Call for Interest To Participate in the “Social Innovation In Health Initiative”Workshop ‐ 27‐28 May 2020

Exploring Partnerships with Philanthropies to Create an Enabling Environment for Social Innovation in Health

Social Innovation in Health Initiative


Call for Interest To Participate


To The “Social Innovation in Health Initiative” Partner Workshop ‐ 27‐28 May 2020


Deadline for submission: 17 February 2020


Interested in learning more about community‐driven health innovation from the Global South and exploring the role that philanthropies can play in catalyzing these?


TDR, the UN‐based Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases in collaboration with the Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) partners invite philanthropies to join a one‐day workshop.


About SIHI

SIHI, the Social Innovation in Health Initiative, is a network of passionate individuals and institutions sharing a common goal to advance social innovation in health through research and to transform health care delivery. Since 2014, SIHI has identified and studied more than 40 community‐based social innovations across 17 countries that are improving access, so that no‐one is left behind. SIHI country research hubs in China, Colombia, Malawi, Philippines, South Africa and Uganda have been playing a leadership role in advancing social innovation in health through research, advocacy and capacity strengthening. Research institutions are well positioned to provide a unique platform to convene social innovators, government, community and private sector representatives, researchers, and other stakeholders to work together, provide evidence of what works and what does not, and nurture social innovations. The SIHI country research hubs work with governments and other stakeholders to create an enabling environment for social innovation to thrive. A brief video explaining social innovation in health is available here.



With this call, TDR and SIHI partners reach out to philanthropy entities to join SIHI efforts in creating an enabling environment in which research and evidence catalyse a sustainable social impact .


SIHI partner workshop

This dynamic and interactive meeting will provide a unique opportunity to:


  • Better understand the value of social innovations in health and the need for research to sustain these and scale up their impact.


  • Discuss the role of philanthropies in creating an enabling environment for social innovations to thrive in the Global South


  • Explore innovative partnerships between global health actors, SIHI country hubs and other research institutions, governments, foundations, the private sector, and other social innovation stakeholders


Fifty participants are expected to attend and will represent the SIHI research country hubs in China, Colombia, Malawi, Philippines, South Africa and Uganda, their regional partners, local innovators, governments and global health organizations and SIHI partners such as Ahimsa Fund, the Mérieux Foundation, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, TDR, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, UNAIDS, and the World Health Organization.


The workshop will occur on 27‐28 May 2020 at Les Pensières Center for Global Health in Annecy, France and will be co‐organized by TDR and SIHI partners. Participants will have an opportunity to showcase their work and social impact. Please see the workshop flyer below.


How to apply


Short applications, using the form attached, should be sent to Joseph Tucker and Noel Juban by the 24 February 2020. Applicants will be notified in March 2020.


Note that selected organizations are expected to support their travel and 270 euros for the costs of accommodation and meals.


Due to space limitation, not all applications will be accepted for this occasion. However, collaboration can be further explored with all applicants.


As per WHO rules and standard procedures, over the four last years organization entity must not have been engaged or had any association or relationship with the tobacco and arms industry.


For more information on SIHI please visit: &‐innovation/en/








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