Innovation is a buzzword throughout development circles, from large institutional grant making organizations to grassroots NGOs. Many donors ask about project innovation in the application because innovation forces NGOs into thinking differently and more creatively about how to utilize their resources and environment.
In its simplest term, innovation is using new or novel ideas and approaches to solve existing problems.
Examples of project innovation:
- Bringing mobile banking to a community which has never had access to traditional banking.
- Adapting successful agricultural techniques from one community to another.
- Partnering with government and businesses to improve efficiency in supplying basic necessities to rural and hard-to-reach communities.
- Using an app to increase literacy among young adults
Different donors have different requirements on what they are looking for in terms of innovation. Do your research and make sure your innovation description clearly matches their idea of innovation.