CARE’s innovative work impacts the lives of more than 50 million people every year.
The Chomoka team from CARE Tanzania sought out to produce a digital product to support savings groups with their bookkeeping needs and open new pathways for accessing formal finance.
In developing its solution, the team leveraged the Scale X Design curriculum in Human Centered Design and Lean Experimentation. This included prototyping the solution with savings groups around the country and building the application in an iterative way to get user feedback throughout the development process.
As a result, they developed a smartphone application that provides a transparent, accurate, and easy to use solution, in which savings groups can access a digital marketplace that offers financial services, such as savings accounts or micro-insurance from vetted partners.
The Chomoka app has opened doors for banks and other financial institutions to identify groups who are interested in and ready for financial services. The product is currently scaling in Tanzania, with over 100 groups using the smartphone application in both urban and rural areas.
Nawe Naze Innovation Hub
In 2018, the Nawe Nuze Innovation Hub was launched to convene youth, civil society, the private sector, and peer NGOs to collaborate in designing and testing solutions to challenges faced by young people across the country.
CARE Burundi has championed the rights and empowerment of women and youth for over two decades.The CARE Innovation Team was proud to support CARE Burundi with capacity building and training to further their mission.
The Nawe Nuze Innovation Hub has since launched several initiatives. These include a youth-led innovation club with over 80 members focusing on skill-building, entrepreneurship, and employment; a national open-innovation competition sourcing innovative approaches to fighting gender-based violence, a marketing Hackathon gathering 50 youths to lift up women’s ability to influence family and community-level decision making, and the launch of two youth-led social innovation clubs outside of Bujumbura.
Together, we are building a future in which every woman and girl in Burundi has equal access to appropriate skills, resources, and economic opportunities to lead a fulfilling life.
Azraq Film School
At the request of and in collaboration with young people from Azraq, CARE and its partners developed the Azraq Film School (AFS). AFS seeks to provide youth in refugee and displaced contexts with creative educational opportunities in digital storytelling, as well as a platform for self- expression.
Young people are the face of displacement but not always the voice. Displaced and refugee youth often grapple with acute and sustained traumas and limited access to higher education, employment, and opportunity. CARE, Epic Magazine (now part of Vox Media), and local Jordanian creatives developed a hands-on curriculum for youth in Azraq to learn about narrative development, producing, directing, and editing on a shoestring budget. The program emphasizes collaboration, patience, trust, honesty, and a sense of belonging alongside practical skill-building.
AFS has conducted three film camps in Azraq, one in the West Bank region in Ramallah, a virtual 5-month storytelling course currently in progress with Sundance Institute, and an editing-intensive camp for advanced participants. Fifty young people were trained in digital storytelling skills. Their films have been screened in Jordan, at the Fast Company Innovation Festival, Photoville, and Creative Artists Agency. Their stories counter the one-dimensional mainstream narrative about refugees and catalyze the next generation of storytellers and creators among displaced youth.
Scale X Design
Scale X Design is an accelerator that draws inspiration from private sector approaches to rapidly design, test, iterate and scale bold new ideas. This is a first-of-its-kind platform that arms development practitioners with the skills, mentorship, and resources they need to go from idea to impact.
The global humanitarian aid and development sector has long struggled to scale new ideas out of initial pilot projects. To help us speed the pace of innovation, CARE created Scale X Design, the first accelerator specifically targeting INGOs. We arm them with the skills, connections, and resources to rapidly design, test, iterate, and scale promising solutions to end poverty and achieve social justice.
The Scale X Design Accelerator took teams with innovative, proven, and scalable ideas through a year-long program that built core skills for scaling innovations while delivering tailored attention and support to tackle their most significant barriers to scale. After grounding their work through shared learning labs, teams participated in CARE’s Scale X Design Pitch Nights, where they pitched their ideas—and their vision for scale—to a panel of expert judges who selected winners. Teams continued their journey with elective labs, mentorship, and continued support from CARE and partners.
The Scale X Design Accelerator has changed how CARE identifies, supports, and scales innovative programming. Through three cohorts, 43 teams, and over 220 participants from 27 countries, SXD has accelerated the development of innovative programming within CARE. Our projects have proved to be wildly successful, with 96% of innovations continuing to scale post-accelerator.
CARE Atlanta Global Innovation Hub
The CARE Global Atlanta Innovation Hub serves as space to provide programs and support systems for Atlanta leaders to come together with global practitioners to solve the world’s most pressing problems.
CARE is proud to call Atlanta home since 1993. The CARE Global Innovation Hub convenes people and organizations dedicated to defeating poverty by achieving social justice and equity everywhere. We are a community of social entrepreneurs, activists, artists, thinkers and movement builders. The Innovation Hub delivers programs and support systems for leaders to convene with other practitioners in an effort to solve the world’s most pressing problems.
The CARE Atlanta Global Innovation Hub officially opened its doors to the public in September of 2019. We have an exciting collection of Atlanta based organizations that co-work out of the Innovation Hub, including aKAZ!, Black Feminist Future, Candid, Earth University, Girls Going Global, and Cafe Casa. These organizations represent a wide range of topics and impact areas, yet each has a unique alignment with CARE’s overall mission.
Since our launch, we’ve filled 100% of our private offices, recruited six Innovation Hub Members, hosted our first of four Experiences, officially launched our domestic group savings pilot, and have successfully hosted a wide variety of external events in our event space. CARE’s presence in Atlanta is flourishing through the Innovation Hub.