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Verified helps people around the world access verified information

A joint initiative of Purpose and the United Nations, Verified is a crisis communications model designed to adeptly respond to intersecting crises in an era of prolific mis- and disinformation. Heavily based on behavioral science insights, it cuts through the noise around global crises and deliver critical fact-based advice and information.


What’s In The Box? A Novel Solution For Emergency Connectivity

The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria continues to be one of the most severe and complex globally. The CrisisNet kit offers a world of communication to humanitarians to power their response — all in just one box.


WFP Information & Technology Strategy 2023 – 2026

The Information and Technology Strategy 2023-2026 maps WFP’s vision for the future of technology, evidence, and innovation. The actions stemming from this strategy will improve WFP’s performance, driving the efficiency and effectiveness gains that country offices need to sustainably save and change lives.


Gender Data Lab for Increased Gender Data Availability

The Gender Data Lab (GDL) initiative aims to establish a dedicated team within existing government structures, such as National Statistical Offices, to accelerate gender data availability and promote evidence-based policymaking.

County Level Innovation Centers

The Innovation Unit is decentralizing WFP’s efforts to impact food security and foster innovation ecosystems at county level. This will leverage the successful partnership between the Government and WFP to support the design, set up and running of County-level Innovation Centres (CICs). The overall goal of the CICs is to support the development of highly scalable, field tested, innovative solutions that support strengthening of resilience for vulnerable populations in the Arid and Semi-Arid lands. These innovation centers are designed to be safe spaces for county government staff, beneficiaries, and innovators to access training on innovation methodologies to develop solutions to problems faced in the counties and beyond. The centers will also provide deep field access where innovative solutions are tested rapidly with the target beneficiaries for richer learnings. Additionally, the centres will provide access to funding opportunities for innovative ideas, entrepreneurs, and startups.

EMPACT digital livelihoods programme

WFP’s EMPACT (EMPowerment in ACTion) programme is a digital livelihoods programme delivering a blended curriculum that combines technical and soft skills training curriculum through a learn-and-earn model that also connects trainees to digital work opportunities. EMPACT was launched at the Kibera Town Center in 2021 following the socio-economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, more than 1,000 youth have been trained under the programme with 41 percent earning money from online work.

H2Grow: Hydroponics for vulnerable communities

H2Grow is WFP’s hydroponics initiative that brings locally adapted and affordable hydroponic solutions to vulnerable communities. WFP is leveraging on learnings to provide technical support to local farmers implementing hydroponics. The Innovation Unit is exploring blended finance models that will contribute to reducing the cost of hydroponics to facilitate scale and broad adoption of the solution. The Unit is also supporting a global Community of Practice around hydroponics through the H2Grow Platform, and the roll-out of hydroponics training for farmers through the Hydro App.

MEZA: AI-based App for remote health centers

WFP has invested in MEZA – which translates to ‘table’ in Swahili – an artificial intelligence (AI) solution that uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to decode handwritten medical data into machine-readable information. The solution also assists in consolidating this data into the national government’s health database to support accurate and timely reporting on health treatment for effective management of acute malnutrition. MEZA is designed to specifically support remote health centres that have limited access to electricity and internet, preventing them from using the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system currently being deployed in the country.


Equity 2030 Alliance: Normalizing Gender Equity in Science & Technology

The Equity 2030 Alliance aims to build an equitable future for all by closing gaps in gender inclusive solutions in science, technology, and financing. The Alliance leverages the collective power of positive disruptors to close the gender equity gap in science and technology design. The Alliance seeks to accelerate actions to normalize gender equity in science and technology by introducing data-driven arguments and strategies. We believe our actions will lead towards an inclusive, sustainable, and gender equitable future where women’s voices are heard, their needs are met, and their potential is fulfilled.


Data to Policy Network

The Data to Policy Network, a collaborative effort between UNDP and UNOSSC, connects a global community of policymakers and fosters knowledge sharing on how to harness emerging data sources for evidence-based policymaking.

UN Global Pulse

Scaling the Summit: Innovation Scaling Guide

To support the UN 2.0 vision, “Scaling the Summit: A primer on how to scale innovations for impact for the UN System” by UN Global Pulse guides conversations around priming innovations for scale to unlock their full potential in addressing global needs.

UN Global Pulse

DISHA initiative – Data Insights for Social and Humanitarian Action

Disha is a multi-partner initiative that aims to accelerate ethical and responsible access to data and AI solutions to unlock social impact at scale.


The Digital Public Infrastructure Approach: A Playbook

For countries in the early stage of their Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) adoption journey, or for those that might be just beginning to embrace this novel concept: where should they start? Beyond the definitions and principles, what are some practical steps they need to consider? This DPI playbook is designed as a practical and public resource that low and middle-income countries (LMICs) in particular can utilize in building an inclusive and rights-based DPI.


Snapshot: The Potential of Digital Public Infrastructure

This compendium presents a snapshot of digital solutions in action around the world that can help move the needle and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mapped across all 17 SDGs, the solutions presented in the compendium are a mix of DPI and other solutions with the potential to become DPI. They all share common characteristics of interoperability, open standards, societal scale, and enabling rules and regulations.

UN Global Pulse

Disaggregating Data for Inclusive Transport Planning

Pulse Lab Jakarta partnered with PT KAI, Indonesia’s national railway company, to analyze passenger data and demographic information to improve inclusive transport planning and services.


UNDP Foresight Playbook for Asia and the Pacific

The UNDP RBAP Foresight Playbook explores entry points to incorporate foresight approaches, methodologies, and tools into UNDP’s work.


Partner2Connect: Uniting for Global Digital Inclusion

A coalition to drive universal and meaningful connectivity and digital transformation worldwide. It aims to bridge the digital divide and empowering the hardest-to-connect communities in LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS.


Data Availability for Humanitarian Efforts

The State of Open Humanitarian Data 2023 report presents an overview of data availability for humanitarian efforts. By raising awareness of available data and identifying gaps, it aims to enhance humanitarian response.


La Voz de los Refugiados

Digital Innovation project in Brazil creates a community radio for refugees.

UN Global Pulse

FutureCast: a game exploring the pathways of change

A workshop format to take participants through interactive rounds to respond to questions and trigger conversations about how the future might evolve during and after an electoral period.


Tracking the Tragic Trail: The Missing Migrants Project

The Missing Migrants Project: a pioneering global database mapping migrant deaths and disappearances, informing policy, and guiding research since 2014.


UNWTO Action Plan for Innovation

UNWTO aims to drive the digitalization of tourism and to create an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem that will maximize the potential of the sector in terms of economic growth, job creation and sustainable development.


Biodiversity Trade Tracker: Mapping Global Bio-Trade

UNCTAD’s online tool offers in-depth data on global trade in biodiversity-based products, and aids stakeholders to combat biodiversity loss and promote sustainable trade.


Green GovStack Initiative

Supporting governments in establishing interoperable, secure IT infrastructure for national development. It offers digital building blocks for governments to use IT technologies, while minimizing costs and dependencies.

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