The ongoing COVID-19 crisis reveals that complex issues cannot be tackled by applying single point solutions. Unfortunately, despite the complex and interconnected challenges arising because of COVID-19, most of the current recovery initiatives are still designed as projects to address specific issues linearly.
Now more than ever, there is a need to create a mechanism to replace separate response processes with an integrated stream. After understanding the complexity of these challenges, the priority is to build a portfolio of options based on multiple collaborations for a systemic impact.
What is necessary is a deeper understanding of the social, economic and cultural dynamics that are conditioning the evolution of this crisis.
UNDP Pakistan’s Innovation-AccLab and the Agirre Lehendakaria Center (ALC) are collaborating to experiment a replacement for traditional linear projects, by co-designing a Social Innovation Platform to address socio-economic challenges — especially those which have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Social Innovation Platform approach will allow us; to better listen to the communities, understand citizens’ perceptions and behavioural changes in real time, predict emerging changes in the COVID-19 pandemic, and contribute to co-design public policies.
The Social Innovation Platform fits well with UNDP’s socio-economic response to COVID-19, which focuses on avoiding “single-point solutions”
What does the Social Innovation Platform entail?
Social Innovation Platforms are integration engines that bring together a variety of actors, methods, and interconnected actions to allow for a more experimental and systemic approach in addressing the development challenges. Following are the core characteristics of the platform:
(1) new community listening tools and sense making processes,
(2) new co-creation and prototyping capabilities on five different levels (community actions, small and medium scale initiatives, large scale public/private partnerships, public service redesign, and new regulation),
(3) a portfolio approach to manage prototyping and scale,
(4) the possibility to set up locally focused investment funds.