影響力先行者計畫（Impact Frontier Lab, IF Lab）為 Impact Hub Taipei 協助財團法人國際合作發展基金會擴大臺灣政府開發援助（Official Development Assistance, ODA）能量的跨域組織加速器，以協助友邦達到 2030 年永續發展目標（Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs）。計畫邀請臺灣企業共同發揮創意，結合創新科技與服務，直接參與臺灣援外工作，發掘海外永續商機！
經過 2021年一系列的加速培力課程及 2022 年初的激烈決審評比，最終選出四組先鋒團隊！各團隊於今年上半年的歲月裡，馬不停蹄的為援外落地行動做足了準備，近日也已陸陸續續前往友邦國家實踐計畫，「凌網科技股份有限公司」作爲影響力先行者第一個前往友邦的先鋒團隊，讓我們一起看看這篇日誌紀錄了哪些他們的援外行動吧！
貝里斯消費者的購買習慣與我們大不相同！好比一包起司片有 10 片，臺灣人已經習慣了以幾包作為購買數量的單位，而在貝里斯因為人民經濟條件及消費者的需求，超市會以滿足消費者需求為最優先宗旨，因此一包起司片也可以拆成單片分售。臺灣超市為追求利潤極大化，而將商品組成一個套組販賣，也形塑了臺灣消費者的購買習慣；但貝里斯超市則追求全力滿足消費者需求，因此商品拆開販賣對他們來說早已司空見慣！
因此當臺灣的創新團隊提出適切的解決方案時，彷彿為當地的經營者打開一扇窗，然而當「數位化」的思維初次衝擊當地的產業與經營者時，需要「數位調適」的軟性過程，才能讓數位化的影響力順利落地發酵！回顧臺灣過去零售產業數位化的發展階段，當沒有 POS 系統機器導入與協助，店員又是如何協助消費者結帳的呢？臺灣也是從傳統的計價標籤、人工結帳及手寫庫存管理等模式，逐漸轉變為現今的線上化管理系統，甚至發展出機器結帳櫃檯。
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.