The winners of the 2006 Development Marketplace have been announced, with 30 innovative projects being awarded US$5 million for ideas that will provide concrete benefits to their communities by meeting basic needs for clean water, hygienic sanitation, and access to energy. Donors to this year's marketplace included three-time contributors the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), along with first-time supporters the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Village Energy Project (GVEP).


Winning project ideas ranged from using native freshwater mussels to clean up China's lakes, to establishing a decentralized supply of renewable energy throughout Rwanda, providing water-pumps, to using a solar-powered desalinization and water-purification system in Turkey, to improving access to water in Haiti, to using LED light units to bring lighting to tribal homes in India. Africa was strongly represented, with 14 of the 30 winning projects coming from the region. The largest number of winners from a single country was India with five winners followed by Benin, Cambodia, Kenya, and Senegla with two each.