Innovation for development

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inno4dev

“#Inno4Dev: Innovation for development” is the initiative of UNDP in Armenia and is funded by the European Union. The project will be implemented by Kolba Innovations Lab in 2015-2018. This EU-UNDP partnership will create more opportunities and mechanisms for citizen engagement and introduce tools and systems for more effective and open governance.

It is a low-cost, high impact initiative; a multi-track agenda in which innovative new development technologies and methodologies are fully utilized in order to position the citizen at the heart of development and government decision-making. This EU-UNDP partnership will create more opportunities and mechanisms for citizen engagement and introduce tools and systems for more effective and open governance. In doing so, the project will build a direct collaboration channel between traditional development agents, the Government and the citizenry – creating a shortcut in their communication.

“Innovation for Development” will strengthen the enabling environment, culture and sustainability of innovation in the public and social sectors, thus unlocking more opportunities and capacities for shared growth and development amongst all actors.

The project will be executed through idea incubation for citizens and public servants, customized public awareness actions and public sector engagement. The latter element will be implemented in partnership with UK-based public sector innovation specialists, FutureGov.

Some results so far

·       Since the beginning of the project Kolba Lab has organized 7 public event in the format of “Kolba Cafés”, engaging citizens from different social groups in the discussion of various topics varying from behavioural science to social start-up marketing.

·       As part of Social Innovation Camp on Healthcare, more than 100 applications were received. Three social projects entered Kolba Lab’s incubator.

·       Kolba has supported the government with various cutting-edge approaches under the banner of public sector innovation. This has included a series of “firsts” in Armenia: holding innovation challenges within the key government offices, organizing a pop-up innovation lab in the Ministry of Justice, and supporting the Office of the Prime Minister to crowdsource ideas from active citizens as part of Armenia’s Open Government Partnership processes.

·       As part of Innovation for Development project, Armenia’s very first Public Sector Innovation Week (#PSIWeek) took place in January 2016. During the week for the first time TEDxYerevan hosted figures from Government and UN, together with artists talking about thought-provoking issues.

Who finances it?



2016

Donor name

Amount contributed per year

EU Delegation to Armenia

$ 179,254

2017

EU Delegation to Armenia

$ 135,795

 2018

 

EU Delegation to Armenia

$ 13,352

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