AKTEK helps both public and private organizations manage their operations in fragile environments with better information. Its technology engines help decision-makers organize what they know, what their organization knows and what the world at large knows about their operating context so they can make better decisions and succeed.
AKTEK data scientists and software engineers focus on delivering solutions that preserve institutional memory, enhance information triangulation and facilitate time-sensitive responses to pressing problems. Whether via intelligent stakeholder mapping, deep public perception monitoring, or advanced risk/resilience modelling, AKTEK seeks to combat extremism, terrorism, piracy, epidemics, climate change and natural disasters.
BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL POLICY
SECTOR ACTION PLAN SECRETARIAT
The BCN International Policy Sector Action Plan aims to transform Barcelona into a global centre of reference in international public policy. It is doing so by creating and marketing a strong series of incentives capable of attracting a critical mass of the world’s leading international public policy organisations, foundations, and think tanks to Barcelona. Action Plan incentives are being developed through a partnership between Barcelona’s public, private, and policy sectors.
A benchmark mapping and one-year consultation process with Barcelona’s international policy sector and other key stakeholders revealed a strongly shared conviction about Barcelona’s potential to become a leading hub of international policy work, culminating in the creation of the BCN Action Plan. Ratified and endorsed by more than 30 of Barcelona’s international policy organisations, the plan was launched at a high-profile signature ceremony in 2015.
The Barcelona Action Plan has four operational pillars:
- 360-degree partnershipacross the city’s public, private and policy sectors.
- Concrete incentivesto attract leading international policy actors to transfer some or all of their global operations to Barcelona.
- A global “call for applications”in order to attract leading international actors to consider a move to Barcelona.
- An independent and technically-specialised secretariatto guide the successful implementation of the Action Plan.
The BCN Action Plan Secretariat is being supported by BIPP HUB as an incubation project.
BETTER SOURCING PROGRAM
The Better Sourcing Program provides a technology-based communications solution that helps its clients and development partners discover and leverage opportunities in the artisanal and small-scale mining sector. They help their clients meet international responsible sourcing expectations and comply with conflict minerals regulations and they do this by delivering upstream supply chain due diligence through real time risk and impact assessment, monitoring, management and reporting.
Build Up is a social enterprise that works with civil society in different countries to design innovative practices that help them contribute to peace processes. The Build Up team has more than 10 years of experience in the field of development, peacebuilding, public policy, media and marketing.
Likewise, Build Up combines solid practical knowledge in building peace and civic technologies with academic research. For this reason, Build Up is involved in the identification of standards and methods for the development and use of peacebuilding technologies, and its founders are some of the central voices that have defined the “peacetech” field.
INTEGRATED TRANSITIONS (IFIT)
IFIT is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to helping fragile and conflict-affected states achieve more sustainable transitions out of war or authoritarianism. IFIT’s core work is to provide independent expert analysis and advice on integrated policy solutions for locally-led efforts to break cycles of conflict or repression. IFIT focuses its field work primarily at the national level, engaging directly with senior policymakers and civil society leaders. Through its global work, IFIT fosters the development of an institutional knowledge and body of practice that can help make possible the more evidence-based approaches at prioritisation and integration that global policymakers have long sought.
JustPeace Labs aims to empower local communities to be active participants in creating just peace and sustainable development through the use of technology. JustPeace Labs works with peacebuilders and development specialists to improve access to easy-to-use software; enhance capacity to build customized apps; and ensure an ethical and secure approach to using technology. Striving for long-term solutions to hard problems, JusPeace Labs’ approach aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Natural Strategies is a team of consultants supporting ecosystem & biodiversity conservation all over the world. It finds solutions to help countries, communities & companies preserve nature & wildlife, mitigate climate change and contribute to sustainable development. This includes providing support to the public and private sectors at various stages of planning and implementation.
Natural Strategies engages agents of land use change and conservation, works with them to systematically address the drivers of environmental degradation and contributes to green economic alternatives. This creates viable pathways for sustainable development that benefit from intact ecosystems.
Quo Artis is an international non-profit foundation that seeks to establish connections between art, science and technology through the collaborative work of professionals in these fields. We aim to add value to society and culture by encouraging the creation of interdisciplinary and innovative projects.
REVOLVE is a communication agency and media group fostering cultures of sustainability. REVOLVE publishes a quarterly international magazine focusing on the themes of water (winter), nature (spring), energy (summer) and mobility (fall). REVOLVE coordinates publications, curates photo exhibitions and organizes forums. REVOLVE also offers graphic design, data visualization, content development, branding and marketing, social media engagement and media relations to maximize outreach and impact reporting for EU projects and other partner campaigns. REVOLVE works with partners to accelerate the energy transformation for a cleaner world.
CLIMATE INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP (CLIP)
The Climate Infrastructure Partnership (CLIP) is a transformative community of practice that aims to accelerate the transition to sustainable infrastructure in urban and rural areas.
Partnering with the public, private, and voluntary sectors, we promote the enhancement of institutional capacities and investment frameworks, the replication of successful derisking models, and the improvement of corporate responsibility in sustainable infrastructure.
CLIP is being supported by BIPP HUB as an incubation project.
Publishing in English, Spanish and Portuguese, democraciaAbierta is a global digital platform for Latin American voices, debating democracy, mobilization, participation, and human and civil rights across the continent, throughout the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world, and beyond.
Established in January 2015 as one of the five main sections of openDemocracy –the prestigious global media platform covering world affairs, ideas and culture which seeks to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across the world— democraciaAbierta is currently implementing its second start-up phase with a consolidation plan 2016-2018, which includes the deployment of projects, alliances and partnerships on the ground.
democraciaAbierta is being supported by BIPP HUB as an incubation project.
HIGHER EDUCATION ALLIANCE
FOR REFUGEES (HEAR)
HEAR is a new organisation dedicated to policy research to promote education for those forced to flee their homes by war, climate change and natural disasters. HEAR aims to harness expertise in universities around the world to create innovative approaches to education. Among the first three projects HEAR working on are:
Portable Qualifications: Refugees often flee without documents that prove past educational attainment. Block chain technology and peer-to-peer certification offer some technological prospects to resolve the issue but the wider legal, political and educational environments need to be considered if any system is to be successful.
The Future of Syrian Education: Syria’s universities are still functioning in government-controlled areas but many academics and students have fled the country or been internal displaced. There is a need to start considering what role education will play in the reconstruction of Syria and what needs to be done to create a successful university system after conflict.
Vocational Education: Many refugees face limited prospects of returning home any time soon. Many well-qualified Syrians have worked in the Gulf States, and there are opportunities for other forms of employment if training can be established.
HEAR is being supported by BIPP HUB as an incubation project.
Needlab is a design research organization aimed at solving sustainability issues for communities using human-centred design strategies. With a team of architects, engineers, designers and artists sharing the belief that design is responsible for making lives better, Needlab focusses on unveiling new ways of creating a dialogue between local materials, social customs, cultural heritage, and the environment. They work for and implement design solutions with communities around the world and reachable to all.
Needlab is being supported by BIPP HUB as an incubation project.