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Released at: 15:45, 15/06/2016


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Partnership to encourage youth participation in action for the common good.

by Doanh Doanh

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) announced a partnership with the startup incubator HATCH! VENTURES to facilitate youth innovative action for social good in Vietnam by signing an MoU in Hanoi on June 14.

The collaboration will focus on three game changing areas of common interest: innovation for development, mobilization of young people into innovative action towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and partnerships with the private sector.

“Young people are the most important stakeholder to drive the sustainable development agenda forward,” Dr. Pratibha Mehta, UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam, said at the signing ceremony. “Through this partnership we shall bring innovative technology and the development agenda closer and encourage new ideas, prototypes and creative solutions that increase access, reduce costs, and enable citizen participation and feedback.”

The agreement builds on the initial partnership in 2015 around the Hackathon for Social Good, which mobilized more than 100 young people into action towards delivering sustainable development goals. The competition resulted in two innovative ideas promoting citizen voices, namely “For People” (the 4P) app on mobile phones to collect citizen feedback on public services, and “GT-101”, an educational tool to encourage citizens to report any misconduct by traffic police.

In 2016, UNDP will collaborate with HATCH! VENTURES in the Social Innovation Camp and the Social Innovation Summit to identify and scale up innovation for development solutions. 

UNDP will challenge campers to come up with innovative solutions to tackle issues under five of the 17 SDGs, namely SDG12 - Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG13 - Climate Action, SDG14 - Life Below Water, SDG15 - Life on Land, and SDG16 - Peace and Justice.

“How the 2016 Social Innovation Camp differs from the previous competition is that it will stimulate sustainable innovative solutions for social issues that can be scaled up to make a difference around the country,” said Mr. Pham Quoc Dat, Director of HATCH! VENTURES. The Camp will take place in August in three cities - Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City - to facilitate participation nationwide.

Dr. Pratibha hopes it will yield more innovative ideas and galvanize thousands of young people into creativity to speed up information sharing and promote citizens’ participation and transparency for SDG implementation.

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