The Scale Accelerator is a programme designed to advance innovative solutions in the UN system from the pilot stage to scale. It takes selected teams and their piloted innovations through a Scale Strategy Development Workshop Series, in which the teams will gain access to elements necessary to their journey towards achieving scale, such as specific tools, mentoring and training as well as linkages to partners. At the end of the workshop series, teams will have created their own Scale Strategy. The most compelling strategies will receive Scale Catalyst Grants and additional technical guidance to implement their strategies.

The Scale Accelerator was developed to address the gaps and challenges identified in research conducted by Global Pulse in 2022.

The Scale Accelerator’s first call for applications received 70 submissions from 18 UN entities. The inaugural Scale Accelerator cohort currently includes seven teams representing colleagues from UNFPA, FAO, IOM, WHO and WFP. 

Our impact

The aim of the programme is to: 

  1. Support UN teams to systematically approach key elements for scaling innovations and to strengthen their capabilities to navigate critical success factors for scaling innovative approaches to respond to complex global needs.
  2. Encourage cross-collaboration and increased access to necessary resources across the UN System in support of embedding innovation scaling as a cornerstone of the UN 2.0 transformation.

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