What you need to know
Governments around the world, like private sector entities, are now becoming participants in the innovation ecosystem. This is a time where innovation becomes an organizational imperative for the public sector itself, rather than an exclusive domain of the private sector that governments only influence remotely. With examples like Estonia, Singapore, UAE, Sweden and Chile, this article seeks to explore what Innovation entails, a driven government (IDG) and what it can achieve. Its primary focus is based on six facets of an IDG.
These facets are:
- Collaboration & engagement: across government entities and unique public-private collaborations, governments can open innovation frontiers to solve social challenges in new ways.
- Culture, people and talent: IDG’s have employees that are creative problem solvers and work in an innovative culture that provides unique incentives and performance rewards, with increased diversity and encouraging interaction with companies through ‘brain circulation’ initiatives like secondmates and sabbaticals.
- Strategy: IDG’s embed responsibility for innovation across the full range of government departments.
- Investment in R&D and digital innovation: Rather than using digital technologies exclusively to take government services online, IDGs are using emergent technologies like blockchain for voting and corporate registration, while AI is being used to tackle transportation.
- Procurement: IDG’s, instead of just procuring (as governments are the biggest buyer of goods and services in most economies), establish a need and challenge to give private sector the incentive to commit R&D efforts or increase investment in certain areas.
- Innovation process: IDGs develop an innovation process to create new approaches to policy design and implementation. For example, ‘Design Thinking’ brings an R&D methodology popularized by the tech sector into other organizational contexts, such as new approaches to welfare payments.
IDG reconceptualises government, from being an enabler and supporter of the innovation ecosystem to becoming a fundamental participant, whose choices influence the wider innovation performance of the economy, thus creating a virtuous circle.
While stating the case for IDG’s is simple, realizing the transformation requires rigorous effort. The article states practices like incentives, entrepreneurial mindset, long terms thinking and regulations to aid the transformation.
Value for the UAE Government
The UAE has undertaken a plethora of programmes that involve a tremendous amount of effort to meet the UAE Vision 2021 and set targets for the next 10 years in addition to developing plans and strategies that lay the foundation for the UAE Centennial 2071. These undertakings support a very driven government which clearly aligns with the 6 facets mentioned in this article. As long as entities work in unison as opposed to silos, the shared innovations and knowledge wealth will undoubtedly propel the nation forward.
Read more: https://www.pwc.com/m1/en/publications/documents/wgs-innovation-paper-new-updates.pdf