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Ground-Breaking Partnership Will Empower Indigenous Women Through Innovation

Grand Challenges Canada, whose innovation platform hosts the Indigenous Innovation Initiative, and the McConnell Foundation, a champion in advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, applaud the Government of Canada for its continued leadership in supporting women empowerment and innovation. VANCOUVER, June 2, 2019 – Grand Challenges Canada and the McConnell Foundation are delighted to support the […]


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Humanitarian Grand Challenge Round 2 Launched

21 May 2019: Today, more than 201 million people around the world live in areas experiencing humanitarian crises. Millions of these people are unreachable by traditional humanitarian aid delivery due to armed conflict. As the length, frequency, and scope of the world’s conflicts increase, it is becoming more difficult to reach affected people in insecure […]


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Events You Won’t Want To Miss at Women Deliver 2019 Conference

Sunday June 2nd 8 AM – 5 PM: Uniting Forces to Ensure Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is a Practice of the Past Hosted by: Amref Health Africa, Coalition on Violence Against Women, End FGM Canada Network, Equality Now, Orchid Project, Sahiyo, The End FGM European Network, The Girl Generation, The Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices, […]


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First-Of-Its-Kind Development Impact Bond Launched in Cameroon to Save Newborn Babies

Money will fund scale up of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) in Cameroon to help newborns survive and thrive; The Cameroon Kangaroo Mother Care Development Impact Bond (Cameroon KMC DIB) aims to reach more than 2,200 newborns with life-improving care; The investor, Grand Challenges Canada, will provide the upfront funding required to implement the program; the […]


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Aakar Innovations: How a social enterprise empowers women through menstrual hygiene and health

Aakar Innovations empowers women and girls across India by providing them with access to affordable, biodegradable sanitary pads and menstrual health education (photo credit: Aakar Innovations and Cora) You might be shocked to learn that over 300 million women in India do not use sanitary pads and that 71% of girls in the country report having […]


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OPTions Initiative Launched

12 November 2018: The goal of the Options for Pregnancy Termination (OPTions) Innovation Initiative is to support Bold Ideas with Big Impact® for women’s and girls’ access to safe abortion in low- and middle-income countries. We seek innovative and transformative approaches that put women and girls in control of where, when and how they terminate […]


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USAID Administrator Green Announces Finalists for the Humanitarian Grand Challenge, Along with Additional Investment to Assist Conflict-Affected Communities

September 25, 2018, New York, USA – Today, the Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Honorable Mark Green, and the Secretary of State for the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom, The Right Honourable Penny Mordaunt, M.P., announced 23 intended finalists for Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian […]


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