Challenges

The Fletcher D-Prize is structured around several key poverty challenges with proven solutions. Applicants can select from one of the pre-established challenges described below or create their own.


Education

Flipped Classroom Challenge

By 2030 Africa will need to fill an impossible 4.1 million teaching positions. “Flipped classrooms” and deskilled curriculum can be run by a facilitator, and reduce the need for expert teachers. Can you implement an effective curriculum to teach students in a resource-limited classroom?

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Testing Challenge

In sub-Saharan Africa, 40% of children remain illiterate even after five years of school. Testing and public scorecards increase accountability in poor education systems. Can you launch an organization that tests student and school performance, and makes the information publicly available?

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Agriculture

Quality Seed Challenge

Farmers who plant poor quality seeds suffer from low crop yields. High quality seeds that have been naturally bred to mature quicker, resist drought, and fight disease can double yields. Can you distribute improved seeds to farmers within sub-Saharan Africa?

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Fertilizer Challenge

The world has invented a number of effective planting techniques proven to increase crop yield. For instance, microdosing fertilizer is a cost-effective method for applying fertilizer and ensuring higher crop yield. Can you teach smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa effective planting techniques?

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Improved Farm Practices Challenge

The world has invented a number of effective planting techniques proven to increase crop yield. For instance, microdosing fertilizer is a cost-effective method for applying fertilizer and ensuring higher crop yield. Can you teach smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa effective planting techniques?

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Energy

Solar Lamp Challenge

600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa use kerosene lanterns to light their homes. Solar lamps are cheaper, cleaner, create cost savings, and increase household incomes by 30%. Can you sell solar lights to rural or slum-dwelling households in need?

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Cook Stove Challenge

3 billion people cook on traditional stoves, which cause chronic smoke exposure and are the cause of 4% percent of the global disease burden. A $13 modern stove provides cost savings and health benefits. Can you sell cook stoves and maintain long-term adoption rates?

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Girl’s Education

Sugar Daddy Awareness Challenge

14 million unintended teen pregnancies occur annually in sub-Saharan Africa, and girls are 5x more likely to be infected with HIV. A one-hour “sugar daddy awareness” class reduces these risks 28%. Can you teach “sugar daddy awareness” classes to girls in need?

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Scholarship Challenge

Fewer than 50% of girls in developing countries will finish high school because they cannot afford fees. A $250 scholarship can quickly change a young girl’s life. Can you create a fundraising website and raise money from developed-world donors?

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Global Health

Vaccine Challenge

For $20, a child can be vaccinated against a range of infectious disease for life. Yet millions of vaccines are wasted. Can you create a simple management system that tracks vaccine supplies?

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Corrective Surgery Challenge

Obstetric fistula, cervical cancer, club foot, and cataracts all have effective treatments. Yet identifying patients among large populations is difficult. Can you create a way to identify patients and connect them to early treatment solutions?

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Maternal Health Challenge

Misoprostol is a $3 drug that could prevent 100,000 maternal deaths from postpartum hemorrhaging. Can you develop an organization to train birth attendants to administer misoprostol?

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Governance & Infrastructure

Transparency Challenge

Public services in developing countries are rife with corruption. Public reporting and scorecards creates real accountability. Can you improve transparency and report data on the public service performance?

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Road Monitoring Challenge

World Bank infrastructure projects see a high social ROI, yet only 19% of roads in sub-Saharan Africa are paved. New road projects often cuts corners and may not even be finished. Can you create a simple road-construction mapping and monitoring system?

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*Note: You may also propose your own challenge. The only requirement is to choose an already proven poverty solution that is in need of distribution to more people in the developing world. Creating your own challenge can prove extremely difficult, and most teams have had greater success sticking within the preexisting challenges in the past. However, if you know of another proven intervention in need of greater distribution, we’d like to hear it!

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