What We Are Not Looking For

  • Solutions that are routinely employed (therefore not innovative) and funded in complex crises environments, such as food distribution, general elections administration, labor market surveys;

  • Solutions that are unlikely to lead to significant development or humanitarian impacts for affected Venezuelans and host communities;

  • Solutions with minimal demonstration of effectiveness and impact;

  • Support to ongoing programs or related costs including organizational overhead, training, or capacity-building initiatives that are not linked to the solution;

  • Planning or diagnostic tools that do not directly link to measurable development and humanitarian impacts;

  • Discovery science or basic scientific research (e.g., laboratory research of a prototype with no field testing);

  • Large-scale infrastructure development and heavy machinery or equipment;

  • Solutions that support police, military, militias, or other security forces, including any military, police, or surveillance equipment or tactics;

  • Solutions that procure restricted or ineligible commodities (see USAID’s Automated Directives System 312);

  • Solutions that involve intellectual property rights are owned by a third-party institution, unless the third-party institution has granted the applicant sufficient license rights to the innovation to permit eventual scaling in relevant countries; and

  • Solutions exclusively focused on publications and studies, video productions, and other media, and not related with a practical solution.

The BetterTogether Challenge is a global initiative to crowdsource, fund, and scale forward-thinking solutions from anywhere in the world to support Venezuelans and host communities affected by the regional crisis. BetterTogether is a partnership of the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Inter-American Development Bank.

The information provided on this website is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.  The information also cannot be attributed to the Inter-American Development Bank, its representatives, or member countries.