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Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace Mobilizes $32 Million USD For Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Innovations

• Innovation Marketplace, hosted at Grand Challenges Canada, leverages 10x initial investment over five years • Plans for renewal and growth to be revealed in 2021   Toronto, September 24, 2020 – The Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) Innovation Marketplace—a strategic alliance of global development innovation organizations including Grand Challenges Canada, the Norwegian Agency for […]


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Opening statement: Standing Committee on the Status of Women

Sara Wolfe, Director, Indigenous Innovation Initiative Grand Challenges Canada July 7, 2020   Introduction Ahnii. Bonjour. Good afternoon, Madam Chair and committee members. My name is Sara Wolfe and I am the Director of the Indigenous Innovation Initiative at Grand Challenges Canada. Thank you for inviting us to speak today on the gendered impacts of […]


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OPTions Hackathon: Inspiring new safe abortion methods

Access to safe abortion is fundamental to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. More than 25 million unsafe abortions occur annually, 97 percent of which occur in low- and middle-income countries. The right to choose when, and if, to have a child affects women’s and girls’ ability to pursue education, build […]


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Am I Indigenous?

Sara Wolfe        Jeff Cyr Am I Indigenous? This seemingly straightforward three-word question is, in truth, highly complex and fraught with history, often a traumatic history that was written by non-Indigenous people.  Canada’s legacy of colonization has made it even more complex—who, how and where we as Indigenous people are identified shifts and […]


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The Indigenous Innovation Initiative Launches Inaugural Program

TORONTO, May 11, 2020 – The Indigenous Innovation Initiative, hosted at Grand Challenges Canada is excited to announce the launch of its inaugural program, Advancing Indigenous Gender Equality through Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, on May 11, 2020. The program will provide much-needed seed funding to innovative projects that will promote gender equality in Indigenous communities […]


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Global Mental Health Program Relaunch

Grand Challenges Canada, in partnership with the UK National Institute of Health Research, is delighted to announce the relaunch of the Global Mental Health program. TORONTO, May 2020 – Grand Challenges Canada is relaunching the Global Mental Health program with funding from Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) UK aid through the National Institute for […]


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External COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

Organizations have announced further funding opportunities to address the global COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a list of some of the funding opportunities available for you and your organization to help combat COVID-19 around the world.   Islamic Development Bank Call for Innovation via Transform Fund 2020 The Islamic Development Banks has announced the ‘Transform Fund Call […]


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Innovators Mobilize to Help Developing Countries Combat COVID-19

Innovators Mobilize to Help Developing Countries Combat COVID-19 Grand Challenges Canada innovators offer resources, ideas, affordable solutions for low-resource countries in need of pandemic essentials: medical oxygen, ventilators, masks, more Novel, affordable ways to acquire medical oxygen, ventilators, masks and other critically-needed COVID-19 supplies and services are among 20 Grand Challenges Canada innovations mobilizing to […]


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Kangaroo Mother Care has profound benefits for both mothers and infants: implementation is ramping up in Cameroon

Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is an evidence based practice that strengthens bonds between mothers and their newborns while working to reduce the unacceptable number of newborn deaths that occur every year in Cameroon. In honour of International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the impact thus far of this first-of-its-kind development impact bond (DIB) focusing on […]


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Reflections from Grand Challenges Canada’s 2019 Summer Students

As another summer comes to an end, we are saying our goodbyes and extending our thanks to this year’s summer students. Over four busy and project-packed months, the students have made a variety of important contributions to Grand Challenges Canada. From developing Gender Equality modules, drafting reports on still-birth, helping screen the Humanitarian Grand Challenge’s […]


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