Amplify: collaborative challenge fund

An open, collaborative challenge fund which uses online collaboration to source ideas, research and insights before testing promising concepts with end users.


The Amplify programme is about experimenting with the way we identify innovative solutions to stubborn development challenges. It’s an open challenge programme which brings problem-solvers and people with new perspectives together. Amplify will run 10 challenges over 5 years, with $500,000 set aside for each challenge. It is envisaged that approximately 3 or 5 projects will be funded per challenge. Design support from, to the most promising solutions from each challenge will also be available. Anyone can participate in a challenge by going to and adding research, insights or ideas, or teaming up with other participants.

How to apply

For details on how to apply, visit the website

Background information on the fund

The challenge process is a twist on the traditional challenge fund model. Rather than a closed, competitive bidding process, the Amplify process is open to anyone, and participants can see, give feedback and collaborate on the solutions proposed. The process is also open to those who simply wish to contribute research and insights on the current challenge.


DFID contact: Olivia O’Sullivan

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