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New Way of Working: A New Normal in Our Development Approach

When a three-year extended drought resulted in the loss of over 65% of the cattle population in Warder and Kebredahar Woredas of Somalia region between 2016-2019, I felt that we were not doing enough…  


Co-creation: Reinventing how we collect and transport waste

The accelerator lab’s portfolio on waste management looks to generate learning and introduce innovative solutions at various stages of the waste value chain. Over the past few months, we have looked…  


Fashion Art Food: Stories of people turning waste to livelihood

UNDP Ethiopia's Accelerator Lab went on a three-day safari to explore the informal waste management system in Addis Ababa and this opened their eyes to the many waste-related activities that take…  


Growing solutions: Insights from our scaling journey

Throughout 2020, we explored challenges, experimented with ideas, and mapped local solutions on different challenges. The goal was to identify innovative solutions and create a strategy for scaling…  


Network Effect: How we are engaging the innovation ecosystem during the COVID19 pandemic

One of our goals in 2020 was to facilitate the growth of the budding innovation ecosystem in Ethiopia. We wanted to create and strengthen the network between the different actors, institutions,…  



Harnessing the power of mobile telephony to enhance business continuity in Ethiopia’s industrial parks

One of the early learnings we had around COVID-19 was that the struggle by many organizations to maintain the continuity of critical functions along with a safe working environment. While many…  


Embracing grassroot solutions to embrace and accelerate learning

When the COIVD-19 pandemic reached Ethiopia in March 2020, the accelerator lab wanted to identify local solutions that could support the fight against COIVD. However, sourcing solutions across the…  

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