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Flood of proposals is key to Kenya’s success, says Canadian funder

The high number of Kenyan applications to the Grand Challenges Canada funding programme has led to its domination of the first five funding rounds, the programme’s chief executive has said.

Peter Singer’s comments followed the announcement of the winners of the fifth funding round on 21 November, in which 83 projects shared a total of CA$9.3 million (US$8.7m) in seed grants for health innovations.

Thirty of the winners in this round come from Africa, of which 16 are Kenyan. Tanzania and Uganda bag five awards each, Nigeria has two and Senegal and Ghana one each. This mirrors the regional distribution of earlier grant rounds.

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