The CICF Story
Since its inception, the CICF has launched two rounds of innovation and scaling competitions through which 13 successful applicants were selected to implement their proposed innovations and scale-up projects. To learn more about the CICF’s current portfolio click here.
The fund has recently closed the third call for applications. To learn more about the third round click here.
The County Innovation Challenge Fund (CICF) is a £16 million fund created in 2015. It operates as one part under the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) “Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Death in Kenya (2013-2018)” programme; a five-year programme implemented by UNICEF, Marie Stopes International / Options Consultancy Services Limited (Options), the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), and other partners. The CICF supports the Government of Kenya’s (GOK) efforts to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality. The investment facilitates the design and delivery of innovative interventions, products, processes, services, technologies or ideas that will reduce maternal and newborn mortality.
The CICF operates funding windows for projects that are new (through the Innovation Competition) or that that can be scaled-up (through the Scaling Competition) and considers applications from legally registered entities including international, national or community based non-governmental organisations, faith-based organisations, civil society organisations, academic and research institutions, innovation hubs, social enterprises or private sector organisations.
The Fund is implemented across six counties with different socio-demographic contexts: peri-urban informal settlements in Nairobi; nomadic pastoralist communities in Garissa and Turkana; and largely rural agrarian populations in Kakamega, Bungoma and Homa Bay. Its target beneficiaries are: newborns, women of reproductive age (particularly poor rural women and adolescent girls/youth, county and sub-county health management teams and health facilities and community units.
Fund Management Partners
CICF is managed by a team under the MANI project funded by the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID). The MANI Project is led by Options Consultancy Services Limited. KPMG International Development Advisory Services is the CICF Fund Manager. For more information click here