Service Innovation Fund awarded to 7 institutions

25 Sep 2013

imageThe Service Innovation Fund (SIF) was launched with an aim to create easier processes of accessing and availing public service and to promote innovation. Photo:m UNDP Bangladesh.
For the first time in Bangladesh, Service Innovation Funds were awarded to 5 government institutions, 1 private NGO and 1 private university. The monetary award this year was given to the Department of Environment for ‘Online based service enhancement’, Soil Resource Development Institute for ‘Online fertilizer recommendation: automation of data processing and data updating’, Roads Division, Ministry of Communication for ‘Development of multimodal transport web portal with mobile interactivity, ‘Jiban Bima Corporation (JBC) for ‘JBC’s cell phone insurance claim payment service’, Young Power Social Action (YPSA) for ‘production of multimedia digital talking book’,  Department of Livestock and Fisheries for ‘Service delivery of Department of Livestock and Fisheries through SMS’ and United International University for ‘Development of a bangla optical character recognizer (OCR)’.

On 25 September the honorable speaker of the national parliament Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, has handed over the cheques to the winners at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center. 

As the chief guest she said, "Innovation in the public service delivery through ICT will ensure the quality of services as well as it will ensure the good governance of Bangladesh. Giving grants for innovations is a good idea to promote the innovation."

"Bangladesh is a part of history, as this great nation engages aggressively and creatively in the transformation, the global revolution driven by the power of digital technology. Bangladesh has already taken great strides into the Digital Era," said Dan W Mozena, US Ambassador who attended the event as a special guest.

Country Director of UNDP Pauline Tamesis added, “I am pleased to note that 2 of the 7 selected innovation projects are from non-government organizations and academia. This is potentially a fantastic start of meaningful participation of private sector in public service delivery initiatives. Such collaboration not only improves trust, but also creates avenues to leverage private sector capacity and ingenuity that directly impacts citizen’s lives.  In many ways this will be another first for Bangladesh, supported by A2I project.”

The Service Innovation Fund (SIF) was launched with an aim to create easier processes of accessing and availing public service and to promote innovation within public and private institutions and individuals in order to increase quality of government services.

The event was chaired by Mr Fazle Kabir, the Finance Secretary and was attended by the Chief Innovation Officers (CIO) of different ministries, Innovation Officers (IO) of different directorates and District offices, development partners, NGOs, journalists, donor organizations and the private sector.