The UNDP Ghana Accelerator Lab is creating a nation-wide innovation platform to identify local solutions designed to help society in this period of adjustment. The Challenge is a call to innovators, community activists and problem solvers, including those who do not have an online presence to participate.
The UNDP Ghana Accelerator Lab wishes to work with innovators, entrepreneurs, local authorities and volunteers in communities to identify and support sustainable solutions that are helping us to adjust to the new normal way of life under COVID-19 and will be useful in Ghana’s recovery from the pandemic.
The Challenge will cover technological and social innovations across public and private organisations including businesses, non-governmental organisations (NGO’s), the creative industry and the informal sector. The objective is to explore sustainable solutions that players in these sectors have developed. The Ghana Accelerator Lab will support winning solutions and initiatives to scale up.
Is the initiative relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic? Has its implementation responded to immediate needs which have already been identified or emerging needs in communities? How relevant is the initiative to living with the pandemic and the recovery?
Is the initiative viable – is the solution already in use or prototyped? If implemented, is it likely to achieve its stated aim? What will success look like – will we be able to monitor and evaluate the success once implemented? Will the solution be readily supported by the population?
Are any inputs required available locally? Will implementation require the importation of goods and services? Are required inputs available in communities outside Accra and other major cities? How resource intensive is the initiative?
How quickly can the initiative be implemented? Does the initiative include adequate time for testing the solution to ensure that it works?
Is the proposal genuinely innovative? Does it include novel perspectives of COVID-19 and responses to it? Does it address issues that will outlast this pandemic?
Can the solution be scaled up quickly? How will it work in different contexts across Ghana?