More volunteers trained to support EU/UNDP’s Innovation for Development Initiative

May 13, 2016

Thirty-three volunteers from different governorates gathered in Erbil for the training. Photo: UNDP Iraq/2016

Erbil - Under the Local Area Development Programme (LADP) funded by the European Union (EU), a volunteers’ training and introduction workshop on Innovation for Development has been organized over the period of 11 to 13 May in Erbil.

The initiative implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) promotes business and social entrepreneurship through methods such as Design Thinking and the Business Model Canvas in order to familiarize young entrepreneurs with these concepts and their applications.  

UNDP Youth Focal Point, Mr. Dhafer Hassan, explained: “Thirty-three volunteers from different governorates formed three teams on training, documentation and promotion during the workshop. Each of the teams used the Design Thinking method to create SMART objectives before drafting annual action plans for their work.”

“Being part of this initiative is a privilege and a responsibility; I am looking forward to start working on the different activities we have planned. This will allow me to learn more, develop myself and become an active player in my society,” said Ms. Asala Maher, 23, from Salah al-Din. 

The documentation and promotion teams will work together on raising awareness of innovation and entrepreneurship, whilst the training team focuses on producing training material. To this end, gatherings will be held in different Iraqi governorates followed by training workshops for successful applicants in preparation for the upcoming activities, including the Innovation for Development Second Forum.

“I want to transfer the knowledge I am gaining to the youth in my city, since there is a lot of potential but not enough guidance. Now, I believe that anyone can be an entrepreneur and utilize the available local resources,” said Ms. Zainab Khalil, 25, from Basra. 

EU/UNDP’s Innovation for Development Initiative aims to highlight and advocate the role of youth in developing innovative solutions for the provision of services, and for addressing social and development challenges. The Initiative complements the work of LADP that provides direct support to governorates to improve sector-wide planning and implementation capacity, strengthen budget execution and service delivery, improve coordination between central and governorate levels and increase participation of communities in local development.



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