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Our Innovators

Since 2013, the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) has been working with some of the most inspiring and creative Tanzanian innovators in the country, investing £23.5 million into projects that seek to pilot or scale up innovations that can improve the quality of peoples’ lives through basic services. In that time, HDIF has hosted three rounds of funding and provided financial support to 43 innovations across 20 regions.


HDIF seeks to catalyse the development, testing and scaling of innovative models of service delivery, the use of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), and product solutions in health, education and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene). The intended impact of HDIF is improved human development outcomes for  people in Tanzania, with a focus on non-state actors and the effective utilization of public private partnerships.

As the program has evolved, we continue to learn valuable lessons about supporting private sector, innovators, and CSOs through issuing medium sized grants.  You can read about what we have learned through our report ‘Investing in Social Innovation’.

HDIF grantees demonstrate innovative multi-stakeholder approaches to tackling human development problems that engages existing government structures, NGOs and CBOs, working closely with the community, and commercial enterprises if appropriate.