Africa

 

The UNDP Innovation Facility supported nine Country Office initiatives and two regional initiatives in the Africa Region. A number of the projects focused on improving organisational and programme efectiveness by employing improved monitoring and evaluation strategies and narrative and data capture. Other initiatives aimed at taking on a variety of issues related to disaster preparedness, renewable energy, policing services, employment and ICTs.

These projects have a strong emphasis on involving a diverse set of actors throughout the process, trying out new partnerships with innovation hubs, youth groups, private sector and civil society, all the while linking them with traditional government partners. The Innovation Facility received more than 40 proposals as a result of the regional call for proposals which were reviewed and scored by the Regional Portfolio Team and the HQ-based team. The content and quality of a significant number of proposals underlined the necessity to further invest in capacity building the Africa region on UNDP’s approach to innovation and in repositioning the ofers of the Innovation Facility.

This is partially due to the national contexts of many African countries, particularly least developed countries, in which the choice of potential partners in the social innovation field is limited and bandwidth problems as well as significant digital divides between urban and rural areas pose challenges to embrace technology as an accelerator for innovation.The results achieved in 2014 and the ongoing activities of the initiatives in Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, Burundi, Sao Tome and Zimbabwe will be key examples to demonstrate the added value of innovation approaches to achieving development results. Particularly, Zimbabwe demonstrated in 2014 the potential of creating partnerships with government institutions and co-designing innovation spaces for entrepreneurs with local actors from the small social innovation community. Below are three brief descriptions of innovation initiatives.

 

 

Active Campaigns

 

  1. Papua New Guinea: Phone against Corruption

    by UNDP

    A corruption reporting tool that is easily accessible to the public

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    Early stage CROWDSOURCING
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  2. Global: Reporting for Key Affected Populations

    by UNDP

    Communicating Results for HIV Key Affected Populations

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    Early stage HUMAN CENTRED DESIGN
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  3. Regional: One-Click Away (Tanzania, Burundi, and South Africa)

    by UNDP

    One-Click Away Design, Evaluation, and Reporting (DER) Mission to Collect Advanced Data and Build Capacities

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    Early stage FORESIGHT, DESIGN THINKING
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  4. Zimbabwe: Towards an ICT4D Policy and Practice Platform

    by UNDP

    Establishing a structured and collaborative ICT4D platform modeled around a functional Public-Private Partnership Framework

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    Early stage LAB
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  5. Regional: Ebola Response

    by UNDP

    Mobile payment system for Ebola response workers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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    Early stage HUMAN CENTRED DESIGN
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Archived Campaigns

 

  1. Rwanda: Public Service Strategic Foresight

    by UNDP

    Foresight for Strategic Planning and Policy Development

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    Early stage FORESIGHT
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  2. Regional: Ebola Response

    by UNDP

    Mobile payment system for Ebola response workers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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    Early stage HUMAN CENTRED DESIGN
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  3. Burundi: Renewable Energy Competition

    by UNDP

    Quick and cheap energy supply to IDP communities in Burundi

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    Early stage CHALLENGE
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  4. São Tomé and Principe: Monitoring transformative impact on development programmes

    by UNDP

    Using polling methodology to assist in monitoring of impact measurement, perceptions and sustainable development investment.

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    Early stage SENSING
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  5. Côte d’Ivoire: Placing the discussion of gender-sensitive policing services on the parliamentarian and public agenda

    by UNDP

    Improving gender-sensitive policing services through community dialogue and training

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    Early stage MOBILE FEEDBACK MECHANISM, SENSING
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  6. Mauritius: a Mobile Technology Platform

    by UNDP

    Recommendations for the setting up of a Mobile Technology Platform to improve outreach of marginalized households

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    Early stage MOBILE FEEDBACK MECHANISM, CHALLENGE, BIG DATA
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  7. Global: Reporting for Key Affected Populations

    by UNDP

    Communicating Results for HIV Key Affected Populations

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    Early stage HUMAN CENTRED DESIGN
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  8. Mauritius: Education tools promoting a culture of prevention

    by UNDP

    Build a more resilient society through innovative education tools promoting the culture of prevention and reducing risk of disaster

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    Early stage CHALLENGE, BIG DATA
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  9. Papua New Guinea: Phone against Corruption

    by UNDP

    A corruption reporting tool that is easily accessible to the public

    Read More »

    Early stage CROWDSOURCING
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  10. Zimbabwe: Towards an ICT4D Policy and Practice Platform

    by UNDP

    Establishing a structured and collaborative ICT4D platform modeled around a functional Public-Private Partnership Framework

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    Early stage LAB
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  11. Senegal: Social entrepreneurship via local production of solar equipment

    by UNDP

    Promoting social entrepreneurship through the local production of solar equipment

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    Early stage CHALLENGE, CROWDSOURCING, DESIGN THINKING
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  12. Swaziland: Youth Innovative Hub for inclusive development

    by UNDP

    Establishment of a Youth Innovative Hub for inclusive development

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    Early stage LAB
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  13. Regional: One-Click Away (Tanzania, Burundi, and South Africa)

    by UNDP

    One-Click Away Design, Evaluation, and Reporting (DER) Mission to Collect Advanced Data and Build Capacities

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    Early stage FORESIGHT, DESIGN THINKING
    1 Likes
  14. DR Congo: Narrative capture about stabilization

    by UNDP

    Qualitative and quantitative data collection based on people’s stories and narratives

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    Early stage SENSING
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