About us

From enhancing humanitarian crisis response, strengthening climate resilience, and improving processes in digital transformation, UN Global Pulse’s Asia Pacific hub applies innovation to accelerate the achievement of the sustainable development agenda for a better future.

The hub is designed to run portfolios of on-the-ground innovation projects that apply data, digital, foresight and behavioural science methods to regional issues.

The hub is rooted in regional partnerships which facilitate access to identify challenges, map solutions and test with end-users on the ground. The team supports UN Resident Coordinators in the region and partners with the UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes that lead country-level work.

Based out of Jakarta, but serving the wider Asia Pacific region, the hub is a frontrunner in practising and advocating for inclusive innovation. Drawing on a decade of success applying system design, big data and artificial intelligence for platform development and data analytics, UN Global Pulse Asia Pacific co-creates forward-thinking solutions that inform policy and decision-making and create systemic change.

Our History

The Asia Pacific hub builds on the successful partnership model that spans over 10 years between the UN and the Government of Indonesia under the Pulse Lab Jakarta portfolio.

In co-developing solutions with numerous partners over the years, we have introduced futures thinking and foresight to strengthen government policy planning for MSMEs; utilised mobile network data to model internal migration to support infrastructure and service planning and policy; and inspired transport services to create significant safety changes for women commuters, amongst others.

View our extensive portfolio encompassing over 100 projects, 67 datasets and 21 countries across the region by visiting our Pulse Lab Jakarta Knowledge Hub.

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Over the past decade (previously as Pulse Lab Jakarta), we’ve kept stakeholders and followers informed of the latest news from the Lab via our quarterly newsletter. As a new regional entity that aims to advocate for and be a thought leader on innovation, we’re expanding our coverage and inviting colleagues across the Asia Pacific network to share their regional updates through our Datavores newsletter. Subscribe now and stay informed and inspired by the latest innovation news from the Asia Pacific!

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Connect with us

Want to learn more about the work of UN Global Pulse Asia Pacific or how to collaborate? Feel free to contact us at asiapacific@unglobalpulse.org.