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Mawazo Challenge: Implementing a targeted innovation challenge in Tanzania

The Mawazo Challenge (Mawazo translates to ‘ideas’) was initiated to stimulate ideas, inspire new innovators, and increase support to potential entrepreneurs – such as funding and skills development – that could contribute to building a stronger innovation pipeline to help solve problems at the community level in Tanzania. Individuals, groups, and organisations were invited to […]

Check out our holiday newsletter

Our holiday newsletter is out. Read to learn more about our new reports, opportunities and updates on the coming Innovation Week. In the past year HDIF has passed several key milestones–including surpassing our 5 year anniversary for accelerating innovation and technology in Tanzania and another year-on-year increase in Tanzania’s ranking in the Global Innovation Index. In […]

New report: Mapping of Tanzanian hubs and innovation spaces

Hubs are key actors in the evolving innovation ecosystem. COSTECH hosts within its premises one of Tanzania’s major hubs – Buni Hub. COSTECH’s vision is to transform Buni into a model ‘Hub of Hubs’, creating a central node that can offer support to other hubs, labs, and innovation spaces nationally. To aid COSTECH in achieving this […]

New report: Investing in Social Innovation and Technology in Tanzania 

The innovation ecosystem in Tanzania has developed rapidly over the past five years with increasing numbers of individuals and institutions stepping up, becoming more active, visible and connected than ever before. During this time, the country’s ranking in the Global Innovation Index has climbed 27 positions – a remarkable achievement. A key goal of HDIF’s programme […]

APOPO’s TB detection: results in 24 hours and patient tracking improve linkage to care

More than 170,000 samples from 98,089 patients with presumptive TB were re-evaluated by APOPO from 2014-2017 using TB detection rats followed by confirmation tests. The results suggest that the combination of fast diagnostic service and patient tracking are key in achieving higher treatment initiation rates among TB patients in Tanzania – a model which APOPO […]

CRS handover to village supply water companies for Karatu and Endabash villages

HDIF in collaboration with CRS officiated the CRS project assets handover to village supply water companies for Karatu and Endabash villages. CRS was implementing a Remittance Recovery in Water Project were CRS and its local partner pioneer water technology Grundfos Life link that regulates and monitors when water is distributed to support technical and financial […]

ICS project handed over to the Local Government in Shinyanga

HDIF in collaboration with ICS officiated the ICS project assets handover early July, 2018 to the Local Government in Shinyanga.ICS was implementing a Prepaid Solutions for Sustainable Water Services project were with the help of the Susteq revenue collection system enable ICS to supply water to licensed water credit sales point (water kiosks) in Maganzo […]

HDIF Welcomes Round 3 Grantees!

HDIF has signed and on boarding seven additional grantees  focusing mostly on Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Menstrual hygiene and Sanitation, bringing the total number of funded grantees to 43. Below is the list of the new grantees; D-tree International Maisha Salama: Expanding a digital health platform delivering a continuum of care to support ECD […]

D-tree to empower Zanzibar Community Health Workers with digital health technology

Community health workers in Zanzibar will be empowered with digital technology by D-tree International to manage care for families, pregnant women and children, building on the Ministry of Health and D-tree International’s award-winning Safer Deliveries program. D-tree International has been awarded more than $6 million from Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) and the Fondation Botnar […]