Testing 123: The Global Integrity Innovation Fund

Testing 123: Global Innovation Fund

The Global Integrity Innovation Fund calls for “brand-new, half-crazy, never tried before ways of addressing the challenges of transparency and accountability.”Global Integrity will be investing in 10 to 15 ideas, with up to $10,000 per idea.

Selection Criteria

Ideas that are BRAND NEW. They have never been tested before.

Ideas that DIAGNOSE OR MITIGATE the challenges of TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY.  They do not have to directly address the issue of corruption, however they must create new information or illuminate existing information, with the goal of holding those responsible to account. Refer to  I Paid a Bride for an innovative approach to mitigating corruption, and Ushahidi as a new way of making information transparent to push for greater accountability.

Ideas that may be in the form of (but are not limited to) a product, service, tool, or method.

Ideas that may employ technology but are not required to. Refer to 5th Pillar for a creative approach to tackling corruption without the use of technology.

Ideas that are INNOVATIVE – they offer a different way of approaching the challenge that they aim to tackle.

Ideas that are HIGH-RISK because their potential for impact is high, although the chance for success may be low due to uncertainty in practice.  If successful,  these ideas would be transformative – changing how we see accepted rules or processes and/or how we deal with them. They are not known “solutions” and instead, they require testing to understand if they work at all.

Ideas that are grounded in a clear THEORY OF CHANGE – they address a challenge by 1) stating an ultimate goal; 2) outlining the preconditions to achieving this goal; 3) explaining the activities to be pursued to ensure that these preconditions are met; and 4) articulating the assumptions made to explain hypotheses.

How do I apply?

Submit an application here.

When do I apply?

NOW.  Applications are due on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10pm UTC/GMT. Be ready for the possibility of follow-up questions at any point after you submit your application. We will notify you on our decision to take your idea to the next round or not by December 21. Our final announcement of ideas that we are investing in will be in early 2013.

How much is Global Integrity investing in innovative ideas?

We will be investing in 10 to 15 ideas, with up to 10,000 USD per idea.

Why should I apply?

You have an innovative idea that could create new information or change the way we see existing information, with the goal of holding those responsible for governing us, to account. You want to test this idea out, but you need a little push to take the risk!



Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2012 at 10 pm UTC/GMT!


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