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Apply Now: $11,250,000 for Your Humanitarian Technology Innovations

By Wayan Vota on June 17, 2019


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Today, over 201 million people require humanitarian assistance. Millions of the most vulnerable people in conflict zones are currently unreachable by traditional humanitarian aid delivery.

As the length, complexity, frequency and scope of armed conflicts increase, it is progressively more difficult to reach affected people in insecure areas with life-saving and life-improving humanitarian assistance.

Humanitarian Grand Challenge Opportunity

The Creating Hope in Conflict Challenge Fund seeks life-saving or life-improving innovations to help the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people impacted by humanitarian crises caused by conflict.

It will fund innovations that involve a connection to the private sector and input from affected communities in order to provide, supply, or locally generate safe drinking water and sanitation, energy, life-saving information, or health supplies and services with two types of grants:

  • $6,250,000 CAD in Seed Project Funding: 25 seed projects at $250,000 CAD each to test new innovations
  • $5,000,000 Transition to Scale Project Funding: 5 transition projects at $1,000,000 CAD each to refine, test and implement innovative solutions.

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Humanitarian Grant Funding Focus Areas

The Humanitarian Grand Challenge is focused on addressing the most acute needs in conflict-affected areas that have the potential to be solved by innovation in one or more of the following four areas:

1. Safe Water and Sanitation

Bold ideas, technologies, processes and approaches that enable rapid provision of safe water and safe disposal of waste and sewage in the most vulnerable households and/or enable implementers to rapidly scale up programs.

​2. Energy

Compelling ideas to generate energy, particularly alternative energy solutions that are possible to set up and maintain in conflict situations, and that power life-saving and life-improving services such as health, information, water and sanitation, and education.

3. Life-Saving Information

Innovative ways to improve access to information and data to increase the impact of humanitarian assistance at the local level as well as enable more effective connections between affected populations and humanitarian actors. (Interested in this opportunity? Join our next Tech Salon DC for ideas!)

4. Health Products and Services

New approaches to healthcare that enable one of the following services:

  • Support non-experts to provide quality care;
  • Empower skilled staff who choose to work in conflict zones;
  • Allow faster and cheaper distribution of quality health supplies in conflict zones;
  • Enable affected communities to manufacture or reuse high quality supplies.

Apply Now: Deadline is July 16, 2019

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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4 Comments to “Apply Now: $11,250,000 for Your Humanitarian Technology Innovations”

  1. Mary Juma says:

    Good day.
    I would like to appreciate all the organization that are working together to insure poverty is wiped off inn Africa especially. The techniques of showing us to fish and not giving us fish. On behalf of Africa, we are grateful.
    Recently myself and my friend formed a company from our experiences. We are still very young though. We have not yet accomplished the first project, we are working towards it. We are into training companies with skills needed in today’s leaving. That’s our vision. So yeah.
    Thank you so much.

  2. Ifeanyi Ubani says:

    How do I apply for the grant