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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

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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Dreampipe II: Phase 1 Winners Announced!
Ideas to Impact Team | 09 June 2017

Eight innovative initiatives for financing non-revenue water reduction have won awards under Phase 1 of The Dreampipe Challenge. The eight winners have been

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Latest Blog

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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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Stage two applicants from across the world
Ideas to Impact prize applicants implementing innovative ideas across the world
Lorenza Geronimo | 27 November 2017

Since 2015, when the first of the Ideas to Impact innovation prizes launched, we have watched as each of the five innovation prizes has stimulated innovative

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Together we create
Innovation Prizes and support to solvers – how much, how little?
Gabrielle Minkley | 09 August 2017

Several of Ideas to Impact’s prizes have moved into their longer, implementation stages where the demands on solvers are higher and the potential for positive

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