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USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)

Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) supports breakthrough solutions to the world's most intractable development challenges by finding and testing bold ideas that could change millions of lives at a fraction of the usual cost. The DIV model begins with an open grant competition for innovative ideas, pilots and tests them using cutting-edge analytical methods, and scales solutions that demonstrate widespread impact and cost-effectiveness.

DIV holds a year-round grant competition for innovative ideas, pilots and tests them using cutting-edge analytical methods, and scales solutions that demonstrate widespread impact and cost-effectiveness. DIV’s tiered-funding model, inspired by the venture capital experience, invests comparatively small amounts in relatively unproven concepts, and continues to support only those that prove they work. Visit the DIV portfolio to see the evidence-gathering and scale-up activities of DIV winners around the world. DIV is supporting teams of young entrepreneurs, world-class development economists, public-private partnerships, international NGOs, and others around the developing world.

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Specifications

Program website

https://www.usaid.gov/div

Type

Capacity Building
Initiative / Program
Investor
Grant

Geographical Scope

Globally

Type of Cap Building

Consulting/Advisory

Funding / Investment / CapBuild type

DIV uses a tiered funding model with three stages to maximize impact per dollar spent.

  • Stage 1: Proof of Concept (Up to $200,000 over 3 years)
  • Stage 2: Testing and Positioning for Scale ($200,000 to $1,500,000 over 3 years)
  • Stage 3: Transitioning Proven Solutions to Scale ($1,500,000 to $5,000,000 over 5 years)

In addition to tiered funding, DIV provides evidence grants (up to $1,500,000) to support research and evaluations that generate rigorous evidence of an innovation’s impact per dollar and potential for expansion. Evidence grants support impact evaluations (including randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental methods), as well as other methods of assessing impact. 

Technical or other assistance

Capacity-building and consulting to support growth (if the impacts of a project are prove)

Contact information

E-mail

div@usaid.gov

Last update

Date

03-10-2018

Status

Accepting Applications Check Website

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