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Developing Market Innovators Pivot to Face COVID-19

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Innovation is vital to adapt to unexpected challenges in developing markets. The complexity and uncertainty of a pandemic highlights the pressing need for widespread innovation to increase global preparedness and rapid response. Innovators in the developing world are at the forefront of this challenge as they launch creative solutions, pivot their approaches, and adapt to immense change in response to COVID-19. The flexibility of these organizations helps to ensure that they will continue to meet the needs of low-income communities and customers as well as their own operational survival. In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, this panel will highlight innovators continuing to demonstrate ingenuity by adapting their delivery models to withstand the global crisis, diversifying their work, and developing critical resilience (e.g. delivering necessary services, food, and supplies).


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Last Mile Health (COVID toolkit)




Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Living Goods

Every Shelter

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  1. Hi,
    We would welcome sharing as part of the virtual panel, to outline how the solving of pressing urban challenges, linked to climate action, and economic regeneration is the very platform for spurring the innovation & investment climate for a post COVID-19 economic regeneration.

    As Sustainable Cities Africa (SCA) we are an African service firm, that is building a sustainable city centre of excellence in Botswana, to share smart sustainable city strategy best practice in an African context. Leveraging –
    – Sustainable service & innovation cluster management team;
    – Translate “smart sustainable community” concepts into holistic, tailored city strategies (at both the national and local/regional level, with quantifiable deliverables – using SDGs indicators as the measure);
    – Identifying innovative firms & MSMEs or university “spin-offs” (through a network of partners in Africa and beyond, to co-locate tested solutions & services, against those strategic priorities);
    – Use cluster management tools & best practice to co-ordinate firms and projects, developing an integrated approach to maximize locally contextualized digital, green economic development; AND

    In partnership with local stakeholders, government, and our Botswana International University of Science & Technology (BIUST) to build local capacity, relevant skills, and an urban data strategy are developed, so that growth is inclusive and sustainable.

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