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What we do?

Ideas to Impact is an action-research programme designing, implementing and testing innovation prizes, to induce innovative solutions to development challenges in Climate Change Adaptation, Energy Access and WASH.

We have launched five different innovation prizes in Ghana, Kenya, Nepal and globally (DFID priority countries).

A key element of the programme is testing, researching and learning about innovation prizes for development. We are sharing this learning through learning briefs, papers, blogs and other learning materials.

Prize Themes

Ideas to Impact has designed and are implementing two WASH focused innovation prizes, the Sanitation Challenge for Ghana and the non-revenue water focused prize, Dreampipe II. To learn more about the prizes and why we chose these WASH challenges...
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Energy Access is another key theme for Ideas to Impacts innovation prizes, designing and implementing the Cylinder Prize and the Global LEAP Awards. To learn more about the prizes and Energy Access...
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Climate Change Adaptation is a key theme for Ideas to Impact, designing and implementing two innovation prizes around the theme. Adaptation at Scale prize in Nepal and Climate Information Prize in Kenya, both induce innovative climate change adaptation. To learn more about the prizes and Climate Change Adaptation...
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latest news

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Ideas to Impact at Kenya Meteorological Society conference
Lorenza Geronimo | 06 March 2018

From 20 to 22 February 2018, Stephen Mutimba, from our Climate Information Prize (CIP) team, attended the 13th Kenya Meteorological Society (KMS) International

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Global LEAP
Global LEAP’s Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition and Innovation Prize Winners Announced
Lorenza Geronimo | 22 January 2018

HONG KONG – Today at the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo, the Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge for Development (SOGE) announced the results of the

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Ideas to Impact at the WEDC Conference
Gabrielle Minkley | 03 August 2017

Ideas to Impact recently hosted a side-event at WEDC to share how innovation prizes can be used for developing sustainable WASH services. July 2017 saw the

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Latest Blog

Energy access
Halfway through our energy access competition: what have we learnt?
Lorenza Geronimo | 19 March 2018

In this blog post, we explore the lessons learnt so far from the Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition, whose first stage ended in January. This blog post was co-

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Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo Hong Kong
Six key achievements of our energy access competition
Lorenza Geronimo | 14 March 2018

The award of stage one of the Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition in January has provided us with the opportunity to reflect on the outcomes achieved so far.

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What has the Evaluation team discovered so far about the Ideas to Impact prizes?
Ideas to Impact Team | 18 December 2017

While the Evaluation and Learning team’s main focus will be Ideas to Impact’s longer-term prizes or stage 2, we have been looking at what happened with stage 1

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