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Innovation Award

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

Now, more than ever, organisations need to innovate in order to survive. Factors such as a rise in the economic and political power of emerging countries; demographic and climate change; differing geographies of conflict and poverty; and changing understandings of development goals, all have potential to drive fundamental changes in the sector.

The submissions

This year’s Innovation Award submissions are at home with rapid change and are driven by the desire to make a lasting contribution to development. From adopting new business models and shaking up our understanding of how to make a positive difference, to redefining how to work with the people or environments and finding new approaches to solving entrenched problems, these organisations have taken risks that have led to failures, reiterations, and learning.

Click on the videos or images below to find out more about each submission.


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British Council - Kenya

British Council - Soloman Islands

British Council - Ta’zeez


Chance for Childhood

Child to Child



Fairtrade Foundation

Global One

Institute of Development Studies

International Alert


Thomson Reuters Foundation and ODI

RedR and Digital Training Solutions

Send a Cow




Last year's winner

Take a look at last year's winning innovation

Open University accept Innovation Award

Criteria and ceremony

The winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on Monday 20 March 2017, as part of the Bond Conference 2017.

Check out all the terms and conditions, including the judging criteria.