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Gujarat’s Biplab Paul Wins Rockefeller Centennial Innovation Challenge 2013

Gujarat’s Biplab Paul Wins Rockefeller Centennial Innovation Challenge 2013

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Biplab Paul, from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, is one of the 10 winners of the Rockefeller Foundation Centennial Innovation Challenge 2013.

Centennial Innovation Challenge was launched in search of solutions that improve livelihoods for poor or vulnerable workers in the world’s informal economies. 
 
Unlike many other models that target waste collectors in the informal economy, Paul's 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.
 
Each Winner will receive support in proposal-writing to enable the further development of their solutions, in addition to an invitation to apply for a grant of up to $100,000.
 
The 10 Winners were chosen for their truly breakthrough ideas, which have the potential to transform livelihoods for millions of poor or vulnerable people working in informal economies worldwide. Their solutions demonstrated catalytic innovation, strong potential impact, effective response to context, and spark.
 
Informal employment is a significant and growing part of the world’s economy; it accounts for around 50% of employment in North Africa and in Latin America, 65% of employment in Asia, and 72% in Sub-Saharan Africa. Given the vast number of informal workers, spurring new innovations that improve worker’s livelihoods in the informal economy is a critical issue.
 
Over 2260 ideas from 124 countries were submitted to the Centennial Innovation Challenge. 
 
By Kusum Singh

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