Competitions and Incentives

Given the limited resources available to develop pro-poor technologies, there is a need to innovate efficiently. Development investors must identify real community needs and demands, uncover potential solutions, and rapidly prototype, evaluate, and redesign—all while creating the infrastructure required for scale-up to create lasting impact.

To better source, assess, and advance promising new technologies, DIL collaborated with USAID to establish a sophisticated approach for catalyzing and enhancing the Lab’s technology pipeline through a suite of techniques, including: prize contests, competitions, and other creative incentives for innovation.