The Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) Activity

Building a Stronger Innovation Ecosystem

The HDIF’s Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) Activity will build on the learnings of the previous Mawazo challenge and COSTECH support, as well as on the recommendations from HDIF annual reviews and HDIF 5 Year Reflection Piece. The activity will be built around a cluster concept (Musonda 2004, ESRF 1997, Semboja/Kweka 1997, Lwoga 1995, Aerroe 1992, Camagni 1991, et al). HDIF has opened a call for nomination of local organisations from the Tanzania innovation ecosystem that have the potential to lead clusters that will receive funding to implement social innovations in health, education or WASH.


  • Catalyse and strengthen selected clusters in Health, WASH and Education
  • Create and strengthen functioning triple/quadruple helix networks
  • Build capacity in the cluster partners
  • Provide funding as a stimulus for clusters in human development
  • Provide opportunities for other funders and donors to take advantage of the capabilities and learning within the clusters, and to support them to implement further activities beyond the scope of HDIF

Additional information

  • The clusters will have a level of freedom in developing their initiatives/activities.
  • The exact focus and process of the activities would be co-designed by each cluster and HDIF in concept note and proposal phase, building on the needs, strengths and key stakeholders of the clusters.
  • The thematic focus is expected to be in building human capabilities in technology and innovation, within Health, WASH and Education sectors.


Guiding criteria for these potential lead organisations are:

  • Organization leadership is committed to supporting innovation in the organisation
  • Organization has a strategy and track record on human development in technology + innovation
  • Organization has existing relationships to organisations from the other categories – if, for example, the lead organisation is a NGO, they must have an existing relationship with a university, a hub and with preferably other private sector/NGO/research partners in relevant field
  • Organization has experience in managing grant money and in reporting on both money use and implementation
  • Organization is local (founded in Tanzania, registered in Tanzania, led by Tanzanians (majority)).
  • Preference will be given to organizations with capacity to convene and experience in using inclusive approaches to development.

Nominations no longer being accepted. This call closed on 4 May 2019