Social Innovation Challenge: Zero Hunger and Social Justice 2019

The Social Innovation Challenge is a collective effort of Civil Society Academy, Welthungerhilfe and Impact Hub. Through the Challenge, they aim at developing ground-breaking innovations to tackle hunger and social injustice over the next 18 months. The process includes application of innovators on two specific challenges, a design thinking process, development of prototypes as well as piloting of the most promising solutions.

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Undernutrition contributes to the death of 3 million children under the age of 5 years every year. 800 million people in the world still do not have enough food to lead a healthy and active life. They believe that innovation is the key to unlock new promising ideas to combat hunger and social injustice. Let 2019 be the change you want to see.

Zero Hunger can be achieved by 2030 if:

  • Governments and the international community do significantly more to guarantee rights and essential public services for everyone. This includes specifically gender, land and labour rights as well as public services related to health, nutrition, and basic benefits for the most vulnerable groups.
  • Together innovate, transfer and scale solutions that help guaranteeing such rights and improve the access, quality and accountability of public services.


  • Challenge 1: How might we support rural women and their families to access public services that truly help them escape hunger and injustice?

Solutions that…

  1. Support vulnerable women improving their awareness, access and quality of services and help ensuring their rights at the local level
  2. Improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of state services
  3. Provide radical alternatives to current models of service delivery
  • Challenge 2: How might we support social activists and concerned citizens to become more powerful in combating hunger and injustice?

Solutions that…

  1. Magnify the voice of concerned citizens, social activists and their constituency to influence state policies at all levels
  2. Provide radical and effective alternatives to existing advocacy or campaign methods
  3. Support the international community in developing and enforcing global standards related to hunger and injustice




  • Selected innovators from diverse backgrounds will participate in a 4-day design workshop
  • The best 8 concepts and innovators will be awarded with up to 3,000 EURO and a holistic support system to further develop the prototype
  • A 3 month Prototyping: develop prototype, design and branding, first field tests, acquire support, customer need & emotional resonance, piloting plan
  • 4 innovation concepts will be further selected for a one-year stipends of up to 40,000 EURO and further support


They are looking for people with great ideas relevant to the challenges, or are in an early stage of developing solutions. Moreover:

  • Creative people that have a passion for Zero Hunger and Social Justice
  • Doers, that can take ideas forward
  • A diverse set of people with different skills and from different backgrounds – from smaller and larger Civil Society organisations, from Businesses and State actors
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • Step 1: Pick a challenge
  • Step 2: Apply online
  • Step 3: Upload a video or mood board that illustrates your passion & creative skills

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Application Deadline: January 25, 2019

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