CABI and Send A Cow win the Bond Innovation Award

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.


This award went to two fantastic projects:


CABI’s Plantwise programme is helping to make plant health systems more effective for the farmers who depend on them by establishing plant clinics, where farmers can find practical plant health advice.

Send a Cow

Send a Cow's Taro project trained and supported 300 vulnerable smallholder farmers and their families in Ethiopia to form cooperatives to produce taro flour, making their vital form of sustenance available to their communities during food shortage months and raising their household income. 


This year’s Innovation Award finalists are all at home with rapid change and are driven by the desire to make a lasting contribution to development.

Child to Child

Child to Child's Pikin to Pikin Tok project in Sierra Leone is based on child-centred radio education and saw local children raising awareness of the issues affecting them, educating their peers and growing in confidence.


Internews' News that Moves project provides up-to-date information for refugees, working through on-the-ground “liaison officers” to ensure a daily flow of information is provided.



Click on the videos or images below to find out more about the rest of the submissions for the Innovation Award.

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.


Article 19

British Council - Kenya

British Council - Soloman Islands

British Council - Ta’zeez

Chance for Childhood

Fairtrade Foundation

Global One

Institute of Development Studies

International Alert

Thomson Reuters Foundation and ODI

RedR and Digital Training Solutions





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