About the Ideathon
As countries in our region gradually recover from the COVID-19 crisis and adapt to a combination of office and home-based work, effective and adaptive solutions are needed to maintain/increase labor productivity under the new normal. In the context of the public sector, this includes developing/adapting to new ways to ensure continuity of work and administrative functions, maintain service delivery, optimize engagement and collaboration, share knowledge and learning, break down organizational silos that may be reinforced by this new arrangement, etc.
This Ideathon will challenge teams to identify specific challenges facing public sector entities and propose innovative ideas for solutions that can make adaptation to the new normal effective and efficient. Teams are encouraged to think of solutions that will improve collaboration, optimize interactive engagement, breakdown organizational silos, and encourage knowledge sharing within and across organizations, which can eventually be translated into regular work settings as well.
In the context of the COVID-19 crisis and the need to adapt to a “new normal”, what are the priority challenges affecting productivity of public sector institutions and their ability to function effectively? What are the innovative ideas that could help facing these challenges and foster effectiveness & efficiency of these institutions in the time of crises and beyond?
How well the problem is identified?
How well does the solution/idea address the identified barriers to productivity?
Is the solution innovative?
Is it feasible to implement the solution in the Covid-19 context?
How applicable is this solution beyond the Covid-19 context?
How adaptable is the solution across different countries and organizational contexts?
Is this something people would be motivated to use?
Does the proposed set of solutions can be also effective on the longer term?
Overall benefit to people residing in Arab Region, economic impact (job creation)
How replicable is the solution?
Is the solution scalable?
The degree to which a proposed idea can contribute to national development priorities
The degree to which a proposed idea is applicable to more countries in the Arab Region.
The degree to which a proposed solution shall contribute to any SDG (or SDGs).
Your Coaching Team
The opening ceremony will kickstart the Regional Ideathon on September 13. It will include remarks from the Kuwait General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank.
There will be an introduction to the organizers and partners, coaching team, and the Ideathon agenda.
Dr. Khaled Mahdi
of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development
United Nations Development Programme Kuwait
World Bank Country Office