Breakout session | Stage 3

Host: UNDP Accelerator Labs

Developing countries face significantly complex challenges, including multifactor poverty as well as global phenomena like climate change, pollution, and rising extremism, which must be addressed through a local lens. The session will highlight new solutions that are locally relevant and locally driven, that can be adapted, sustained, and replicated to address these complex challenges. Further, we need a robust, adaptable learning system to increase our knowledge about what works, where, and why. These solutions need to be expanded dramatically beyond the non-obvious solutions and, where possible, not just transferred but adapted across regions, SDGs, and ecosystems. This panel will discuss about traditional knowledge holders and grassroots innovators who innovate, create, and pass on knowledge and solutions to address needs unmet by policies and market access. For example, youth entrepreneurs in Sudan are creating decent work and economic growth among vulnerable groups, informal workers in Ghana are designing solutions to convert waste into valuable assets, while indigenous crafts, heirloom recipes, and ethnobotanicals are being mapped by SalikLakbay researchers in the Philippines to develop their innovations and bridge them to market. Via a panel discussion between young innovators from Least Developed Countries, scholars from the Global South, and UNDP Accelerator Lab teams from Africa and Asia, we will explore the richness of grassroots innovations, share concrete examples and stories contributing to decent work and economic growth, no poverty, and sustainable cities and communities, and demonstrate the importance of accelerating these innovations at a global scale.



Gina Lucarelli
UNDP Accelerator Labs Team Leader, UNP
Gina Lucarelli has been working in global development for over 20 years. She has dabbled in social innovation and global development in the areas of data innovation, collective intelligence, sustainable development, justice reform, indigenous knowledge and participatory development. She has also managed teams and portfolios in innovation, directed digital and open data strategies, fought for private sector and innovation foundation partnerships, led strategic planning, attempted to see impact through monitoring and evaluation, and led advocacy and communication campaigns in the UN.
Anil Kumar Gupta
Professor, Founder of the Honeybee Network
Anil Kumar Gupta is an Indian scholar in the area of grassroots innovations. He is the founder of the Honey Bee Network. He retired as a full-time professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 2017, where he served for about 36 years. He held an executive vice-chair at the National Innovation Foundation, where he is a member of its governing board now. He is also a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. He was awarded the Padma Shri in the year 2004, for his contributions to management education.
Rex Lor
Head of Solutions Mapping, UNDP Philippines

Rex Lor is the Head of Solutions Mapping of UNDP Philippines and is on the lookout for grassroots innovations through the Science & Technology Department's Grassroots Innovation for Inclusive Development (GRIND), a Philippines Accelerator Lab-supported program. He is an educator and researcher by training, designs social innovation programs, and facilitates innovation workshops.

Fatima Farouta
Fatima Farouta is the Head of Solutions Mapping of UNDP Ghana, she is trained as an anthropologist and is looking for grassroots innovations in Accra. Fatima is is uniquely positioned to identify grassroots innovations in the Accra communities.
Mahasin Ismail
Founder, Saunders Homestay
Mahasin Ismail is a business studies senior student from Sudan. She has founded Saunders Homestay, a Sudanese digital marketplace for hosted accommodation focused on home-sharing and dedicated to offering quality rooms at wallet-friendly price, and giving host an opportunity to rent out their spare rooms on their global marketplace. Passionate about youth entrepreneurship and social enterprises and social impact, Mahasin has served as a motivational speaker at several primary and high schools, gender equality and woman right activist seeking to make a positive change in Sudan.
September 24, 11:45
11:45 — 12:30EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Inequalities, Partnerships, Technology

| Host: UNDP Accelerator Labs |, Anil Kumar Gupta (Professor), Fatima Farouta (UNDP), Gina Lucarelli (UNDP), Mahasin Ismail (Saunders Homestay), Rex Lor (UNDP)