Our approach to innovation focusses on how we do business with technology as a key accelerator for social innovations. Innovation for development response to the challenge how can we improve what we do, become more agile and adaptable, and achieve greater impact in fast-changing and complex environments. 

We are engaging with broad sets of development actors by tapping directly into the experience and expertise of young people, local communities or entrepreneurs, to help then articulate the problem statements and define and implement solutions.  We have adopted agile and flexible management approaches, such as rapid feedback loops, to make course corrections.  We support innovators across the whole organization through platforms for support.

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