Spark

In a world where the most critical problems know no boundaries, we serve as a launch pad for collaborative action. By bringing together diverse perspectives and supporting new and integrated solutions, we’re sparking a change in the way we do business.

Bridge Spark Champions

At our global launch event in 2017, we hosted the Bridge Spark Awards: our first experiment in how to incubate powerful, innovative ideas for cross-sector impact. Our three winning ‘Bridge Spark Champions’ are trialing their bold ideas for collaboration and testing our Practitioner’s Guide along the way.

OIL BOOM IN UGANDA NEEDS A MULTISECTORAL SOLUTION

David Wilkie, Ph.D., Wildlife Conservation Society

In Western Uganda, fossil fuel exploration and planned extraction are shaping the way humans and nature interact. As migration for expected oil industry employment increases, natural resource depletion is on the rise and risks undermining local economies, increasing insecurity and harming human health and nutrition. In partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Uganda and The Uganda Biodiversity Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society will bring together actors from government, business and civil-society to test the Practitioner’s Guide and explore integrated solutions to this challenge. This Spark Award leverages additional support from the European Union and USAID.

SUBSIDIZED AGRICULTURE IN MALAWI

Gillian Galford, Ph.D., University of Vermont

Government subsidies for agriculture are highly controversial—and Malawi’s Farm Input Subsidy Program is no exception. With this Spark Award, researchers are building on an existing effort to understand the impacts of Malawi’s agricultural subsidy programs within the complex relationships among agriculture, nutrition and forests. Using the Practitioner’s Guide, the team will engage cross-sector experts to develop a results chain for the Malawian context, test it and evaluate the strength of the evidence behind the relationships it reveals.

CONSERVING INDONESIAN MANGROVES: IMPACT ON BLUE CARBON, LIVELIHOODS AND FOOD SECURITY

Megan Kelso, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Davis

Indonesia is home to one-fifth of the world’s mangroves, which support fisheries and help mitigate climate change. Yet, many of these mangroves are being converted into shrimp aquaculture ponds that provide income and food for local communities. So, how might the conservation of Indonesian mangroves affect blue carbon, local livelihoods and food security? We still don’t have a full picture of the impacts and tradeoffs. To find out, this Bridge Spark Champion is engaging with experts from the health, development and environment communities to ask the right questions and build a cross-sector results chain using the Bridge Collaborative Practitioner’s Guide