Center for 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 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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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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Strengthen and Apply Cross-cutting Enablers
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.


NEW REPORT: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN GLOBAL HEALTH

AI in Global Health.

All too often the global health community is a late adopter of promising new technologies like blockchain and AI. We believe that, as technologies are still early-stage and rapidly evolving, the development community has an important opportunity to explore and shape the market to ensure that technologies are appropriately and effectively introduced and scaled.

Recognizing the huge potential of AI in global health, The Rockefeller Foundation and United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) have partnered, in close coordination with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop AI in Global Health: Defining a Collective Path Forward. This report identifies opportunities for donors, governments, investors, the private sector, and other stakeholders to explore and accelerate the appropriate development and cost-effective use of AI at scale in global health.

 

Innovation

Questions or comments? Please email us at cii@usaid.gov.

Last updated: May 20, 2019

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