Testing innovative solutions

to advance gender equality and
empower women and girls.

Intake 5 is now closed. FIT would like to thank everyone who submitted a Concept Note. Only selected candidates will be invited to submit a full proposal at a later date.

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What is FIT

About Us

The Fund for Innovation and Transformation (FIT) is designed to support Canadian small and medium-sized organizations (SMOs) testing innovative solutions that advance gender equality in the Global South. FIT’s goal is to cultivate a working environment in which SMOs are empowered to experiment, fail, adapt and try again.

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Who We Fund

Eligibility Criteria

FIT encourages applications from Canadian small and medium-sized organizations (SMOs) who want to test innovative solutions to development challenges in the Global South.

Interested applicants should familiarize themselves with the eligibility criteria and submission requirements before applying.

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How We Work

Application Process

The FIT application process is organized into three steps: Eligibility, Concept Note and Proposal. At each step, applicants will be notified of their eligibility to continue to the next part of the process.

There will be five intakes in total and we intend to hold two Concept Note intakes per year. Dates will be announced as they are decided.

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Testing Innovation

FIT aims to support testing of a range of creative solutions
to development challenges, and provide organizations with
the opportunity to learn and grow as innovators.
Innovative solutions must create inclusive opportunities for
local communities from project conception to execution.
Testing innovation enables organizations to experiment,
learn best practices and assess an idea’s potential to scale.

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Blended Learning Solution to Advance Gender Equality in Education in Uganda

This project tests an innovative cost-effective, decentralized, blended e-learning solution designed for the context of…

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Increasing Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights through Media Development

JHR is proposing an innovation that will leverage a theme-driven approach to train, network and coordinate…

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Skills Training + Tools + Water = Food Security for Impoverished Women

This innovation will deliver a Food Security Training Course that provides a Survival Garden Kit…

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Women for Innovation and Transformation

This innovation will test the integration of women in the traditionally male-dominated field of transport by introducing the…

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Entrepreneurship+ Digital Livelihoods+ Creative Arts: Socio-economic Empowerment of Women Refugees in Kenya (EDC-Kenya)

This innovation tests a solution to enhance women's socio-economic empowerment and increase livelihood opportunities for refugees in Nairobi,…

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Empowering Women in Rural India By Debunking Feminine Eye Health Myths

In collaboration with Operation Eyesight India and the Rotary Eye & ENT Hospital (REEH), this innovative…

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Safer Farming for Nepali Women

This innovative solution will empower women smallholders in Kaski, Nepal with increased choice about how…

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Engaging Culture and Community – Addressing and Changing Harmful Gender Norms and Attitudes

This testing is implementing a community-designed program that redefines masculinity and associated norms in a positive,…

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Radical innovation of the agroforestry systems business model (conservation context)

This innovative solution involves the adaptation of agroforestry business models for impoverished rural populations in Cameroon.…

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Edible Insect Farming for Improved Nutrition and Income in South Sudan

This innovation solution involves enhancing food security and livelihoods through female-led farming (i.e. rearing in a confined…

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Human rights and Indigenous Women Empowerment through Audiovisual Activities in Brazil

The Wapikoni Mobile Corporation is testing the expansion and adaptation of the “Learn by Creating”…

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Improving maternal, newborn and child health outcomes by using innovative and community-centric approaches

OGOW Health is testing a technological solution designed to improve access to high-quality, affordable care…

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Byuka Bakobwa (Wake Up Girls!)

L’AMIE is testing an innovative solution which aims to foster more equitable access for young…

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Holistic Gender-Based Violence Prevention & Response

Canadian Humanitarian, and its local Guatemalan partner, Asociación SERniña/REALgirl, are  testing the impact and effectiveness of a holistic, family-centered,…

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Mobile technology: Mentoring and professional learning communities for women teachers in The Gambia

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation will work in partnership with The Gambia Teachers’ Union to test a technological solution…

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Building Bridges for Prevention: Women and Security Actors Prevent Child Recruitment and Use in South Sudan

The Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security from Dalhousie University will be testing a…

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Improving WASH for health care facilities and women’s health: Testing the STREAMS approach in Malawi

Royal Roads University and its partner Transform International (Canada) will test an innovative solution to improving water,…

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Equal Access to Justice for Women in Honduras

Sombrilla International Development Society is testing the concept of a “mobile legal clinic” offering legal…

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‘Leaving No One Behind’: Empowering Persons with Albinism, particularly Women and Adolescent Girls in Rural Regions of Sierra Leone

The University of the Fraser Valley &​ Albinism Royal Foundation will work on a project…

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Empowering rural women in Burkina Faso

World Neighbours Canada Society will be testing an approach to facilitating an animal-fattening enterprise which…

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Adolescent Girl Empowerment through Capacity Building and Water Innovation in Northern Mozambique

Waterlution and local partner Girl Move Academy will be testing to see how capacity building…

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Creating Safe Spaces for Learning: My Body, My Health, and My Future (M3 virtual platform)

The Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST)  and Pure Water for the World…

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Improving resilience to increase nutritional outcomes for women and children in Benin

Lucky Iron Fish Enterprise will be testing new digital tools and other innovations like ‘talking…

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Promoting Community-Based Tabletop Simulation Development

Lessons Learned Simulations and Training will be testing workshops which train local humanitarian workers in…

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Women’s Empowerment, Agricultural Innovation, and Climate Change Adaptation

Lestari Sustainable Development Consultants will test the women-focused dissemination of newly developed drought-tolerant coffee varieties…

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Eradicating Child Marriage in Sierra Leone

CAUSE Canada will test an innovative approach to eradicate child marriage by educating men seeking…

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Women’s Empowerment via Menstrual Hygiene and Livelihood Integration

Women’s Global Health Innovations, in partnership with Village Health Teams (VHTs) will test an innovative…

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Meshkat Community: Shining a Light on Gender Equality in Jordan

PeaceGeeks is testing a new method of peacebuilding in Jordan that centres around womenand girls,…

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Writing a Path out of Poverty: Testing a Cash Calculator with Extremely Poor Women in Northern Kenya

My Oral Village will conduct a field-test in Kenya of '4-Share,’ a cash calculator for…

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Learning Community and Incubator for Gender Equality Projects in Nicaragua

Mer et Monde will test the development of a local learning community and an incubator…

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It Takes a Village to Heal

Make Music Matter, in partnership with the Panzi Hospital and Foundation will be testing the…

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Farmer-led Tools, Dashboard Development, and the Future of Farming

Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University will test tools with women farmers to…

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Remote Ultrasound capacity building for Antenatal Access

In partnership with the University of Saskatchewan, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) will…

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Preventing Cervial Cancer in India through Self-sampling (PCCIS)

Ryerson will test the introduction of a self-sampling method, supported by a sexual health literacy…

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Increasing poultry production in Zambia

OVO will test the distribution of solar chicken egg incubators with related training as a…

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Kieni Fighters Resource Centre for Women and Girls

KIDS Initiative will test a new holistic prevention program, the Kieni Fighter Resource Centre for…

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Inclusive E-Learning for Ugandan Youth

Embrace International Foundation will test a new approach to self-directed e-learning through the use of…

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Midwifery Active Digitization Empowerment Initiative for Tanzania

CNIS will test the use of digital augmentation to improve and expand the delivery of…

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Girls Groundswell

Canada SOS will test an innovative approach to improving educational performance and retention among rural…

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A platform against violence on women journalists in Sudan

Alternatives will develop and test a new digital database, Harassmap, as a way to improve…

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Technology and Training for Quality and Equality

Change for Children Association PROJECT: Technology and Training for Quality and EqualityREGION: Latin AmericaTHEME: Education [addtoany] Impact Facts…

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News & Events

Job Opening: Program Officer, Capacity Development/Mentoring

The Program Officer, Capacity Development/Mentoring will be responsible for managing projects by Canadian small and medium organizations (SMOs), focusing specifically on developing and compiling capacity development resources, assisting with finding appropriate mentors, and facilitating a community of practice for funded …

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Job Opening: FIT Program Assistant

The Program Assistant will be responsible for assisting FIT team members and providing administrative, analysis and communications support for the FIT program. Deadline: Dec. 28, 2021 (or until filled)

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