The CICF story

Since 2015, the CICF has invested in innovative ideas to improve maternal and newborn survival in Kenya. The fund seeks to unlock bottlenecks, catalyze change, and accelerate Kenya’s progress towards better health outcomes for poor women and their families.

The CICF has run three rounds of funding competitions to attract the most promising new approaches, as well as ideas of how to take proven innovations to scale.  Each competition seeks local solutions to local problems, and measures applications on their potential for impact, their focus on addressing a specific problem, and other criteria. The competitions have generated enormous interest, resulting in 19 select grants. You can read about each of the projects here.

Each CICF project sets out to answer a specific evidence question, and exciting new learning is constantly emerging. 

The CICF operates as one part of the Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Death in Kenya (2013 – 2018) programme by UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The CICF supports the Government of Kenya’s efforts to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by facilitating the design and delivery of innovative interventions, products, processes, services, technologies and ideas.

The CICF is implemented across six counties with different socio-demographic contexts: peri-urban informal settlements in Nairobi; nomadic pastoralist communities in Garissa and Turkana; and rural agrarian populations in Kakamega, Bungoma and Homa Bay. The target beneficiaries of the CICF in these communities are newborns, women of reproductive age (particularly poor rural women and adolescent girls), community units, health facilities, and county and sub-county health management teams.

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.