BetterTogether Challenge

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The BetterTogether Challenge

The U.S. Agency for International Development and the Inter-American Development Bank are partnering for the BetterTogether / JuntosEsMejor Challenge, a global initiative to crowdsource, fund, and scale innovative solutions from Venezuelans, wherever they are, and innovators worldwide to support Venezuelans and host communities affected by the regional crisis.

The BetterTogether Challenge is a global initiative to crowdsource innovative solutions from anywhere in the world to improve the lives of Venezuelans and communities hosting them across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Watch our explainer video to learn how the Challenge works and how to get involved. Visit our website to apply:

The Regional Crisis

We're facing the largest external displacement of people in the Western Hemisphere's history. 1 in 7 Venezuelans have left their homeland, approximately 5 million people who have left behind best friends, family members, and loved ones. In 2017, a majority of the population lost an average of 25 pounds, and 80% of the population did not have a reliable source of food. The outflow of Venezuelans to neighboring countries in Latin America and the Caribbean has had a growing impact on healthcare systems, public services, labor markets, community relations, and infrastructure.

How the Challenge Works

The BetterTogether Challenge seeks to:

  • Elevate Venezuelan voices and ingenuity to convey and answer needs inside Venezuela and across the region;
  • Connect Venezuelans, host communities, and the world’s collective genius to develop innovative solutions; 
  • Expand networks across communities and countries to promote relationships and collaboration;
  • Fund, test, and scale solutions; and
  • Build a marketplace of tested, market-ready solutions.

Where We Work

Proposed solutions can be implemented in the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and/or Venezuela. This list may change as the situation evolves.

Partner With Us

The Challenge brings together diverse expertise to connect resources with the best solutions for a brighter future. Contact for more information about foundational, operational, and outreach partnership opportunities.

Apply Today

BetterTogether seeks solutions from anywhere in the world. Winning solutions will address the needs of Venezuelans and host communities in the following focus areas:

PEOPLE: Solutions to help build skills and networks, and promote social cohesion and peaceful community relationships.
PRODUCTIVITY: Solutions that build livelihoods and improve access to products essential to daily life.
SERVICES: Solutions that improve the delivery of services, such as education, health, energy, connectivity, and others.
FINANCE: Solutions that improve the access to, and transfer of, cash and capital.

Submit an application at

Twitter: @JuntosEsMejorVE

Last updated: March 11, 2020

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