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At GIF, we invest in a range of innovations with strong potential for social impact at a large scale. We define ‘innovation’ broadly to include new business models, policy practices, technologies, behavioural insights, or ways of delivering products and services that benefit the poor in developing countries -- any solution that has potential to address an important development problem more effectively than existing approaches.

Across our portfolio, we support innovators who are committed to using and generating rigorous evidence about what works. We offer financing from USD $50,000 to $15 million, with the largest funding amounts reserved for innovations that can demonstrate evidence of success and that have potential to spread across multiple developing countries.

We are serious about scaling up successes and following through with transformative ideas until they realise their impact potential. We are willing to take informed risks as needed to invest in the best ideas early on  – and we will continue to support ideas that have proven success in achieving social impact. We expect our most successful innovations will eventually scale up to reach millions of people in developing countries with support from the private sector, developing country governments, donors or philanthropy.

We provide a flexible range of financing options tailored to the needs of each innovator. In addition to funding, we provide other resources including technical assistance and access to our global network of innovators, experts, and funders. We aim to connect successful innovators with partners and follow-on funding to support their growth.

For more information, visit the following pages:

Stages of financing
Types of financing
Pathways to Scale-Up