Additional Innovation Resources

The following resources have been developed by individual IDIA member agencies, or others in the innovation community.



Global Innovation Exchange

Global Innovation Exchange is a tech platform that aims to accelerate innovation in developing countries, using an ever-growing database of innovations and funding to reveal curated content and industry insights for social entrepreneurs, funders who fund them, and other development professionals. GIE helps innovators fundraise more easily and quickly so they can spend less time on fundraising and more time on scaling their innovation. It targets social entrepreneurs who are creating innovations for developing countries such as mobile-based payment systems or bio-fortified crops that are more effective, impactful and sustainable than existing solutions. GIE also benefits funders and investors who can showcase their open funding and portfolio of innovations as well as find new innovations. Our growing database can benefit all development professionals who are interested in learning more about innovations in their sector or geography of interest.

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the rockefeller foundation / dalberg

The Innovation Guide for Funders

Innovation isn’t just a matter of luck but a process that can be managed, supported and nurtured. Foundations and donors, who have acted as investors in social change, can be stewards of innovation as well. In 2016, Dalberg Design collaborated with the Rockefeller Foundation to design an online platform to support funders in the process of evaluating innovation methods and managing an innovation portfolio. This guide provides concrete examples and recommendations that address the typical risks that donors face in trying more experimental approaches in their work.


the world bank

The Innovation Policy Platform

The Innovation Policy Platform (IPP), developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank is a web-based interactive space that provides easy access to knowledge, learning resources, indicators and communities of practice on the design, implementation, and evaluation of innovation policies. The Platform helps users learn how innovation systems operate, identify good practices across different countries, conduct statistical benchmarking and devise and apply effective policy solutions. More broadly, it facilitates knowledge exchange and collaboration across countries and regions.

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A Playbook for Innovation Learning

This is a practitioners book for innovators who want to spread innovation skills, methods and tools. It is designed to provide them with a foundation and structure for making innovation learning decisions – including designing more effective learning experiences, identifying and articulating learning needs, pitching a learning offer at the right level and connecting a team or innovation strategy with learning and development. It includes 35 diagrams, each with a short description explaining its purpose and background and how we use it to help others think about and discuss learning for innovation.

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Idea to Impact: A Guide to Introduction and Scale of Global Health Innovations

The challenges of developing, introducing and scaling global health solutions – whether they are medical devices, drugs, diagnostics, vaccines or consumer products – are innumerable. As a result, it often takes years, sometimes decades, for these products to reach most of their intended users. By describing priority activities and their importance, supplemented with inspirational case studies and practical tools, IDEA to IMPACT is intended to help global health practitioners accelerate impact through better coordination and earlier planning. This Guide comprises three parts: 

  1. Idea to Impact Reference Guide
  2. Practitioner's Workbook
  3. Toolkit
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Innovation for International Development

Experiences, insights and practical advice from more than 20 leading practitioners in innovation for international development (including IDIA members DFID, USAID, UNICEF and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). This collection of articles is organised around four interconnected themes:

  1. How to fund innovation
  2. How to organise for innovation
  3. How to harness new partnerships and collaborations
  4. How to scale innovations and change systems

Drawing on the personal experiences of leaders within multilateral organisations, bilateral donors, NGOs, companies and foundations, this collection offers a helpful introduction for those new to innovation in development, as well as insights and advice for experienced practitioners. 



Gender Equality Portal

Grand Challenges Canada is committed to supporting gender equality, and is proud to partner with the Government of Canada in bringing its new Feminist International Assistance Policy to life. Canada’s ongoing global leadership on gender equality will help drive progress toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal Five: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

As such, Grand Challenges Canada has created a comprehensive set of gender equality tools, supported, where appropriate, by case studies. These tools are targeted at innovators, policy makers, impact investors and others who are interested in supporting and enhancing gender equality through innovation. 

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UNICEF & Results for Development

Journeys to Scale

The growing recognition of the “global learning crisis” has coincided with a proliferation of innovations in education with the potential to complement effective existing practices, displace ineffective ones, and ultimately accelerate improvements in learning. To effectively leverage these innovations, it is critical to identify those which hold potential, test them in a specific context and, depending on the results, adapt and scale them to other contexts. In an effort to support this cycle, UNICEF and the R4D’s Center for Education Innovations (CEI) launched the Innovations in Education Initiative. In 2014, 162 programs applied to receive financing from UNICEF and technical support from both organizations. Five programs were selected as finalists based on a number of criteria, such as equity, learning, access, and systems strengthening.

The Journeys to Scale report accompanies these innovations from Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Peru, and Sudan, as they strive to increase their impact. Drawing from the challenges faced and strategies employed to overcome such hurdles, it lays out clear recommendations for implementers, donors, policymakers and researchers who want to support innovation.



Spark, Scale, Sustain - Innovation for the SDGs

In 2014, UNDP, with the generous support of the Government of Denmark, established an Innovation Facility to improve service delivery and support national governments and citizens to tackle complex challenges. The report ‘Spark, Scale, Sustain’ shares UNDP’s approach to innovation, over 40 case studies of innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals in practice and Features on Alternative Finance, Behavioural Insights, Data Innovation and Public Policy Labs. This report includes examples of the innovation initiatives that are testing and scaling solutions to address challenges across five areas:

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The rockefeller foundation & FHI360

The Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability

Building on previous work to define the landscape and key indicators of inclusive economies, in 2017 The Rockefeller Foundation provided support to FHI360 to engage in a global search to identify policy, program, and technology innovations that promote economic stability for individuals, communities, firms, and countries, with an emphasis on the welfare of poor and vulnerable people worldwide. This Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability is the output of their global research and crowdsourcing effort.