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Innovation Week 2020

Innovation Week is a free platform which hosts a week-long series of events and exhibitions in Tanzania, curated by the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF), Commission of Science and Technology (COSTECH), in partnership with other innovation stakeholders, and with support from the UKAid. Innovation Week 2020 (IW2020) was the sixth edition since the week was first launched in 2015. The purpose of Innovation Week is to provide space to innovators, policy makers, funders, researchers, and other players in the innovation ecosystem to share what they have been working on,  learn from and inspire each other, collaborate across sectors, and transform Tanzania through the scaling of innovation. Innovation Week events and exhibitions continue to be some of the most influential, educative and relevant platforms to share learnings and best practices on how to use technology and innovation for economic and social development. This year’s theme, “Innovate4Impact” has been evident in the content of events, exhibitions and discussions that have been conducted, with topics ranging from partnerships, health financing, policy, innovation support, emerging technologies (blockchain), EdTech and more. We have constantly seen that when stakeholders come together, formidable partnerships can be formed and positively impact innovators and the innovation ecosystem.

Sub themes

Financing for sustainable development

Leveraging emerging technologies for development impact

Smart partnerships for Impact

Leaving no one behind through innovation

Green innovations for industrial development


Innovation Week 2020 had a total of 222 partners who were comprised of nine sponsors, seven regional organizers, 61 event organizers, 139 exhibitors, and six members of the organizing committee.

Our COVID-19 Response

In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (Corona Virus) pandemic, we postponed all regional Innovation Week events and encouraged many of them to be hosted online. Several of our regional partners shifted their events into the digital space. The attached report shares more about the events. We also, urged all stakeholders to comply with the directives given by the Government of Tanzania and directed them to get more information about the pandemic by visiting the WHO and CDC  websites for verified information.