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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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Photo: Natalie Boychuck, Research Assistant, Humanitarian Grand Challenge

Including Women in Humanitarian Crisis Response

By Natalie Boychuck, former research assistant to the Humanitarian Grand Challenge, and a student at the Munk School of Global Affairs Being a woman in humanitarian crisis is devastatingly far from easy; a fact that Noura al Jizawi, a Syrian revolutionary, mother, and masters student at the Munk School of Global Affairs understands too well. […]


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Stars in SRHR: KadAfrica

Stars in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights request for proposals open

Toronto, Canada – Grand Challenges Canada is excited to launch Stars in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (Stars in Global Health Round 10) on Tuesday July 31, 2018. Sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Investing in sexual and reproductive health is cost effective […]


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Saving Brains: Innovation in Early Childhood Development

In 2011, Grand Challenges Canada launched Saving Brains: a grand challenge to increase human capital in low- and middle-income countries by sourcing and supporting bold ideas to support healthy brain development in the youngest and most vulnerable children. As of mid-2018, we have supported a broad portfolio of 115 innovation projects in 30 countries testing […]


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