Thematic Platforms in Laos, Maldives, Bangladesh and Thailand — UNDP and ALC

Practice Lab

UNDP and ALCK are working collaboratively toward the implementation of 4 Thematic Platforms in the following countries: Laos (Vientiane), Maldives, Bangladesh (Dhaka district) and Thailand (Chiang Rai). Two thematic areas have been defined: Air pollution, related to Laos and Thailand and Future of work, related to Maldives and Bangladesh.

LAOS — Air Pollution

UNDP, Lao PDR, Laos Accelerator Lab, SDGi BRH and ALCK

In accordance with the World Health Organization’s guidelines, the air quality in Laos is considered moderately unsafe (annual mean concentration of PM2.5 is 25 µg/m3, exceeding the recommended maximum of 10 µg/m3). Contributors to poor air quality in Laos include burning fuel oil, the mining industry, vehicle emissions, agricultural and municipal waste burning. Therefore, Lao People’s Democratic Republic expressed its particular interest in this matter and considered to align the UNCF of Lao PDR against the draft UNDP Laos CPD and against the detailed offer of the Social Innovation Platform (SIP) approach and the SDG Integrated (iSDG) Policy Simulation Modelling Tool being offered to UNDP Laos by SDG Integration, BRH with support from Regional Program investment.

Currently, we are immersed in the listening process, where the narratives that are operating in the territory will be gathered, that is, the underlying values and behaviours, as well as the emerging needs and challenges. To this end, we have conducted two training sessions on listening processes with local agents, which will provide greater consistency and agility to the process.

Learn more about two Training Sessions conducted in Laos on 11 and 15 August

MALDIVES — Future of Work

UNDP Maldivas Accelerator Lab, SDGi BRH and ALCK

Social Innovation Platforms (SIPs) in Maldives – Future of Work A future where all youth, women, and others at risk of being left behind, contribute to and benefit from inclusive, resilient, and sustainable livelihood activities.

According to the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI, 2019) data for the Maldives, show that almost one third of the population is multidimensionally poor. This is higher for women, the elderly, people with disabilities and those living in remote areas of the atolls. With the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, and with the Maldivian economy deeply affected by the high dependence on the tourism sector, this economic growth has become vulnerable and the economic and social inequalities have widened even more especially for the women and between groups of different socio-economic status, along with marginalised populations. This disparity also occurs in different sectors of the economy, such as agriculture, fishery and entrepreneurship. Therefore, economic recovery packages and plans, as well as future actions such as this platform must consider the above-mentioned realities.

In line with this, as almost half of Maldives’s population and more than 70 percent of its critical infrastructure lie within 100 meters of its shoreline and this close proximity to the ocean makes the island nation a prime location for the Blue Economy (refers to the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth and better lives) has been selected as main entry point within the SIP Maldives and Future of Work.

Currently, we are immersed in the listening process, where the narratives that are operating in the territory will be gathered, that is, the underlying values and behaviours, as well as the emerging needs and challenges. To this end, we have conducted two training sessions on listening processes with local agents, which will provide greater consistency and agility to the process.

BANGLADESH — Future of Work

UNDP Bangladesh, ai2, SDGi BRH and ALCK

Bangladesh is starting a technological revolution that will change the essential characteristics of the economy and the way it works. The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) will generate large-scale industrial automation and will affect almost all sectors.

For a country with a massive supply of cheap labor, mainly of low qualification, the switch to automated production of goods and services brings with it the threat of job losses. According to the research conducted by a2i (Aspire to Innovate) – an innovation lab, together with the government of Bangladesh and UNDP, the most affected sectors by the automation process are readymade garment and textile, furniture, leather footwear, Agrofood, tourism, and hospitality. And the uneducated women and low skills workers were/are the most affected.

The Covid-19 crisis and the future of work has also a strong gender dimension in Bangladesh. Almost 92% of women work in the informal sector and many of them have lost their jobs with no hope of reinstatement in the near future. Even the ones working in the formal sector, have lost their jobs in the RMGs industry. Taking into account this current situation in Bangladesh we are implementing the Social Innovation Platform focused on Future of Work.

Currently, we are in the process of identifying initiatives and mapping key stakeholders according to the thematic area.

THAILAND — Air Pollution