Funded Innovations

FIT aims to support testing of a range of innovative solutions to development challenges, and provide organizations with the opportunity to learn and grow as innovators. The selected solutions seek to advance gender equality and empower women and girls, by addressing challenges related to health, education, safety and technology. Learn more about the funded solutions here, and look for stories and lessons learned from the testing process on individual Innovators.

Project : Meshkat Community: Shining a Light on Gender Equality in Jordan
Canadian SMO : PeaceGeeks
Local Partner(s) : Working Women's Association, Arab Women's Organization, NAYA, and Liwan
Theme : Gender Equality
Region : Middle East

PeaceGeeks tested a new method of peacebuilding in Jordan that centres around women and girls, to develop effective, inspiring and empathic narratives to catalyze a new conversation around…

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Project : Promoting Community-Based Tabletop Simulation Development
Canadian SMO : Lessons Learned Simulations and Training
Local Partner(s) : Save the Children Jordan and CRISP
Theme : Education
Region : Middle East

Lessons Learned Simulations and Training tested workshops which train local humanitarian workers in Amman, Jordan in participatory, gender-aware simulation design. To test the effectiveness of…

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Project : Learning Community and Incubator for Gender Equality Projects in Nicaragua
Canadian SMO : Mer et Monde
Local Partner(s) : Tierra y Vida
Theme : Gender Equality
Region : Latin America

Mer et Monde tested the development of a local learning community and an incubator for gender equality projects in Carazo, Nicaragua. Capacity building activities coupled with opportunities…

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Project : Improving Resilience to Increase Nutritional Outcomes for Women and Children in Benin
Canadian SMO : Lucky Iron Fish Inc.
Local Partner(s) : CARE International Benin
Theme : Health & Nutrition
Region : Africa

Lucky Iron Fish Enterprise is testing new digital tools and other innovations like ‘talking books’ to provide information, and influence behavior and practices to reduce iron…

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Project : Improving WASH for Healthcare Facilities and Women’s Health: Testing the STREAMS Approach in Malawi
Canadian SMO : Royal Roads University
Local Partner(s) : Development Action for Marginalized Rural Areas (DAMRA)
Theme : WASH (Water, sanitation and hygiene)
Region : Africa

Royal Roads University and its partner Transform International (Canada) tested an innovative solution to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities (HFC) in Malawi,…

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Project : Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Outcomes by Using Innovative and Community-centric Approaches
Canadian SMO : OGOW Health
Local Partner(s) : World Vision Somalia and OGOW Health Somalia
Theme : Health & Nutrition
Region : Africa

OGOW Health is testing a technological solution designed to improve access to high-quality, affordable care for women, new mothers, and newborns in Somalia. The goal is to support rural and…

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Project : Byuka Bakobwa (Wake Up Girls!)
Canadian SMO : L'AMIE
Local Partner(s) : Centre Marembo
Theme : Education
Region : Africa

L’AMIE is testing an innovative solution which aims to foster more equitable access to non-traditional professional training for young girls who have been survivors of gender-based…

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Project : Building Bridges for Prevention: Women and Security Actors Prevent Child Recruitment and Use in South Sudan
Canadian SMO : Dalhousie University/Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace, and Security
Local Partner(s) : Dallaire Institute South Sudan
Theme : Social Justice & Human Rights
Region : Africa

The Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security from Dalhousie University tested a comprehensive prevention program to protect children from being recruited and used as soldiers, with…

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Project : Mobile Technology: Mentoring and Professional Learning Communities for Women Teachers in The Gambia
Canadian SMO : Canadian Teachers' Federation
Local Partner(s) : The Gambia Teachers' Union (GTU)
Theme : Education
Region : Africa

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation worked in partnership with The Gambia Teachers’ Union to test a technological solution that aimed to equip and empower women teachers in The…

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Project : ‘Leaving No One Behind’: Empowering Persons with Albinism, Particularly Women and Adolescent Girls in Rural Regions of Sierra Leone
Canadian SMO : University of the Fraser Valley
Local Partner(s) : Albinism Royal Foundation
Theme : Social Justice & Human Rights
Region : Africa

The University of the Fraser Valley &​ Albinism Royal Foundation are working on a solution to empower women and girls with albinism, as well as women with children with albinism in Sierra…

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Project : Adolescent Girl Empowerment through Capacity Building and Water Innovation in Northern Mozambique
Canadian SMO : Waterlution - A Water Learning Experience
Local Partner(s) : Girl Move Academy
Theme : WASH (Water, sanitation and hygiene)
Region : Africa

Waterlution and local partner Girl Move Academy tested a solution to see how capacity-building and water innovation workshops embolden and empower adolescent girls to design permaculture…

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Project : Empowering Rural Women in Burkina Faso
Canadian SMO : World Neighbours Canada Society
Local Partner(s) : Association d’Appui à la Promotion du Développement Durable des Communautés (APDC)
Theme : Agriculture
Region : Africa

World Neighbours Canada Society is testing an approach to facilitating an animal-fattening enterprise which focuses on structuring and supporting the transition to more equitable labour roles…

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Project : Human Rights and Indigenous Women Empowerment through Audiovisual Activities in Brazil
Canadian SMO : Wapikoni Mobile
Local Partner(s) : Instituto Catitu
Theme : Social Justice & Human Rights
Region : South America

The Wapikoni Mobile Corporation tested the expansion and adaptation of the “Learn by Creating” methodology to support the strengthening of Indigenous communities in Brazil, and of…

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Project : Equal Access to Justice for Women in Honduras
Canadian SMO : Sombrilla International Development Society
Local Partner(s) : Organismo Cristiano de Desarrollo Integral de Honduras (OCDIH )
Theme : Social Justice & Human Rights
Region : Latin America

Sombrilla International Development Society tested the concept of a “mobile legal clinic” offering legal and support services to local women facing gender-based violence in…

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Project : Creating Safe Spaces for Learning: My Body, My Health, and My Future (M3 virtual platform)
Canadian SMO : Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST)
Local Partner(s) : Pure Water for the World, Inc.
Theme : Education
Region : Latin America

The Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) and Pure Water for the World Honduras tested an interactive learning platform to increase knowledge, shift attitudes and…

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