What if your knowledge management innovation was the next game changer for family planning programs in your country, or beyond?
We asked Ellen Starbird, USAID's Director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, what excites her about knowledge management for FP/RH and why she believes The Pitch can transform how we approach FP/RH programs.
January 14, 7:00AM EST -
February 4 -
February 10 -
February 11-16 -
March 2-3 -
March 23-24 -
May 1 - Sep 30 -
The Pitch Kick-Off!
Deadline to submit applications for knowledge management innovations
Pitch preparation and coaching for semi-finalists
Semi-finalists pitch their ideas before a panel of judges
Selected KM Champion Innovators announced
Implementation period for KM innovations
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Deadline to submit
All applications must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on February 4, 2021.
A selection committee will select up to five semi-finalists per regional competition to move on to the main selection event.
From there, a panel of judges, representing global and regional expertise, will select two KM Innovators—those with the best proposals—per regional competition to be awarded a subaward of up to $50,000 USD, subject to USAID approval, to implement their innovative idea.
Organizations must meet the following criteria to qualify:
Be legally registered and be able to provide Proof of Registration of the entity in the area of operation
Adhere to family planning policies set forth by the United States government
Have a registered bank account through which to receive the funds
Individuals not representing an organization are not eligible to submit a knowledge management innovation.
How the competition will work
FP/RH professionals working for organizations in USAID family planning priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are invited to submit an application with their ideas for knowledge management innovations. This includes national-level organizations, civil society organizations, local non-governmental organizations, international organizations with a local presence in USAID family planning priority countries, and organizations representing cross-country consortiums and country-level technical working groups.
MEET THE JUDGES
The Pitch is a series of regional competitions that places stakeholders in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia at the center of designing and implementing knowledge management innovations.
Knowledge management—the way we access, share and use information—is one of our most valuable assets to address family planning challenges. What we know impacts how we take action. And so how we manage knowledge can affect individuals, communities, and, ultimately, the health systems that exist across cultures. Innovations in knowledge management can improve coordination and enhance meaningful learning among FP/RH professionals.
Four KM Champion Innovators will be awarded up to USD $50,000 each, through subawards, in order to implement their innovative ideas. These KM Champion Innovators will also receive knowledge management mentorship, training, and tools from Knowledge SUCCESS during the implementation period to further develop their capacity in knowledge management for FP/RH.
Message from Ellen Starbird
"The best solutions aren't found in textbooks."
Dr. Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, of the World Health Organization's Department of Reproductive Health and Research, talks about how this competition pays attention to - and respects - learned experiences.
Senior Program Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Joanne Peter
Director of Social Innovation
Johnson & Johnson
Senior Lecturer, Department of Biostatistics and Population, University of Indonesia
Senior Technical Advisor: Population, Environment and Development
Dr. Tara Sullivan
Deputy Director Family Health,
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
This document includes important information about selection criteria.
Frequently asked questions
Lasted updated 1/28/21
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Applications closed on February 4.
Applications closed on February 4.