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Dear Friends of HESN,
We are thrilled to announce the winners of this year's HESN Photo Contest! See below for our top three winners! If you haven't already, check out all of this year's submissions here. If you have an opportunity or story that you'd like featured in the next newsletter, please let us know by emailing Danielle Somers ( .

The HESN Team
First Place
Pedal Powered Water Pump  photographed by  Bob Biryabarema

Agriculture is one of the leading sources of income in Uganda. Bob Biryabarema, a Makerere University graduate and Resilient Africa Network (RAN) innovator, and his colleagues from Makerere and Gulu University designed the Pedal Water Pump. This pump helps farmers access water for irrigation and provides clean drinking water, thus reducing energy costs. RAN's Human Centered Design  approach helped the team develop and design the Pedal Water Pump.
Second Place
Life by the water photographed by  Luis Milian

Taken during the International Development Design Summit - Hogares Sostenibles . In the picture, Cristina gets Lucas to understand and experience how the water connects us with the lake, with nature, with everyone. Organized by MIT's International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), International Development Design Summits are intense, hands-on, community-based design trainings that bring together a diverse group of people to teach them the co-creative design process and how to prototype low-cost technological solutions to improve livelihoods of people living in poverty.

ConDev Foundation's Regional Lead for Latin America Johanna Roman traveled to Guatemala to conduct "Learn, Grow, Eat & Go!" programs and meet with USAID. The "Learn, Grow, Eat & Go!" (LGEG) program in Guatemala works to promote food security and reduce bullying in rural schools. Partnering with AgriLife Extension's Junior Master Gardener program and the A&M Garden Club, the Conflict and Development Foundation (CDF) encourages teamwork and inclusion through gardening and physical activities.

Funding Opportunities

The GIST Tech-I Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide. Aspiring innovators submit their ideas and startups online which are then reviewed by experts and voted on by the global voting public in order to determine the finalists. The deadline for applications is December 28, 2017.

The U.S. Global Development Lab Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program has announced its 2017 funding opportunities for local scientists. Research proposals should address topics relevant to development and demonstrate collaboration with a USG-funded partner. Apply here by January 12, 2018.

Do you have an idea to improve responsible manufacturing and reduce e-waste? Have you started iterating on a blockchain solution? Are you ready to quit your day job to work on Internet of Things privacy and security full-time? Then apply now for a coveted Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship, which funds people who re-imagine the world with the values of Free and Open Source Software in education, philanthropy, hardware, and social development. Apply by April 1, 2018.

The Innovation Exchange is a marketplace that connects funders, innovators, users and solution seekers and gives them the tools to maximize their ability to meet the largest, most pressing development challenges. Use the Exchange to find, share and help breakthrough innovations; search for funding; connect with other resources to test and scale innovations; and stay on top of the latest trends in development innovation. Create a profile to see how the Exchange can help you get started.

The Global Innovation Fund (GIF) invests in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world. Through grants and risk capital, it supports breakthrough solutions with strong potential for social impact at a large scale. Financial support ranges from $50,000 to $15 million. GIF is open and accepting applications on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply here.
Boston, MA
April 5-7, 2018
The Exchange, cohosted by Babson College, is one of the largest international gatherings for college and university professionals to learn and share leading practices for embedding social innovation in higher education. Registration is now open for the 2018 Ashoka U Exchange!
Other Info

A new report by AidData, Realizing Agenda 2030: Will donor dollars and country priorities align with global goals?, assesses how global goals crowd in international financing and inform domestic priorities in low- and middle-income countries.

If you are an entrepreneur raising capital to support your venture, CASE Smart Impact Capital is a new professional, crowdsourced toolkit that empowers you to raise capital that aligns with your needs, using the best tips and resources available, in short videos, downloadable resources, and reusable tools. Smart Impact Capital is produced by the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, with funding from USAID and Duke.
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