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21 May 2020, 18:32

UNDP to set up innovation lab in Belarus to accelerate local development

Alexandra Solovieva. An archive photo
Alexandra Solovieva. An archive photo

MINSK, 21 May (BelTA) – The United Nations Development Program in Belarus is recruiting a team of personnel to set up an acceleration lab, BelTA learned from UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Alexandra Solovieva during a videoconference held on 21 May to discuss results of the Small Towns project of the UNDP and the Economy Ministry.

According to Alexandra Solovieva, the lab will be set up at premises of the UNDP office in Belarus soon and will help accelerate social and economic development and contribute to the emergence of new growth points. It will try to find solutions to specific innovation tasks.

Alexandra Solovieva said that the UNDP set up 60 labs of the kinds two years ago thanks to support of donors in a number of countries. Belarus was not one of them back then. Now the number of the labs will be raised from 60 to 90. “Thanks to our eagerness and the interest of national partners such a lab will be set up in Belarus for the sake of accelerating and finding solutions in the area of innovative development, primarily of local nature. We are now conducting a dialogue and intend to start working.”

The lab will develop promising ideas, which will be part of the foundation of future UNDP projects with the Belarusian government, donors and partners of the program, will allow raising additional resources and scaling these local solutions. Solutions tried and tested by other labs and global practices will also be used.

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