Innovation and Impact Newsletter - May 2021

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

May 2021



OECD Technical Seminar on Innovation for Development

OECD Technical Seminar on Innovation for Development

CII’s Acting Director Amy Lin moderated a technical seminar for the OECD Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC) delegates on innovation that was hosted by the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate. The OECD released the new proposed innovation stream workplan, Innovation for Development Impact. As part of the workplan rollout, the session was an opportunity for delegates and other participants to provide inputs and draw out opportunities for how innovation can advance the development agenda. Amy guided participants through an agenda with interventions from Johannes Oljelund, Director General for International Development Cooperation at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Carla Hogan, Director General for Inclusive Growth, Governance and Innovation at Global Affairs Canada. The seminar also included presentations from Geoff Mulgan, former CEO of Nesta, and Purabi Matin, Head of Communications at the a2i Lab in Bangladesh.


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Map & Match country briefs released

USAID’s Map & Match Project led by PATH/Digital Square conducted a landscaping of country digital health tools and rapid assessment to identify opportunities where digital tools may aid in the COVID-19 response. As the world learned during the West Africa Ebola outbreak response, prioritizing the reuse and adaptation of existing digital tools is vital to quickly scale access to time-sensitive disease information and data. The landscaping has been completed and country briefs are being released with information on digital health tools identified, opportunities for use, and digital health recommendations to support the COVID-19 response. The briefs will be shared with our partners, including USAID, GIZ, UNICEF, World Bank, Gates Foundation, the Global Fund, GAVI, WHO, and each country's Ministry of Health. Each brief will also be added to the Digital Health Atlas.

Screenshot of Digital Square online materials

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Devex highlights Saving Lives at Birth

A recently published Devex article, “Health innovators seek more support as maternal, newborn deaths rise” highlights the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge journey along with various maternal and child health innovators supported by the partnership. The article spotlights Little Sparrows Technologies and their newborn jaundice phototherapy treatment product, Bilihut, which received a SL@B seed grant at a pivotal time of growth. CII Senior Innovation Advisor Meghan Majorowski and former CII Director Wendy Taylor are both quoted, underscoring the importance of bringing in new and diverse partners to support and scale innovation in the maternal and child health space. The article advocates for continuing to support and scale innovations in maternal and child health.

Image collage: Saving Lives at Birth, Health care worker caring for an infant

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CII joins AstraZeneca, Villgro Africa, and Resonance in Open Innovation Panel

CII’s Senior Advisor Meghan Majorowski spoke on a panel on Open Innovation for Global Health led by Resonance. As part their Inclusive Innovation Exchange webinar series, Meghan joined panelists Pamela Hill (AstraZeneca Open Innovation program Head) and Wilfred Njagi (Villgro Africa CEO) and moderator Stephen Rahaim (Chief of Party of the USAID Catalyst Project, Resonance) to discuss models and lessons learned for open innovation in global health, the role that it can play in connecting global and local health ecosystems, and the role of partnerships.

Panelists Pamela Hill (AstraZeneca Open Innovation program Head) and Wilfred Njagi (Villgro Africa CEO) and moderator Stephen Rahaim (Chief of Party of the USAID Catalyst Project, Resonance)


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Managing for Better Results and Promoting Gender Equality through Challenge Funds
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

June 8, 2021
Stories of Impact
The Rockefeller Foundation

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Aspen Ideas Festival
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Photo of Christian Rusangwa, Director of Technical Assistance, Muso

Christian Rusangwa, Director of Technical Assistance, Muso

Christian Rusangwa is the Director of Technical Assistance at Muso, a USAID Development Innovation Ventures funded innovator that collaborates with governments to design, build, and test Proactive Community Case Management (ProCCM), an evidence-based community health approach for rapid, universal access to care, maternal health, and child survival. You can learn more about Muso’s path to scale in CII’s Global Health Innovation Index. In his role as Director of Technical Assistance, Christian develops strategies to accompany governments in the adoption of ProCCM and the building of effective healthcare systems and sustainable approaches in the area of national health system strengthening for primary healthcare and community health. Christian advises the governments of Mali and Ivory Coast as well as other global health organizations.

Read Christian's full interview here [PDF, 121K]


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: June 07, 2021

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