iDISPLA INITIATIVE   |  Feb 06, 2020

United Nations Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR's) Next Generation Distributed Problem-Solving pilot to assist the Country of Ethiopia address food security issues that continue to confront its citizens. The novel crowdsourcing approach being utilized will promote social inclusion across the country and democratizes opportunity and innovation for all.

United Nations 2030 Agenda Applicability: Our Distributed Problem-Solving processes and open innovation methods can address the critical areas of need for every 2030 Sustainable Goal for UNITAR. Specific to this pilot project with Ethiopia, our organization will apply our Subject Matter Expertise and novel application of innovative tools and processes to address Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2 and 3: Zero Hunger and Good Health and Well-being. Specifically, we will focus on SDG 1 where we will examine potential agricultural breakthrough impacts on food security and the corollary benefits derived from our challenge that positively influence current malnutrition consequences on health and mortality rates.

Expected Outcomes: We anticipate the following outcomes from this groundbreaking Distributed Problem-Solving pilot. Cooperation and collaboration between Ethiopia, UNITAR and the U.S. Organizations on a research and a crowdsourcing technology deployment initiative that creates opportunities to engage citizens in new and innovative ways that proactively address the devastating food security challenges facing their daily lives. This includes creating the ability for country stakeholders and citizens to both surface areas of need from their day-to-day living conditions and to provide tangible solutions to the very problems that they themselves identified.

Through this collaborative effort, we seek to maximize the benefits of shared learning and shared resources on democratizing opportunity and innovation strategies to provide hope, encourage participation, enable new economies, address critical areas of need, and improve quality of life to better support a sustainable outreach program to meet the needs of vulnerable citizens of all ages that reside in communities and settlements throughout Ethiopia.

Expected Outputs: We anticipate the following outputs from this pilot project.

  • Development of an online platform that crowdsources knowledge for implementation and execution of the SDGs, within and across Ethiopia, UN Member States and other stakeholders;
  • Developing methods to scale up the pilot platform, to create a resource that would be accessible and useful to the Ethiopian Government, United Nations and all its Member Nations as a whole, helping to facilitate tangible outcomes globally to advance the goals of the 2030 Agenda;
  • Extend key areas of Food Security and Food Supply Governance and Agricultural practices and benefits derived from this challenge to other countries and the World Food Program.
  • Incorporating resource-mobilization and crowdfunding elements into the platform, including methods for matching projects with donors, thereby helping to generate financial support for 2030 Agenda projects across the platform's user base and encourage sustainable improvements for generations to come.

The iDISPLA team seeks to advance real, sustainable outlets and creative distributed problem-solving techniques that can encourage and assist Citizens and communities in Ethiopia and across the world to rise above their current circumstances and be an active, healthy part of providing tangible solutions that can provide lift for both their own lives and their surroundings. Through direct assistance, enabling the constructive use of novel technology-based capabilities, and raising awareness, the organization champions the cause of democratizing innovation and opportunity for every citizen. As pioneers and leaders in open innovation initiatives, the ISC team is committed to providing access to all people to be active contributors to solving problems that can improve their lives.