UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality and exclusion. In these countries, we see more and more people, particularly young women and men, push the boundaries of citizen engagement and work towards a future they want. We see the emergence of new infrastructures of social innovators, entrepreneurs and civil society and dramatic shifts in the development landscape, accelerated by new technologies and new finance models.
Innovation for development is about identifying more effective solutions that add value for the people affected by development challenges – people and their governments, our users and clients. And we firmly believe that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires deliberate, calculated investments in testing new ways of triggering change.
To contribute to sustainable and equitable development, the UN system must continue to invest in innovation in its programing and in its ways of working.
- Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator
Technology is often a powerful enabler and vessel for innovation. But technology does not equal innovation per se. The key aspect is the value added and measurable progress to bring about real improvements in peoples’ lives. For example, new approaches include setting up innovation labs with governments to re-design public service delivery; using foresight-based techniques to enhance planning processes; or using behavioral insights to facilitate policy-making.
An overview of our work in each region can be found here:
UNDP Innovation Facility
Since its inception, initiatives supported by the Facility tested or scaled new ways to eradicate poverty; protect our planet; prevent conflict; manage the risk of climate change and natural hazards; and advance gender equality. The highlights below are not exhaustive.
The Facility’s portfolio is firmly rooted in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While initiatives span 16 of the 17 Goals, the majority of initiatives address Sustainable Development Goals that eradicate poverty, enhance livelihood options, reduce inequalities as well as build resilient and peaceful societies
Read more about some of the initiatives UNDP sponsored in 2015 in our report summary.
Since its inception, initiatives supported by the Facility tested or scaled new ways to eradicate poverty, protect our planet, prevent conflict, manage the risk of climate change and natural hazards, and advance gender equality.
The Facility’s portfolio is firmly rooted in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While initiatives span 16 of the 17 Goals, the majority of initiatives address SDGs that eradicate poverty, enhance livelihood options, reduce inequalities, as well as build resilient and peaceful societies. Learn more about our 2015 Portfolio here.
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The UNDP Innovation Facility 2015 annual review report.
A brief overview of the UNDP Innovation Facility and our services.
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