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Celebrating waste: How do we build an ecosystem in solid waste recycling, reuse, and upcycling?

the Lab Team embarked on a Solution ‘Safari’ to map out different waste products that can be profitable for waste collectors and held a solution fest to introduce waste and sustainable products. This…  


Creating Opportunities and Entry points for Local Innovators to Digitize Government Functions

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered an unprecedented demand for digital technology solutions in ensuring continuity of critical services and in accelerating overall recovery in bureaucracies The…  




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,…  


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