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Accelerating Community-Led Social Innovation: Lessons from Paraguay

Isabelle Foster May 17, 2021

This session is intended to discuss strategies for fomenting social innovation, both locally and nationally. Finding ways to empower the community and encourage them to lead in the ideation, development, and execution of these projects is critical, yet often complex. The National Innovation Strategy in Paraguay, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program’s Accelerator Lab and the National SDG Commission (Comisión ODS) recently launched a social-inclusion initiative called “Moirū.” This program is focused on Sustainable Development Goal 2—Zero Hunger, and Sustainable Development Goal 5—gender equality. The team utilized techniques to engage the community and empower them to lead in the development of solutions that would further gender equality and reduce hunger. This talk will discuss ways in which the government and organizations can utilize participatory action and equity-centered community design in their programs. Strategies used in Paraguay will be covered, like ‘challenge reframing’, which involves including the community, government, civil society, and private sector to mapping general country challenges related to specific SDGs and ‘solution mapping,’ or identifying and co-creating with  women-led community initiatives from across the country. The audience will learn insights from Paraguay’s context and better understand different ways to support community-led social innovation.

These four speakers have all worked closely to design, develop, and implement the Moirū program. More broadly, they have extensive experience in social innovation and inclusion, through their research and community-based work on these topics.


Fireside Chat

Meta Themes

  • Sustainable Development


: Innovation, community participation, gender equality, SDGs, collaboration

Purpose and Desired Outcome

The purpose of this event is to have a broader conversation about community-led social innovation. The panelists will share their insights from working in Paraguay and with the United Nations Development Programme Accelerator Lab. The speakers will touch upon best practices on community-based, co-creation in social innovation and to share strategies for garnering greater grassroots participation in initiatives. The fireside format will allow the panelists to share lessons and learnings on co-creation, collective intelligence, and similar topics while also inviting the audience to share their experiences in this space.


  • Government

  • Service Providers

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameAna Lucía Giménez
  • TitleDirector of Social Innovation
  • OrganizationParaguayan National Innovation Strategy
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
  • NameMónica Ríos Bordón
  • TitleHead of Exploration
  • OrganizationUnited Nations Development Program Accelerator Lab
  • StatusInvited
  • NameCristhian Parra
  • TitleHead of Experimentation
  • OrganizationUnited Nations Development Program Accelerator Lab
  • StatusInvited
  • NameGustavo Setrini
  • TitleHead of Solution Mapping
  • OrganizationUnited Nations Development Program Accelerator Lab
  • StatusInvited
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