The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum Innovation Awards celebrates emerging innovation that promotes affordable, resilient housing.
- “Affordable” is defined as providing housing solutions that are directly accessible and affordable to the poorest and most vulnerable.
- “Resilient” refers to the capacity of homes to recover from and cope with various pressures. This includes the ability to withstand natural hazards, contribute to healthier living conditions, and avoid unnecessary and disruptive relocations.
- “Housing” refers to a home of an individual, family, or other unit in any tenure status (e.g. owner occupied, rental, etc.) in the urban or rural context.
Finalists from each category will be chosen from the applications received. The finalists will be flown to Bangkok to present their innovation in person and will be given a space during the Housing Forum to present materials related to their submission. The organizers will shoulder the cost of travel to Bangkok, accommodation and meals.
From the finalists, a final winner from each category will be announced at the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum Networking Dinner on September 18, 2019. Each winner will receive an award and a cash prize of US$5,000.
Who should apply?
All individuals, companies, institutions and partnership projects are eligible for the various award categories. Priority will be given to initiatives that support the Asia and Pacific region. For categories 2 and 3, preference will be given to initiatives led by organizations from civil society, public or non-profit sector.
Innovations that transform lives…where do they happen? In sophisticated labs? Using ultra-modern technology? And advanced equipment?
No. Not always.
Because when an idea or an innovation is driven by empathy towards the less-privileged and the determination to resolve their hardships, the way forward inevitably appears before you. Everything around you becomes a resource. Whatever you place your hands on, becomes a valuable equipment. And you realize that you are inside one of the grandest labs…a lab called life.
Infosys Foundation is back with its second edition of Aarohan Social Innovation Awards with the aim of recognizing and rewarding individuals, teams or NGOs that are developing solutions for the social sector (Healthcare, Destitute Care, Rural Development, Women’s Safety & Empowerment, Education & Sports and Sustainability) with the potential to positively impact the underprivileged in India at a large scale.
Last year, from 1800+ registrations, 12 social innovators won up to INR 1.75 Cr. Hurry up! The submission process starts on 15th July 2019 and ends on 30th September 2019.
Digital technology is revolutionizing the world by providing access to information, finance and networks — all of which are necessary for women to reach their full economic potential and create more self-reliant communities.
Today, 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries still do not own mobile phones. The internet user gender gap is more than 40 percent in some countries. The persistent gender digital divide is reinforcing, and even exacerbating, existing socioeconomic gaps between men and women.
Advancing women’s digital connectivity is key to promoting their empowerment in an increasingly digital world.
At the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick announced the second round of the WomenConnect Challenge under the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative. W-GDP is a U.S. Government wide effort to economically empower 50 million women in the developing world by 2025. By investing in women, USAID is enabling countries to progress beyond assistance by unlocking human potential on a transformational scale. USAID will disburse approximately three grants globally. The period of performance for each award is up to 24 months
The W-GDP WomenConnect Challenge seeks to bridge the gender digital divide so that women can fully participate in the global economy. Winning solutions will support the W-GDP’s three pillars:
- Advance workforce development and vocational education for women
- Provide access to capital, markets and networks for women entrepreneurs
- Remove restrictive regulatory, legal, workplace, and social barriers to enable women in the economy
The Social Impact Accelerator provides one whole year of support, six months of which is an intensive program designed for selected social enterprises. Through this intensive six-month program, selected social enterprises will receive network and mentorship support to allow them access to markets, talents, capital and guidance from our world-class mentors, advisors and partners.
The Social Impact Accelerator is part of the Innovation for Social Impact Partnership (ISIP), a project co-implemented by PhilDev and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade- Australia (DFAT-Australia). ISIP aims to aims to support promising innovative social enterprises in the Philippines to be able to collectively contribute to SDGs’ achievement, acceleration, and sustainability.
The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains aims to scale digital solutions for the agricultural last mile and improve smallholders’ financial inclusion, livelihood and climate resilience.
The Fund prioritises enterprise services targeted at organisations (e.g. agribusiness, cooperatives, etc.) procuring from smallholders with the focus on those living on less than USD 2 per day.
Up to eight grants of £220,000 each are being made available to support projects of 24 months duration. In addition, the GSMA will provide in-kind support and consultancy to assist the development of business plans, and service implementation through market research, user-centric design, business intelligence, user-testing with agribusiness staff and smallholders.
Grants are available across two categories of application:
Applications for funding across both categories are assessed through a two-stage application process.
Concept Note: The first step will be to submit a Concept Note, which outlines the project objectives, lists proposed partners, demonstrates the consortium’s capacity to deliver the project and explains how the project fits within wider strategy of the business owner.
Business Plan: A short-list of applicants whose Concepts Notes meet the objectives and eligibility requirements of the Fund will be invited to develop a Business Plan which will further outline the strategy for implementing and scaling the service; provide a budget projection with an indication of how the grant is to be spent, and a workplan for the 24 month implementation period.
All eligible applicants at Concept Note stage, irrespective of whether they ultimately receive grant under this Innovation Fund, will be invited to join the GSMA AgriTech Priority Learning Partners Initiative, where they will gain access to a number of knowledge sharing resources and events, including webinars on the topic of enterprise solutions for the last mile.
Submit Concept Note Applications by 31 July 2019.
As some organizations pursue financial inclusion as their ultimate goal, others are driving toward financial health or the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Meanwhile, financial institutions and fintechs are aiming to profitably serve low-income markets.
In the face of these trends, we can’t help but ask: What is financial inclusion for?
Financial Inclusion: For What? What For? is a call to action for our community to reexamine our goals and renew efforts to achieve them. During Financial Inclusion Week this year, October 21-25, 2019, we invite you to convene around this question to reexamine, redefine, and align our goals.
Now in its 5th year, Financial Inclusion Week is an opportunity to strengthen the diverse community of players involved in building a more inclusive financial ecosystem.
The objectives of Financial Inclusion Week are:
- To bring the entire financial inclusion community together to explore issues of financial inclusion beyond access
- To create leadership opportunities among diverse stakeholders
- To create dialogue and community
- To foster partnership and coordination within the financial industry
Every year, SEEP member organizations contribute to the SEEP Annual Conference agenda, creating a highly unique and valuable learning experience. The Conference is designed with the support of an entirely member-led Advisory Committee to build on the existing base of knowledge in the sector. Through member-hosted Peer Learning Sessions, SEEP members provide thought leadership on critical issues relevant to the Conference theme and technical tracks. We are introducing the Innovation Challenge where members will pitch new approaches and strategies in lively poster sessions. Click below to access the Request for Proposals and Abstracts, Presenter Policies and Key Dates and Deadlines. Members have until May 31 to submit their proposals. We look forward to reading your submissions!
Solve is accepting solutions to its four 2019 Global Challenges. More than $725,000 in prize funding is available. Apply by July 1.
Each year Solve seeks solutions from tech innovators around the world for its Global Challenges, and anyone can submit a solution by July 1, 2019. Finalists are invited to pitch their solutions at Solve Challenge Finals during UN General Assembly Week in New York City in September. Selected Solver teams will join a supportive community of peers, funders, and experts to help advance their work; receive mentorship and strategic advice from Solve and MIT networks; attend Solve at MIT, our annual flagship event in May; and receive access to more than $725,000 in prize funding for the 2019 Challenges.
In the last two years, Solve’s community has committed more than $7.5 million in funding to Solver teams, in addition to in-kind support such as mentorship, technical expertise, media and conference exposure, and business and entrepreneurship training.
Anyone, anywhere around the world aged 13 and older can submit a solution to Solve’s Challenges. You can be an individual, a team, or an organization. You can be an applicant from previous years or already part of our community. If you have a relevant solution, we hope you’ll apply.