ESCWA Internal Innovation Strategy - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia


ESCWA Internal Innovation Strategy

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/OES/2021/INF.1

Publication Type: Information material

Cluster: 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination, Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability, Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development, Governance and Conflict Prevention, Shared Economic Prosperity, Statistics, Information Society and Technology

Focus Area: Technology & innovation

Keywords: Organizational change, Organizational structure, Organizational reform, Pilot projects, Guidelines

ESCWA Internal Innovation Strategy

August 2021

This Strategy inspires greater recourse towards internal innovation to be highly responsive to today’s unconventional challenges, securing significant progress toward achieving the SDGs in the Arab region. As emerging developments require novel solutions, an organizational innovation strategy becomes pertinent to streamline a set of coherent processes and structures that dictate how the organization selects projects for funding, searches for novel problems and solutions, and synthesizes ideas into drivers of change. An organization with such an innovation strategy is generally more capable of optimizing its resources and is therefore avoid unnecessary trade-off decisions.

To that end, this Strategy articulates five core targets and encourages a bottom-up approach to cultivate a culture of innovation where ideation without judgment is encouraged, and attempting and "failing forward" is acceptable. Consequently, the organization is poised to become more agile, pro-active and efficient in delivering services to its member States. The ultimate goal of the present strategy is to sustain and grow the role of ESCWA as the catalyst of change in the region to drive transformational change towards shared prosperity and dignified lives.

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