Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII)

  • CII is engaging luminaries in the field to identify state of the art practices in innovation, introduction and scale-up.

  • 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.

  • CII designs and implements accelerated introduction plans for priority products and interventions; supports rapid deployment and adoption in target regions; and evaluates and develops innovative financing mechanisms.

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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NEW REPORT - UAVs in Global Health: Defining a Collective Path Forward

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Introducing our newest publication UAVs in Global Health: Defining a Collective Path Forward. This report applies our Idea to Impact framework to identify opportunities and challenges for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to develop and scale in the global health context and lays out a proposed investment roadmap for donors to coordinate their investments strategically to shape and accelerate this market. To learn more and download this report, please visit this webpage.



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Last updated: March 27, 2018

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