The Youth Empowerment Programme team were keen to identify strategic entry points for innovative approaches. They valued the fresh thinking and new solutions which alternative partners brought, they capitalized on rapid prototyping, experimenting, systems-mapping and the co-design process, while unlocking new sources of financing for development. They saw the potential of technology to reach out more broadly to the young people they want and need to work with, and how open innovation and identification of locally-developed solutions help UNDP to go directly to Pakistan’s youth, empower them, and create impact that inspires and motivates others.
All three innovative approaches described in this series of blogs allowed UNDP to increase their impact, reach, scale and efficiency. It brought in more representation from young people, including especially from more marginalized communities. Successes have been witnessed not only in changing the ways we work both internally and externally, but in pushing up to reimagine and redesign the way we achieve social impact.