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 10 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.