Results for Innovation
Indian women gathering at a groundwater well with metal jugs to collect water.
Look Down: Opportunities for Cooperation and Innovation in Groundwater
It’s under your feet nearly all the time, but you can’t see it: groundwater. Groundwater is water found in pockets in the earth, seeping through the layers of rock, sand, and soil, and flowing in massive underground aquifers, of which there are over 460 worldwide. Like rivers that span many countries’ borders, transboundary groundwater resources require good management and cooperation among regions, countries, and users—and, increasingly, out-of-the-box thinking and innovation.
Mar 22, 2022
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Fostering Partnerships between Innovators and Investors
USAID's Grand Challenges for Development are an exciting way for new and nontraditional partners to engage with the Agency and contribute to solving pressing and complex development problems. The USAID-supported Water and Energy for Food Grand Challenge is reaching out to innovators in the private sector and forming beneficial partnerships through its regional innovation hubs. Read more in an excerpt from the article below, originally posted on Agrilinks.
Jan 26, 2022
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Webinar Resources: Lessons Learned from USAID New and Local Partnerships
View the recording and slide deck from the January 25 "Lessons Learned from USAID New and Local Partnerships" webinar. In January 2021, the USAID Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA) launched a stocktaking review of the 2018 Acquisition & Assistance Strategy (A&A Strategy). As a part of that stocktaking review, a number of case studies were developed from awards managed by various parts of the Agency.
Jan 24, 2022
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Seeking Applicants for the USAID MujerProspera (WomanProsper) Challenge
As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration, USAID is sponsoring the MujerProspera (WomanProsper) Challenge, a regional challenge to advance gender equality in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Jan 7, 2022
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USAID Challenge Seeks Solutions to Address Gender-Inequitable Outcomes from AI Technology
As the use of artificial intelligence (AI) proliferates, more instances of the inequitable design, use, and impact of AI-enabled tools in developing countries are coming to light. Many of these tools and approaches have the capacity for inequitable outcomes across genders due to humans unconsciously embedding bias in AI technology during data collection, model design, or end-use applications. As a result, these tools often pose the greatest risk of harm and missed opportunities to those already marginalized in low- and middle-income countries. To foster an equitable and inclusive digital ecosystem, more efforts are needed to identify innovative and creative approaches to help decision-makers address actual and potential gender biases and inequitable outcomes resulting from AI technology.
Nov 29, 2021
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Prizes and Challenges Open Agency’s Doors for New and Local Partners
What would development look like if solutions to persistent and complex problems were sourced and delivered from the ground up? To see the potential of this approach, just look to USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, where the Exploratory Programs and Innovation Competitions (EPIC) team casts a wide net to incentivize, find, nurture, and fund development innovations through Agency competitions, tapping into out-of-the-box solutions from a host of new, nontraditional, and local partners.
Nov 23, 2021
The Infinite Value of Stakeholder Engagement and Relationship Building
A Q&A with Lovesun Parent, the director of external partnerships at USAID’s New Partnerships Initiative Incubator.
Oct 7, 2021