Belize launches new social innovation challenge

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it is conducting a new social innovation challenge in Belize known as ‘Change Dah Story’.

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The bank said that the project is being undertaken in collaboration with its partners in the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility (CCPF), the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Canadian government.

“Change Dah Story,” which is also supported by the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and the Department of Youth Services, was launched Thursday (Oct 10) and seeks to support the development of innovative technology solutions to solve pressing social and environmental problems impacting vulnerable youth in Belize, including crime and violence.

The IDB said that the launch marked the start of a call for proposals that is open to individuals and organizations including students, professionals, entrepreneurs, private-sector companies, academia, non-government organisations (NGO), community groups and the wider Belizean populace, including citizens living abroad and foreigners with legal residence in Belize.

It said using innovation and social entrepreneurship as transformative tools, the challenge will engage these potential solvers to harness their collective knowledge, experience and creativity to generate innovative business ideas and new business models.