Happy Friday! The Regional T4D team has begun sending out a weekly article or two about T4D and Innovation to showcase interesting insights, opportunities and challenges faced in this space.
This week we turn to an interview by Aleem Walji, Director of Innovation Labs at the World Bank Institute, on how the World Bank thinks about scaling innovation. In this interview at the Skoll World Forum in April 2013, Mr. Walji highlights ways development organizations can leverage technology and innovation initiatives to positively impact humanitarian efforts.
Some quick takeaways from the interview:
- Solving humanitarian challenges requires solutions where “multiple actors experiment together, learn together, and iterate fast.” We need to push for evidence-based solutions and multi-stakeholder problem solving.
- Move towards an agile development model where“instead of minimizing risk we need to manage risk and navigate uncertainty intelligently.”
- “Fail fast and fail forward. You learn and iterate. You document what you learn, share it with the world and look for insights form wherever you find them.”
- Be bold in experimentation and think big in programme delivery. “What we need to scale is not a particular solution or development prescription but a repeatable process that is end-user centric, disciplined and data driven.”
This interview provides some great insights into the challenges and opportunities facing UNICEF as we begin and continue thinking about and discussing the possibilities for T4D and Innovation in programme delivery.
Also, UNICEF’s own Chris Fabian gave a great interview on this same subject for the World We Want. For Chris and the Global Innovations
team, scaling innovation means “working with open source solutions, with technologies that are readily available in community so we don’t have to bring things from outside, and with products that can be built locally, adopted locally, and scaled globally.”
Here’s the link to the full interview: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/398622
I hope you enjoy reading.