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 strive 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.

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has a long-standing record of success in the development, introduction and scale-up of high-impact health products and interventions in the developing world. However, the discrepancy between the myriad lifesaving health technologies readily available in the 21st century – and the few that are accessible to people of disease-burdened, low-income countries – is still too great. To address the obstacles that accompany work in these markets, the Agency must rely on cutting-edge thinking to push boundaries and address formidable barriers to adoption which, all too often, prevent innovative technologies from reaching those most in need.

To tackle these challenges, USAID established a center of excellence in the Global Health Bureau to accelerate the development, introduction and scale-up of priority global health interventions. 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. Applying these forward‐looking practices to USAID’s health investments, CII invests seed capital in the most promising ideas and cuts the time it takes to transform discoveries in the lab to impact on the ground.

The Center focuses on three channels to promote innovation and impact:

  1. Identifying State-of-the-Art Practices
    The Center is engaging luminaries in the field to identify state-of-the-art practices in innovation, introduction and uptake across a variety of sectors to improve the efficiency of the marketplace.
  2. Catalyzing Innovation and Partnerships
    Harnessing the power of previously untapped innovative minds worldwide, USAID and the Center strive to create new and better ways of doing business and generating impact. Through partnerships like Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development, USAID is sourcing groundbreaking solutions with the potential for transformational change for mothers and newborns in the hardest-to-reach parts of the world.
  3. Scaling for Impact
    Optimizing the use of market mechanisms and strategic product introduction planning can help drive increased access to lifesaving technologies for underserved populations. The Center designs and implements accelerated development and introduction plans for priority products and interventions; supports rapid deployment and adoption in target regions; and develops and evaluates innovative financing mechanisms to accelerate product development or access to health innovations.

 

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

Last updated: June 16, 2016

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