The International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) has always been an important promoter of Taiwan and its partner countries in the pursuit of sustainable development. Since2018, it has adopted the strategy of Public-private partnership to connect domestic and foreign resources. The “2021 TaiwanICDF Development x Innovation x Sustainability Experiment Competition – Impact Frontier Lab”, launched for the first time this year (2021), is the first innovative foreign aid accelerator in Taiwan. At the press conference for the launch of the competition on October 26, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yu Dazai, Head of the Diplomatic Corps in Taiwan St. Christopher and Nevis Ambassador to Taiwan H.E. Ambassador Jasmine Elise Huggins and a number of representatives of our diplomatic allies were invited to participate in the event. Together with TaiwanICDF, they emphasized the core value of “people-oriented” foreign aid. We should illuminate our diplomatic allies with warmth and let the world see “Taiwan Can Help, Taiwan Is Helping”!
Deputy Minister Yu Daya and Ambassador Ha Jingsi echoed the four major demands of the competition in their speeches, and talked about “sustainability of economic development”, “sustainability of science and technology education”, “climate change and environmental sustainability” and “sustainability of rural and agricultural development”. continued” importance. In his speech, Deputy Minister Yu Daya said that in recent years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and TaiwanICDF have also sought innovation and changes in foreign aid work. In her speech, Ambassador Ha Jingsi said that this is an exciting project that can encourage more innovative ideas and opportunities, and emphasized that in the challenging post-pandemic era, the crisis is a turning point. Therefore, the two andTaiwanICDF jointly invited enterprises, civil society groups and NGOs to propose innovative cooperation plans by November 12, encouraging all sectors to join hands withTaiwanICDF to overcome the uncertain era of the post-COVID-19 pandemic. During the recovery period, let’s light up the way forward for our diplomatic allies!
“Partnership for Progress and Sustainable Development” is the driving force of TaiwanICDF’s innovation and improvement. In order to build a bridge between Taiwan’s enterprises and civil society groups to the world, and to continue to export Taiwan’s influence, TaiwanICDF has been using new thinking in recent years to launch a new way of international cooperation. TaiwanICDF Secretary-General Xiang Tianyi shared the history of TaiwanICDF in establishing public-private partnerships at the launching ceremony, explaining that TaiwanICDF has changed from a foreign aid practitioner to a resource-linked role, and is now more proactive in facing challenges, through the three stages of practical workshops, transnational co-creation laboratories and international expert cooperation guidance, to guide and accompany domestic enterprises and groups to assist development through action, promote sustainability through cooperation, maximize limited resources, and through competition During the process of selecting partners with development potential, TaiwanICDF will invest an equal amount of matching funds according to the amount of the innovative proposal, and a maximum of 200,000 US dollars can be provided as a proposal landing bonus, so as to establish a foreign aid model and cooperation normality with Taiwan characteristics. Such innovations can have a positive impact.