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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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latest news

Dreampipe II winner
Dreampipe Challenge - Phase II winners announced
Lorenza Geronimo | 21 May 2018

On 9 May 2018, within the International Water Association’s Water Loss Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, the winners of the Dreampipe Challenge were

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Vegetables
UK Aid-funded competition to stimulate off-grid cold chain technology launched
Lorenza Geronimo | 28 March 2018

The Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge aims to identify and promote the world’s best and most energy-efficient off-grid cold chain technology.   Yesterday in

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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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Latest Blog

Solar panels
What’s new on the energy front?
Lorenza Geronimo | 12 June 2018

The last few months have seen a renewed interest in the energy theme, with flagship gatherings taking place in Africa and Europe to share learning about

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Sam Owilly (third from left) took the first place in the Wazo Prize.
What will Ideas to Impact’s Evaluation team know about prizes by 2020?
Ideas to Impact Team | 21 May 2018

Ideas to Impact’s evaluators from Itad have been refocusing their prize evaluation plans. In this post, they explain what they hope to be reporting on when the

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Wazo Prize winner
Can prizes stimulate innovation in climate information services for the most vulnerable?
Ideas to Impact Team | 10 May 2018

This blog post was authored by Ideas to Impact team members Lars Otto Naess, Nicki Spence and Lorenza Geronimo and was originally published by Climatelinks, a

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