Building capacity and supporting innovation leadership
In order to achieve lasting change in development cooperation efforts, it is not sufficient to innovate solely on a project basis. To ensure an impactful transformation across the organization, capacity-building is necessary. This involves creating conditions for widespread adoption of the new Sida Lab approach by most employees and garnering support from managers and decision-makers.
To achieve this, efforts include anchoring Sida Lab within the organization through activities such as conducting training during Sida’s annual learning weeks, organizing Hack Days (dedicated to collaborative problem-solving), establishing a physical lab space, and continuously evaluating and showcasing the impact of the different lab initiatives. These actions foster curiosity and an understanding of the value Sida Lab brings, both to the organization and to development cooperation efforts at large.
-There is a curiosity and significant interest among Sida employees to work in this way, and a need to further explore and work with design thinking,” says Maria Klint, Service Designer at Antrop, who has been involved with Sida Lab since its inception in autumn 2019.