Strengthening Innovation Ecosystems: USAID Opens Applications to Competition

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has opened applications for a new competition aimed at strengthening the innovation ecosystem for humanitarian challenges and community resilience in Bangladesh.

The challenge will create stronger support structures for innovators and humanitarian actors to develop, test and scale innovations that complement traditional humanitarian response and build long-term community resilience, according to a press release.

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This is urgent at a time when the frequency and scale of humanitarian crises are increasing and compounded by climate change – the response capacity of the humanitarian community is under severe strain.

The challenge is part of the Accelerating Innovation for Resilience (AI4Resilience) initiative in Bangladesh, implemented by the US-based nonprofit Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) in partnership with Spring Activator, an incubator, accelerator and consultancy global.

The AI4Resilience Challenge supports the co-creation of solutions to catalyze the supply and scale of innovations for community-led humanitarian response and long-term resilience.

At the same time, the initiative will build relevant capacity, networks, partnerships and collaboration within the community.

AI4Resilience has set aside $300,000 in total for challenge participants to support the design and implementation of the solutions. Participants will also receive a wide range of support, including a combination of coaching, mentoring, technical assistance, partnership development and events.