Announcing the Winners of the Combating Wildlife Trafficking Fail Forward Video Competition

USAID's Combating Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) Learning Group is delighted to announce the winners and honorable mentions from the first-ever Fail Forward video case competition.

Launched in spring 2023, the competition encouraged implementers to embrace missteps as a learning opportunity. Unpacking what went wrong offers valuable insights to improve programming and spark innovation, ultimately contributing to more effective CWT approaches. Learn more about CWT efforts in the Combating Wildlife Trafficking Learning Group page.

We received submissions from Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Thank you to all who participated and shared stories about learning from failure in combating wildlife trafficking.

Congratulations to the winners:

  • USAID Mozambique SPEED
  • UNDP Indonesia
  • Tetra Tech
  • WWF Malaysia 

Special thanks to the honorable mentions:

  • Turtle Survival Alliance
  • WWF Zambia
  • WildAid Thailand
  • Prosecution of Wildlife Trafficking Organized Crime—Thailand
  • Wildlife Conservation Society

Explore our StoryMap showcasing the winners and honorable mentions around the world and their outstanding videos:

Screengrab of StoryMap

Join one of our upcoming virtual events to hear from the winners and honorable mentions on learning and innovation born from failure: November 14 and November 15.

  • CWT Fail Forward Event: Asia Time Zone (Bangkok/ICT) Session 1: November 15 from 9:00 - 10:30 AM (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET on Nov 14).
    Zoom Registration Link:  
    • Session 1 accommodates schedules in Asia.
  • CWT Fail Forward Event: Session 2: Wednesday, November 15 from 9:00-10:30 am ET (UTC-5) / 10:00-11:30 am AMT (UTC-4) / 4:00-5:30 pm CAT (UTC +2)
    Zoom Registration Link: 
    • Session 2 accommodates schedules in Africa and Latin America.