Transformer Spotlight Round-Up: SDG2, SDG3 & SDG4


Our second call for innovation in the Transform Fund closed last week! With this year’s applications now being reviewed for consideration, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of the work of last year’s winners.

The grants awarded for the Transform Fund support innovations from all areas of sustainable development, with the aim of accelerating the progress being made towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 32 winners of our fund are all working to make a difference to the world around us. Here, we highlight a few our winners and their work towards three of the six core SDGs that underpin the IsDB Engage platform. Look out for our next blog where we shine a light on more of our winners working towards the three other SDGs. 

SDG2 – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture

Start-up company PadeeTech Sdn Bhd, founded by Faiz Kharim, aims to create modern and affordable technology to improve productivity in agriculture in the developing world. Their product, a seedling nursery tray for rice farming, will increase rice productivity amongst small farmers. Rice planting will be more efficient, precise and effective, whilst also reducing costs which help to increase the rice yield and maximise the income of small farmers. 

You can learn more about this Faiz’s innovative agricultural technology in his Spotlight here.

Dr. Rasina Rasid, co-founder of iAqua Smart Technology, is working to create modern, clean and affordable technology that will improve aquaculture production. Her IsDB Engage funded project involves the development of a Smart AquaDetector, a device that is able to count prawns and segregate them based on sexes. The aim is to create and improve monosex cultivation of freshwater prawns, to transform the freshwater prawn farming industry in developing countries.

To find out more about monosex culture and Rasina’s work, read her spotlight here

SDG3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Based in Pakistan, Anishta Murad works for Sehat Kahani, a health and technology social enterprise, whose aim is to empower a network of qualified home-based female health professionals. Sehat Kahani delivers quality and affordable healthcare services via ICT enabled solutions. This is being achieved through the establishment of “E-Health” clinics, where health solutions can be delivered to deprived populations through the use of virtual technology, as well as through web and mobile based “E-Health” apps. 

You can learn more about Anishta’s work in her Spotlight here

Equally providing innovative medical solutions is Adam Lewis, Director of Programs at Gradian Health Systems. This non-profit technology company is developing and distributing world-class equipment to low-resource hospitals around the world. Having created a business model and global network, high-impact medical technologies can be deployed to those that need them the most, through local distribution companies and NGOs. 

To find out more about Adam and his work, read his spotlight here

SDG4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Lamine Sarr is Publishing Director at NENA, a company that focuses on the digitisation of publishing. His work is centred on digital publishing with the aim to digitise, save and make accessible African scientific and cultural heritage for Africans and the rest of the world. In Africa, there is a lack of documentation and libraries at universities and elementary schools. Therefore, digitising what exists and making it available to all in online libraries will be of great benefit to African education. 

You can learn more about Lamine’s work in his Spotlight here

As CEO of Pale Blue Group, Ian Murphy aims to “connect the un-connected in a sustainable manner” and drives to improve communication systems in the developing world, by providing satellite connectivity to the communities that need it most. This includes ensuring that every school has free Wi-Fi, in order to provide an environment for work and economic growth. 

Read Ian’s spotlight here to find out more. 

To find out more about the Transform Fund, please visit our website here and look out for the announcement of this year’s winners of the Fund.

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