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Human Development Innovation Fund
Human Development Innovation Fund
FoundersDFID, Palladium International, KPMG
FocusInnovation, Education, Healthcare, WASH
OwnerDepartment for International Development (UKAid)
EndowmentGBP 40 million

The Human Development Innovation Fund (also known as HDIF or HDIFtz or the Human Development Impact Fund[1][2]) is a 40 million British Pound challenge fund providing grants to businesses, NGOs and research institutions for scaling innovations focused on the quality, value for money, and sustainability of basic services in education, health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).[3][4] According to DFID's business case for establishing the fund, the intended outputs of HDIF are testing and use of new innovations to manage and deliver basic human development services and enhance the evidence base and innovation ecosystem in Tanzania.[5]

HDIF supports the innovation ecosystem and government's roles in science, technology, and innovation through collaborations with Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH).[6] HDIF was launched on May 12, 2014 with the support of the Vice President of Tanzania.[7][8][9]

Launch event for HDIF, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Pictured (l to r): David B. McGinty, HDIF Team Leader; Dr. Hassan Mshinda, Director, COSTECH; Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal, Vice President, Tanzania; Dr. Prof. Makame Mbarawa, Minister, Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology; Marshall Elliott, Head, DFID Tanzania

Distinguishing factors of HDIF as a challenge fund include the long investment period compared to other challenge funds, which reflects the desired intent to scale early innovations.[10]

Innovation Week

In March 2015, HDIF curated the first annual Innovation Week in Tanzania, with open collaborative events on innovation and research, development, entrepreneurship, technology, and the arts.[11] Collaborators in Innovation Week 2015 included KINU Innovation and Co-Creation Space, COSTECH, Ifakara Health Institute,[12] Buni Innovation Hub, Nafasi Art Space, Deloitte Consulting, Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Development (IMED), Tanzania Renewable Energy Business Incubator (TAREBI), and Tanzania Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness Centre (TECC).[13]

From March 13, 2016 to March 19, 2016, HDIF convened the 2nd Annual Innovation Week in collaboration with DFID, COSTECH, BUNI Innovation Hub, KINU Innovation Hub, Deloitte, Nafasi Art Space, TAREBI, TASEF, NALEDI, NjeVenture, Ifakara Health Institute, Sauna Safari, Embassy of Finland, Archipelago and Palladium International.[14]

A 3rd Annual Innovation Week took place from May 15-20, 2017.[15] Participants in the event were "involved in creative storytelling, workshops for development, co-create an episode on innovation with Ubungo kids, listening to promising university's students led startups, explore research driven innovations by the Ifakara Health Institute and get an insight into development partner's donor funded approaches including the Principles for Digital Development."[16]


HDIF has received recognition from The Guardian,[7] The African Prosperity Report launch by Legatum,[17][18] TanzICT,[19] the Minister of Communication, Science and Technology of Tanzania,[20] the Daily News,[21] and the Center for Education Innovations.[22]

Innovations supported by HDIF have received global recognition, including the use of drones for delivery of emergency medical supplies,[23] nanofilters using a unique local business approach,[24][25][26] and rats used to detect TB.[27][28]


HDIF's portfolio consists of Initial Investments, Round 1 and Round 2.[29] Additionally, HDIF launched the Mawazo Challenge in 2016 to support earlier stage ideas from Tanzanian youth to be prototyped and launched.[30][31][32] Round 3 of funding launched on June 19, 2017, with submissions due on September 8, 2017.[33]

As of 2017, HDIF's investments include:[34][35]

Organization Partners Sector Stage
AMREF GSK, Vodacom, GAVI Health Pilot
ANZA Entrepreneurs Ltd Silverleaf Academies Education Pilot
APHFTA[36] Afya Micro-Finance Health Scale Up
APOPO Operation ASHA (OpASHA), Mapambano ya Kifua Kikuu na Ukimwi Temeke (MKUTA) Health Scale Up
Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association Tanzania Ifakara Health Institute Trust (IHI) WASH Scale Up
Camfed Tanzania WorldReaders,[37]KIVA, The Queen's Trust Education Pilot
Catholic Relief Services Grundfos WASH Pilot
Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT)[38] Kabanga Hospital Health Pilot
Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC)[39] Studi Academy[40] Education Pilot
Dageno Girls Center[41] - Education Scale Up
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Tanzania Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA) Education Pilot
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation (EGPAF) D-Tree International Health Scale Up
Fundación Paraguaya MasterCard Foundation, University of Minnesota Education Pilot
Health Insurance Services Management Organization (HIMSO) CIDR Health Pilot
Ifakara Health Institute Trust (IHI)[42] In2Care BV[43] Health Pilot
Ifakara Health Institute Trust (IHI) Zipline (formerly Romotive / Stork), University of Glasgow Health Pilot
Maji Safi kwa Afya Bora Ifakara Safe (MSABI)[44] Welldone, VisibleSolutions WASH Scale Up
Massachusetts General Hospital JHPIEGO[45] Health Scale Up
Muhimbili University Deloitte Health Scale Up
Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology Gongali Model Ltd, A to Z Industries WASH Scale Up
PharmAccess International (PAI) Christian Social Services Commission, APHFTA[36] Health Scale Up
Pyramid Pharma Limited[46] - Health Pilot
Ubongo Kids Millicom EduMe Education Pilot
Sense International East Africa Education Pilot
Shirati Hospital Bruyere Research Institute,[47]Ottawa University, Medic Mobile,[48] CPAR, Amref Health Africa Health Scale Up
Shule Direct[49] Eneza Education,[50]Tigo Education Pilot
SimGas Tanzania[51] - WASH Pilot
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation University of Twente, University of Dar es Salaam WASH Pilot
Sproxil - Health Pilot
Stitching Investing in Children and their Societies[52] (ICS) Susteq[53] WASH Pilot
TotoHealth Co. Limited Wazazi Nipendeni SMS Service Health Scale Up
Vecna Mnazi Mmoja Hospital Zanzibar, Tigo Health Pilot
Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) General Electric, Ifakara Health Institute[42] Health Scale Up
World Vision Tanzania Microsoft, Team4Tech,[54]Techno Brain, University of Dar es Salaam, Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA), Ministry of Labor and Employment, TANAPA, Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority Education Scale Up


HDIF is funded by the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) through UKAid,[55] managed by Palladium International (formerly known as GRM International) in consortium with KPMG, the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), Loughborough University, and Newcastle University, and led by David B. McGinty, Palladium's Director of Social Innovation & Technology.[3][56][57] HDIF's branding has been completed by a Tanzania start-up media company, Khangarue Media.[58]


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