Ideas to Impact is designing and launching five innovation prizes to stimulate research and incentivise solutions that will improve low-income communities’ resilience to climate change and access to affordable clean energy, safe drinking water and sanitation services.
The internet now provides unlimited opportunities for posting problems to wide audiences, dramatically increasing the rate of problem-solving, often from unexpected sources. This open innovation is gaining momentum worldwide in the public and private sectors.
Innovation prizes build on open innovation principles incentivising participation, generating a media buzz, and helping capture the imagination of communities.
Ideas to Impact is testing the potential of innovation prizes for spurring development outcomes and catalysing advances in environmental technologies for the benefit of the poorest.
In February 2017, Ideas to Impact convened the Innovating in Development Learning Event in London, in collaboration with the Department for International Development (DFID), USAID and The Rockefeller Foundation.
This two-day workshop brought together passionate and inspiring innovators, funders, implementers and evaluators of development and humanitarian innovation programmes. Participants shared practical experiences, successes and failures to highlight lessons that we could all learn from to enable more impact in our innovation programmes, and connected with the hope of building a community of practice to take this learning forward in the future.
We were lucky enough to have a rich mix of participants from organisations such as Oxfam UK, Practical Action, Shell Foundation, Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF), Itad Ltd, Institute of Development Studies, and the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), to mention just a few.
Participants spent the two days sharing, reflecting and refining their experiences of funding, designing, implementing and evaluating innovation focused development programmes, focusing on the following specific themes:
To read the report summarising the discussions, learning, case studies and practical tools generated at the second day of the Innovating in Development Learning Event, click here.
Ideas to Impact
UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Director Designate, WorldwideBryony.Everett@imcworldwide.com
May 10, 2017