Case Study
Global Resilience Challenge Competition




Project Overview

Global Partners and Sponsors

The Global Resilience Partnership which includes the Rockefeller Foundation (RF), USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). 

Example of one of the winner’s implementing team: 

Lead Organization: University of Sydney. 

Local Partners: KPC Consultant CO, Philippine Accessible Deaf Services (PADS), Inclusive Development and Empowerment Agendia (IDEA), Cambodia Disabled People’s Organization (CDPO). 

International Partners: Cambodian Disabled People’s Organization (CDPO), Stockholm Environment Institute Asia Centre, Monash University.  

*Regional and local partnerships vary according to location of selected projects.  

Additional Resources 



The Global Resilience Challenge is a platform within the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), launched in 2014, which aims to bring together people and organizations from across sectors to collaborate on resilience focused solutions across the Sahel, Horn of Africa and South/Southeast Asia that are locally driven, of high impact and scalable. It is a three-staged design competition looking for holistic and comprehensive development solutions that incorporate resilience principles all while supporting communities in these regions. To this end, the GRP encourages a participatory and iterative design process in collaboration with local stakeholders, innovators, and other solvers in the region to complement global expertise. Before submitting their final proposal, teams may choose to adjust or expand their composition as needed to enhance their ability to improve expected outcomes, if an area of expertise is necessary to develop a technical solution, to implement the idea, or support any other aspect of the Challenge. 


Methods in Action





Open call for concept notes that offer solutions to address real issues affecting the community (ie. floods) with a focus on one or more of the programmatic features of the Resilience Partnership (ie. technology, innovative financing, policy and influence). 

Concept Note Submission

Interdisciplinary teams will self-organize and apply to the challenge with their qualifications and a Concept Note. 

Evaluation and Announcement

A selection committee composed of international and regional resilience experts will choose a select number of Finalist Teams (up to 20) that will advance to Stage Two, were they become eligible to receive a grant up to $200,000.


Full Proposal Submission

Those selected to move forward from Stage One first participate in a workshop where resilience experts advise how to shape their project in order to imbue it with a resilience lens. Upon the completion of the workshop the teams receive the $200,000 research grant. The teams then have six months to refine their concept and test their model. At the end of that period, they are required to submit a detailed proposal and refined budget. 

Proposal Refinement and Contracting

Proposals are evaluated in two pools. The proposals that are selected to move forward from the research phase will receive a grant up to $1,000,000 where they will complete the implementation plan in a period of up to 18 months in order to scale their solution at a regional level.  The implementation plans are to be evaluated by the Selection Committee and technical assistance will be provided to the Resilience Teams to refine and enhance the potential success of their plans. 

 In addition to those finalists that make it through to Stage Three, there is a wild card selection process including up to three teams that did not go through the research phase. This was an effort intended to address the lack of encourage additional private sector participation.


Implementation and Monitoring

A final impact assessment plan is required from the Resilience Teams. A process of monitoring and evaluation of the solutions will be agreed upon as part of Stage Two. The Selection Committee is capable to provide additional funding but this will be based upon the evidence of impact of the project and the potential of scalability.  


The announcement ceremony of the eight winners was held during the UN sustainable development summit in New York in 2015. The winners were selected from 500 applications across six continents and will receive up to $1 million dollars.