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.

USAID and the Inter-American Development Bank launched the Better Together Challenge in Miami, Florida on October 21, 2019.

The Regional Crisis

Venezuela’s political, humanitarian, and economic crisis has led to severe shortages of food, electricity, medicine, water, and other basic needs. The crisis has driven nearly 4.5 million people to flee the country, the largest external displacement of people in the Western Hemisphere’s history. This outflow of Venezuelans has had a growing social and economic impact on neighboring countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including effects on public services, labor markets, community relations, and infrastructure.

How the Challenge Works

The BetterTogether Challenge will:

  • 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 applications starting October 21, 2019 at

Twitter: @JuntosEsMejorVE

Last updated: October 29, 2019

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