UNDP Congo Accelerator Lab

We are working to unearth innovations for food security, informal workers and urban waste to improve livelihoods in Congo. 

For the UNDP Congo Accelerator Lab, we work on issues that directly affect the Congolese people, such as food insecurityurban waste and informality. The COVID-19 epidemic was an opportunity to learn numerous lessons for a country which abounds in strong potential for agricultural production, labor and innovation. The system currently depends largely on its imports and on the informal sector. Faced with the constraints linked to the pandemic, the actors of the food system have mobilized initiatives to transform the threat of Congo's dependence on imports into a sustainable development opportunity to strengthen resilience to better face to external crises. 

The informal sector, because of the great vulnerability of its actors, remains unquestionably the most affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Many actors have disappeared, some are resisting, and others have adapted. The challenge for the Lab to make contributions toward reducing the vulnerability of actors in this sector by identifying innovative local solutions to sustainably initiate their post COVID-19 recovery and to strengthen their resilience in the face of future crises.

Our team

Arsène Saya
Head of Experimentation
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Arold Akpwabot
Head of Exploration
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Matt Glesmycene Seinzor
Head of Solutions Mapping
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Our learnings

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Our partners

We would like to thank our partners for their collaborative work with the UNDP Accelerator Labs. Building and strengthening alliances is the core of UNDP and the Accelerator Labs’ model. Please reach out if you are interested in partnering with us, we would love to hear from you. 

Visit the UNDP Congo website for more information.