Innovation and Partnership: Norad redefining what it means to be a bilateral agency

1. Matthew Bishop, 2. Elena Bonometti (Tostan), 3. Bård Vegar Solhjell (Norad)

In this moderated session the Director of Norad, Bård Vegar Solhjell, will discuss the 5 strategic priorities of Norad and how through investment, innovation and partnerships Norad is forging a new path for bilateral agencies based on the urgency of the SDGs. Elena Bonometti will further share her experiences as a social entrepreneur partnering with Norad. Participants to the session will have the chance to ask questions and feedback during the question and answer time.

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Society’s Commitment: Lessons from Engaging the Whole of Finnish Society in the SDGs

1. Marja Innanen (Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development), 2. Erkka Laininen (Okka Foundation), 3. Leena-Kaisa Piekkari (Finnish Ministry of the Environment), 4. Ville Taajamaa (City of Espoo), 5. Senja Forsman (S-group)

‘Society’s Commitment’ is a sustainable development engagement tool which allows Finnish organisations to take part in the 2030 Agenda by making a measurable and public commitment. In our session, we will give floor to our stakeholders and partners who have given their own concrete commitments, and explain how we celebrate their achievements.

TAGS: Sustainable Development, Community Engagement, Government

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An Arrow in the Development Quiver: Impact Linked Finance

1. Peter Beez (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), 2. Willy Foote (Root Capital), 3. Björn Strüwer (Roots of Impact)

The session will explore what Impact Linked Finance is, how it works, and why the agency has decided to put this in their developmental arsenal. This will end with a call to social entrepreneurs to quantify, measure and sell their impact to have additional revenue and access to finance for growth.

TAGS: Government, Funding

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Civic innovations: what the world can learn from Taiwan

1. Odin Mühlenbein (Ashoka Germany), 2. Audrey Tang (Digital Minister Taiwan)

As societies, we need better ways to solve complex problems. Taiwan has developed new tools that could help: they facilitate debates among thousands of citizens to come up with policies for contentious issues; they adopt proven social innovations in government programs; and they encourage the administration to experiment and be entrepreneurial for the good of all. In this fireside chat, we learn more about these civic innovations, and what governments can do to adopt them.

TAGS: Government, Democracy

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