Amplify is an ongoing OpenIDEO program that focuses on improving the lives of the billion people living in extreme poverty around the world.

Current Amplify Challenge

Youth Empowerment

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How Does It Work?

Submit your idea

Give us a simple version of your idea


We'll give you tools to test your idea

Win funding

The Amplify team will select winners

Implement idea

Winners get funding and 18 months of support

Am I Eligible?

Winners will have experience in our focus countries AND an idea that is a new approach to our challenge question.

Get more detailed information about our challenges and criteria by downloading the list below.

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What Will I Win?

At the end of each challenge five winners will receive:

18 months of technical support from

A share of $500,000

Meet Past Winners

Read the stories of past challenge winners, see some of the materials they submitted, and find out what they are doing with Amplify.

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What Experience Do I Need?

At least one year working in your sector

At least one year of experience working in one of our 27 priority countries (see below)

Challenges must take place in one of the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Burma
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Pakistan
  • Rwanda
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Current Challenge

Youth Empowerment

How might we expand economic opportunities for youth in East Africa?

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