The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation has selected 10 Winners of the Centennial Innovation Challenge, a competition launched in search of solutions that improve livelihoods for poor or vulnerable workers in the world’s informal economies.The awardees of the Centennial Innovation Challenge were selected by an international panel of judges that included: Oscar Silva, Aleka Dondo, Ai-Jen Poo, Amolo  Ng’weno, Seiji Machida.

Each Winner will receive support in proposal-writing to enable the further development of their solutions, in addition to an invitation to apply for a grant of up to $100,000.

The 10 Winners were chosen for their truly breakthrough ideas, which have the potential to transform livelihoods for millions of poor or vulnerable people working in informal economies worldwide. Their solutions demonstrated catalytic innovation, strong potential impact, effective response to context, and spark.

Informal employment is a significant and growing part of the world’s economy; it accounts for around 50% of employment in North Africa and in Latin America, 65% of employment in Asia, and 72% in Sub-Saharan Africa. Given the vast number of informal workers, spurring new innovations that improve worker’s livelihoods in the informal economy is a critical issue.

We thank everyone who has participated in the Centennial Innovation Challenge and helped activate a global community to improve  livelihoods in the informal economy. Over 2260 ideas from 124 countries were submitted to the Centennial Innovation Challenge. Stay tuned for more news and updates about winners and the challenge community.