UNDP Launches Accelerator Lab | Lao Tribune

UNDP Launches Accelerator Lab

(KPL) The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Lao PDR has launched Accelerator Lab with a global network of 60 labs serving 78 countries.

A fast-paced world, climate change and development challenges demand re-imaging our approaches in order to provide solutions that plug into the needs of modern societies and create a sustainable future for all.

The Accelerator Lab in the Lao PDR will map local grassroots solutions, test them and, if found viable, scale them up to quickly answer important challenges. Example of such development challenges that UNDP’s Accelerator Lab would want to engage with in Laos are global plastics crises, and youth employment.

Working together with the Ministry of Planning and Investment, as well as with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as first ports of call, and line ministries depending on the issue addressed, the Accelerator Lab will ensure that efforts are not happening in silos, behind closed doors.

From the Algeria to Zimbabwe, UNDP is changing its way of auctioning its mandate of working towards a sustainable life in dignity and prosperity for all.

Realizing that the speed and complexity of today’s social, economic and environmental problems are fundamentally different from previous eras in history, UNDP is creating a new way of working in development, with the help of its Accelerator Labs.

Partnering with the State of Qatar and the Federal Republic of Germany, the global network of Accelerator Labs will work together with national and global partners to find radically new approaches.

UNDP recognizes that traditional approaches, that are generally designed in a linear fashion, often do not consider the interconnectedness of environmental, social and economic factors. With the Accelerator Lab, we want to quickly identify burning issues that affect people and economic development , explore and map the solutions that already exist experiment what could work and share widely in the Lao PDR and with the rest of the world, said UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Ricarda Rieger.

To understand the root cause of the issues, it’s important that we understand the ecosystem and the nature of the today’s challenges. We will also need to nap out and explore stakeholders and encourage cross sector collaborations. This initiative will allow us to work with unusual partners to tackle development issues, to develop prototype for testing and to share among learning network, said Ms Manyphet Phengsavatdy, Head of the Exploration at UNDP’s Accelerator Lab in the Lao PDR.

Source: Lao News Agency