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We believe that innovation – finding new ways to solve problems –
holds the key to progress and success in our world.

Innovation can help deliver development solutions that are cheaper, faster and more effective. By thinking differently about risk, we can make investments with greater reward and greater impact.

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The Blue Economy Aquaculture Challenge has now closed!

Aquaculture has great potential to contribute to food security, nutrition, livelihoods and economic growth. But if the industry’s growth is at the expense of ocean health and conservation, then developing countries will not harvest long term social and economic benefits.

This AU$3 million challenge called for innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, NGOs and academics to rethink advances in aquaculture to provide solutions that ensure both sustainable development and environmental sustainability.

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The DFAT Technology Against Poverty Prize is a $500,000 grant provided by innovationXchange as part of the 2016 Google Impact Challenge.

Our Innovation for the Blue Economy Workshop Summary Report is now available!

Current Projects

The DFAT Technology Against Poverty Prize is a $500,000 grant provided by innovationXchange as part of the 2016 Google Impact Challenge.

Australia's $3 million Blue Economy Aquaculture Challenge has now closed after running from February 29 t

One of the biggest contributors to preventable deaths isn't a health problem but a record-keeping problem - and it is one that can be solved. 

On 15 June 2015, more than 500 staff from across the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the broader public service celebrated the finale of D


“The international environment is changing rapidly, and we need to be able to adapt and innovate to ensure our programmes continue to reach those in most need. Australia’s new InnovationxChange will be an important vehicle in driving new approaches, new products and services and new international partnerships. Innovation is a central part of the UK’s development platform, and we look forward to continuing our close work with Australia on this important agenda.”

Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development, UK

“The development challenges faced by the nations of Asia and the Pacific will not be solved by yesterday’s approaches and policies. Disruptive thinking, innovation, and risk-taking are all essential. The iXc will help drive a truly 21st century approach to aid. Australia is to be congratulated.”

Professor Sir Richard Feachem, Director, Global Health Group, University of California, San Francisco. Formerly, Founding Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and Under Secretary General of the United Nations.

"The innovationXchange demonstrates Australia's commitment to leveraging modern tools and approaches to make progress towards tackling the world's greatest challenges faster, better, cheaper, and more sustainably. We look forward to working together to increase our collective impact through science, technology, innovation and partnerships."

Ms Ann-Mei Chang, Executive Director of USAID's U.S. Global Development Lab

Welcome to our new space

InnovationXchange’s physical space has been designed to facilitate and encourage a more collaborative approach to our work. DFAT staff and external collaborators will have access to our collaboration platform and our open working environment.

About Our Space