Strategic innovation funding in times of radical uncertainty

World Uncertainty Index

1. Focus on system dynamics (rather than ‘solutions’)

2. From single point solutions to coherent portfolios.

3. From short-termism to deep demonstrations

4. From documents to visual and physical representation of systems

From ongoing work in UNDP Malawi with Chora Foundation on governance system, for more details see Claire Medina’s blog here

Questions moving forward

  • How difficult will it be for our partners (Governments, donors) to take a leap of faith with us on this exploration seeing as though the shift tends to hit against many constraints in the way public policy and development sectors work (siloed organization, short-termism, projectized nature of work)? Are there donors and governments interested in moving beyond projects, and invest in portfolios for system transformation?
  • If a starting point is that this is a long-term engagement, what do the interim ‘small wins’ and practical steps in the right direction look like that are necessary to maintain the momentum and keep the faith toward the deep demonstration of change?
  • Connected to that, what does the ‘success’ look like when we’re interested in transforming systems? And what incentives can we create for colleagues to move beyond the imperatives of short term delivery to embrace a longer term perspective and assign a premium to learning?

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