UNDP BOOST is
is an acceleration program for social impact innovation with a mission to boost and scale solutions to Covid-19 challenges
Beyond the immediate health crisis, Covid-19 has impacted our economy, the future of work, governance, and health. The BOOST acceleration program aims to fast-track innovative solutions that will reimagine these to create a more sustainable future.
BOOST is a regional joint initiative by UNDP Europe and Central Asia with Koç Holding, the Slovak Ministry of Finance and the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Together, we have launched several challenges that aim to tackle development issues related to: digitization, low-touch economies and wellbeing (see issues). Our challenges are open for private sector entities, research institutes, academia, and civil society organizations to submit innovative solutions.
BOOST is part of the UNDP’s response to the Covid-19 crisis that is designed to help societies look beyond recovery, making choices and managing complexity and uncertainty. BOOST is administered by the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and Central Asia. With country offices in 19 countries and territories in the region, and close to 170 globally, UNDP Europe and Central Asia offers a unique bottom-up approach, collaborating closely with public, private and civic partners on innovative experimentation for achieving the SDGs. The UNDP project team runs the overall program with the support of a number of key partners.
The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a government agency providing comprehensive support to the Republic of Poland through European and global cooperation for security, democracy and development.
Coordinated by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Polish Aid focuses on good governance, democracy and human rights, entrepreneurship and the private sector, sustainable agriculture and rural development, and environment protection.
The Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs forms a part of the executive power in the Slovak Republic, responsible for the development of relations with other states and co-operation with multi-national and international organisations.
Koç Holding is Turkey’s leading investment holding company focusing on sustainable and profitable growth with consistent leadership positions in Turkey as well as in the region with the aim of becoming an important player worldwide.