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Experimenting with innovation prizes

Prizes have long been used as a way of stimulating technological innovation. More recently, governments have started to use innovation prizes to tackle social issues.

The Ideas to Impact programme, funded by DFID, was set up to test the application of innovation prizes in a development context.

The programme aims to help deliver effective solutions in the areas of climate mitigation and adaptation, energy access, water and sanitation. Energy 4 Impact leads the work on energy access. The team is currently designing a prize around solar powered refrigeration.