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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Challenge five: Agricultural Innovation

How might we improve the livelihoods of small-scale farmers by reducing food waste and spoilage?

Around 80% of the world’s farming is done by small-scale farmers, translating to about 500,000,000 farmers around the world, working hard to provide food and income to sustain their families. Yet over 42% of the food these farmers produce is never consumed, but rather lost during harvest, or on the journey from farm to market. We are inviting NGOs, entrepreneurs and social innovators to join us in designing solutions that can have a big impact on reducing waste and spoilage, including improving access to markets, ensuring farmers have access to relevant information, using technology in new ways, and financial services.

Tanzania and Kenya

SimGas

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Nepal

Herb Nepal

An organic farm and training center empowering rural women in Nepal

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Kenya, Uganda, Peru

WeFarm

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Kenya

Farm.ink

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Zambia

Zasaka

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Challenge six: Youth Empowerment

How might we expand economic opportunities for youth in East Africa?

Africa is home to more young people than anywhere else on Earth. These young people have the potential to unleash the economic power of the continent – and lift millions out of poverty – but only if they have access to the skills, information and resources they need to achieve economic stability.

For this Amplify challenge, we looked for a wide range of solutions to motivate, inspire, and provide opportunities to the young men and women in East Africa, while reinforcing their role as agents of change and supporting their transition into long-term financial stability.

KENYA

Educate!

Transforming education in Africa to teach youth to solve poverty for themselves and their communities

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Kenya
Uganda

Balloon Ventures

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Kenya

Samasource Digital Basics

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Kenya

Socialight Media

Empowering young people, women, and persons with disabilities to fully realize the potential of Kenyan government funds available.

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Rwanda

Akilah

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Uganda

Musana Carts

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Challenge seven: Disability Inclusion

How might we reduce stigma and increase opportunities for people with disabilities?

Over one billion people around the world have a disability, and a disproportionate 80% live in poverty. Disabilities are diverse—some are visible, while others are not—and the experience of having a disability is different for everyone. 

For Amplify’s seventh challenge, we sought ideas that we believe will help to create more inclusive communities globally through making social services more accessible, enabling economic inclusion, and creating context-appropriate products for people living with disabilities.

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal

Handicap International

Helping employers to create accessible workplaces for persons with disabilities

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Kenya, Tanzania

Kupenda for the Children

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Rwanda

UNABU

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Bangladesh, Burma, Kenya, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa

D-Rev

ReMotion Pro is a prosthetic knee specifically designed for young, active amputees in rural areas

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Uganda

SignHealth, DCW & UNDA

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Zambia

Special Hope Network

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