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Civil Society Academy Social Innovation Challenge 2019 (Up to 40,000 Euro)

Deadline: January 25, 2019

Applications are open for the Civil Society Academy Social Innovation Challenge 2019. The Challenge aims at developing ground-breaking innovations to tackle hunger and social injustice over the next 18 months.

The process includes application of innovators on two specific challenges, a design thinking process, development of prototypes as well as piloting of the most promising solutions. The Social Innovation Challenge is a collective effort of Civil Society Academy, Welthungerhilfe and Impact Hub.


  • Challenge 1: How might we support rural women and their families to access public services that truly help them escape hunger and injustice?
    They seek solutions that
    • Support vulnerable women improving their awareness, access and quality of services and help ensuring their rights at the local level
    • Improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of state services
    • Provide radical alternatives to current models of service delivery
  • Challenge 2: How might we support social activists and concerned citizens to become more powerful in combating hunger and injustice?
    They seek solutions that
    • Magnify the voice of concerned citizens, social activists and their constituency to influence state policies at all levels
    • Provide radical and effective alternatives to existing advocacy or campaign methods
    • Support the international community in developing and enforcing global standards related to hunger and injustice


  • Selected innovators from diverse backgrounds will participate in a 4-day Design Workshop;
  • The best 8 concepts & innovators will be awarded with up to 3,000 EURO and a holistic support system to further develop the prototype;
  • A 3-month Prototyping: Develop prototype, Design & branding, First field tests, Acquire support, Customer need & Emotional resonance, Piloting plan;
  • 4 innovation concepts will be further selected for a one-year stipends of up to 40,000 EURO and further support


  • Open to creative people that have a passion for Zero Hunger and Social Justice
  • Doers, that can take ideas forward
  • Visionaries with different skills and from different backgrounds – from smaller and larger Civil Society organisations, from Businesses and State actors
  • Innovators with great ideas relevant to the challenge in Africa and Asia


There are three steps to enter the challenge:

  • Step 1: Pick a challenge
  • Step 2: Apply online
  • Step 3: Upload a video or mood board that illustrates your passion & creative skills

For more information, visit Social Innovation Challenge.

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