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Funded by UK Aid, 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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Mobility is a crucial theme for Ideas to Impact and the focus of the Lake Victoria Challenge, which explores the potential of drones to unlock Africa’s lower skies and improve access to transport for remote communities.
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latest news

UK Aid through Ideas to Impact starts supporting the Lake Victoria Challenge
Lorenza Geronimo | 01 March 2019

We are delighted to announce that the UK Department for International Development through Ideas to Impact has joined forces with the Regional Government of

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1st place winner
Kenya’s top 7 climate innovators awarded over $500K for initiatives to increase resilience
Lorenza Geronimo | 30 November 2018

On 29 November, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, we announced the seven winners of the Tekeleza Prize during an award ceremony. We awarded these

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fridge user
Winner of Off-Grid Refrigerator Innovation Prize for Appropriate Design and User Experience announced
Lorenza Geronimo | 08 November 2018

KIGALI, RWANDA – On 8 November 2018, at the Unlocking Solar Capital Africa conference, the Scaling Off-Grid Energy (SOGE) Grand Challenge for Development

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Latest Blog

SmartAg Tekeleza Prize award ceremony
How our climate prize helped an app find its way to the market
Lorenza Geronimo | 25 February 2019

How do you ensure that climate information can be accessed by the farmers who need it to decide what to plant and when in the face of climate change? In a

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COP24
Climate adaptation: the five lessons we shared at COP24
Ideas to Impact Team | 22 January 2019

Last month, delegates from nearly 200 countries met in Katowice, Poland, to attend the two-week-long United Nations (UN) climate change conference COP24 and

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Field-testing
LEARNING PAPER: The challenges of field-testing off-grid refrigerators
Lorenza Geronimo | 14 January 2019

The Ideas to Impact programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), is testing whether prizes can stimulate innovative solutions

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