Unlock Aid is the world’s leading coalition of social innovators driving policy changes to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

Our North Star

Our world’s current, collective effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals does not operate with the urgency, flexibility and innovation required to succeed. Established systems perpetuate the status quo and underutilize high-impact technologies and strategies that have enormous potential to address inequities and improve outcomes. Climate change, pandemics and humanitarian crises accelerate our rapidly closing window of opportunity. We must act now.


Unlock Aid started as a research project. In 2021, we surveyed more than 60 of the world’s leading social innovators to ask what kept them from working with the world’s largest development agencies. We published our findings and then pooled our resources to solve the problems we identified.

Since then, Unlock Aid has built the world’s leading coalition of social innovators driving policy changes to achieve the SDGs, including more than 50 social enterprises, research universities, multinationals, and philanthropies, and spanning more than 20 countries in sectors like health, energy, food, education, water, and more. We’ve methodically built our coalition, brand, and influence. But our North Star is unchanged.

If we’ll have any chance of meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, we’ll need to operate with greater urgency, flexibility, and innovation. We need big changes now.


Drive policy changes through advocacy

Learn more about our 2023 policy platform, as well as our campaigns: to pass the Fostering Innovation in Global Development Act (FIGDA), change contracting and transparency policies at USAID, and back up USAID's commitments with action by changing the way the agency spends $17 billion in global health.

Convene entrepreneurs, big thinkers, and uncommon bedfellows to drive change

Learn more about our SDGs Moonshot Accelerator, which generated proposals to achieve the SDGs by 2030, like this one, adopted by the White House to create a Plant Genome Project to solve global food insecurity.

Now we're going on the road again to build a new political coalition to support a re-architecting of the US approach to global development, with a focus on promoting sustainable economic growth, innovation, and transitioning away from project-based aid models in favor of country- and community-led ones.

Shift the narrative

We need a 21st-century approach to global development – and we're changing the narrative in Washington, DC and elsewhere around the world about what it's going to take. Subscribe to our Substack or read about our work in publications like these:
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Our coalition

Conservation X Labs logoEarth Enable logoForested logoWastezon logoEneza Education logoAiFluence logoAtlasAI logoBAO Systems logoFraym logoPendulum logoPremise logoStatwig logoZenysis logoE-Livestock Global logoFood4Education logoOne Acre Fund logoSemilla Nueva logoWildtype logoBeGirl logoFlare logoFreight in Time logoIntelehealth logoKasha logoKountable logoMedic logoMaisha Meds logomPedigree logoParsyl logoPhilips logoReach52 logoSimprints logoViebeg Medical logoVillage Reach logoZipline logoNEPI logoArizona State University logoGlobal Innovation Fund logoInstiglio logoOutcomesX logoDrinkwell logoVillage Enterprise logo
With generous support from
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