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Welcome to DM2009

Aaron Leonard's picture

Greetings and welcome to the Development Marketplace '09 blog!  After a brief hiatus, the DM blog is back on board. My name is Aaron - I am the newest member of the DM team and will be a frequent voice here. I look forward to meeting and collaborating with you.  If you are a past DM winner, we’d love to hear how things are going. If you have news about upcoming competitions, let us know. If you have any suggestions on how we can do things better, send me a note or add your comment here!

2008 USAID Development 2.0 Challenge

Elena Altieri's picture

You are invited to participate in the 2008 USAID Development 2.0 Challenge! It's an open call for innovative mobile technology applications for developing countries that increase access to knowledge for higher development impact. It is USAID's first ever open source challenge. The winning project ideas will receive grants of up to $10,000 and present before USAID, the development community, and industry officials in Washington.

DM2005 winner to scale up its activities after winning Dubai Award

Scott Poynton's picture

In my last posting, I mentioned the importance of securing new funding to scale up activities. I’ve got some great news to share today and that is that our efforts to secure more financial resources have borne fruit in that we’ve just received news that we’re one of 12 winners of the biennial Dubai Awards.

China Development Marketplace: Over US$1 Million Awarded to 50 Innovative Projects

Elena Altieri's picture

On October 22, 2008 fifty winners were announced at the end of this year China Development Marketplace entitled “Supporting Grassroots Innovations for a Harmonious Society.”  With a total award pool of US $ 1 million, this competition identified efforts targeting poverty reduction and addressing develop

Getting Communities to Buy into Your Project

Melissa Williams's picture

We recently held a session on linking communities to markets during the Development Marketplace 2008 with about 40 finalists from all over the world.  This was an excellent session and well received, but I realized one thing during the event: When you discuss how to link communities to markets, you’re assuming that the communities are mobilized, are actively participating in the project, and feel a sense of ownership.  But h

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