Innovation and Impact Newsletter - March 2021

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Innovation and Impact E-newsletter from the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact. USAID Global Health

March 2021



The first edition of the board game Architects of Digital Health has been manufactured

Architects of digital health

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The first edition of the board game Architects of Digital Health has been manufactured. This game was co-designed by CII’s Senior Digital Health Advisor Merrick Schaefer as part of the Digital Health: Planning National Systems course developed by WHO. The interactive board game is a fun way to learn about trade-offs and dependencies in designing national digital health systems. The game has already been used by global health practitioners in Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa, and among WHO teams. The game is currently being integrated into courses by Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University.


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Two studies on pioneering partnership, Project Last Mile (PLM)

Project Last Mile (PLM), the pioneering public-private partnership between USAID, the Coca-Cola Company and its Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Fund, and PEPFAR had its work recently featured in two peer-reviewed journals. The Evolution of Trust Within a Global Health Partnership With the Private Sector: An Inductive Framework uses longitudinal data to show how trust in multi-sector partnerships evolves over time. The resulting framework can be used by others seeking to embark on or strengthen partnerships, consistent with PLM’s aim of inspiring broader private sector engagement. Project Last Mile and the Development of the Girl Champ Brand in eSwatini describes the development of the GirlChamp brand in eSwatini, which illustrates how private sector strategic marketing approaches can be translated for public health behavior change.

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Digital Square publishes strategic framework for pandemic preparedness

The Digital Square project published Digital Applications and Tools Across an Epidemiological Curve (DATEC) as a strategic framework for governments, investors, implementing organizations, and the digital health community to better understand how existing digital tools can be adapted and used during different phases of an outbreak. DATEC also demonstrates the role data science, system interoperability, and routine surveillance play; and summarizes investment information to facilitate coordination and smart investments. DATEC was developed with a range of partners, including USAID, CDC, WHO, UNICEF and others.

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Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace publications

Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace (EWEC)-- which supports many Saving Lives at Birth innovators, including Bempu Health, Jacaranda Health, and Hewatele-- has published a white paper series on Innovator Support For Scaling: Capital Mobilization and Hands-On Relationships. This four-paper series focuses on the different tools available to innovators, as well as organizational decisions innovators need to make regarding financing opportunities and strategies. EWEC is a strategic alliance of development innovation organizations, including CII, to select, support and scale the most promising innovations for women’s and children's health in low and middle income countries. CII’s Acting Director Amy Lin and Senior Advisor Meghan Majorowski advise EWEC.

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April 6, 2021
When Words Change Lives: A Conversation with Lizzie Presser
Harvard T.H. School of Public Health

April 8-11, 2021
Global Health & Innovation Conference
Unite for Sight

April 8, 2021
PPE Access for All: The Journey and the Future
COVID-19 Action Fund for Africa

April 13-15
Skoll World Forum 2021

April 28, 2021
Scaling Healthcare Innovation: Pathways and Partnerships
Innovations in Healthcare


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Development Finance Corporation
DFC Announces Support for Manufacturing of Vaccines During Quad Summit
March 12, 2021

MIT Solve
The Trinity Challenge
March 2021

Clinical trials of COVID-19 treatments aim to bridge income gaps
March 23, 2021

USAID Medium
How Can We Address Gender Inequity in Artificial Intelligence?
March 24, 2021


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Global Health Technologies Coalition
Meeting the moment, fueling the future: Policy recommendations for a new era of US leadership in global health R&D
March 2021

The National Law Review
Impact Finance: Innovative Finance Solutions to Target Global Health Issues March 12, 2021

GO Lab
Lessons from the world's first development impact bond for maternal health
March 17, 2021

Leapfrog to Value
Overcoming TB's Trust Deficit
March 24, 2021


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Global Outcomes Lab
Findings from the second research wave of the Independent Evaluation of the FCDO Development Impact Bonds Pilot Programme

Harvard Business Review
Are Your Diversity Efforts Othering Underrepresented Groups?

Center for Global Development
The Case for Evidence-Based Innovation and Implications for USAID (and Beyond)

From Poverty to Power
‘Development’: A visual story of shifting power



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Daniel Duman, Senior Innovative Finance Advisor

Daniel J. Duman is the new Senior Innovative Finance Advisor. He will focus on addressing financing issues that address the delivery of global health products and services and promotes innovation in the health sector. Prior to joining CII, Daniel served as a Senior Advisor to Total Impact Capital – a firm that creates impact investment vehicles that addresses key global development issues including a focus on global health issues. Daniel has lived and worked in Rwanda as a Governance Advisor to the Government of Rwanda’s development agency on behalf of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Daniel holds a Masters degree (MSc) in International Development Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MA from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a BA from New York University.

Read Daniel's full interview here [PDF, 256K]


USAID's Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) takes a business-minded approach to fast-tracking the development, introduction and scale-up of health interventions that address the world's most important health challenges. CII invests seed capital in the most promising ideas and novel approaches, using forward-looking business practices to cut the time it takes to transform discoveries in the lab to impact on the ground.

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Last updated: April 01, 2021

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