UNDP Around the world

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.

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; piloting data innovation to implement and monitor the SDGs;  exploring emerging and alternative sources of financing to deepen and diversify the resourcing and implementation of the SDGs, from social impact bonds to pay-for-success and crowdfunding avenues or using behavioural insights to facilitate policy-making.

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This infographic is a quick snapshot of the UNDP Innovation Facility’s work. Here is an overview of our portfolio that tests and scales solutions to address challenges across five areas:  

To learn more about our work, read our third annual report: Spark, Scale, Sustain – Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals.

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 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