IDEO Disability and Inclusion Challenge Offering $50-150K Grant!

Disability and Inclusion Challenge

How we might reduce stigma and increase opportunities for people with disabilities.

This is the call to action from IDEO, the organisation known for its human-centered design approach has launched a series of innovation challenges to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems as it aligns to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The challenge is looking for a wide range of solutions focused on:

  • Accessible Social Services
  • Economic Inclusion
  • Access to Context-Appropriate Products

The timeline:

  1. Ideas Phase – Apply by April 23, 2017, at 11:59 PM PDT
  2. Shortlist Announcement and Feedback Phase – May 8th will move forward in the Challenge into a two-week Feedback Phase
  3. Improve Phase and Final Report –  June 4, 2017, at 11:59 PM PDT.
  4. Winning Ideas Announcement – July 10, 2017

At a minimum, they are looking for ideas that:

  • Are new or in early stages but related to core competencies of your organisation or group.
  • Will be implemented in one or more of the 27 eligible countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe).
  • Will be implemented by an organisation or group that is registered in some way in at least one country.
  • Have at least one year of experience working in the country in which the idea is to be implemented.
  • Have at least one year of experience working in the sector within which the idea is focused (even if working to support people with disabilities is a new focus for your organisation).

For more detailed information, read the full Evaluation Criteria which outlines everything that they will take into consideration during shortlisting and final evaluation.

At least five winners of this challenge will receive an invitation to a four-day human-centered design boot camp, 18 months of design support, and a grant typically between $50,000 and $150,000. Learn more about the previous winners on’s Amplify website.

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