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Using ‘sensemaking’ to calibrate our response to COVID-19

In February 2020, I was in New York for work and the buzz around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was growing and picking pace. A week after I returned to Fiji, the borders closed. Almost a year…  


Food and Income Security Solutions Exploration: The Case of Informal Settlements in Fiji

In Fiji, informal settlements in cities such as Suva and Lautoka, and towns like Sigatoka and Nadi are witnessing a rapid growth in household numbers. The Accelerator Lab Pacific partnered with…  


Food and Income Security Solutions Exploration: The Case of Informal Settlements in Fiji

In Fiji, informal settlements in cities such as Suva and Lautoka, and towns like Sigatoka and Nadi are witnessing a rapid growth in household numbers. The Accelerator Lab Pacific partnered with…  


Traditional knowledge as a powerful lever for climate resilience

In December 2019, the UN Development Programme Pacific Office in Fiji through the Accelerator Lab Pacific embarked on an experiment to understand the interplay between traditional knowledge, cultural…  


Innovation Hub Review

Since January 2019, the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji, in partnership with the USP, has successfully co-operated and co-maintained this co-working space within the USP corridors, which is an Innovation…  


How Vanuatu ran a successful election during a pandemic: lessons learnt

A few days prior to its general election day in Vanuatu in March, the volcano on Tanna island showed increased activity and an earthquake hit the country. Cyclone Gretel followed and impacted…  


“Climate Tragedy: If We Drown Tuvalu, We Drown the Entire World”

Tuvalu, a dot on the globe, but home to 11,500 people and 1000 km away from the next ATM , face an existential threat. Climate induced hazards such as rising sea levels, cyclones, tsunamis, droughts,…  


A Blended Methods Approach: Solutions Safari on Fongafale

The people of Tuvalu generally have a strong connection to their land. The local catch phrase in Tuvalu is that “Tuvalu is sinking, and it is slowly disappearing”. Seen from above; Fongafale - the…  


The day I decided to marry data

I met data at work. Data had spent much time in the West showing exemplary results for public sector innovation. When data came to my home country - India, there was intrigue and some implicit demand.  


So we’re doing experiments and learning from them – but what comes after that?

As the new year gets off to an exciting start, the United Nations Development Programme’s 60 Accelerator Labs across the world are ready to unleash the full force of their intellectual capacity,…  

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