UN DSC’s Innovative Technology Solutions
The United Nations Digital Solutions Centre (UN DSC) is a pilot project to support digital transformation across the UN. Now live, its goals are to spark innovation, leverage modern technologies and support inter-Agency collaboration, with a focus on improving internal management processes to better deliver on UN mandates.
Founded by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP), in collaboration with UNICC, the UN DSC brings a holistic view of digitization, implementing new methods and technologies used across private sector organizations.
The UN DSC has delivered a first set of innovative services and celebrated its first innovation bootcamp in early March, with pitch sessions in Geneva, Rome and Munich.
As per its business model, teams of innovators came together virtually to explore solutions to common operational challenges using frontier technologies such as virtual reality, digital identity, centralised databases and process automation.
The end-goal is to further develop these ideas and use UNICC to scale them across multiple UN organizations.
The cutting-edge high-impact solutions designed in the bootcamp will be further developed and deployed by UNICC, whose operational capacity and best practices for project management will allow scaling pilot projects across multiple UN organizations, starting with WFP and UNHCR.
UN DSC projects help streamline how UN Agencies organize their support services, from Finance, ICT, Human Resources and Procurement, digitizing repetitive tasks and processes, allowing staff to focus on substantive missions.