Development Marketplace: 100 Ideas to Save the Planet


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In Peru, innovative forest fire management prevents the risk of more fires with rising temperatures. In Kenya, communities share experiences with multi-pronged approaches to managing climate risk, combining indigenous knowledge with modern technologies. In India, women and youth use reality-show methods to tell of climate options. In the Philippines, a mangrove restoration initiative helps improve livelihoods during storms now, and protects against longer-term climate change impacts. 

These are just some of the examples of the “100 ideas to save the planet” that I encountered as a juror for this year’s Development Marketplace, which focused on innovative solutions for climate change. Development Marketplace is an annual competitive grant program that identifies and funds innovative, early-stage development projects that have high potential for replication and development impact.

Of these one hundred great ideas, 26 winners were announced today in three categories—Resilience of Indigenous Peoples Communities to Climate Risks; Climate Risk Management with Multiple Benefits; and Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management. Each winner receives a grant of up to $200,000 to implement their project over two years.

You can read more about the winners in these categories (and also about how this global competition works and who funds it) on the Development Marketplace website and follow the conversation on the Development Marketplace blog. For many of the winners, it was a long journey to Washington DC to compete for the grants. 

Being a juror was very uplifting because one can see many wonderful ideas and amazing people who are making a real difference in changing the world for the better without even realizing it. But it was also tough because I was impressed by all “my projects” (those I had to evaluate) but was required to select only a subset for the award. And there were so many no less wonderful projects evaluated by other jurors that were competing for the same award pool. 

But it was also clear that it is not this award that motivated people to do what they do, and they will continue pushing forward what they believe in. The most important “take-away” message from this year’s Development Marketplace is that the ingenuity of people has no limits and it is this ingenuity that will define our planet’s future.


Kseniya Lvovsky

Former Climate Change Program Manager Climate Change Team, Environment Department

Join the Conversation

Joan P.
June 17, 2010

What if we thought up all sorts of creative ways to combat lung cancer, but never criticized smoking and instead gave smokers applause and rewards? That would be nutty, wouldn't it?

Just as not smoking would by itself stop most lung cancer, not having babies would eliminate virtually all environmental problems. Or, to be more pragmatic, if everyone had only one child then eventually the population would go down to a reasonable level and we would not have to worry about the environment any more.

Too bad we have such a heavy addiction to population growth -- just as smokers are addicted to cigarettes. If we don't get over this addiction then all of your creative solutions to our environmental problems are useless.

July 08, 2010

We are always changing, just as the environment is always changing, and creative ideas are one thing, but what if we stop polluting our environment, stop logging huge amounts of forests, stop overfishing? It is the lack of initiative and poor priorities that are the reasons for our environmental problems. Our population is likely to level out on nine billion by 2050 and it should be very possible to adapt to that number. We have enough resources for us all; the distribution of them is the problem. People in general are worried about the environment; the politicians and the corporations set value on oil instead of trees. Our monetary system is much more worth than humans and other animals, and that is our problem. We ignore the environment, we think we can exploit it and still survive. We need to make sure that the Earth don´t lose the ability to nuture life in all her diversity, but we are not quite there yet. For us to live, she needs to live. In thirty years there will be no more fish in the ocean if current trends continue. If forests disappear the trees will not be there to make oxygen for us. An obvious case, we just have to see it. It is the simplest things that are needed.

We need creative ideas, because with these comes serious discourse, pressure on corporations and on governments, and eyeopening. We also have to stop blaming population growth; it is not the problem in itself.

Dev Bahadur Dongol
December 20, 2011

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