21 November 2016

Innovation Working Group

The Innovation Marketplace is a strategic alliance of development innovation organizations. Its goal is to transition to scale 20 Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (WCAH) investments by 2020, and by 2030 to see at least 10 of these innovations widely available and having significant impact on women, children and adolescents.

Goals will be achieved by pooling the WCAH capabilities of development innovation organizations across four key functions: pipeline, curation, brokering, and investment. This means consolidating existing proof of concept pipelines on a single platform; curating the proof of concept pipeline to find promising investments and identifying gaps; bringing investment opportunities in a structured manner to governments, the private sector, foundations, and other organizations; and investing funds in successful deals with an eye towards catalyzing scale, sustainability, and impact.

View the BMJ analysis on Innovating for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health

Without Innovation, hundreds of thousands of women and girls will continue to die in pregnancy and childbirth each year, and between 10 and 15 million more will suffer long-lasting disabilities.


Peter Singer, Chief Executive Officer, Grand Challenges Canada
Allan Pamba, Vice President Pharmaceuticals, East Africa and Government Affairs, Africa, at GSK.

Project Manager:

Haitham El-noush, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Agency for for Development Cooperation (NORAD)

Key Documents:

View the Innovation Working Group Strategy Document

View the IWG Brochure


Innovation Countdown 2030: Scaling Innovations to Save Lives of Women and Children Pre- And- Post-2015 Innovation Countdown 2030: Scaling Innovations To Save Lives Of Women And Children Pre- And- Post-2015 


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