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UNDP's work on innovation in Africa - presentation for XhubAddis

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Innovation in Africa by UNDP regional innovation advisor

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UNDP's work on innovation in Africa - presentation for XhubAddis

  1. 1. 1 INNOVATION FOR IN AFRICA @marclepage
  2. 2. 2 Agenda •No need to discuss the Concept •Innovation is a Practice, not a Theory •Innovation in Africa: it’s already happening
  3. 3. 3 Why innovation?
  4. 4. 4 Why innovation?
  5. 5. 5 • SoPs •“Lessons learned” • CoPs • Good practice ? KM Complicated Complexity Codification Complex Procedure The old world…
  6. 6. 6 • SoPs •“Lessons learned” • CoPs • Good practice ? KM Codification Complicated Complex Procedure Complex world, sophisticated clients Complexity
  7. 7. 7 Innovation in Africa
  8. 8. 8 Innovation Hubs & Centers in Africa Credit: WhiteAfrican.com
  9. 9. 9 The UNDP Africa Innovation Knowledge Fair
  10. 10. 10 3 Principles • 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.
  11. 11. 11 Principle 1 Innovation is about Needs and Solutions
  12. 12. 12 THE NEED Cheap, affordable and clean electricity for low income families Access to Energy
  13. 13. 13 THE NEED Share information on hot spots and safe zones during a crisis Crisis Information
  14. 14. 14 THE NEED Differentiating between genuine and fake drugs Health Security
  15. 15. 15 THE NEED Decent toilets in low-income urban centres Urban Equipments
  16. 16. 16 THE NEED Basic financial services get to people in the rural areas Mobile Banking
  17. 17. 17 THE NEED Decent & affordable housing for low- income urban and rural dwellers Housing
  18. 18. 18 THE NEED Improving access to clean water Hippo Water Roller Project
  19. 19. 19 Real-time Air Quality Monitoring THE NEED Citizen get accurate information on air quality
  20. 20. 20 Linking citizens with MPs: Ureport: THE NEED Engaging with citizens
  21. 21. 21 Visualizing Budget in Kenya THE NEED Making Budget Understandable
  22. 22. 22 … in Liberia
  23. 23. 23 Tunisia: early warning system
  24. 24. 24 Mobile4HD-UNDP&Motorola Bring together local social innovators and link them to both governments and development organizations and practitioners
  25. 25. 25 User led innovation in development http://userinnovation.undp.sk/
  26. 26. 26 UNICEF « first 72 hours »
  27. 27. 27 Innovation in policy
  28. 28. 28 Design Lab
  29. 29. 29 Principle 2 Innovation is not about Technology: it’s about Imagination and Behaviour
  30. 30. 30 Analyze points of pain
  31. 31. 31 Principle 3  Steal with Pride (and learn!). Knowledge is outside. Hire young people.
  32. 32. 32 UNICEF Innovation Fund 20M USD Fund Rapid funding of 2nd-stage projects
  33. 33. 33 UNDP Innovation Framework
  34. 34. 34 Define the Bottleneck
  35. 35. 35 “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” Who said?
  36. 36. 36 Define the Bottleneck • When defining the right problem… go SEE the problem! • Case managers of workers with labour injuries (MindLab) • Assumption: the problem is how much compensation • In reality… What will my life be from now onwards (home, other jobs, life with partner, leisure, mobility...)
  37. 37. 37 Prompts of innovation
  38. 38. 38 Where do ideas come from?
  39. 39. 39 • Think with others, don’t cut & paste • Google! Find Data! • Discuss with others outside and partner from the outset • Scan the horizon • Use Social media to signal interest • Map your local social innovation scene • Attend local innovation events • Crowdsource Reflect & Find
  40. 40. 40 Problem definition
  41. 41. 41 Innovation Government donor agencies Private Foundations Social Venture Capitalists Corporate Social Investment Governments Social Innovators Regional & Global Organisations
  42. 42. 42 Prototype!
  43. 43. 43 Incubate
  44. 44. 44 The Road to Innovation Don’t start with “Let’s innovate” Support Innovators Don’t buy high-tech gadgets Imagine the Future Don’t go full scale without prototyping Take calculated risks
  45. 45. 45 Innovation at UN(DP) • Innovation in what we do and how we do! • Innovation in programme design: design thinking, co-design.. • Innovation in programme communication: real simple reporting (beneficiaries reporting continuously, directly) • Innovation in M&E: micro narratives.. • Innovation in operations – UN wide:
  46. 46. 46 2014 innovation facility fund •45 submissions from 25 country offices •Africa bureau/global Innovation group/innovation advisor Addis review •1,000,000 USD awarded
  47. 47. 47 2014 innovation initiatives (1/2) 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 public agenda 3. Kenya: Livestock Insurance Products (Garrisa County, Northern Kenya) 4. Mauritius: Building a more resilient society through innovative education tools promoting the culture of prevention 5. Sao Tome y Principe: Monitoring transformative impact on development programmes
  48. 48. 48 2014 innovation initiatives (2/2) 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 inclusive development 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, Reporting
  49. 49. 49 Word of caution
  50. 50. 50 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?
  51. 51. 51 THANK YOU! Questions? Connect: @marclepage Join: undp.org/innovation

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