With our Gates Foundation funding comes a clear mandate to find out which innovations work most successfully and to share that information broadly wherever it can be useful. We’re proud of our approaches — user-centred design, customer focus, solid evaluation, formal results dissemination. We are also happy about the content of the projects — the needs being met, the aims, the activity designs and the results so far.
Our projects have sometimes gone against the grain. Some feel the people we’re helping — like women who give birth in a city hospital — are not poor enough and the interventions we are testing — like mobile phone apps — are too deluxe. But the Innovations contexts, some though not all of which are less desperately poor than the Concern norm, offer a proving ground.
We’re trying new things, taking risks. We believe the best Innovations will be adaptable and adoptable. We hope our excitement is contagious.