Communications at United Nations
World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator
Created this illustration for a blog I co-wrote with a team-mate on food systems innovation challenge
The WFP Innovation Accelerator sources, supports, and scales high-potential solutions to end hunger worldwide. Based in Munich, Germany, the accelerator provides staff, entrepreneurs, start-ups, companies, and non-governmental organizations with access to funding, mentorship, hands-on support, and WFP operations.
At WFP IA, I joined to lead their digital communications which includes social media, website, newsletter, and online campaigns.
Being the hub of all things innovation within WFP, the WFP Innovation Accelerator relies on organic online media to advocate innovation in the humanitarian sector. Having been hired during peak COVID19 restrictions, I was tasked to manage and grow our Twitter and LinkedIn communities and engagements.
Through campaigns and knowledge products specifically targeted for consumption by social entrepreneurs, innovators, and UN and WFP staff around the world, my role is to help the accelerator become the ‘dot connector' in the innovation ecosystem.
I am the digital media focal point for the Innovation topic for WFP and therefore also create various policies and guidelines for the same at the organisation.
Social Media Campaigns
Read and look up some of the campaigns, creatives and content that I produced for the accelerator
March 2021 saw WFP celebrating the month as women’s month. To this end, two of my colleagues and I developed and designed the #SheInnovates campaign where we highlighted work done by 8 female innovators across the world in various contexts.
The idea was to highlight women’s role in innovation at WFP to motivate others and inform our humanitarian community online about the various learnings these women derived from their work.
See the Twitter thread here.
AWARD-WINNING: This campaign also won Anthem Award by Webby Awards in 2022!
The accelerator by itself or in partnership with organisations like Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MIT, and several others, regularly hosts bootcamps where innovations (startups) are sourced and then mentored and funded for growing their ideas.
To this end, visibility of these innovations (sourced from within and outside WFP) is crucial to give them the support to grow and also attract more investments/funding.
Therefore, together with our graphic designer and event coordinator, I created bootcamp videos highlighting learnings from each workshop (see the thread here). Also, during pitch events, I would create content to highlight various new innovations that were part of that cohort.
AWARD WINNING: WFP IA won the corporate brand award from Anthem Award for our work in 2021-22
World Humanitarian Day
To celebrate World Humanitarian Day 2021, WFP Innovation Accelerator developed a campaign to highlight the work of 7 WFP staff members across the globe (and part of the accelerator’s Innovation Champions Community), who are leveraging innovative solutions to reach Zero Hunger.
The idea was to share with our social media community about the various ways innovation was being put to use, while celebrating the work of actual staff members behind it. See the Twitter thread here.
UN Days spotlight on projects
In order to highlight some of the work that is being done by innovations we support and scale, my graphic designer colleague and I produce series of video content giving insights about these projects and we publish the same on specific UN days. These are widely used and re-shared as advocacy material by other WFP offices across the world.
I also author blogs for the Innovation Accelerator about new innovation challenges and other announcements. Some of them are listed below:
In order to make our knowledge products reach far and wide to our community (comprising innovators, startup owners, WFP and UN staff, etc.) I design and produce all newsletters and mailers for the Innovation Accelerator. Over the past two years, the subscriber base has grown to almost 10,000 and the click and open rates are much higher
than industry standards.
Conclusion: Innovation is nothing new but is a revolutionary way of thinking through things that can positively bring change in the humanitarian sector. My role as digital communications expert at the accelerator is to make sure that our diverse and global audience gets to access and understand our work through our channels of communications and advocate the same in their own respective workplaces.