Understanding that planning for an emergency or a disaster naturally lends itself to creativity and innovation, the Development Program and Innovation – Research and Innovation subunit supports collaboration within the research and innovation community to encourages better access and support for innovation and technology as well as increased investment in DRR-CCA to develop new innovations that are both cost-effective and beneficial when applied in all disaster management phases: response, recovery, mitigation, and preparedness. It builds on and integrates research knowledge on PDRF’s best practices to collaborate and develop projects and programs on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
Philippine Water Challenge
The Philippine Water Challenge (PhlWC) is designed as a platform to generate promising innovations, support improvements and promote the scale-up of application of such innovations in the water supply and sanitation sector (WSS). The PhlWC is organized by USAID Safe Water in collaboration with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, Manila Water Company, Inc., and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. These partners are committed to providing improved access to WSS services to communities and building resilience to ensure a water-secure future. It is an annual competition that aims to:
- Identify innovative solutions that may include technologies, processes, and systems that will benefit both water service providers and users;
- Identify community demonstration projects that can contribute to improved access to water and sanitation among water-stressed communities; and
- Promote cross-sectoral collaboration to address water and sanitation-related challenges in these communities.
For more information, visit the PhlWC portal HERE.