Updated Oct 19, 2017

Water Data Challenge 2017

Offered by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and World Bank as part of Water Innovation Engine

The Government of Australia and other partners (including the World Bank) are launching theWater Data Challenge. This challenge aims to improve the access to informationthat is so crucial to ensuring that farmers thrive - especially in lower-income settings - and water resources are managed well
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Loan, Grant, EquityType
Open Year RoundDeadline
Up to $1,000,000Amount
Criteria: StageAmount Per Prize
Stage 3Up to $230,000
Stage 4Up to $1,000,000

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 3: Proof of Concept and Stage 4: Transition to Scale
Implemented In:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasAgriculture Water Management (Agriculture) and Resilience
Agriculture Water Management (Agriculture) and Public-Private Partnerships
Agriculture Water Management (Agriculture) and Data/Analytics
We encourage diverse, non-traditional partnerships. We also encourage partnerships that have a local presence, and involve the private sector to foster sustainability. We’re looking for innovations that are sustainable (financial, institutional, environmental, technological, and social); use participatory and context-specific processes; are scalable in resource-poor settings; and that can be monitored and evaluated for impact and learning.

Other Requirements

Target Beneficiaries

The fund supports innovations that benefit people living on less than the equivalent of $5 PPP* per day in developing countries, and we are especially interested in innovations that impact people living on less than $2 PPP per day.

Planned Usage of FundsThe Challenge is seeking breakthrough in the following 3 areas:
  • Water Data Solutions
  • Water Data Investments
  • Capacity Development for Impact
Management TeamWomen-led organizations
Located in low or low-middle income countries
Knowledge of problems they are addressing and what approaches are likely to work
Ability to engage with partners
Potential for Scale

The fund’s goal is to scale innovative solutions to development challenges that are backed by rigorous evidence. We only fund innovations with the potential to scale to reach millions of people living on less than $5 PPP a day.

Evidence/Proof of ConceptWe will ask to see quantitative evidence that your innovation improves on business as usual. This may be generated via a rigorous randomized controlled trial or quantitative assessments.
OtherPromote gender equity

Application Directions

The Challenge is implemented by the Global Innovation Fund (GIF), an evidence-based, venture-capital-inspired funder of scalable innovations.
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