What is A@SP?

Climate change impacts are having negative effects on individuals, households and communities, especially among the poorest and most marginalized groups. In Nepal, a large number of community driven initiatives are changing lives, helping people and capacitating communities to face and adapt climate change risks. Through financial rewards, the Adaptation at Scale Prize aims to identify and reward new and innovative ways to scale up and expand the reach of community driven climate change adaptation initiatives.

The Adaptation at Scale Prize offers financial rewards for innovative solutions to scale-up and scale out climate change adaptation in Nepal.

What is the Adaptation at Scale Prize?

The aim of the Adaptation at Scale Prize is to encourage eligible organisations to develop new and innovative ways to scale-up community driven climate change adaptation initiatives. It will do this by offering financial rewards to organisations that in Stage 1, the Protsahan Prize, develop innovative plans for scaling up existing successful adaptation projects, and in Stage 2, the Karyanwayein Prize, demonstrate that their scaling up approach has been successful.

The Protsahan Prize was launched on the 5th of May 2016 and awarded in December 2016, to existing community driven projects that are already achieving positive results, and have creative new ways to scale-up their success to more people and new areas of Nepal. The winners all had a clear idea of how they can go beyond any existing plans for expansion by using new and innovative ways of working.

The Karyanwayein Prize which was launched in December 2016 will be awarded to organisations that can show that they have achieved positive outcomes for poor and vulnerable individuals and households using these new approaches.


Nepal has a lot to be proud of. There are plenty of great examples of community driven initiatives that are successfully changing people’s lives for the better. They are helping communities respond to real and expected climate change risks. But these initiatives are often limited to one geographic area or a few communities. Imagine what could be achieved if these success stories could be expanded (scaled up)? What if more people could use this experience to improve the way they live and respond to climate change? The benefits could be HUGE!

We believe that by offering a financial reward, we can encourage people like yourself, and the organisation you work for, to use the experience you have gained to find new and innovative ways of expanding and ‘scaling-up’ these successful climate change adaptation initiatives.

But how can a prize do this? An innovation prize is very different from a loan or grant funding. It is a type of Results Based Payment. To start with, the initiative (in our case – the plan to scale up) has to be new. It must be something that isn’t currently being done at the time that the prize is launched. Then, the initiative (the plan) has to be put into action. Financial rewards are only paid after the results have been achieved. By taking part in the prize, you can show everyone that your new initiative truly works. We will be promoting the prize and its applicants through the media. This can help raise the profile of your organisation. A lot of people will get to hear about the work you are doing.



We are looking for applications from organisations that work closely with communities in Nepal. They could be INGOs, NGOs, CBOs, CSOs, academic institutions or private sector organisations. They should be able to act as intermediaries between local people and actors such as Government, donors and other funders.

Government organisations, donors and other funders cannot apply for the prize. However, we encourage Government organisations to partner with eligible organisations.



The Adaptation at Scale Prize is part of Ideas to Impact, a programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID). Ideas to Impact supports research and development in climate innovation and technologies for developing countries.

Through the design and implementation of five innovation prizes, Ideas to Impact aims to test whether prizes can be designed to achieve significant benefits for poor and marginalised people and communities.