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Congratulations to the 2013 Centennial Innovation Challenge Winners! Your ideas have the potential to transform livelihoods in the informal economy.

Power to the Pickers: Technology for India’s Informal Workers

Biplab Paul, Never Let Your Waste Go To Waste
Ahmedabad City, Gujarat State, India

Unlike many other models that target waste collectors in the informal economy, this model leverages an ICT application, which ensures workers receive fair market prices for their work, while also creating platforms for advocacy to improve working conditions for what has traditionally been an unsafe and hazardous job.

A New Social Network: Connecting STEM Professionals with E-Waste Workers

DK Osseo-Asare, Dr. Yasmine Abbas and Dr. Kwadwo Osseo-Asare, Agbogbloshie Makerpace Platform (AMP)
Agbogbloshie, Ghana

Makerspace has the potential of disrupting the current model of low-value, high-risk (in other words, dangerous work for little pay) standards for e-waste practices, while also creating social resilience by creating interclass connections and tapping the expertise and networks of local STEM professionals.

Empowering A New Generation of Street Vendors through Disaster Risk Management

Laura Alfers, WIEGO
Durban, South Africa

It is a replicable process that takes a participatory approach to risk protection that could catalyze a shift in how workspace regulation is approached in informal communities worldwide.

Linking-in: Building Trust in Hiring Through Greater Transparency

Christine Blauvelt, Duma Inc.
Nairobi, Kenya

DUMA is a social job matching service for emerging markets. Igniting existing dynamics, DUMA brings transparency to the otherwise murky process of both finding jobs and finding reliable employees in the informal sector by transforming the word-of-mouth hiring system into a network-based platform.

A Better Health Plan for Pakistan’s Informal Economy

Asher Hasan, Naya Jeevan
Karachi, Pakistan

Naya Jeevan has the potential to provide large numbers of people worldwide with an affordable, accessible option to health care. For less than $2 per month/per person, any individual or organization can enroll, and by investing in insurance for informal workers, a business’s participation not only supports the worker, it boosts the entire health service system.

The Mobile CV: Overcoming Literacy Barriers to Employment through Using Mobile Interactive Voice Response Technology

Jacob Korenblum, JobMatch
Middle East and Africa

JobMatch creates greater access to labor markets, transforming opaque systems that exclude the average worker in the informal economy to transparent systems that improve the livelihoods the most vulnerable workers. The cutting edge Interactive Voice Response (IVR) service can generate even broader usage, thus increasing access to relevant jobs for illiterate populations.

Micro-insurance for the Informal Worker

Ahmed Karim Cisse, Connexion Sans Frontiers
West Africa

Connexion Sans Frontiers, in partnership with telecom providers, offers a low-cost SMS solution for micro-insurance. The ability to accept payments via SMS technologies, an inexpensive, accessible medium, could greatly expand informal workers’ access to insurance options.

Healthy Foods and New Jobs for East Africa’s Slums

Rachael Miller, MamaCarts
East Africa

MamaCarts introduces a new value chain for food vendors with triple benefits: more stable jobs, better sanitation practices, and higher nutritional value at market costs.

Transactions without Transport: Social Lending to Empower Smallholder Farmers

Steve Wardle, Grameen Foundation
Eastern Kenya

Integrated mobile solution which enables smallholder farmers to overcome traditional market barriers linked to the warehouse receipt system.

Uma Mensagem Para a Liberdade: Safe Passage to Freedom

Rodrigo Brito, Alianca Empreededora
Brazil, with potential for Latin America and Worldwide

It makes "urban slavery" a noticed situation within a number of industries and economic activities. The platform utilizes mobile and online technologies to process, geolocate and integrate anonymous complaints concerning slave labor in urban areas and mobilizes and engages key actors around the need to create dramatically improved working conditions for this population.

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