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The Global Innovation Fund invests in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world.

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What we do

Who we are

GIF is a unique hybrid investment fund that supports the piloting, rigorous testing, and scaling of innovations targeted at improving the lives of the poorest people in developing countries. Through our investments, we support a portfolio of innovations that collectively open up opportunities and improve the lives of millions of people across the developing world.

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How we do it

Our approach to investing

We believe that the best ideas for solving some of the world’s most critical problems can come from anyone, anywhere. We can fund innovations focused on any developing country, and can invest in any sector relevant to international development where there is a commitment to improving the lives of those living on less than $5 a day.

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Our Approach

Driving social impact

We support innovators at all stages of development. Through grants, loans (including convertible debt), and equity investments ranging from $50,000 to $15 million, we back innovations with the potential for social impact at a large scale, whether they are new business models, policy practices, technologies, behavioural insights, or new ways of delivering products and services that benefit the poor in developing countries.

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Pilot

Pilot

We provide seed capital to support the startup and field-testing of innovations.

Test and Transition

Test and Transition

We support innovations that have already demonstrated success at a small scale.

Scaling

Scaling

We support the expansion of innovations that have already demonstrated a strong track record of social impact and effectiveness.


Our current projects

ideas42

ideas42

Ghana

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Talent Beyond Boundaries

Talent Beyond Boundaries

Jordan

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Educational Initiatives

Educational Initiatives

India

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EM3

EM3

India

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Isle Utilities

Isle Utilities

Sub-Saharan Africa

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Reducing Anaemia

Reducing Anaemia

India

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Our Commitment

Our Commitment

GIF is committed to being a responsive and transparent funder that works with the highest potential innovators to support them on their path to improve the lives of millions of the world’s poorest people. We make the following commitments to the innovators who apply to us for funding:

  • We are transparent about our investment criteria and process
  • We set clear expectations on timelines
  • We communicate our decisions clearly
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Kanini Mutooni to succeed Russ Siegelman as Chair of the Global Innovation Fund

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Our CEO, Alix Zwane, introduces the vision for a Commonwealth Innovation Fund

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The Water Innovation Engine

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