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About Us

Our goal is to find and accelerate life-saving or life-improving innovations to help the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people impacted by humanitarian crises caused by conflict.


Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge is a partnership of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, with support from Grand Challenges Canada.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience.

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. DFID are tackling the global challenges of our time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. Its work is building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK too.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands works to improve living conditions in poor, vulnerable countries and encouraging self-reliance. It tries to tackle global challenges, such as poverty and food scarcity, climate change and epidemics. In developing countries, the Ministry works on issues such as economic resilience, better healthcare, food security and clean drinking water.

Grand Challenges Canada is one of the largest impact investors in Canada, primarily funded by the Government of Canada, and hosts the Humanitarian Grand Challenge staff, many of whom are from or have worked in conflict-affected humanitarian settings. Grand Challenges Canada has supported a pipeline of over 1,000 innovations in more than 90 low- and middle-income countries, and Canada. 

To reach our goal, we seek connections and strategic relationships with humanitarian actors, innovators, and the private sector who will help identify, promote, and scale-up groundbreaking solutions that save and improve lives in complex emergency situations. Please email us to get in touch about partnership opportunities

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