全臺第一個創新援外行動加速器 「2021國合會發展x創新x永續實驗競賽-影響力先行者計畫(Impact Frontier Lab)」 正式開跑!

財團法人國際合作發展基金會(國合會)一直以來是臺灣與夥伴國共同追求永續發展的重要推手,自107年起以公、私、民夥伴關係策略,連結國內、外多元資源。今(110)年首度發起的「2021國合會發展x創新x永續實驗競賽-影響力先行者計畫 Impact Frontier Lab」,是全臺第一個創新援外行動加速器。在10月26日競賽活動啟動記者會上,外交部俞大㵢次長、駐台使節團團長聖克里斯多福及尼維斯駐臺大使哈菁絲(H.E. Ambassador Jasmine Elise Huggins)與多位駐臺友邦大使等均應邀蒞臨共襄盛舉,與國合會共同強調「以人為本」的援外核心價值,要以暖意為光照亮友邦,也讓世界看到「Taiwan Can Help, Taiwan Is Helping」!

俞大㵢次長及哈菁絲大使在致詞時均呼應了競賽四大需求主軸,談到了「經濟發展永續」、「科技教育永續」、「氣候變遷與環境永續」及「鄉村與農業發展永續 」的重要性。俞大㵢次長致詞時表示,外交部與國合會近年來也在援外工作中求新求變,也盼透過國內產業發展的優勢,結合私部門參與援外工作,擴大我們援助的能量,彰顯我們對國際社會的貢獻。哈菁絲大使致詞時表示,這是一項讓人感到興奮的計畫,可以鼓勵更多的創新構想與機會,更強調在充滿挑戰的後疫情時代,危機就是轉機。因此兩位與國合會共同邀請企業、公民社會團體及非政府組織在11月12日前提出創新合作方案,鼓勵各界與國合會攜手,在充滿不確定的新冠肺炎(COVID-19)疫後復甦時期,一起為友邦點亮前進的道路!

「Partnership for Progress and Sustainable Development」是國合會創新與精進的動能,為了搭建臺灣企業及公民社會團體通往世界的橋樑,並能持續輸出臺灣影響力,國合會近年來不斷用嶄新的思維,推出新的國際合作方式。國合會項恬毅秘書長在啟動儀式中分享國合會在建立公、私部門夥伴關係的歷程,說明國合會從援外實踐者到資源串連角色的改變點滴,如今更積極面對挑戰,要藉由實務工作坊、跨國共創實驗室及國際專家合作指引三個階段,輔導陪伴國內企業與團體共同以行動協助發展、以合作推動永續,把有限的資源極大化,並透過競賽過程選拔出具有發展潛力的夥伴,國合會將依據創新提案的金額投入等額配對資金,最高可提供20萬美元作為提案落地獎金,以建立具有臺灣特色的援外模式與合作常態,也期盼這樣的創新做法能夠帶來正面的影響力。

Agriculture and Rural Development

  1. Honduras: There is a huge gap between urban and rural areas in Honduras. Importing agricultural machinery to enhance agro-business efficiency and developing agro-products (such as avocado derivatives) and their markets are necessary for Honduras. In addition, Taiwanese enterprises and organizations have the potential to assist the rural economy by promoting the traditional and unique culture of Honduras, due to its indigenous culture, textiles, and pottery, which are attractive to international tourists.

  2. Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis: The tourism industry is a keystone of the national development vision of St. Christopher and Nevis. However, tourism to the country is still underdeveloped. Taiwan has had a successful experience applying the cultural and creative industries to tourism over many years. Taiwanese enterprises are able to apply Taiwanese models to improve the processing techniques for agro-products and create brands with local features. In addition, they could also assist SMEs with the provision of loans or technologies.

Climate Change and Sustainable Environment

  1. Haiti: Charcoal is Haiti’s primary fuel, but the process of charcoal production continues to damage the forests. Even while the country’s forest coverage rate has fallen to 5%, Haitian’s still choose charcoal, causing significantly greater environmental damage, rather than using the higher-priced gas fuel. Rice is the main food crop in Haiti, and converting rice straw into biofuel is practical and has long been studied in Taiwan. It would be a remarkable and breakthrough if the techniques of converting rice straw into biomass fuels could be applied in Haiti.

  2. Belize: Since many rural villages in Belize are far away from the main water pipelines, local water corporations are unable to extend their services to those places. However, according to the Belize National Weather Service, rainfall from June to November in Belize is enough to cover local use if a rainwater storage system is constructed in rural villages. The TaiwanICDF hopes Taiwanese enterprises and organizations can combine local infrastructure and water purification systems to improve the accessibility of clean water resources in Belize.

Technologies in Education

  1. Saint Lucia: The TaiwanICDF is cooperating with the government of Saint Lucia on the Project for ICT in Education. However, the local primary and secondary schools as well as public libraries lack digital libraries and managerial systems, slowing the development of digital education and e-learning. Moreover, students’ written and artistic works are not effectively preserved or shared, an obstacle to the effective accumulation of experience and learning. There is a need for businesses and CSOs to find innovative solutions to these weaknesses.

  2. Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis: The Saint Kitts and Nevis government is putting more emphasis on educational technology resources for local elementary and middle schools and is focusing especially on mathematics and applied science. By promoting informatization and digitalization, and equipping them with educational technologies and resources, the TaiwanICDF expects to help more students align with global trends and widen their horizons.

Sustainable Economic Development

  1. Guatemala: Guatemala is known for its coffee, which is one of the major sources of the country’s economic development. As such, it is important to develop new approaches to post-harvest treatment and processing and to invest in the development of new coffee bean-related products to reduce waste from the production process. Sugarcane and maize are also important crops for Guatemala’s economy. Therefore, besides improving agricultural production and processing capabilities, strengthening the green economy and improved waste management are also necessary. Herein lies an opportunity for Taiwanese enterprises and organizations to invest in innovative technologies and practices that turn coffee grounds, bagasse, and corn grounds into gold.
  2. Guatemala: In Guatemala, indigenous women suffer from gender and racial inequality in work opportunities and wages. The Taiwanese enterprises and organizations could develop assistance in integrating community resources and lowering the barriers for women entrepreneurs with the provision of various gender-friendly business opportunities.

  3. Paraguay: In response to COVID-19, Paraguay is improving digitalization among its industries. The TaiwanICDF has launched the Project to Strengthen Capacity to Support Development of MSMEs in Paraguay, in order to expand and accelerate the growth of the fashion industry and its development. The TaiwanICDF encourages Taiwanese enterprises and organizations to bring over more digital resources and virtual tools, such as virtual fitting rooms and other marketing tools for a better online consumer experience.

鄉村與農業發展永續

  1. 宏都拉斯(Honduras):宏都拉斯的城鄉差距大,有導入小型農機增加農業經營效率、開發農產加工品(酪梨)及其市場的需求;另外當地原住民文化、織布、陶器更是觀光賣點,如何結合傳統特色發展鄉村產業,均可作為我國企業投入契機。
  2. 聖克里斯多福及尼維斯(Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis):觀光產業是聖克里斯多福及尼維斯的國家發展願景,但當地觀光特色開發不足,臺灣觀光文創產業經營多年,企業除可運用臺灣經驗,協助強化當地農產加工技術及推動品牌特色外,亦可提供微中小企業貸款,或運用數位科技強化產業體質。

氣候變遷與環境永續

  1. 海地(Haiti):海地當地天然資源以木炭為主要燃料,但木炭產製過程不斷造成森林消失,而在海地的森林覆蓋率僅剩5%時,當地又因瓦斯燃料進口費用高,致使一般民眾無法負擔,持續造成當地環境破壞。而稻米是海地主要糧食作物,稻稈變燃料在台灣早已不是新聞,如何導入生質燃料的綠金新商機對海地將是一大福音與突破。
  2. 貝里斯(Belize):許多貝里斯偏遠鄉村因遠離主要自來水管線,且當地自來水公司無法延伸服務範圍至偏遠地區。根據貝里斯國家氣象局的平均降雨量數據顯示6-11月有充足的降雨,應可發展雨水儲集系統解決部分供水需求,期待國內企業結合基礎設備建置,引進有效淨水過濾設備,協助改善當地水資源現況。

科技教育永續

  1. 聖露西亞(Saint Lucia):國合會與聖露西亞共同執行「資訊科技融入教學發展計畫」,但當地中小學及公共圖書館仍缺乏數位圖書館和歸檔的電子化系統,導致在數位科技教育領域的步調緩慢,同時學生過往的書面與藝術作品缺乏有效保存與分享方式,經驗不易累積與學習,需要企業與公民團體投入創新解決方案。
  2. 聖克里斯多福及尼維斯(Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis):聖克里斯多福及尼維斯當地中小學科技資源逐漸受到重視,特別在數學及科學領域的科技運用,希望透過資訊化及數位化,引進科技教學設備與資源,並協助更多學員接軌國際,打開更多科技教育的視野。

經濟發展永續

  1. 瓜地馬拉(Guatemala):的咖啡世界聞名,也是瓜國重要經濟來源,因此亟需導入採收後處理及加工處理新做法,以及投入帶豆仁咖啡豆新產品開發,以減少製程中廢棄物的產生;但不僅是咖啡,甘蔗及玉米也是當地重要經濟作物,因此除需加強農業生產與加工能力外,綠色經濟及廢棄物處理更是創新需求所在,如何將咖啡渣、蔗渣、玉米渣變黃金,都有賴臺灣企業夥伴投入創新技術與做法。
  2. 瓜地馬拉(Guatemala):受到種族與性別限制,瓜地馬拉原住民婦女無法於經濟活動中得到公平的機會與待遇,因此我國團隊可協助整合社區資源,降低婦女創業家進駐成為育成廠商之障礙,提供婦女創業家多元且友善之創業機會。
  3. 巴拉圭(Paraguay):因應新冠疫情,巴拉圭正全面提升產業數位化,國合會在當地推動微中小企業輔導體系能力建構計畫,協助時尚產業發展,為擴大與加速產業成長,建議我國企業夥伴可研擬導入數位試衣與其他可增加線上銷售體驗之工具,也期待未來有更多數位資源導入。