2019 Civil Society Academy Social Innovation Challenge

Deadline: January 25, 2019.

The Social Innovation Challenge is a collective effort of Civil Society Academy, Welthungerhilfe and Impact Hub. Through the Challenge, we aim at developing ground-breaking innovations to tackle hunger and social injustice over the next 18 months. The process includes application of innovators on two specific challenges, a design thinking process, development of prototypes as well as piloting of the most promising solutions.

Enough is enough: Under nutrition contributes to the death of 3 million children under the age of 5 years every year. It is a scandal: 800 million people in the world still do not have enough food to lead a healthy and active life.

We believe that innovation is the key to unlock new promising ideas to combat hunger and social injustice. Let 2019 be the change you want to see. We look for innovators like you. Let us change the world together.



  • Creative people that have a passion for Zero Hunger and Social Justice

  • Doers, that can take ideas forward

  • Visionaries with different skills and from different backgrounds – from smaller and larger Civil Society organisations, from Businesses and State actors

  • Innovators with great ideas relevant to the challenge in Africa and Asia




1. They will organise the venue and accommodation for you during the workshop. Further, the invitation also covers your air fares and/or train fares to the venue.

2. Apart from start-up stipends of up to 40,000 EURO for the 4 best innovation concepts, they will provide you with coaching, training, co-working space, and networking opportunities.

3. They will back you up with their networks and support system so that your innovation can thrive and is ready for scale.



Challenge 1: How might we support rural women and their families to access public services that truly help them escape hunger and injustice?

Solutions that…

  • Support vulnerable women improving their awareness, access and quality of services and help ensuring their rights at the local level

  • Improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of state services

  • Provide radical alternatives to current models of service delivery

Challenge 2: How might we support social activists and concerned citizens to become more powerful in combating hunger and injustice?

Solutions that…

  • Magnify the voice of concerned citizens, social activists and their constituency to influence state policies at all levels

  • Provide radical and effective alternatives to existing advocacy or campaign methods

  • Support the international community in developing and enforcing global standards related to hunger and injustice

Step 1: Pick a challenge

Step 2: Apply online

Step 3: Upload a video or mood board that illustrates your passion & creative skills




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