The Afri-Plastics Challenge is a prize funded by the Canadian Government; an element of the $100-million Marine Litter Mitigation Fund announced by Prime Minister Trudeau at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Charlevoix in June 2018. 

The Challenge aims to reduce marine plastics in Sub-Saharan African countries by developing and scaling innovative solutions to plastic mismanagement. It involves a public competition that will reward the best solutions to addressing marine plastic litter in developing countries in a way that promotes gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. 

The winning prize will directly distribute CA$14,500,000 as Financial support and CA$1,000,000+ in a non-financial (capacity building) support to innovators (those participating in the challenge) in the target communities. 


  • Stream 1: SME Outreach
  • Stream 2: Ideation
  • Stream 3: Community Outreach

Impact/Result So Far

Over 5000 applications were registered for the challenge from organisations and innovators across sub-Saharan Africa via AfriLabs campaign/outreach, 21 of which were received from offline scouts. 

Over 250,000 impressions were generated from the overall campaign, championed by AfriLabs.

40 innovators were engaged and provided support through the challenge prize to demonstrate solutions to solve the problem of marine plastic waste. 

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