CALL FOR INNOVATION TO STRENGTHEN INCLUSION AND EMPOWER THE ‘INVISIBLE BILLION

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June 22, 2020
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The 2nd Mission Billion Challenge is open!

 

CALL FOR INNOVATION TO STRENGTHEN INCLUSION AND EMPOWER THE ‘INVISIBLE BILLION’

The Mission Billion Challenge is seeking solutions to ensure the inclusivity of ID systems for vulnerable groups while taking into account the social distancing measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights how countries with platforms (such as digital ID systems, digital payment systems, and integrated social protection information ecosystems) are able to quickly scale up existing or introduce new social protection programmes.

In particular, countries with such assets have been able to efficiently make emergency cash transfers to vulnerable groups—such as women and girls, the poor, informal workers, migrant workers, people living in remote areas, and refugees.

The Mission Billion Challenge seeks solutions to how countries can increase their efforts to further support these groups—who often lack smartphones, computers and broadband internet access—so they can access services and cash transfers with minimal health risks.

The Challenge is offering cash prizes totaling US$150,000 for the most promising and innovative solutions.

The Mission Billion Innovation Challenge is powered by the MIT Solve platform, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that uses open innovation and crowdsourcing to solve global challenges.

TIMELINE

MAY 27, 2020 – Mission Billion Challenge Opens

AUGUST 14, 2020 – Deadline to Submit a Solution

SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 – Finalists Announced

For more information, follow the link below:

https://id4d.worldbank.org/missionbillion