The UN Innovation Network (UNIN) is an informal, collaborative community of UN innovators interested in sharing their expertise and experience with others to promote and advance innovation within the UN System. The UNIN is open to innovators from all UN Agencies as well as external partners and to date, representatives from 65+ entities in over 70 countries have joined the Network.
Take a look at recordings from webinars hosted by the UN Innovation Network in collaboration with UN Entities to explore different types of innovation, approaches to building architectures for and creating a culture of innovation.
Detect building footprints in Iraq and support the local government to plan reconstruction and development activities in the area.
The WSIS is a unique global platform to identify and showcase success stories in the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines and SDGs.
The End Violence Fund is requesting Expressions of Interest focused on solutions that leverage existing and new technologies to prevent and combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse
A program to support innovations in off-grid solar e-waste management.
Behavioural Insights (BI) combine behavioural economics, psychology and neuroscience to better understand and explain human behaviour and decision-making. Applying BI in the development context can support the design of more effective public policies, processes and services; it can improve public sector performance; and it can encourage, or “nudge,” citizens towards more positive behaviours. BI has been used in various scenarios, like increasing sign-ups for government services, encouraging university enrollment, and motivating people to conserve energy in their homes.
When you buy The Other Bar, an experimental new chocolate bar designed to fight global poverty, the candy comes with a choice: Inside the package, you can scan a code to donate a blockchain token to the farmers in Ecuador who produced the cocoa, or use it to get a discount on the next chocolate bar you buy, sending more business their way.
“This is an experiment in what we can do to drive conscious consuming towards impact goals,” says Guido van Staveren, founder of the FairChain Foundation that partnered with UNDP on the pilot product that will go on sale online October 14. “The whole idea is to use technology to influence consumer behavior and basically turn every product into a capitalist impact engine.”
No woman should give birth in the dark. No surgery should be carried out by candlelight. And no child should be left vulnerable to disease because vaccines cannot be refrigerated. For too long, a lack of reliable power has prevented people in remote and rural communities from accessing the healthcare they need, when they need it. As the race for universal energy access picks up pace, here are five ways renewable energy can help protect quality healthcare for the world’s poorest.
Climate change is intensifying rural poverty and food insecurity, driving people away from farming communities and changing their way of life. So what can we do about it?
Young people are often more willing to adopt new practices and take risks. They can act as a bridge between traditional farming techniques and new technologies, helping to shift food and agriculture systems towards ones that are more sustainable and ready to beat climate change.
For this to happen, FAO believes strongly that innovation is key. Young people’s enthusiasm for new technology and interest in trying innovative approaches to traditional farming has real potential for change. It signifies a modern approach that will create decent employment opportunities in agribusiness, while making rural areas more resilient to climate change. This new era is an opportunity for youth to pour their energy and enthusiasm into transforming the way we grow food and protect our environment.
In India, approximately 80 per cent of farmers are poor, marginal producers. Among the challenges they face are fluctuating market prices. A tomato can sell for US$0.28 one month and only US$0.03 one month later. However, farmers are not able to preserve their food for more than 1 to 2 weeks because of electricity costs, poor infrastructure and lack of funding to invest in storage facilities.
When the market prices are low, farmers often have to throw away their produce, resulting in significant waste. The resulting debt even leads some famers to commit suicide.
To tackle this issue, Raheja came up with a low-cost solar dryer. The machine costs US$200 and enables farmers to dehydrate their agricultural products and conserve them for a minimum of six months, while preserving nutrients, colour and taste.
John Tai is a citrus farmer, who also raises and sells pigs for a living. Gertrude Andreas runs a technical training institution and has her own farm and piggery. John and Gertrude are taking part in a pilot project on e-agriculture, which is changing the way farmers communicate, brand and market their products and overcome their day-to-day challenges. This pilot project follows the Government’s commitment to adopt a strategic approach to transform the agricultural sector through the integration of digital technologies.
The pilot project is based on the proposed national e-agriculture strategy and is run by Papua New Guinea Department of Agriculture & Livestock, the Department of Information, Technology, Innovation and Energy, the National Information & Communications Technology Authority, and Jiwaka Provincial administration. ITU and FAO are proving support to the pilot project, which draws inspiration from the FAO-ITU e-Agriculture Strategy Guide developed in 2016.
Citizen science has come of age in the last couple of decades since the widespread use of Internet-connected devices such as smartphones and laptops which allow large numbers of people to report on sightings, for example, of a particular bird, plant or weather phenomenon in diverse locations across the globe.
UNEP has been working with citizen science experts from around the world to develop mechanisms for better utilizing citizen science data for official monitoring of the goals. They’ve been trying to answer questions like: What steps would be required? How can transparency and data quality be ensured to promote trust in this data? What are example cases where citizen science could be used to fill data gaps?
Every day is a hot day in Kakuma refugee camp, located in the arid desert of north-western Kenya. Underneath a blue sky, three girls in gingham school uniforms gather together. The camp is home to more than 186,000 residents who are primarily from the Horn and Great Lakes region of Africa. Originally from Burundi, South Sudan, and Somalia, their backgrounds vary widely. Their ambitions may lead them to divergent futures as well; one wants to be a journalist, another a software engineer, and the thirda poet. But right now, they share a common interest that they are very excited about computer coding.
It was the tenth outbreak for its neighbour, but it was the closest that Ebola virus disease had come to Uganda since 2012. When the first cases were reported in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in August 2018, only 200 km from their shared border, Uganda health authorities braced with concern. But they had a new tool at hand that would help allay many of their worries. Actually, it was more than a tool – it was the future of public health protection.
It was satellite technology.
Every innovation engagement has its successes and failures. Here’s what the team learned from one.
When they’re called on to assist country operations in finding new ways to solve pressing problems, the UN Refugee Agency’s Innovation Service leaps into action. The team is quite modest about their mandate: to provide whatever support country operations need to improve the work they’re doing on the ground. What’s more, the Innovation Service is committed to a steady flow of improvement — which includes both replicating successes and recognizing failures as crucial to the process of innovation, because both lead to better ways of getting the job done.
A recent nine-month engagement with UNHCR Nigeria demonstrates both the strengths in the processes employed by the Innovation Service and the areas where improvements could be — and already are being — made.
Engage in and facilitate the development and roll-out of machine learning tools as part of a partnership between UNDP and a significant private sector entity in the field.