UNDP Innovation Facility takes off

By Ma. Eliza Villarino 12 September 2014

Zan va Zamin, or Women and Earth, provide a biodiversity seminar to rural women in Tajikistan. Zan va Zamin won the UNDP Equator Prize in 2012. This year, the U.N. Development Program is set to launch a call for proposals for its newly launched innovation facility. Photo by: UNDP Europe and CIS / CC BY-NC-SA

The United Nations Development Program is eyeing October to issue a new call for proposals for support by its newly established innovation facility.

Launched in June, the facility backs activities, including projects, training and campaigns, by UNDP regional and country offices that “explore and try new approaches to increasingly complex development challenges.” So far, UNDP has awarded $3.5 million to 60 projects, with grants ranging from $14,000 to $350,000.

Funding from the Danish government and core resources currently shore up the facility. Niloy Banerjee, head of the UNDP Innovation Facility secretariat, said more support may be coming following favorable conversations with other donor countries.

Beyond the money, the facility provides technical resources to support the projects such innovation expertise from within and outside UNDP.

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Currently based in New York City, Eliza is a veteran journalist focused on covering the most pressing issues and latest innovations in global health, humanitarian aid, sustainability and development. A member of Mensa, Eliza has earned a master's degree in public affairs and bachelor's degree in political science from the University of the Philippines.

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