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」！
「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。
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.