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Funding innovation in international development

Insights from the International Development Innovation Alliance


Thomas Feeney

Thursday, December 22, 2016

In 2015, some of the world’s leading development innovation funders came together to form the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) – a collaborative platform with the shared goal of “actively promoting and advancing innovation as a means to help achieve sustainable development”, including through the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

By leveraging the extensive knowledge and experience of its members, IDIA seeks to stimulate the co-production of public goods that support innovation and, at the country level, hasten the creation of strong ‘innovation ecosystems’, in which favorable policy and regulatory frameworks, open data systems and domestic resourcing come together for innovation to thrive.

This briefing note shares some of the ongoing work by member agencies of the IDIA to find a common architecture for approaching the challenging areas of scaling and measuring the impact of innovation.

This note forms part of the Future funding programme.

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