TAKING DEVELOPMENT INNOVATION TO SCALE
The last decades have seen unprecedented development progress in all regions of the world. The eradication of extreme poverty looks set to be a central development goal for the post-2015 period, as mankind has the resources and technologies to achieve this goal for the first time in human history.
A key contribution in closing remaining development gaps will have to come from innovative solutions that can be taken to scale. Aware of this, many development partners have increased their focus on and support for innovation that can offer solutions for development challenges. A wealth of innovative ideas have been conceived, developed and trialed over the last years.
OBJECTIVE OF THE PRIZE
The DAC Prize for Taking Development Innovation to Scale is awarded for taking an innovative approach, instrument, mechanism beyond the pilot phase to a wider application.
The objective of the Prize is to promote the scaling-up of innovations that address important development gaps. Scalability is usually a key criterion for support to innovation by development partners. So far, however, there has been very limited uptake of such innovative solutions beyond the pilot or trial phase and little discernible systematic effort to take them to scale.
With this prize, the DAC wants to acknowledge development actors who take the step from supporting innovation to using it systematically and strategically to address development challenges, by taking it to scale. We hope that this will motivate the more systematic use of innovative development solutions which have proven that they work. Ultimately, the prize should help scalable, innovative solutions to gain broader traction in the development community and encourage donors and other development stakeholders to increase their support. Fundamentally, this is about investing into what works, and encouraging more of this.
NATURE OF THE PRIZE
The prize will take the form of a public award that bestows visibility and official recognition on the winning entries. It does not include a monetary or material reward. At the same time, the prize may contribute to mobilizing additional resources for the development solutions highlighted by the winning entries.
Read more about the DAC Prize award criteria and selection, and download the submission form.
31 March 2014: Deadline for submission of proposals
DAC Prize Submission Form