Innovation for IFAD means finding creative ways to deliver better results quicker, either by using new approaches or by applying existing techniques to new situations.
In 2019, IFAD ran an innovation challenge as a global competition so all colleagues across country offices could participate. IFAD funded ten winning proposals and this page tells their stories.
The first group of IFAD Innovators finished their projects in 2020. They tested new ways of doing things, including through ideas like machine learning, remote sensing, virtual reality and even board games. IFAD is now assessing results and looking to scale up successes.
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Effective partnerships provide access to new resources and enable rapid sharing of best practices and lessons learned.
Systems, processes and structures that support experimentation are critical in innovative organizations.
Interactions between diverse groups across locations are essential for results, especially in global organizations.
Innovative organizations use data analytics in their programmes and business practices.
Over 50 proposals were submitted. A cross-functional panel assessed each submitted idea and all IFAD colleagues had the opportunity to vote. Winners were announced in August 2019 and worked hard to finish implementation by end of January 2020.
"The IFAD Innovation challenge opens up the opportunity to reflect on our broader goals and generate ideas that can bring innovation to our operations and business practices."
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