Category Archives: Technology & Innovation

Afghanistan Payment System (APS)

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Afghan banks have trouble establishing international financial relationships due to the general lack of modern, real-time, online and secure banking and payment services. Afghanistan Payment Systems (APS) is a new company that is already playing a lead role in modernizing the Afghanistan retail banking market. They are doing this through providing an innovative electronic mobile payment service to enhance retail banking in the country. Although payments though SWIFT services are available in all Afghan banks, APS has recognized the need for real-time payment systems, which are user friendly, fast and secure – to better support the local community.

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Technological and Digital Transformation Should Top the New UN Secretary-General’s Agenda

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“Established players in every industry and sector are trying to anticipate how the pace and scale of technology might change the landscape, to identify risks and opportunities, and to get ahead of the process rather than waiting to be surprised. The U.N., like other multilateral organizations, continues to take a reactive approach to technology and its impact on the U.N.’s institutional mandate.” (2017 Kaspersen & Wallach)

For more please read: http://www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2017/01/18/technological-and-digital-transformation-should-top-new-un-secretary-general%E2%80%99s-agend


Innovating in Afghanistan

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In 2002, less than 200,000 people in Afghanistan had access to telephones. Today more than 15 million Afghans use mobile phones and approximately 85% of the population has access to telecommunications networks.

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Technology, Monitoring and Innovation: The Use of Technology by UN Agencies in Afghanistan (2016)

This report provides a summary of responses to a Risk Management Unit survey of the use of Technology by United Nations Agencies in Afghanistan in support of Monitoring and Evaluation. The report also includes discussion of the benefits, challenges and opportunities that exist to enhance data collection, data aggregation, oversight and decision making.

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UN Global Pulse – Harnessing Big Data

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UN Global Pulse was launched as an innovation initiative by the United Nations Secretary-General on big data in late 2009. The vision of UN Global Pulse is for a future in which big data is harnessed safely and responsibly as a public good. Its mission is to accelerate discovery, development and scaled adoption of big data innovation for sustainable development and humanitarian action.

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UNCTAD Technology and Innovation Report

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The UNCTAD Technology and Innovation report recognizes that a number of countries have placed renewed emphasis on policy frameworks on industrial policies and science, technology and innovation (STI or innovation policies) to address the challenge of fostering industrialization and closing the technology gap.

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UNICEF Innovation

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UNICEF Innovation is an interdisciplinary team of individuals around the world tasked with identifying, prototyping, and scaling technologies and practices that strengthen UNICEF’s work. The UNICEF Innovation Hubs are open, collaborative incubation accelerators that bring business, universities, governments and civil society together to create innovative sustainable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing children and youth.

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Humanitarian Innovation Hub

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The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) supports organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance.

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