The Innovation Edge is a catalyst for change in early learning in South Africa.


Our aim is to inspire, support and share innovations that harness the enormous potential that rests within the developing minds of young children.

The Innovation Edge offers a platform for testing the feasibility and effectiveness of Bold Ideas that can fundamentally change early life experiences for children - to give them the best possible start, right from the start.

These bold ideas may include anything from new delivery models or smarter financing mechanisms to innovation in the use of technology for training, early learning activities or parent interaction. If you have a bold idea with the potential for big impact on the development of young children, we want to hear from you - inspire us with your vision for change.

The Innovation Edge is part of a R90 million donor partnership called Ilifa Labantwana, which works with the South African Government and civil society partners in scaling up quality early childhood development across South Africa. The Edge is supported by the Ilifa funding partners – the DG Murray Trust, the FirstRand Foundation, ELMA Foundation, UBS Optimus Foundation - and the Omidyar Network.

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