Partnering for Change
To accomplish meaningful economic transformation, UNDP is partnering with several stakeholders including private sector parties, not-for-profit organizations, non-governmental agencies and social enterprises. Together, these actors will contribute to experimental innovations for change. By bringing multiple players together, UNDP is drawing on diverse sets of expertise, all with a common goal: responding to COVID-19 and preparing for both economic and digital transformations poised to occur in the present and well into the future.
This builds on the global Accelerator Lab’s Collective Intelligence methodology, dedicated to harnessing the power of people, data and technology in the context of development. On the private side, enhancing the operations of web-based grocery and pharmaceutical delivery solutions such as WiFetch will help instantly connect community bakeries with citizens unable to leave their home, thus linking supply with demand. Additionally, a taxi driver formerly dependent on routes running from the airport to hotels can use the platform to join a home safe delivery fleet of tracked vehicles, thus providing end users such as senior citizens with needed goods.
On the not-for-profit end, Caribbean start-up and entrepreneurship space Ten Habitat is supporting the creation of a digital skills marketplace for MSMEs to help individuals find jobs online and advertise their services. The start-up and entrepreneurial space is also contributing to a business development plan rooted in user experience and app design for enterprises looking to change and re-focus within the COVID-19 landscape.
International non-governmental organization FarmFinder is also being brought on to further boost access to locally sourced produce and fish. By building capacity for fisherfolk and farmers to engage in e-commerce to sell their products while offering consumers quality assurance that products purchased are sustainable, this could enhance the consumption of local products. This is significant as Eastern Caribbean producers are grappling with an abundance of food items due to declining buying levels from cruise ships, hotels and restaurants.
Bringing it all Together
Through multi-sectoral collaboration and the merging of various backgrounds, expertise and skills as one, we can empower businesses and develop more resilient communities as we fight COVID-19 together.
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By: Jordanna Tennebaum, Head of Solutions Mapping and Nikola Simpson, Head of Exploration, UNDP Accelerator Lab for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
Twitter: @j_tenneb; @nikola_simpson