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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…  


Payment for Ecosystem Services: Maximizing on Community Benefit Sharing

Ecosystem services are the diversified benefits derived from properly functioning ecosystems and environment. Ecosystems include forest, grassland, aquatic, mountain and agroecosystems and provide…  




COVID-19: Tackling the challenge with local solutions

The journey of finding these solutions through the challenge grant started by engaging the tech and innovation community, finding out how technology can help us as well as on how they can leverage the…  


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Innovation centered pandemic response: supporting Ethiopian’s industrial parks keep operating

On March 13th, two days after WHO confirmed COVID-19 as a global pandemic, the first case of the virus was confirmed in Ethiopia by the Ministry of Health. Immediately, UNDP Ethiopia changed gear…  


From Ebola to COVID-19: We won a battle, now we’re fighting a war

I was working for UNDP Liberia when Ebola struck in March 2014. I witnessed the fight to the last case and helped support the national response, all through April 2015 when the epidemic was…  


Let Them Lead : Learning from experimentation on student-led platforms to enhance skills and graduate employability

As it settled down to business in the country office, the first challenge the Ethiopian accelerator lab took on was the employment gap for university graduates. According to data from Central…  

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