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Joseph D'Cruz - The UNDP Accelerator Lab Network

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Joseph D'Cruz from UNDP visited Sitra Lab's HERÄÄMÖ XL breakfast event on 21.11.2019.

Joseph D’Cruz works as a senior advisor in strategy and planning at the New York office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where he supports the work of the Accelerator Labs network that functions in 60 countries. Joseph will be speaking about the ways in which the network simultaneously helps the resolution of local problems and improves learning internationally.

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Joseph D'Cruz - The UNDP Accelerator Lab Network

  1. 1. The UNDP Accelerator Lab Network Reimagining International Development Cooperation to tackle 21st century challenges
  2. 2. Why What How Why UNDP?
  3. 3. Why
  4. 4. We need to re-imagine development for the 21st century We are facing a new set of social, economic and environmental challenges. These challenges are more intermingled and fast-moving than ever. Our current approaches were designed to address 20th century problems - but not enough to tackle problems faced by governments and societies at the speed and scale needed in the 21st century. Effectively addressing 21st century challenges doesn’t just require new solutions. It requires new strategies for understanding challenges as they unfold. It requires new approaches to identifying solutions. It requires addressing not just the problem in front of us but the broader systems that led to this problem. Current approaches 21st century challenges Impact gap
  5. 5. 21st CENTURY CHALLENGES Traditional approaches to development are struggling to keep up with today’s social, economic and environmental challenges. These 21st century challenges are difficult to address because they are fast-moving, inter- connected, and often getting worse despite the best efforts to address them. THREE KEY QUESTIONS 1. How do we better tackle complex and fast- moving challenges? 2. How do we find the most relevant solutions that work locally? 3. How do we learn more quickly about what works and what doesn’t - and then bring solutions to scale?
  6. 6. What
  7. 7. 1 UNDP Accelerator Lab Network: The Mission To catalyze positive change by finding and sharing solutions that fit the times we live in, and generating new ideas for the times yet to come.
  8. 8. The Accelerator Lab Network currently covers 78 countries • Algeria • Angola • Argentina • Azerbaijan • Benin • Bosnia and Herzegovina • Burkina Faso • Cambodia • Cape Verde • Caribbean (Based in Barbados) • Chad • Colombia • Laos • Lebanon • Lesotho • Libya • Malawi • Malaysia • Mali • Mexico • Morocco • Namibia • Nepal • Niger • Pacific (Based in Fiji) • Pakistan • Palestine • Paraguay • Philippines • Rwanda • Serbia • Sierra Leone • Somalia • South Africa • South Sudan • Sudan • Tanzania • The Gambia • Timor-Leste • Togo • Tunisia • Turkey • Uganda • Ukraine • Uzbekistan • Vietnam • Zambia • Zimbabwe • Côte d’Ivoire • Democratic Republic of Congo • Republic of The Congo • Dominican Republic • Ecuador • Eswatini • Ethiopia • Ghana • India • Iraq • Jordan • Kenya
  9. 9. The Lab is part of the world’s largest and fastest learning network around development challenges and solutions 60 Labs around the world are testing not just new solutions but new ways of working to address development challenges. Being part of a globally integrated network, each Lab can draw inspiration from both local solutions and solutions identified by the global network. If multiple Labs are working on similar challenges, they benefit from each others’ learning in real-time, creating a powerful collective learning effect.
  10. 10. The UNDP Accelerator Lab Network : ● Brings new capabilities to those already existing in UNDP in country and globally – these capabilities include: the Heads of Exploration, Experimentation and Solution Mapping ● Creates new ways of working, including new protocols and an approach that brings in new kinds of partners ● Expands our global network where learning is accelerated and so is the potential for impact. AccLabs Service Stack Accelerator Labs Services Way of Working Team Lab Network Experimentation Exploration Solutions Mapping Governance Social Protection Livelihoods Partners Create learnings To carry out To deliver
  11. 11. How
  12. 12. Sensemaking Understand emerging challenges and opportunities in the local context and determine where to focus attention Collective Intelligence Keep the finger on the pulse to understand problems, develop new approaches to uncover solutions, and learn what works and what doesn’t Portfolio Approach Design & execute portfolios of experiments until they work and to scale Solutions Mapping Branch out to discover solutions, bottom up innovations, and workarounds people in local communities have developed to a challenge The UNDP Accelerator Labs are finding and sharing solutions that fit the times we live in and generating new ideas for the times yet to come…
  13. 13. The Accelerator Lab cycle The Accelerator Lab continuously loops through four key activities: 1. Sense is about understanding what are emerging challenges and opportunities in the local context and determining where we need to focus our attention. 2. Explore is about looking for solutions, particularly by looking at how citizens are already addressing these challenges and opportunities. 3. Design & test is about assembling a portfolio of potential solutions and continuously testing them until we are confident they can work. 4. Grow is about handing over the portfolio of solutions, advocacy for policy change or spinning solutions off as private ventures. Sense Grow Explore Design & Test The ecosystem around us The Lab initiative
  14. 14. 1. Sensemaking Looking for patterns, identifying the relevance gap Together with partners, the Labs will analyse the local context challenges to identify connections and patterns to anticipate new avenues of work and act effectively to accelerate development.
  15. 15. 2. Explore Tapping into uncommon data sources and inputs to find potential new solutions Solutions Mapping: The Labs will identify grassroots solutions together with local actors and validate their potential to accelerate development. Solutions can come in many different forms, from a farmer discovering a new way to prevent floods to other grassroots innovations in health, energy or water management. Collective intelligence: The Labs will also harness the potential of real time and citizen generated data for better decision making to solve development problems. What challenges should we be really focusing on? How do we find the most relevant solutions?
  16. 16. 3. Design and test Design and run experiments to find out what works and what doesn’t The Labs will design and conduct experiments around portfolios of solutions rather than individual solutions, enabling us to learn about what works and doesn’t in weeks or months rather than years. COMPLEX DEVELOPMENT PROBLEM COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE ANTICIPATORY REGULATION PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS BEHAVIOURAL INSIGHTS MACHINE LEARNING INNOVATIVE FINANCE How do we learn quickly about what works and what doesn’t?
  17. 17. 4. Grow Growing solutions: The ability to bridge to scale Within the each of the country labs, scale will be targeted in three ways: What combination of solutions can be used by UNDP and partners? Influence on development programming Influence on government policy Spin-offs of Lab initiatives into independent ventures
  18. 18. Why UNDP?
  19. 19. #NextGenUNDP Worldwide presence in 170 countries Thought leadership 50+ years of experience Innovating on the way we think, invest, manage and deliver Where past, present and future meet.
  20. 20. NextGen UNDP: catalyzing positive change At UNDP, we are disrupting the way we think, deliver, invest and manage to perform faster, better and at scale. The UNDP Accelerator Lab Network is part of our effort to inject innovation into development practice. This network of 60 Labs covering 78 countries are creating new capabilities for partners to respond to exponential changes – challenges and opportunities - in the 21st century.
  21. 21. Combining the agility of Labs with the scale, reach, and relationships of UNDP
  22. 22. For example… UNDP is helping North Macedonia use a diverse portfolio of potential solutions to test out new ways of addressing air pollution. In India, the Lab is partnering with the Honey Bee Network to grow ideas that have taken root through grassroots innovations. Work is starting on biodiversity, circular economy, waste management, health solutions and women’s entrepreneurship. In Serbia, which is among the world’s 10 fastest shrinking populations, the Lab is working to find out how to reverse this trend by designing and testing a portfolio of experiments, focusing on circular migration and finding ways of retaining skilled and unskilled workers. The UNDP Accelerator Lab Network Combining UNDP’s expertise and the largest and fastest learning network of solutions, we can help governments address 21st century problems together with people, civil society, and business. We find and grow local solutions that are already working and speed up the learning process about what works and doesn’t by experimenting with many different approaches to a problem.
  23. 23. TODAY TOMORROW How do Labs change the way we work? Disconnected pilots without adequate learning and scaling Pursuing “unicorns” – invest in a single solution for complex problems Best practices lag behind challenges that are constantly shifting Development actors working in isolation “re-learn” what other offices have already learned Looking at the usual data sources leads us to the usual answers Faster learning through experiment- driven testing Learning from existing, local solutions that are closer to reality Bringing in new sources of data to real- time evolving challenges Portfolios of potential solutions allow us to consider multiple solutions in parallel Collective intelligence through a globally integrated network
  24. 24. How can you get involved?
  25. 25. Types of Partners Core investors co-build the Accelerator Lab Network as a joint venture. Our core investors are part of our Strategic Advisory Group. Strategic partners include governments the Labs serve and work with, organizations supporting the scaling of solutions, as well as other investors. Knowledge partners contribute subject matter expertise, specialized skills, or tools to the Network Engagement partners extend the network of the Labs, enabling them to reach out to and collaborate with global, regional and/or local audiences. Action partners extend the capabilities of the Labs in carrying out their work by adding new services or capabilities. ENGAGEMENT ACTION KNOWLEDGE STRATEGIC CORE INVESTORS