The Grand Challenges for Development initiative is rooted in two fundamental beliefs about international development:
Under the Grand Challenges for Development initiative, USAID will focus on defining problems, identifying constraints, and providing evidence based analysis. Addressing these challenges will require the creation and support of self-perpetuating systems, rather than one-off inventions or interventions.
Four Grand Challenges have been launched.
USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, The World Bank, and the U.K. Department for International Development (DfID) call for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, low resource communities around the 48 hours of delivery through:
For more information, visit: www.savinglivesatbirth.net
USAID, World Vision, AusAID, and the U.S. Department of Education are leading the charge in finding early grade reading solutions. We seek scalable, cost-effective innovations to improve student reading by:
For more information, visit: www.allchildrenreading.org
Launched in June 2012, Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development will overcome critical barriers to agricultural electric energy access through innovative clean energy technologies and financing mechanisms. The effort will bring global attention to the persistent energy access issues that confront farmers throughout the developing world in agricultural production, processing, and storage.
This Grand Challenge for Development encourages innovators to find new ways to bring clean energy to farmers through sustainable and scalable solutions that will create more and better quality food for farmers, their families, and their communities. It is also expected that these innovations will create new economic opportunities in agricultural communities in the developing world.
For more information, visit: www.PoweringAg.org.
Making All Voices Count will support people and governments to use innovation, web and mobile technologies to improve government performance and accountability. This unique partnership will amplify the voices of citizens and enable governments to open up, listen and respond.
Link to site: www.makingallvoicescount.org
Last updated: May 22, 2013