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The Challenge

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.

Beyond the broad 'problem' of a lack of access to energy, the team worked to research and design innovation prizes aimed to address specific challenges in energy access. Through early research, we went on to design the following energy access prizes...

The Prizes

The Cylinder Prize

From our first phase of research we decided that innovation prizes may be a useful tool to use alongside other types of intervention in specific contexts. This lead to us running our first Energy Access prize, focusing on increased access to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as a cooking fuel in Ghana – The Cylinder Prize.

The Cylinder Prize ran in 2015 with more than 180 solvers from 40 countries proposing solutions. Among all those proposals, seven solvers received an award for five different ideas.

Ideas to Impact is an adaptive programme, constantly reviewing, learning and adapting our prize design to ensure the greatest impact. This led to us redesigning the Energy Access prize to implement a new prize focusing this time on Off-Grid Refrigeration.

You can read more about why we changed The Cylinder Prize in our blog ‘The Cylinder Prize – what happened next?’

Global LEAP Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition

Global LEAP

The 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards’ Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition was supported by the Scaling Off-Grid Energy (SOGE) Grand Challenge for Development. SOGE’s partners that funded the competition included USAID's Global Development Lab, DFID through Ideas to Impact and Power Africa’s Beyond the Grid initiative.
Energy 4 Impact has been involved in the ongoing implementation of the prize.

The Off-Grid Refrigeration Competition has rewarded advancements in off-grid refrigeration technology, as well as the most promising commercial models.

Read more about the Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition

Global LEAP Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge

DFID through Ideas to Impact has partnered with Power Africa's Beyond the Grid initiative (USAID) to run the Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge (OGCCC). The prize aims to identify the world's most innovative off-grid cold chain technologies and, ultimately, help to accelerate the development of a commercial market for them.