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Sustainable Development Goals Impact Accelerator-SDGIA

Project overview

UNDP has the UN mandate to coordinate the implementation of the SDGs at country level and support governments to design national SDG action plans. In line with UNDP’s mission to support countries to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality and exclusion, this initiative aims to establish an accelerator targeting vulnerable groups, with specific attention to refugee and migrant populations.

The Sustainable Development Goals Impact Accelerator initiative (SDGIA) is a global accelerator built by a multi stakeholder platform focusing on empowering “systems entrepreneurs” and innovators who are providing impact at scale. It has been designed jointly by the UNDP’s Regional Service Center in Istanbul with the Government of Turkey through a process that started in June 2018.  Since then, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Limak Holding, a Turkish conglomerate with investments in energy, health and transport in developing countries, and Eczacibasi Vitra, one of the largest sanitation systems producers globally with headquarter in Turkey as well as World Food Programme (WFP) joined the SDGia Project Board, which made it a truly global multi-stakeholder platform.

According to the feasibility study of the SDG IA, the first phase of which has been completed in March 2019, the SDG IA consists of:

a) a Systems Lab to provide access to insights and information, in particular through human- centred design techniques and systems tools, and a focus on specific challenges;

b) an accelerator with a cohort structure to bring different stakeholders together around specific challenges and provide challenge-focused – instead of generic – acceleration services towards systems change through lean enterprise methods;

c) the Impact Investment Fund to provide its alumni with direct access to flexible funding to scale-up.

SDGia Pre Accelerator BootCamp (July 2019)

Startups applied to the SDGia were tasked with solving two big problems for over four million Syrians under the temporary protection in Turkey as well as the temporary agricultural workers around the country. These two problems were:

1) Livelihood Opportunities and Access to Basic Services

2) Clean Water and Sanitation

More specifically, startups developing solutions and technologies providing Digital Identity services or access to innovative Non-sewage Portable Toilet ideas were called to participate. The design and implementation of a new non-sewage portable toilet and sanitation systems, that will be designed based on the experience of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s WASH (Water Sanitation Health) team, which is working on a global non-sewage sanitation technology and the development of a digital identification system.

Here the link to the Bootcamp video.

Our Added Value

PlusValue has been contracted to map the current global scene for impact accelerators for migrants, develop an impact strategy and explore the policy landscape and institutional partnerships that can help secure the scalability of the project.

Here you can find the Feasibility Study Report we contributed.

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