Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII)

  • USAID's CII strives to create new and better ways of doing business and generate impact by harnessing the power of previously untapped innovative minds worldwide.

USAID's Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII) applies business-minded approaches to the development, introduction and scale-up of health interventions to accelerate impact against the world's most important health challenges.

The Center – which resides in the Global Health Bureau – invests seed capital in the most promising ideas and applies a rigorous, market-oriented approach to cut the time it takes to transform discoveries in the lab to impact on the ground.

What we do:

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Identify Cutting-Edge Practices
To help improve the efficiency of the marketplace, the Center examines successes and failures across a range of markets and sectors to identify state-of-the-art practices in innovation, introduction, and uptake.

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Catalyze Innovation
The Center uses a variety of novel approaches – from Grand Challenges to hackathons to prizes – to source groundbreaking solutions for tough and seemingly intractable health challenges.

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Scale for Impact
The Center supports introduction and scale-up planning for priority health interventions; uses innovative financing mechanisms; applies market shaping tools to address inefficiencies and barriers; and leverages the expertise and active engagement of the private sector – all to accelerate and rapidly expand health impact.

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Launch of First Healthcare Development Impact Bond

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USAID announces the launch of the world’s first Development Impact Bond (DIB) for health, aiming to reduce the number of maternal and newborn deaths. This DIB, the largest and most ambitious of its kind to date, will improve the quality of care in private facilities in Rajasthan, India and has the potential to reach up to 600,000 pregnant women with improved care during delivery and save the lives of up to 10,000 women and newborns over five years. To learn more about this historic DIB, please visit this webpage.


Last updated: November 29, 2017

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