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The Inequality Challenge at the European Development Days 2019

As in previous years, more than 8,000 people attended the European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels in June to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. This year’s EDDs were all about one topic: inequality. Therefore, the overarching title of the EDDs was ‘Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind’.

The event provided the right setting to present the innovation fund ‘Inequality Challenge’ and its ongoing projects in detail. Within an interactive project lab, projects from Nigeria (Narrative Geographies), Jordan (Closing the Gap) and from Brazil (Fair Share) presented their approaches, challenges and impacts. The spectrum ranged from a tax calculator showing scenarios for fairer progressive taxation in Brazil, to financial inclusion and empowerment of women in Jordan, to a radio project on urban development in slums in Nigeria.

The speakers Katia Maia from Oxfam Brazil, Barbara Summers from CMAP Nigeria und Byoung Hwa Hwang from GIZ Jordan used a ‘light version’ of the Pecha Kucha format to present their projects. In other words: 15 slides in 5 minutes and one image per slide presented by the speaker in 20 seconds. As a result, those presentations are much more lively and appealing to the audience. You can watch those three presentations on the Inequality Challenge below this article.

Furthermore, the brand new clip of the Inequality Challenge premiered. The film gives a comprehensive overview of the innovations fund and its 10 projects. You can watch the film on YouTube.

The project lab closed with a panel discussion, facilitated by Joachim Goeske (GIZ, Head of Division G400).

Katia Maia from Oxfam Brasil

Byoung Hwa Hwang from GIZ Jordan

Barbara Summers of CMAP Nigeria


The teams behind the projects will now start to turn their ideas into tangible results based on concrete measures that can ultimately be scaled up.

The projects will start in July with a maximum duration of 15 month.


The two-day kick-off workshop in Berlin on 14-15 June, hosted jointly by the Impact Hub Berlin and the Inequality Challenge, brought together the teams behind the 10 selected projects from all around the world in order to further sharpen the innovative power of their project by using Design Thinking.

Meeting in Berlin not only opened the opportunity to getting to know each other, be inspired, and learn about methods, but also to align the various ideas with the goals set out by the Inequality Challenge.

Working in different groups and guided by qualified coaches, participants were first introduced to Design Thinking. Against this background, participants reflected on their project ideas having a special focus on how their idea tackles inequality and takes into account the LNOB principle.

The teams then prepared pitches that entailed the set out objectives, but also open issues and future expectations regarding their projects. Afterward, the teams efficaciously presented their project to the Steering Committee of the Inequality Challenge.

In addition to engaging in fruitful dialogue and exchange during the workshop, participants agreed on joint cooperation in related fields and moreover became friends.

A great success: The kick-off Workshop in Berlin featuring Design Thinking.


We would like to invite you to have a look at the projects that were chosen by the Steering Committee.

We are glad to announce the 10 winner projects of the Inequality Challenge.


We have received more than 130 applications with innovative and promising ideas and would like to thank you very much for your engagement.

10 ideas were chosen by the Steering Committee.


As a next step, our Steering Committee, which is the fund’s central decision-making body, will decide on the best ideas.

We will get back to you by the beginning of May.


Thank you very much for submitting your application! We appreciate your initiative to participate with innovative ideas to tackling inequality and leaving no one behind.

The call for applications is closed now.


We are delighted to announce that we have already received a lot of encouraging feedback from NGOs, think tanks, networks, GIZ projects and universities from all over the world. We would like to thank you for your attentive and obliging questions that have reached us so far. We have listed the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the website.


Inequality Challenge

Recent statistics show a global trend towards alarmingly high and rising inequalities. Therefore, more than ever there is a crucial need to develop targeted measures to reduce inequality in a sustainable manner, and take along those left behind. These important topics, however, are still not sufficiently emphasised in German development cooperation (GDC).

Against this backdrop, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has launched the Inequality Challenge – Innovative Solutions for a Global Issue. The Inequality Challenge is a fund that promotes innovative approaches, methods and tools that focus on reducing inequality and on the poorest and most marginalised people and groups. The fund is open to GIZ projects, political partners and NGOs, including think tanks and networks in partner countries of German development cooperation.

You will find all necessary information on this website. Should you have a question regarding the Inequality Challenge please see our FAQ or use the contact form to get in touch with us.

We are looking very much forward to your ideas and wish you the best of luck!

The Fund Management