Our Approach

Our approach differs from traditional aid as we are not bound by established processes or traditional partnerships. Without a fixed sectoral or geographic area of operations, we can investigate and invest in themes less well served by conventional means.

We build on innovation capability at posts, improving more lives by adopting cross-cutting themes (e.g. science and technology), approaches (e.g. systems thinking) and tools (e.g. digital inclusion).

This is supported by three pillars, providing a foundation to better identify, test and scale high-impact innovations.


with projects and approaches that are new to context, transformative in nature, and where possible sustainable without on-going aid funding >Projects


and collaborating broadly within DFAT and with external organisations and people that are new to the aid program >Partners


every day from our internal and external work to diffuse and infuse knowledge about innovating in development >Interactive Map