Islamic Relief UK winning the Innovation Award at the Bond Awards 2019
Islamic Relief UK won the Innovation Award for their ALO project.

Innovation Award

The Innovation Award showcases organisations, coalitions or initiatives that are taking inventive approaches as they navigate a complex and changing external environment.

Organisations need to innovate to survive in a world shaped by shifting geographic powers, climate change and technological advances. We’re looking for novel approaches that embrace change and are driven by the desire to make a lasting contribution to development.

“Winning a Bond Innovation Award was a fantastic endorsement of all that we have achieved with our partners in Rwanda. It helped us to raise the profile of the organisation as we scale our innovative work to other countries around the world.”
– Vision for a Nation, Innovation Award winner 2018


Our shortlist for the 2020 awards have been finalised. See who has been nominated now.

Are you innovating?

We’re looking for innovators who embrace rapid change and are driven by the desire to make a lasting contribution to development. You may have:

  • adopted new types of business models
  • purposed or repurposed your missions in ways that shake up understanding of how to make a positive difference
  • redefined how you work with the people or environments you serve
  • used technology in new ways
  • found new approaches to solving entrenched problems that affect people’s lives
  • sought to shift entire systems rather than cure symptoms.

Judging criteria

Your images and accompanying entry form will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The narrative – how compellingly you tell the project’s story
  • The reach – who and how many people were benefitted and how was this measured
  • The impact – what is the likelihood of impact and sustainability
  • The innovation – how innovative, fresh, exciting and different

This year’s winner

This year’s winner was announced online on 23 March 2020.

Winner: The British Asian Trust

The Quality Education India Development Impact Bond is a pioneering initiative with the potential to transform the way we fund and deliver development programmes. Find out more.

The British Asian Trust wins the Bond Innovation Award

We received some great submissions from around the world and our judges chose the two projects below as finalists.

Shortlist: Amref Health Africa UK

mVacciNation is an innovative smartphone app aiming to reduce the number of children dying from vaccine-preventable diseases in remote, hard-to-reach areas. Find out more.

a baby receives vaccinations

Shortlist: Blue Ventures Conservation

The Tahiry Honko project, in southwest Madagascar, helps to tackle climate breakdown and build community resilience by restoring and protecting mangrove forests. Find out more.

Parade to commemorate the Tahiry Honko Project

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