Partnership, Applicability and Scalability of Innovations and Technologies for Climate Resilience in South Asia


A total of 239 applications went through an extensive selection process, that included detailed challenge formulation, challenge call and an evaluation by an independent jury of experts. The winning innovators were selected based on both qualitative and quantitative assessment criteria to meet the needs of the countries as well as the objectives of the larger WBCAR program. The selection process was conducted with adequate due diligence and evidenced in an objective, consistent, transparent and timely manner.
Thematic AreaTotal
Climate Smart Agriculture:72
Community-level early warning system35
Nature-based solutions for adaptation34
Integrated Water Resource Management33
Climate Information & Analytics30
Resilient Infrastructure24
Risk Financing11
The process involved the following key steps:


A. Shortlisting of applications: ADPC and the World Bank team ADPC reviewed and carried out a general eligibility screening for compliance on by scanning 239 applications with a simple Yes/No. The qualitative assessment was based on the technical and operational considerations that formed the basis for initial screening.

  • Need-based: The proposed solution was need-based and accompanied by an expression of interest from a specific government entity for implementation or upscaling in a specific geographical location.
  • Human-centered: The proposed solution was guided by a human-centered design and includes all expected stakeholders.
  • Customization: The proposed solution offered the possibility for local customization in addition to the use of local skills and materials.
  • Low repair and maintenance cost: Maintenance and repair facilities were locally available for the proposed solution.
  • Implementable: The proposed solution came with an assumption of low-resource and low-skill environment.
  • Sustainability: The proposed solution reflected a sustainable business model for all aspects of the technology.
  • Aspirational: The proposed solution had a potential for a ‘game-changing’ impact. iv. Affordable: Cost-effective and affordable solutions were encouraged for submissions.
  • Impact: The extent to which the solution had the potential to make a difference to the chances of the pilot achieving commercial sustainability and development impact.
  • Relevance: Relevance to the current priorities of SAR countries & components of CARE project
  • Capability: Operational & Instituonal capability to pilot the solution.
  • Jury Review and Finalization: The shortlisted applications were submitted to each jury member on the online CIC platform to assess and score based on the following criteria over a two-week period.


  • Demonstrated technology: The technology is past the testing stage and is in a form where it can be piloted or deployed. Primarily related to questions.
  • Ability to execute: The team or company has the managerial ability, technical capacity to take forward a deployment.
  • Fit to needs: The solution addresses a real and significant climate change resilience need.
  • Innovation: Mainly in terms of the potential increase or quality of impact, efficiency or effectiveness it delivers.