Innocent Ejolu says SDGs like Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being for all, Quality Education for all, clean Water and Sanitation and climate action are lagging behind hence calling for other ways to achieve them by 2030 as planned.
Development Program- UNDP has launched the Accelerator Lab to solve
complex development challenges in Uganda.
The UNDP Accelerator Lab in Uganda is part of a three-year global initiative to
build a network of 60 labs in 78 countries across the world.
The labs consist of experts from UNDP working with local innovators to identify
solutions to challenges like poverty, hunger, de-afforestation and poor health
Innocent Ejolu, the focal point person of the lab at UNDP, says that the
initiative will enable local innovators to pitch solutions to UNDP. UNDP will then work with the innovators to experiment and
He says UNDP has already called for innovative ideas on dealing with deforestation in Uganda and are receiving feedback.
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The Accelerator Labs initiative was launched globally in July as a
measure to find new ways that can accelerate progress in achieving Sustainable
Development Goals- SDG.
According to UNDP, some SDGs are far from being realized and hence a need for a
different approach to achieve them by 2030 as planned.
Ejolu says SDGs like Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being for all, Quality Education
for all, clean Water and Sanitation and climate action are lagging behind.
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According to UNDP, there will be regular evaluations at the labs to establish
if they are still pursuing their commitments or innovations, assess progress,
make modification or adjustments if need be among others.
UNDP Resident Representative, Elsie Attafuah reiterated UN’s commitment to
achieving sustainable development goals and said the labs are a good step
towards the achievement.
The Minister in Charge of General Duties Mary Karooro Okurut also welcomed the
initiative saying it will generate local grounded solutions with maximum
participation of the local community.
She says that it
is also a great opportunity for the youths to showcase their innovations and
contribute to solutions to the challenges facing the country.
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Edwin Muhumuza a climate change activist and an innovator in alternative
cooking fuel says the lab is a good initiative with potential to tap into the
innovations of youths. He, however, says the program should be accessible to
youths in rural areas.
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So far, the UN Labs are in countries like Cambodia and Pakistan. In Pakistan,
the labs are focusing on drought as one of the challenges. One of the teams in
Pakistan found a seaweed that is highly nutritious for animal feed hence
providing a solution on how to cope with drought.