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About SDG Acceleration
Through collaboration with a broad range of organizations and other UN agencies, our SDG Acceleration (SDGx) team identifies bold solution providers around the world and supports them with access to funding, knowledge, tools, and networks necessary to expand their impact.
Partnering for our goals
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are all interconnected. Therefore, to deliver on WFPs mandate to reach Zero Hunger, we address challenges across a range of SDGs. Since 2018, we have supported 190+ ventures to implement innovations in 58 countries covering 11 SDGs focusing particularly on good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, affordable and clean energy, peace justice and strong institutions, as well as clean water and sanitation.
Open Calls for Innovation!
We do not have an open call for applications now, but keep watching this space!
What we do
We strive to improve the lives of vulnerable communities through the innovations we support
We identify bold problem solvers around the world and support them to scale sustainably
We create unique partnering opportunities to maximise the impact of innovation initiatives
We bring together key players across sectors to enable a thriving support ecosystem
How we do it
End-to-End Acceleration Programmes
We create and manage complete accelerator programmes to identify and support high impact innovations on their path to scale. We do this by running global or local innovation challenges, and subsequently offering funding and access to coaching, mentoring, and relevant networks.
Custom Innovation Journeys
We design and deliver custom acceleration programmes through co-creation with other organizations to support impactful startups, or intrapreneurial teams, to help them reach their full potential. These programmes may be run independently or integrated into our end-to-end accelerators.
Innovation Services & Projects
We help organizations or multi-stakeholder initiatives tackle complex problems in a creative and efficient way. We do so by enabling collaborative journeys that harness new ways of working through open innovation, human-centered design and entrepreneurial frameworks.
Ecosystem & Knowledge Sharing
We bring together key actors across sectors to exchange valuable knowledge, experience, and connections that enhance the conditions for impact innovation to benefit the people that we serve.
Our Programmes
In collaboration with a broad range of organizations and other United Nations agencies, we have delivered over 20 accelerator programmes across a range of Sustainable Development Goals.
Active Programmes
Digital Health Innovation Accelerator Programme (DHIAP)
Building pandemic preparedness in low- and middle-income countries.
Contributing towards advancing SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Supporting primary healthcare innovations in vaccine delivery and campaign effectiveness.
Contributing towards advancing SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being)
Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge (HGC)
Enabling life-saving or life-improving innovations to help the most vulnerable people impacted by humanitarian crises in hard-to-reach, conflict-affected and fragile settings.
Contributing towards advancing SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), and SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).
Kofi Annan Award for Innovation in Africa (KAAIA)
The Kofi Annan Award for Innovation in Africa seeks to raise awareness for the potential African entrepreneurs hold to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and honour the late Kofi Annan’s legacy and commitment to a more just and equitable world. The focus of the second edition is on Sustainable Development Goal 2 Zero Hunger to improve the resilience of the African food systems.
Advancing field innovations for health emergency preparedness and response in collaboration with the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Contributing towards advancing SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being)
Humanitarian Innovation Accelerator Programme
The Humanitarian Innovation Accelerator Programme, powered by the WFP Innovation Accelerator, the Government of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, and the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), is in search of high-impact technology-powered and innovative solutions that strive to solve emergency and humanitarian challenges faced by vulnerable populations and humanitarian actors.
Agricultural Innovation for Climate Resilience Programme
The Agricultural Innovation for Climate Resilience Programme (AICR), a partnership between the WFP Innovation Accelerator and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and its Fund for the Promotion of Innovation in Agriculture (i4Ag), commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is in search of scalable innovative solutions that support farmers and other agriculture stakeholders to build capabilities to mitigate effects of climate change on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Digital & Green Innovation Acceleration Programme
The DGIx aims to support technology-powered solutions addressing pressing environmental challenges. The programme will select ventures, solution providers and consortiums who will receive financial, technical, and methodological support from the WFP Innovation Accelerator, #SDF, and other partners. Together with the best and brightest minds globally, we will be able to leverage the digital-green synergies to ultimately improve the lives of vulnerable communities.
Past Programmes
UNFPA Innovating in Maternal and Newborn Health
Supporting the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) innovation teams to design, rapidly prototype and test bold solutions in family planning and maternal health.
Contributing towards advancing SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being) and SDG 5 (Gender Equality)
BMGF 2019 - Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Collaborating with five key leaders in the field to source and support innovations focused on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in urban settings.
Contributing towards advancing SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation)
BMGF Balance the Equation - A Grand Challenge for Algebra 1
Radically transforming and rethinking the traditional mathematics classroom and better supporting students historically marginalized in math.
Contributing towards advancing SDG 4 (Quality Education)
WFP Nigeria Zero Hunger Roundtable
Empowering social innovators with additional resources for the acceleration of their ideas to end hunger in Nigeria.
Contributing towards advancing SDG 2 (Zero Hunger)

UNFPA FGM (Female Genital Mutiliation) Hacklab - Innovation Bootcamp
Involving young Africans and African youth organisations in finding innovative solutions to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a dangerous traditional practice.
Contributing towards advancing SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being) and SDG 5 (Gender Equality)
United Nations Chief Executive Board (CEB) / United Nations Culture Change
Addressing sexual harassment through leadership and organizational culture change within the UN.
Contributing towards advancing SDG 5 (Gender Equality)