His worship Musa Kobba, and the Bo District Council Chairman, Hindowa Korseh.

Chief Ndomahina emphasized the importance of the local council in implementing community driven projects.

During the launch in Telu Bongor, the Bo District Council Chairman, Hindowa, thanked the World Bank for supporting vulnerable communities in the face of economic challenges. He called on the beneficiaries to use the money for its intended purpose.

The NaCSA Commissioner, Ambassador Ernest Mbaimba Ndomahina, on behalf of President Dr. Julius Maada Bio launched the FRSP in Telu Bongor.

The Commissioner said the process is a testament to the fact that the World Bank is willing to support President Bio’s ‘Feed Salone’ agenda.

Therefore, the NaCSA Commissioner pleaded with the people of Telu Bongor to use the funds for agricultural activities that will enhance food security.
Credit: NaCSA Information, Education and communications unit

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