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Investing in innovation at Plan International
Investing in innovation at Plan International

Innovation

To achieve our goal of transforming the lives of 100 million girls we are embracing experimentation and risk to develop innovative and bold new approaches, products and services.  

Innovation at Plan International is driven by girls’ needs. We aim to create impact for girls at scale through gaining a deep understanding of girls’ needs and the issues that matter to them. Our projects are co-designed together with the people closest to the problem so that they can influence their own futures. 

Our innovation strategy is driven by the girls it serves, supported by our internal capacity and fuelled by our partners. We challenge assumptions and pivot based on learnings, rather than conducting business-as-usual. 

HOW DO WE DO INNOVATION AT PLAN INTERNATIONAL? 

We have made recent investments in our internal innovation capacity, including:

  • a dedicated innovation team providing expertise, support and coaching on innovation and human-centred design methods
  • an innovation fund that allows us to test new ideas and experiment, where there is potential for significant impact and scale
  • a network of innovation champions around the world

PROGRESS TO DATE

We have a portfolio of 26 innovation projects focusing on areas such as programming, influencing, fundraising and operations. Since launching the innovation fund in January 2018, we have received over 100 applications from colleagues around the world and there is a growing ‘innovation network’ of over 1,600 colleagues globally 

TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF OUR CURRENT PROJECTS:

Girls Out Loud

A digital space where girls can learn about their rights and lead the discussion on gender issues.

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Noelia selling goods at the Plan Store, an innovation project in El Salvador

Plan Store

Young entrepreneurs in El Salvador generate income through developing and selling their products in a commercial venue.

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OpenCRVS

A new, open-source software designed to increase birth registration rates.

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Working with partners

At Plan International, we recognise we can’t do innovation alone and need to partner for impact. We work with external partners to help us deliver and scale innovation.

If you are interested in partnering with us on our innovation projects, please contact: innovation@plan-international.org