Localizing Technology for Community Empowerment

In a world where technology solutions are often transplanted without regard for local nuances, Develop Impact is a platform for change. We recognize the inefficiencies and limited engagement caused by overlooking cultural and behavioral patterns in Southeast Asian communities. Our mission is to shift the paradigm, implementing human-centered design principles and working hand-in-hand with local stakeholders. Together, we're can craft technology solutions that are not only culturally sensitive but also deeply rooted in the community's needs.

Platform Features

Database of Technology Tools

Discover an extensive collection of localized technology solutions designed specifically for Southeast Asian communities. This database is a treasure trove of innovative tools tailored to meet the unique cultural and behavioral nuances of the region.

Funding Opportunities

Navigate a curated list of funding opportunities that support technology projects aimed at sustainable development and community empowerment in Southeast Asia. This feature is vital for those seeking financial resources to bring their technological innovations to life.

Showcase of Funded Programs

Explore a showcase of successfully funded programs, offering insights into impactful technology interventions that have made a difference. This section not only highlights success stories but also serves as inspiration and a learning resource for future projects.

Latest Funding Calls

Location(s):
Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam
GPT The Feminist Internet Research Network (FIRN) has issued a call for research proposals, backed by the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Rights Programme (APC WRP) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The focus is on data-driven feminist research addressing technology-facilitated gender-based violence (TFGBV).
Location(s):
Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam
The grants aim to support journalism that covers a range of One Health issues in Asia-Pacific, enhancing public awareness and urging policymakers to adopt One Health measures​.
Location(s):
Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam
The AirAsia Foundation offers grants to empower social enterprises in ASEAN countries, aiming to scale up their operations and build sustainable livelihoods. These grants support initiatives that define new projects or expand existing ones, with a focus on improving income-generating capacity. The grant encourages innovation, impact, sustainability, and leveraging AirAsia's network strengths.
Location(s):
Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam
The 2023 Hult Prize Challenge is for applications to create a for-profit social venture, in the fashion/clothing industry.
Location(s):
Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam
We are looking for youth-led sustainable cooling solutions that can help deliver on one of more of the three cooling needs: 1) Human comfort and safety: passive or active personal, space or urban cooling 2) Food, nutrition and agriculture: agricultural cold chain 3) Health services: vaccine and medical cold chain

Recently Funded Programs

As of now, there is no public information available for the "Empowering, Engaging and Protecting Human Rights Defenders Activity." We are diligently monitoring the situation and will share updates as they become available. We appreciate your patience and continued interest.
Currently, there is no public information available regarding the "Empowering Cambodian Civil Society Actors and Networks (ECCS)" project. We are closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates as soon as more details become available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The "Advancing Youth Leadership" activity aims to bolster the leadership skills and capacity of youth, especially those from marginalized groups, to actively participate in socio-political life, tackle local development challenges, and enhance civic involvement. This initiative aligns with USAID/Cambodia’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy and the Biden-Harris Administration's equity and inclusion agenda. A 2019 USAID assessment revealed that while Cambodian youth are keen to contribute to their communities, their participation in decision-making is limited. They face challenges like environmental degradation, gender-based violence, and lack of opportunities, especially for indigenous, disabled, and LGBTQI+ youth. Gender norms also limit women's participation in leadership roles, and they face challenges like the digital divide and gender-based violence. Despite Cambodia's economic growth, poverty persists, and marginalized groups face daily discrimination. Many Cambodian youth migrate due to a lack of skills and job opportunities, leading to potential exploitation. Local NGOs have initiated solutions to address youth challenges, and this activity aims to expand and support these efforts. The underlying belief is that by enhancing youth leadership competencies, it will pave the way for a more inclusive society. The activity will provide technical assistance, capacity development, and grants to support youth and related organizations nationwide.
The "Feed the Future Cambodia Harvest III" project, commonly referred to as "Harvest III," is a collaborative initiative between Abt Associates and USAID. This project is designed to bolster Cambodia's agricultural sector, which is pivotal for the nation's economic growth and for the vast majority of Cambodians who depend on agriculture as their primary source of livelihood.
Voice is an innovative grant facility to support rightsholders and groups facing marginalisation or discrimination in their efforts to exert influence in accessing productive and social services and political participation. Voice operates in a context where civic space and power is shifting at a fast pace, and often closing rather than opening. Where the narrative is negative and underlining marginalisation and vulnerability, rather than the dreams and successful steps made towards a better, more inclusive world. Voice is implemented in ten countries in Africa and Asia.Voice is an initiative of and financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands as part of their overall policy framework 'Dialogue and Dissent , (future Power of Voices) and is executed by a consortium between Oxfam Novib and Hivos. Hivos is the coordinated body in four countries: Indonesia, Philippines, Kenya and Tanzania , while Oxfam coordinates Voice in six: Laos, Cambodia, Uganda, Niger, Mali and Nigeria.