UNDP Zambia Accelerator Lab



Development Cooperation




01 - No Poverty, 02 - Zero Hunger, 03 - Good Health and Well-being, 04 - Quality Education, 05 - Gender Equality, 06 - Clean Water and Sanitation, 07 - Affordable and Clean Energy, 08 - Decent Work and Economic Growth, 09 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 10 - Reduced Inequalities, 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production, 13 - Climate Action, 14 - Life Below Water, 15 - Life on Land, 16 - Peace and Justice Strong Institutions, 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Organization Type

Multilateral Organization





The UNDP Zambia Accelerator Lab works on issues related to waste management, informality, energy, COVID-19 response and climate change, while alert to other challenges such as mining and tourism.

Working with the National Technology Business Centre (NTBC) and in collaboration with Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA), the UNDP Zambia Accelerator Lab launched the National Innovation Initiative (NII). The NII aims to scout for local innovations that address developmental challenges. In 2021, the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) came on board to provide expertise in patents and innovations in maternal health, respectively. In 2021 we partnered with three government research institutions to provide testing and experimentation to NII innovations that focused on energy and climate change. The Lab led the identification of innovative responses to COVID-19 by conducting experiments to develop standardized cloth masks. Results from the experiments led to a scaled effort within the country office and partnerships with the private sector. The Zambia and Zimbabwe Accelerator Labs were awarded a grant by the Africa Borderlands Centre under an innovations challenge to implement innovations aimed at improving livelihoods in cross-border trader and trading communities.


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