USAID Opens Applications for Challenge to Strengthen Humanitarian Innovation Ecosystems in Bangladesh

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has opened applications for a new challenge competition to strengthen the innovation ecosystem for humanitarian challenges and community resilience in Bangladesh. The challenge will create stronger support structures for innovators and humanitarian actors to develop, test and scale innovations that complement traditional humanitarian response and build long-term community resilience. This is urgent at a time when both the frequency and scale of humanitarian crises are increasing and compounded by climate change – the humanitarian community’s ability to respond is stretched thin.

The challenge is part of the Accelerating Innovation for Resilience (AI4Resilience) initiative in Bangladesh, implemented by the US-based nonprofit Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) in partnership with Spring Activator, a global incubator, accelerator, and advisory firm.

The AI4Resilience Challenge supports the co-creation of solutions to catalyze the supply and scale of innovations for community-led humanitarian response and long-term resilience. At the same time, the initiative will enhance relevant capacities, networks, partnerships, and collaboration across the community.

AI4Resilience has set aside $300,000 in total for challenge participants to support the design and implementation of the solutions. Participants will also receive a wide array of support, including a combination of coaching, mentoring, technical assistance, partnership development and events.

If you are interested in applying, go to to submit your application by August 20 at 11:59 PM Bangladesh Standard Time.

For more information on the challenge, please refer to the attached challenge overview. For instructions on how to submit your application please refer to the attached guideline.

Visit our website to know more about the Global Knowledge Initiative. If you have any queries regarding the challenge, please email