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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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


Financing Improved Toilets

This initiative seeks to boost funding for the construction of improved toilets to combat open defecation, which contaminates sources of drinking water and spreads diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea and dysentery.



Yoma is a digital marketplace for youth to transform their futures by engaging in social impact tasks and learning & earning opportunities provided by a range of partners e.g. private enterprises, social impact orgs and future employers.

Reclima: Sowing Seeds of Climate Resilience

The Reclima initiative fosters climate resilience, empowering 20k families in the Dry Corridor of El Salvador to adapt agriculture for restoring ecosystems, focusing on gender inclusion and youth engagement.

Water for Sustainable Development Tool

UNU-IAS provides a provincial level water input-output table to support efficient water-saving policies in Asia.

OportuGuate in Guatemala

Connecting returned migrants with job opportunities and entrepreneurship.

UN Women

Empowering Uganda: Women Lead in Aquaculture

In Uganda, UN Women has enabled over 1,400 women to cultivate 250,000+ tilapia fingerlings, offering them vital training and resources to flourish in the aquaculture sector.


UNDP Innovation Medium channel

Channel to follow UNDP’s Strategic Innovation initiatives and learnings – pioneering new ways of doing development that build country’s’ capacity to deliver change at scale.


gText: High-quality Translation of Parliamentary Documentation

The gText project provides a suite of language applications, including computer-assisted translation and editing, machine-translation, terminology management and semantic markup, built to meet the UN multilingual documentation needs.


Mayors for Economic Growth

Bringing a new generation of system & portfolio approaches to over 400 cities with investment from the Economic Commission.

Innovating Menstrual Hygiene in Bangladesh

IOM is collaborating with fashion industry players to create menstrual pads from leftover fabric for Rohingya women in Cox’s Bazar camps.


Digital Empowerment through Outsourced Jobs

UNICEF’s Impact Hub initiative aids young graduates in Tajikistan through outsourcing: resulting opportunities in digital jobs offer training opportunities and combat unemployment and brain drain.


Boosting Climate Resilience with Drones and Remote Sensing

A Climate Technology Centers Network (CTCN) initiative in Eswatini is enhancing the application of drones and remote sensing technologies for climate resilience, tracking key climate parameters.

Empowering Kenyan Women for Wellness

The Healthy Woman project tackles obesity, diabetes, and hypertension among Kenyan women, by combining health education with hands-on agri-nutrition training to promote sustainable, health-conscious decision-making.

Nilus: Technology to Tackle Poverty

Nilus is tech company working to lower the cost of living for low-income people, leveraging the power of disintermediation, food rescue and community group buying.



FunDoo is a chat-based learning tool to empower and equip young people aged 14-24 with critical 21st-century skills and information on professional careers, health, mental health, climate change, and gender-based violence.


Tonosi’s Recycling Potential

In Tonosi, small businesses take waste management into their own hands, indicating potential for a recycling pilot program despite the complex challenges of solid waste management.

FAO Science and Innovation Strategy

FAO’s Science and Innovation Strategy aims to boost global food systems by leveraging science and innovation, fostering evidence-based decision-making, and reinforcing FAO’s capacities.



The Digiboard is a height/length measurement device for anthropometric measurements with a digital output automatically transferred via Bluetooth to a mobile device to eliminate human error and improve data accuracy.

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