Innovation is critical for organisations wanting to meet the scale of global challenges, increase their impact and stay relevant in a changing context.

Our case studies give examples of our innovation types in action. We’ve also produced a guide to innovation that accompanies this library.

If you have an interesting example of innovation in international development you think we should include, please let us know using the form at the bottom of the page.

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Hills in Rwanda
Zipline, in partnership with the Rwandan government, uses drones to deliver blood products to hospitals and health centres in rural Western Rwanda.


April, 2017
Counting money in Somalia
How can the data generated from digital cash transfers be used to transform humanitarian programme design?


February, 2017
ACRE is using impact investing to bring about measurable social and environmental change.


January, 2017
Sightsavers broadcast live cataract surgery on social media to kickstart its largest ever fundraising campaign.


December, 2016
Ruth Jotua, 24, mum-of-two
ColaLife, a small UK-based NGO, worked with mothers to co-create a new diarrhoea treatment kit to save more children's lives across Zambia. They famously tried distribution innovation, but in the end it was their innovative product that was successful.


Satellite image
Amnesty International has started to work with commercial satellite image providers to capture evidence of human rights abuses around the world.


Virtual Reality
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is piloting the use of 3D printing and virtual reality technology.


Refugees in Hungary
Doctors of the World have created an app that uses smartphone technology to locate nearby clinics for refugees travelling through Europe.


 family beside a damaged house near Naglebhare, Nepal
This virtual reality documentary is part of Theirworld's #SafeSchool campaign, which highlights the tragic consequences for children whose education is neglected in the aftermath of an emergency.


Abstract pattern of intertwined colorful light beams
Mobil-Eyes Us uses live streamed video to connect people with the causes they care about, and to inspire action.


Drinking water from an outdoor tap
Oxfam is working with iMakr to investigate how 3D printers can help in emergencies.


Tropical storm
MiCRO offers catastrophe insurance to people in Haiti to help them rebuild their lives after an environmental disaster.


Children in Ghana
Family for Every Child is pioneering a new approach to tackling the challenges that children face when they don't have the protection of a caring family. It has created a global alliance, bringing together the knowledge and resources of 21 organisations across 20 countries.


Carp pond
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is launching a programme to find and scale the world’s best environmental innovations.


Currency series is using bitcoin to make sending money to the Philippines cheaper and easier.


Internally displaced Syrians, an adult and children, at a camp for displaced persons near the Turkish border in Atmeh, Syria
First Mile Geo is a robust, user-friendly interface that has been used in Syria to record and visualise data about the conflict.


High angle view of many hardback books
The Quipu Project is an interactive platform where victims can share their stories of being sterilised.


Newborn baby
The International Planned Parenthood Federation doubled the number of sexual and reproductive health services that its member associations provided by implementing a performance-based funding structure.


Two young girls stand outside some of the many tents housing internally displaced Syrians in an olive grove in Atmeh, Syria
In partnership with World Vision, Field Ready is creating an innovation lab in Nepal so that local people can use 3D printing technologies.


Mother holding young baby in The Gambia
Mothers2Mothers employs mothers living with HIV to mentor other HIV-positive mothers to take care of themselves and their babies.


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