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Mar/11 10:00 - Mar/11 11:00

This is an online session. To participate, please click here: https://bit.ly/3j6iGw8

Join us for this session in our #BuildBackBetter series, where experts from the OECD will share why better and diverse innovation is needed to address humanity’s crises and keep up with the unprecedented pace of change.Interventions


Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 10:00 to 11:00

This is an online session. To participate, please click here: https://bit.ly/3j6iGw8


Learn about:

• How the impacts of COVID-19 have shown the need for fast & long-term responses.

• Ways to move beyond ‘single point’ interventions to more diverse & inclusive approaches.

• Encourage forward-looking bottom-up adaptive innovation.

• Ensure a focus on the poorest and leaving no-one behind.

To address humanity’s existential crises and keep up with the unprecedented pace of change, not only more but better innovation is needed. The call for innovation and innovative solutions is omnipresent in international development. Recent efforts in addressing the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 have shown the potential of innovation, especially solutions developed and scaled by local innovators. But there remain multiple challenges to improve innovation practices and investments in internal development organizations and the UN system.  

The session, with speakers from the OECD and other entities, will address key challenges and highlight lessons from a peer-learning exercise on development innovation across members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).  This OECD DAC peer learning exercise has been one of the most in-depth and wide-ranging efforts to date to learn about the work on innovation for development, with broad coverage of the work of 24 of the 30 DAC members, and in-depth exploration of the capacities of four focus countries: Australia, France, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The findings were shared in the report ‘Innovation for Development Impact: Lessons from the OECD Development Assistance Committee. The seminar will also provide the opportunity to learn about different facets of innovation and how governments and development organizations are putting these in practice.   


Alex Roberts, Deputy Head of the OECD Observatory for Public Sector Innovation (OPSI), and Benjamin Kumpf, Head of the OECD Development Innovation Team, will share findings from across a broad range of development organizations and governments, and put forward some provocations to spark debate.  

Guests Nina Strandberg and Louisa Ayebare, serving as “critical friends”, will bring critical reflection on these interventions based on their own domains and experiences.