The future demands new thinking, new approaches, and new solutions. The Palladium Challenge Fund brings in ideas from our network in over 90 countries and partnership with over 1,600 organisations globally to source innovative responses to global challenges. We fund organisations and initiatives that:

  • Pilot new technologies and innovative approaches
  • De-risk start-up ventures
  • Deliver outcomes from innovative financial mechanisms
  • Support the convening of innovative challenges

In 2022, we have two themes; Measuring the Value of Nature and Jobs for Refugees


How do you ensure that nature-based solutions are benefiting people and planet?

How to Apply

Mainstream adoption of nature-based solutions by businesses, governments, and consumers, requires that we can quantify the value of nature, using cost-effective and accessible tools. Without common indicators and standardised outcomes, the power of this movement is undermined.

Companies must be able to identify the most impactful and high-quality ways to restore nature and mitigate harm, without greenwashing or double counting. Likewise, investors and funders need common indicators to understand the value and limits of nature-based solutions and their potential for scale.

There are many solutions to this problem and the Palladium Challenge Fund: Measuring the Value of Nature is seeking proposals from organisations with innovative solutions to impact management, monitoring, and valuation of nature-based solutions.

We are looking for solutions that:

  • Pilot new technologies and/or innovative approaches to valuing nature
  • Tools for measuring the effectiveness of nature-based solutions
  • Create frameworks for businesses to measure their environmental impact and match them to potential solutions


How can we offer dignity and employment to people fleeing from conflict?

How to Apply

The scale of the current refugee crisis is unprecedented and refugee resettlement is an increasingly prominent political question globally. Beyond addressing their immediate needs, refugees seek meaningful employment that offers them the dignity of their own money, independence, and an opportunity to integrate in their host country for however long they reside there.

Far from being beneficiaries of the host countries to which they flee, it’s increasingly clear that refugees can provide much needed labour, a skilled and educated workforce, and a source of innovation. Refugees can contribute meaningfully to the societies that welcome them as educators, employees, innovators, consumers, and taxpayers.

The Palladium Challenge Fund: Jobs for Refugees is seeking proposals from organisations with innovative and sustainable solutions to employ refugees or match refugees to employers.

We are looking for solutions that:

  • Offer innovative and cost-effective approaches to skills training for refugees with a clear pathway to stable and secure employment
  • Connect refugees with employers, be that through integration within country service provision, use of online platforms, or in-person support at refugee community centres
  • Make effective use of technology to expand and customise learning for refugee communities or;
  • Overcome barriers to employment, for example, to include schemes that provide childcare alongside employment or support with employee registration


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