International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA)

International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA)

The International Development Alliance (IDIA) is an informal platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration around development innovation. Established in 2015 with a shared mission of “actively promoting and advancing innovation as a means to help achieve sustainable development”, including through the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, it currently comprises the following entities investing resources in the development innovation space: 

  • Australian Aid
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Global Innovation Fund
  • Grand Challenges Canada
  • Results for Development
  • Sida
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • UKAID - Department for International Development
  • Unicef
  • UNDP
  • World Bank Group

A key contribution IDIA seeks to make is to enhance the global evidence base and build understanding of the role of innovation within international development. To do this, IDIA establishes Working Groups that bring together experts from within and beyond IDIA member agencies to collaboratively develop common platforms for supporting innovation from idea to scale, shared learning and improved impact measurement. 

At a Glance

Members 0
Partners 11

Organization Type

  • Donor


Results for Development (R4D) provides secretariat services to the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA). For any questions, please contact:

Results for Development
1111 19th Street, N.W.
Washington D.C.
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Organization Mission

The overall mission of IDIA is:

To actively promote and effectively advance innovation as a means to help achieve sustainable development, including through the 2030 Agenda.”

IDIA will seek to do this by sharing knowledge, experiences and insights; identifying and addressing gaps in the innovation ecosystem; and collaborating to develop public goods that support innovation, including pooling resources as appropriate.”

We believe that innovation thrives best when facilitated by a strong ecosystem of favorable enabling conditions, including better policy and regulatory frameworks, open data and standards, and expanded access for innovators to resources. More effectively tapping into capital flows through blended finance, for instance, will harness additional resources that far exceed the current capital available for poverty reduction. The same is true when the development of science, technology and innovation (STI) capabilities is promoted, by strengthening the regulatory, infrastructure, and human capacity foundations that support the growth of local STI ecosystems.

In support of its mission, IDIA has articulated three main objectives:

  • INFLUENCING – Increasing understanding and visibility of innovation among a wide variety of stakeholders as a path to support sustainable development, including developing country governments, private sector actors and civil society. 
  • COLLABORATING – Sharing data, instruments and experience to develop common platforms for supporting innovation from idea to scale. 
  • ENABLING – Helping to build sustainable innovation ecosystems at the local level by engaging and supporting developing country governments and institutions that are mobilizing domestic resources for development innovation

Area of Focus

IDIA looks at the role of innovation within international development as a whole, and is not sector-specific.

Areas of Expertise

Suggest/provide funding and resources, Evaluate/Review your innovation, Sit on your Board of Directors, Give business planning and strategy advice, Suggest Partners, Government Relations, Policy, Advocacy