WFP Innovation Accelerator in Munich launched

Launch of innovation centre Enlarge image (© WFP/Alex Sloan) Munich, 11 July 2016 – The WFP launched an Innovation Accelerator in Munich, co-funded by the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Federal Foreign Office and the Bavarian regional government. 

The Innovation Accelerator will serve as an incubator for developing and applying innovative approaches aimed at improving the efficiency of aid programmes. 

It will combine internal WFP staff with experts and entrepreneurs from across the private sector and civil society. Teams will collaborate for three- to six-month periods on selected ideas.

  • The WFP Innovation Accelerator will unlock the immense potential that German academia, research institutions, the private sector and the development community have to offer. Germany is currently the second-largest donor to WFP, and investing in innovation will increase the value of our financial contributions.

With twelve projects drawn from WFP’s global operations currently in portfolio, the Accelerator will both benefit from and contribute to Munich’s strong innovation and start-up community. 

For example, the "Share the Meal" app which the WFP launched last year has already helped to supply 6.5 million daily food rations to hungry people around the world.

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WFP Innovation Accelerator