• No Innovation in Isolation. We innovate to do
Development Better. Innovation is about
needs and solutions.
• Innovation is not high-tech. Innovation is 5%
technology and 95% imagination. Social
Innovation is about Behavioural Science.
• Steal with Pride! The best knowledge is
probably outside the room. Partner to deliver.
Reach out to the young crowd.
electricity for low
Access to Energy
on hot spots and
safe zones during
and fake drugs
Decent toilets in
services get to
people in the
housing for low-
income urban and
to clean water
Hippo Water Roller Project
Real-time Air Quality Monitoring
Linking citizens with MPs: Ureport:
Visualizing Budget in Kenya
“If I had an hour to solve a problem,
I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about
the problem and 5 minutes thinking
Define the Bottleneck
• When defining the right problem… go SEE
• Case managers of workers with labour
• Assumption: the problem is how much
• In reality… What will my life be from now
onwards (home, other jobs, life with
partner, leisure, mobility...)
• Think with others, don’t cut & paste
• Google! Find Data!
• Discuss with others outside and partner from the
• Scan the horizon
• Use Social media to signal interest
• Map your local social innovation scene
• Attend local innovation events
Reflect & Find
The Road to Innovation
Don’t start with “Let’s
Don’t buy high-tech gadgets Imagine the Future
Don’t go full scale without
Take calculated risks
Innovation at UN(DP)
• Innovation in what we do and how we do!
• Innovation in programme design: design
• Innovation in programme communication:
real simple reporting (beneficiaries reporting
• Innovation in M&E: micro narratives..
• Innovation in operations – UN wide:
2014 innovation facility fund
•45 submissions from 25 country
•Africa bureau/global Innovation
group/innovation advisor Addis
•1,000,000 USD awarded
2014 innovation initiatives
1. DRC: A narrative based methodology involving people’s
stories and allows both qualitative and quantitative data
collection and analysis
2. Cote d'Ivoire: Placing the discussion of gender-
sensitive policing services on the parliamentarian and
3. Kenya: Livestock Insurance Products (Garrisa County,
4. Mauritius: Building a more resilient society through
innovative education tools promoting the culture of
5. Sao Tome y Principe: Monitoring transformative impact
on development programmes
2014 innovation initiatives
6. Senegal: Promotion de l’entreprenariat social à travers
la production locale d’équipements solaires dans la
zone de Mekhé
7. Swaziland: Establishment of a Youth Innovative Hub for
8. Zimbabwe: Towards an ICT4D Policy and Practice
Platform: A Collaborative Public-Private Partnership
(PPP) Model Seeking to Leverage ICTs as Driver for
Economic Development in Zimbabwe
9. Burundi: Open challenge on rural energy access
10.Rwanda: Foresighting for development
11.RBA NY: One Click Away: Design, Evaluation,
What role can UNDP play?
•What are the needs in Ethiopia in
terms of network of innovators?
•How connected to « problem
holders » are innovators?
•How do we facilitate the matching?
•What’s in it for YOU?