Funding Opportunity with The Humanitarian Innovation Fund: Up to £50,000 Available for Innovation Grants

November 16, 2017  |  by

This week we share a funding opportunity with the Humanitarian Innovation Fund. The goal of HIF is to support innovators across the entire innovation lifecycle. The recent external evaluation of HIF’s programme and strategic review identified the need for additional focus on the less-resourced innovation stages of problem recognition and diffusion. It also highlighted the importance of…

The Power of Incentives: Lessons Learned from Designing and Implementing Results-Based WASH Programs

November 9, 2017  |  by , , , , ,

This week we highlight lessons by UK Department for International Development (DFID), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, iDE  and Thrive Networks in designing and implementing  innovative results-based WASH programs. On September 20th in New York City, Improve International and IRC convened a conversation on innovations in grantee-donor relationships in WASH programs hosted by the Voss Foundation…

Striking the Right Balance: Financial Viability vs. User Affordability in WASH Service Delivery Models

October 4, 2017  |  by

There is an ongoing conversation in the WASH sector about how we can enable urban water and sanitation service provision at scale. In Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor’s (WSUP) view, this can only be realised with the involvement of locally mandated service providers, such as water utilities and municipalities. These institutions need the…

Three Reasons People Give Up On Innovation

September 27, 2017  |  by

The road to innovation is not always an easy or a straightforward one. There are often steep curves, sudden turns, and even blind spots that catch us off-guard and discourage us along the way. In part one of this blog series, we tackled three myths surrounding innovation and we will now move on to explore three challenges…

Why Crowdfunding is Important for Philanthropy to Support

September 7, 2017  |  by

Crowdfunding is a unique tool that is greatly underused in the Indian social sector. Philanthropists can support and encourage nonprofits to adopt this new model of fundraising. This weeks story was originally published by our friends at India Development Reivew (IDR). Check out the original post here, and don’t forget to sign up for their newsletter…

Building the Tiger Worm Toilets

3 Things Faecal Sludge Can Teach us About Humanitarian Innovation

June 28, 2017  |  by

Think that faecal sludge isn’t relevant to you? Think again! Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) has a portfolio of seven faecal sludge management (FSM) projects, and during a stock check on what they’ve learned about innovation, it was clear that the top three conclusions apply to more than just emergency WASH: they’re about the humanitarian ecosystem.…

Low-Tech Design Can Fuel WASH Innovations & SDG6

June 17, 2016  |  by

Low-tech, scalable, local solutions present an exciting opportunity to address the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) objectives laid out in goal number six of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is no one-size-fits-all solution to tackling WASH issues, but in order for development projects to be successful and sustainable, communities should not be…

Dilemmas of a WASH Funder

July 29, 2013  |  by

What a moment! At an April press conference, the president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, held up a handwritten number and announced, “2030. This is it. This is the global target to end poverty.” That historic moment also served to underscore some of the dilemmas that I and other WASH (clean water, sanitation,…