Entry rules

Article 1

The Prize D4D rewards initiatives that significantly contribute to the digital development in the South. These initiatives exploit the potential of (new) technologies in terms of sustainable development.

The prize is awarded in three categories:

Category 1: Innovative idea / startup - ‘iStartUp’

This category covers an innovative project idea or startup on ‘Digital for Development’.

Applicants need to provide a video pitch illustrating the project idea or startup in a maximum of 3 minutes based on the following questions:

1) To what extent does the ‘iStartUp’ contribute to sustainable development in the South?

2) Can you describe the ‘iStartUp’ as being innovatory and original? Does the innovative nature of the ‘iStartUp’ surpass the traditional and classic development methods in this field?

3) Will the ‘iStartUp’ lead towards a significant impact both on a local and/or global scale? Will the ‘iStartUp’ lift the concept ‘Digital for Development’ to higher standards and create broader support?

4) Does the ‘iStartUp’ take into account the concept 'digital inclusion'?

A clear link with a partner in the South is not obligatory upon submission but will need to be imbedded in the further development of the 'iStartUp'.

Category 2: Success story - ‘iStandOut’

Eligible success stories are initiatives that  have  already been proven; the best practices. They bear the mark of success in terms of innovations that succesfully deploy digitisation as a lever towards sustainable development and demonstrate a strong vision for future cooperation between the countries concerned.

A clear link with a partner in the South is required.

Category 3: The public award- ‘iChoose’

In the category 'iChoose', applications are submitted in the form of audio-visual or graphic material which shows the theme 'Digital for Development' in an attractive way on the field. The application must be a visual representation of an innovative idea, project or activity on digitisation for development.

A clear link with a partner in the South is required.

Article 2

Everyone with a convincing project or innovative idea on 'Digital for Development' can participate. With the exception of the geographical specifications (see Article 3), no target groups are defined. Prize D4D seeks to reward applications on digitisation for development regardless of the individuals, teams or organisations behind the work. Applications can be submitted by individuals or teams who are for example part of a university, university college, research institution, non-governmental organisation (NGO), private institution, Public-Private Partnership (PPP), Citizen Initiative, etc.

Applications must be recent and should not outdate the announcement of the current edition of the prize by more than three years.

Applicants must be Belgians (incl. EU nationals or people with a right to a permanent residence in Belgium) or from a Belgian development cooperation partner country (see Article 3 for list of countries), hereinafter referred to as ‘partner country’, who are active in the field of ‘Digital for Development’.

A clear link with Belgium is necessary.

Article 3

List of ‘Belgian development cooperation partner countries’:



Burkina Faso





DR Congo



















South Africa






Article 4

Prize D4D nominates max. 9 applications and 3 winners will receive the following prizes:

  • 1 winner in the category ‘iStartUp’:  an internship in a Belgian incubator to the value of 25.000 euro
  • 1 winner in the category ‘iStandOut’: a credit line of 10.000 euro to be used for (research)activities towards further development of a career (participation in conferences, training courses, etc.)
  • 1 winner in the category ‘iChoose’: a cash prize of 5.000 euro

The remaining six nominees will receive a certificate. In addition, they can count on feedback from the jury upon request.

Depending on the quantity and quality of the applications, the above distribution of nominees and winners may be departed from.

Article 5

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of applications in Dutch, French or English.

The application must date from 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017.

A registration form may only be submitted in one category. In the event of multiple applications for the same person, team, company or organisation, each application must be registered separately.

Applicants may receive multiple awards under the Prize Digital for Development. For example, a winner in the category ‘iStandOut’ may also compete the category ‘iChoose’ on condition that the submitted projects are different.

Article 6

Regarding the applications in the categories 'iStartUp' and 'iStandOut', the evaluation is done in two phases. In the first phase of the evaluation each application is assessed by two reviewers with expertise in the relevant thematic field. These reviewers will appoint scores based on the predetermined evaluation criteria. If the scores differ significantly, a third opinion is addressed.

In a second phase of the evaluation a list of nominees is prepared by the jury based on the scores granted by the reviewers (the first phase). The nominees for the categories 'iStandOut' and 'iStartUp' are invited to present their application to the jury. The jury will then appoint a winner for each category ('iStartUp' and 'iStandOut').

The nominees and the winner of the public award 'iChoose' is chosen by the public. By means of the online voting system, any member of the public can cast a vote once, anonymously, for one of more of their favourite applications.

The decisions of the jury are sovereign and final.

Legal action against the decisions of the jury is not possible.

Article 7

Applicants must upload the necessary documents online.

The registration form varies per category ('iStartUp', 'iStandOut', 'iChoose'). It is very important that the form is completed in an accurate manner for further evaluation by the jury.

If the submission is a product or an application, the applicants must provide full documentation on the content and operation of the product or application.

Applicants for the category ‘iStandOut’ are requested to send a printed version of their work in duplicate to the contact address of the Royal Museum for Central Africa the latest by the closing date of the call.

Closing of the call for applications is February 26, 2018.

Article 8

Postal address:

Royal Museum for Central Africa

Prize Digital for Development

Leuvensesteenweg 13

B-3080 Tervuren


For more information:

Tel. ++32 (0)2 769 57 34

Fax ++32 (0)2 769 54 32

Email: prized4d@africamuseum.be


Article 9

Applicants for the D4D Prize are deemed to have accepted the rules of the D4D Prize as set out in these entry rules.

Applications must be free of offensive content and consistent with the human rights according to the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Applications that are found to be (partially) plagiarised will be disqualified.

Applications that are incomplete or fail to satisfy the guidelines of the Prize D4D will be withdrawn from the selection procedure without prior notice. Legal action against the decision of disqualification for the above reasons is not possible.

Article 10

By participating in the Prize D4D, the applicant grants the RMCA the exploitation rights for the submitted audio-visual/graphic material, photographs and other content for non-commercial use, in particular promotion, printing, events and media.

Applicants must hold copyright to all photographs and audio-visual material related to the production of the submitted work. The software used must be licensed.

Article 11

The applicants’ personal data will be handled in accordance to the Privacy Act. On the basis of the Privacy Act (Act of 8 December 1992 on the protection of privacy in relation to the processing of personal data) it is ensured that personal data are used and protected with due care, so that citizens' privacy remains safeguarded. The rights and obligations of the individuals whose data are processed, as well as the rights and obligations of those processing the data have been established by the Privacy Act.

Article 12

The prize D4D will be announced via a dedicated website (http://prizeD4D.africamuseum.be), via RMCA’s social media channels (Facebook and Twitter), via the DGD website (http://diplomatie.belgium.be/nl/Beleid/Ontwikkelingssamenwerking/) and via posters in Belgium and in the partner countries.

Article 13

The award ceremony of the Prize D4D will take place in the Royal Museum for Central Africa in the autumn of 2018.

Article 14

Applicants will not automatically receive an acknowledgment of receipt, but they may be sent one upon request.