Competitions for Development

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Challenges, Prizes, and hackathons use open competition to incentivize local and global entrepreneurs, academics, civil society, and other passionate problem solvers to address a well-defined problem, pilot and test innovative approaches and scale the most promising solutions.

Learn more about recent Challenges and Prizes from USAID.

Eastern Caribbean Business Resilience Challenge
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Tsion Issayas
A girl with a fishing net
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Water and Energy for Food

a farmer with seeds
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To learn more about how your team can use challenges, prizes, hackathons, and Grand Challenges, please contact

Last updated: July 27, 2022

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