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Connect2Recover Research Competition - Winners

Through the Connect2Recover initiative, ITU has organized the "Connect2Recover Research Competition" to identify promising research proposals that will accelerate digital inclusion during the COVID-19 recovery globally. ITU was pleased to recognize the support of ITU-D Sector Member Huawei for their support in this competition. ​

This is the first time that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the specialised agency of the United Nations for information and communication technologies, has organised an international competition under Connect2Recover. This offers an unprecendented opportunity to contribute towards digital inclusion during the pandemic.

Meet the Winners

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NoNameCountry​InstitutionWinning Proposal
1 Michael P. Canares
 Michael P. Cañares
Step Up Consulting​
Making Higher Education Truly Inclusive
2 William Baraza
 William Baraza
African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI)Market Resilience in Emerging Digital Economies: Case Study of Kenya During Covid-19 Pandemic
3 Stan Karanasios
 Stan Karanasios
AustraliaUniversity of QueenslandDigital Transformation of Micro-Enterprises in Ghana
4 Joseph Sevilla
 Joseph Sevilla
KenyaStrathmore UniversityRebuilding Digital Inclusion for the Rural Counties of Kenya
5 Melissa Densmore
 Melissa Densmore
South AfricaUniversity of Cape TownCoLRN: A Community-based Vision for Local Resilient Networks
6 Hassan Radoine
 Hassan Radoine
MoroccoMohammed VI Polytechnic UniversityA Policy Framework for Education Resilience
7 Mohamed Slim Alouini
 Mohamed-Slim Alouini
Saudi ArabiaKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)Network in a Box to Provide Health Services in Remote Areas
8 Michael Max Buhler
 Michael Max Bühler
GermanyUniversity of Applied Sciences Konstanz (HTWG)Creating a Blueprint for Africa's Transition Towards an Inclusive and Competitive Digital Economy: Identifying Potential Industries, Stakeholders, and Use Cases for the Development of a Federated Digital Platform and Advanced Services with a Focus on Botswana
9 Fredrick Kanobe
 Fredrick Kanobe
UgandaKyambogo UniversityAn Assessment of Digital Inclusion among the Vulnerable Persons in Developing Economies: A Comparative Study between Uganda and South Africa Economies
10 Lasisi Salami LAWAL
 Lasisi Salami Lawal 
NigeriaFederal University of Technology
Digital Health Inclusion to Enhance Nigeria's Health Service Delivery
11 Wondwossen Mulualem Beyene
 Wondwossen Mulualem Beyene
EthiopiaFreelance researcherDeterminants of Digital Inclusion in Higher Education: Exploring the Ethiopian Context
12 Maniam Kaliannan
 Maniam Kaliannan
MalaysiaSchool of Business, University of NottinghamHow Contemporary Digital Inclusion Strategies can Reinvigorate the Quality of Life for the Elderly Population in Post-COVID Malaysia?
13 Benet C Henry
 Benet C. Henry MD
DominicaA-MEDIC Inc; Optipharm Eye CentreTelemedicine: An Approach in the Management of Chronic Diseases in Dominica
14 Forbes Makudza
 Forbes Makudza
ZimbabweManicaland State University of Applied SciencesThe Digital Financial Inclusion of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) of the COMESA Region into Electronic Business During and Post COVID-19 Pandemic
15 Edward Asiedu
 Edward Asiedu
GhanaUniversity of GhanaDigital Health Provision Through Telemedicine Ecosystem In Sub-Saharan Africa
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For more information on the winners and the jury, click below to download the Winning Projects Booklet: 
Download the Winners'Booklet
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