The Centre for Global Equality (CGE) evolves innovative solutions to global challenges. Our aim is to solve problems that undermine the wellbeing of the poorer half of the world’s population. Focusing on people who live on less than $3 a day, we facilitate collaboration between business, academia and civil society, drawing particularly on capacity in one of the world’s leading universities and companies in the Cambridge Cluster – the most successful entrepreneurial ecosystem in Europe.

CGE has 24 member organisations that work in 79 low and middle income countries. In 2019, CGE member organisations ran over 65 projects with over 46 partner projects. While focus spreads across most sectors, the CGE network has particular strength in Technology for Development, Water, & Solar Energy in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and India.


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.