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A New “Catalyzer” to speed up development

The impact of artificial intelligence on unemployment. The potential for disinformation to spread on social media. The need for policies that keep up with and drive innovation, while protecting human rights. Many of these challenges are growing exponentially. The speed, dynamics and complexity of today’s social, economic and environmental problems are fundamentally different from previous eras in history. 

The Accelerator Labs are UNDP’s new way of working in development. 60 labs serving 78 countries will work together with national and global partners to find radically new approaches that fit the complexity of current development challenges.

Building the world’s largest and fastest learning network around development challenges isn’t just about building 60 teams in 60 countries — it’s about changing the way we work. We’re moving away from learning and innovating in isolated pockets to operating as a globally integrated network where 60 teams build on each others’ knowledge and learning on a weekly basis.

In Libya, we are bringing together people willing to make a difference doing something that has never been done before.

The Lab in Libya will analyze challenges within local contexts to identify connections and patterns in search of new avenues of work to act effectively in addressing wicked development challenges. We are aiming at creating youth employment and build a community of innovators in Libya.

As a first policy frontier challenge, the UNDP Libya Lab Team decided to tackle the solid waste issue in the country The Lab will bring together: i) grassroots solutions from local organizations and individuals which want to scale up, ii) private companies which eager to work, iii) and governmental institutions which need support implementing country’s s solid waste management strategy. They will collectively map issues and solutions, and eventually test out their ideas with the help of UNDP and their partners.

Removing garbage from the streets and designing an effective intervention to scale up a solid waste management scheme can radically change the landscape of the country. This first approach by the Lab will give trust to people about accelerated development methodologies and give the Lab a soft land to a challenging country like Libya.

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