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Inspiring and accelerating the experimentation,
commercialisation, and diffusion of innovations for
human development in Tanzania.


The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) is a £39.9 million UKAid-funded programme managed by Palladium International in partnership with KPMG, Newcastle University, and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). HDIF also works in close collaboration with Tanzania’s Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). The programme’s three main components are:



Supporting innovation ecosystem enablers such as hubs to create an enabling environment for any innovation to thrive.



Funding new ideas in human development from pilot and scale up, connecting innovators to other financial sources and supporting them to be sustainable.



Enabling government, funders and the private sector to learn from each other and bring about innovation within their own work.


HDIF fosters a culture of sharing evidence and learning across the programme and with our partners and grantees. You can search for helpful resources based on themes, grantees, and types of publication.

Design for Scale: The Case of VSO

VSO’s health innovation in Tanzania has packaged a select set of low-tech, relatively low-cost...

Business of Quality in Health

Project Background In recognition of strong quality improvement systems being essential for achieving priority...

Investing in Social Innovation and Technology in Tanzania

The report makes practical and actionable recommendations based on HDIF’s collective insights after five years of running an innovation challenge fund in Tanzania . The report focuses on understanding the innovation ecosystem in Tanzania, lessons from funding innovations, and finally at how best to share and learn from innovations.


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.


Get updates and news from HDIF and the innovation ecosystem here. More can be found on our news page.

Innovators Invited to Apply For the Recovery and Resilience Innovation Challenge

The Human Development Innovation Fund, United Nation Development Program (UNDP), and the Embassy of…

GII2020: WEBINAR -Tanzania’s improved innovation ranking and what it means for the ecosystem

HDIF and COSTECH have brought together experts who will discuss the recently released GII2020...

Here is IW2020 Report!

Innovation Week is a free platform which hosts a week-long series of events and...