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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.

VSO: Accelerated care and treatment for mothers and neonates in Tanzania (ACT!)

Although Tanzania has made significant progress in reducing maternal, neonatal and child mortality, the...

Ifakara Health Institute: Eave Tubes for Malaria Elimination in Peri-urban Tanzania

Malaria remains one of the major threats to public health and economic development in...

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.

HDIF Newsletter: Bowing Out in Style!

It’s been almost two weeks of breathing after the successful closure of Innovation Week…

HDIF newsletter: Holiday Opportunities and IWTz2021!

It’s been a few months since we connected via this Newsletter, and we haven’t...

ICT Professional Registration Launched

The 4th Tanzania Annual ICT Conference this year witnessed the launch of the ICT…