The Centre for Global Equality focuses the resources available in global centres of excellence such as Cambridge on evolving innovative solutions to global challenges. We contribute to greater global equality by improving access for the underprivileged to the intellectual, social and financial resources usually reserved for the elite.

We are a network of NGOs, academics, businesses and individuals who work collaboratively towards reducing extreme inequality, a root cause of poverty and marginalisation globally. Based in Cambridge, UK, we have over 50 member organisations that work on more than 90 projects in 27 countries.

We cultivate innovative solutions to global challenges through our Global Goals Innovation Cultivator (GGIC), which provides longer, more cyclical support than incubators and accelerators. The Cultivator takes innovations through a five stage process from problem identification to impact.

We provide the missing links between existing sources of value, and between value and need. For the cost of a few links the value of the whole chain is realised. In order to ensure effective use of resources, we work to enable innovations growing in the Cultivator to spend time in other parts of the Cambridge ecosystem, such as in partner incubators, industry internships or university research programmes. The Centre for Global Equality’s role is to maintain focus on the interests of the 3.5 billion people living on less than $2 per day, and to ensure continuity and consistent support as the innovation grows through the Cultivator’s five stages.

Our approach

In all parts of the cultivation process we recognise the fundamental importance of dialogue and collaboration between technical experts and the people facing global challenges on a daily basis. Only when responses are co-created can locally-appropriate, technologically-advanced solutions can be evolved successfully.

Interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral, international collaboration is core to our approach, and we have evolved effective methods to facilitate dialogue and partnership across sectoral, disciplinary, international and cultural boundaries.