Human Development Innovation Fund of Tanzania

Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) is a challenge fund providing grants for innovations in education, health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) across Tanzania.


The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) is a £30 million competitive challenge fund which provides grants to organisations driving innovative approaches which aim to improve the quality, value-for-money, and sustainability of basic services in:

  • health
  • education
  • water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

HDIF funds projects which use a pro-poor approach.

How to apply

The application process has 2 stages, the first process being a concept note and the second stage being a business plan. Applications are accepted for both pilot and scale up projects. Funding rounds include:

  • initial Investments: closed on 9 May 2014
  • round 1: closed on 31 August 2014, grants of up to £400,000
  • round 2: opening in 2015

Other funding rounds may be announced in the future. Full information on HDIF funding rounds and how to apply can be found on the HDIF website.

Background information on the fund

There is a need to increase the quality of services and the quality of outcomes in order for Tanzania to reduce poverty and further its development. HDIF was established by DFID to address these needs. It will challenge the notion of ‘business as usual’ and encourage organisations to take a risk and do something different.

The intended impact of HDIF is improved human development outcomes for poor people in Tanzania. In addition to challenge fund grants, HDIF works in close partnership with Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) to transform the innovation eco-system by providing technical assistance, promoting active knowledge sharing and management, and stimulating evidence-based policy making that demands innovative solutions.


Human Development Innovation Fund
PO Box 76724
Plot 436 Block 11
TCRS Building, 2nd Floor
Mwai Kibaki Road / Kiko Avenue
Mikocheni Area
Dar es Salaam
Tanzania, East Africa


Phone: +

Twitter: @HDIFtz

Hashtag: #innovationTZ

HDIF website

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