USAID Announces New Collaboration to Seek, Test, and Scale Innovative Solutions in Haiti


Lab technician in Port-au-Prince Haiti checks for cholera.
Kendra Helmer/USAID

Two years ago today, the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince also catalyzed an outpouring of attention on reducing Haiti’s poverty and fostering its economic growth.  As part of this ongoing effort, the USAID Mission in Haiti has partnered with Development Innovation Ventures to launch the DIV Haiti initiative

The DIV Haiti initiative will invest in solutions that target the four focus areas of the U.S. Government strategy for rebuilding Haiti: infrastructure and energy; food and economic security; health and other basic services; and governance and rule of law. DIV and USAID/Haiti will rigorously test the projects we fund, and help scale those that are proven successful. 

“The DIV Haiti initiative will tap into the ingenuity of people in Haiti and around the world to identify, test and scale solutions that help reach development goals in Haiti quicker, cheaper, and at a wider scale,” said Maura O’Neill, USAID Senior Counselor and Chief Innovation Officer.

Through the DIV Haiti initiative, entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses, academics, NGOs and others from across the world can apply for grants to develop, test and scale up innovative ideas and cost-saving development solutions to the U.S. Government’s four focus areas in Haiti. Proposals will be carefully vetted to ensure that they are tailored to the Haitian context and their impact rigorously measured.

“Through this partnership with DIV, we seek to attract game-changing ideas that can have countrywide impact and secure a brighter future for the people of Haiti,” said USAID/Haiti Mission Director Carleene H. Dei. 

The DIV Haiti initiative seeks applications through DIV's Annual Program Statement (APS). Review the APS addendum specific to the DIV Haiti initiative here (pdf).  Deadlines for selection rounds close on January 16th and April 16th, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

  • Visit the USAID/Haiti webpage about the earthquake and four-pronged U.S. Government response strategy
  • Read about the DIV Haiti initiative

Last updated: February 15, 2013

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