The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will have Agirre Lehendakaria Center (ALC) as one of its partners to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia and speed up the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The implementation of Social Innovation Platforms based on the Basque Case will be one of the large-scale experimentation programs in the search for new ways to respond to Covid-19.

Within the framework of the partnership between ALC and the UNDP for participation throughout Asia, already operational in countries like Thailand, Pakistan and Malaysia, a new project in Indonesia has joined the initiative. ALC’s contribution will consist of the search for `integrated responses to the systemic crisis´ that we are living through. Agirre Lehendakaria Center will help in the design, implementation and evaluation of social innovation platforms that incorporate responses in the healthcare, social and economic areas that are adapted to the specific cultural features of each territory. 

Indonesian Minister for Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Abdul Halim Iskandar has welcomed the cooperation initiative with the UN. "I am pleased that we have met with the ultimate aim of strengthening the development of small villages in Indonesia by taking advantage of local knowledge and ending up with global perspectives", the Minister said, accompanied by UNDP Indonesia Resident Representative  Christophe Bahuet. “The sooner we can get started, the better. To speed things up, we should reach agreement on several points, but the earlier the better in any case ", he added.

For his part, ALC Director Gorka Espiau pointed out that “this partnership with the United Nations represents a qualitative and quantitative leap forward for us because it extends our scope for intervention to the Asian continent. ALC sees this partnership as a platform to create an open connection to the Basque innovation ecosystem overall”.