5 Years. Big Challenges.

Designing a Better World Together

5 Years. Big Challenges.

Designing a Better World Together

Through a partnership with the UK Department for International Development, IDEO.org is creating a new model for international development that replaces bureaucracy and competition with collaboration and creativity. Amplify is a series of innovation challenges that are allowing us to invest in early-stage solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems, providing each winning organization with funding and design support to bring its solution to life.

By pairing the insights, talents, and experience of local partners with our human-centered design approach to innovation, IDEO.org is helping bring new products and services to life across Asia, the Middle East, and Africa—from Kampala to Kathmandu.

Previous Challenge Winners
Challenge one: Women's Safety

How might we make low-income urban areas safer and more empowering for women and girls?

Safety is a basic human right. But for the millions of women and girls living in low-income urban communities across the world, true safety can be difficult to achieve. The three winners of our first challenge are focused on addressing gender-based violence, reducing social isolation, and increasing women’s economic empowerment.

Kenya

Kidogo

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Kenya

SHOFCO

Speaking out against sexual violence in East Africa’s largest slum

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Nepal

DFA NYU + WHR

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Challenge two: Early Childhood Development

How might parents in low-income communities ensure children thrive in their first five years?

The first five years of a child’s life are a crucial time—filled with exciting milestones and innumerable roadblocks. Skills, competencies, health, and habits gained in these early years accompany children into adulthood. The five winners of this challenge are focused on helping parents support and monitor their children’s development and connect with service providers for help.

Nigeria

CNDI

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Nepal

Possible Health

High-quality pediatric care in the Himalayas

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India

Ayzh

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Democratic Republic of Congo

ECI + Heal Africa

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Kenya

Village HopeCore

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Challenge three: Refugee Education

How might we improve education and expand learning opportunities for refugees around the world?

There are more than 50 million refugees around the world. For our third challenge, Amplify partnered with UNICEF, UNHCR, and our challenge winners to help these refugees learn new skills and gain access to quality education. Our five grantees represent the breadth, complexity, and diversity of educational needs refugees face across the Middle East and Africa.

Chad

i-ACT

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Jordan

Taghyeer

Igniting a love of reading among Syrian refugees

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Uganda

YARID

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Kenya

Teachers College + FCA

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Kenya

Heshima Kenya

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Challenge four: Urban Resilience

How might urban slum communities become more resilient to the effects of climate change?

Almost four billion people live in cities globally. As the earth gets warmer, sea levels rise, and weather patterns become more erratic, the fates of billions will rest on the ability of cities to transform in response to these pressures. For our fourth challenge, Amplify partnered with the Global Resilience Partnership, Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, and SIDA to explore new solutions to help urban slum communities adapt and transform in the face of an uncertain future.

Kenya

Food4Education

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Philippines

Build Change

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Indonesia

AtmaConnect

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Kenya

Kounkuey Design Initiative

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South Africa

Shack/Slum Dwellers International

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Ethiopia

Tena Kebena

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Tanzania

The Recycler

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Bangladesh

BRAC

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