The Latest Updates

IMPORTANT UPDATE: DIV application window has closed, effective on Friday, July 28 2017, 11:59pm ET.  Applications are not being accepted at this time until further notice. Please visit www.usaid.gov/div and www.divportfolio.org and follow @GlobalDevLab on Twitter for further updates. For other potential funding opportunities, visit the Global Innovation Exchange at www.globalinnovationexchange.org.

DIV Portfolio Organization Recognition

Read the latest about our portfolio organizations!

Instiglio: Ensuring Effective Development (October 2017)
PowerGen, Devergy, Powerhive: USAID Announces $6.3 Million in Awards to Bolster Sub-Saharan Africa's Off-Grid Energy Sector (October 2017)
Azuri: Cleantech Finalists in our Entrepreneurial Science and Technology Awards (July 12, 2017)
Miraclefeet: In a Remote Village, Witnessing Miracles (July 6, 2017)
Biolite and Evaptainers: ASME ISHOW Finalists (June 22, 2017)
Simpa: India Gets Its First Solar Satellite Television Service, Villages To Finally Enjoy Entertainment (June 10, 2017)
Swasth and Living Goods: Expanding the Reach of Primary Care in Developing Countries (June 6, 2017)
Zusha!: The Stickers that Save Lives (BBC Worldhacks, June 4, 2017)
SafeBoda: Building an App in Africa: Lessons From an Aspiring Tech Disruptor (Next Billion, June 1, 2017)
Burn: Burn Better, Cook Faster, Save $$: the Quest for an Efficient African Cookstove (Biofuels Digest, May 31, 2017)
Evaptainers: Introducing a Portable Fridge That Runs on Sun and Water (Boston Inno, May 29, 2017)
Orb and Off-Grid Electric: Energy for All by 2030 Will Require a Fight for Access on and off the Grid (Humanosphere,  May 19, 2017)
Bandhan: Bandhan-Konnagar Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Inclusive Growth, Empowering Women (Core Sector Communique, May 13, 2017)
SPOUTS of Water and Evidence Action: SPOUTS of Water and Dispensers for Safe Water: Technologies to Address Drinking Water Challenges (GreentechLead, May 3, 2017)
Babajob: One of 12 Innovators for 2017 STI Forum (STI Forum - May 2017)
TrekMedics: First Responders: Trekmedics Motorbike Riders Often First on the Scene of Traffic Accidents (The Citizen, April 23, 2017)
Vayu: Doctors use Drones to Drop Medical Supplies in Madagascar (ABC Nightline, April 19, 2017)

DIV Innovator Digest Newsletters

Read past issues of our “Innovator Digest” newsletter. We aim to make this as useful and relevant of a resource as possible for innovators, with a special eye to the DIV portfolio. Sign-up for future issues here!

Innovator Digest 5 (July 27, 2017)
Innovator Digest 4 (May 24, 2017)
Innovator Digest 3 (March 28, 2017)
Innovator Digest 2 (February 3, 2017)
Innovator Digest 1 (November 16, 2016)

DIV Program Updates

IMPORTANT UPDATE: DIV application window will be temporarily suspended on Friday, July 28 2017, 11:59pm ET.  Applications will not be accepted after that time until further notice. Please visit www.usaid.gov/div and www.divportfolio.org and follow @GlobalDevLab on Twitter for further updates. For other potential funding opportunities, visit the Global Innovation Exchange at www.globalinnovationexchange.org.

Learn about updates to the DIV program, including announcements about new DIV winners, new or changed application guidance, and so on.

DIV Welcomes 18 New Grantees Working in Seven Sectors, Nine Countries (November 7, 2017)
DIV’s New Annual Program Statement Is Now Available (November 2, 2016)
USAID Awards Living Goods $5 Million to Improve Community Healthcare in Kenya (Press Release - October 19, 2016)
USAID Awards More Than $6M For Innovative Approaches To Fighting Extreme Poverty (Press Release - October 12, 2016)
USAID Awards $5 Million for New Ways to End Extreme Poverty (Press Release - April 12, 2016)
USAID Awards $5 Million to Off Grid Electric (Press Release - December 17, 2015)
USAID Awards $14.1 Million for Breakthrough Innovations to Fight Poverty (Press Release - October 21, 2015)

DIV Program Recognition

DIV has been widely recognized as a highly innovative program in government and a model for the development community in sourcing, testing, and scaling evidence-based innovations. Check out some of our recent recognition here:

DIV Highlight in U.S. Global Development Lab's "Cost-Benefit Analysis of Off-Grid Solar Investments in East Africa" (USAID - January, 30, 2017)
DIV Highlight in Center for Global Development's New CGD Note, "Advancing the Evidence Agenda at USAID" (CGD - September 26, 2017)
DIV Highlight in "Redesign Reaction: Reinventing Our Institutions for the Future of Global Development" post on the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network blog (MFAN - August 9, 2017)
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Recommends DIV Be Expanded in New Book: "The Role of Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships in the Future of USAID" (NAS - 2017)
MIT D-Lab's Practical Impact Alliance Highlights DIV in Its New Resource, "The Metrics Cafe: Who decides what impact data gets measured? A guide to bring funders and grantees to the table" (MIT PIA - May 2017)
Center for Global Development and J-PAL Event Highlights Impact of DIV for Its Catalytic Role in Investing in Evaluation and Scale-up of Evidence-based Programs (J-PAL - December 6, 2016)
White House Global Development Council Highlights DIV as Example of Obama Administration’s and USAID’s Commitment to Evidence-based Innovation (October 26, 2016)
Nesta UK Book on “Innovation for International Development” Includes Case Study on and Lessons from DIV (Nesta UK - April 25, 2016)
Results for America Includes DIV in Its 2016 Federal Invest in What Works Index for the 4th Year in a Row (Results for America - April 18, 2016) (for the Index in past years, see 2015, 2014, and 2013)
Moneyball for Government (2nd Edition) Chapter on Data and Evidence in Foreign Assistance Highlights DIV (Results for America - January 6, 2016)
Results for America Calls Out DIV in its “Invest in What Works” Fact Sheet (Results for America - October 22, 2015)
Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation Names DIV a Finalist for Its 2015 Innovations in American Government Awards Competition (Harvard - May 5, 2015)
Move Over World Bank: Bilateral Institutions Lead Investment Beyond the Grid (Huffington Post - November 6, 2014)
Harnessing Silicon Valley funding approaches to drive breakthrough solutions in the public sector (GovInnovator - August 25, 2013)
Federal international venture fund helps yield clean drinking water in Uganda, Kenya (Washington Post - July 30, 2014)
Innovation fever breaks out as development landscape shifts (Financial Times - June 18, 2014)
Can Silicon Valley Save the World? Defeating global poverty is the latest start-up trend. But is there really an app for that? (Foreign Policy - June 24, 2013)
In the Global Fund's court: experimentation, evaluation, and the AMFm (The Lancet - December 8, 2012)

DIV Videos

DIV Overview (2016)
DIV Portfolio Spotlight: Off-Grid Electric (2016)
DIV Portfolio Spotlight: Babajob (2016)
DIV Portfolio Spotlight: Bandhan-Konnagar (2016)
DIV Portfolio Spotlight: Eco-Fuel Africa (2016)
DIV: The Development Venture Capitalists at Work (2013)
DIV: How Combining Innovation & Evidence Can Help Find the Next Big Development Solutions (2013)