The global development sector is in transition with wide range of priorities, concerns, opportunities, and paths ahead. Besides the availability and access to funding and resources being a challenge, the advent of new actors and partners, new innovations, new applications of technology and data, new models of development finance, new revenue streams, and the potential of all these trends to improve development outputs and outcomes is exhilarating.


The sector in transition breeds the worries for players about how to stay relevant in a world that is heading in many different directions at once, and coping with it by innovating, utilising technology and data to drive decision making, and empowering partners on the front lines.


In the above context, the Centre of Excellence on Emerging Development Perspectives (COE-EDP) aims to keep track of transition trajectory of global development and work towards conceptualization, development and mainstreaming of innovative developmental approaches, frameworks and practices.



The objectives of COE-EDP are:

  • Tracking the trajectory of emerging developmental approaches, frameworks and practices in target sectors and markets.
  • Conceptualizing, designing and practising state of the art developmental approaches and frameworks in target sectors and markets.
  • Enhancing the use of technology in developmental interventions by conceptualising and developing innovative and implementable technical solutions.


COE-EDP leverages upon strategic networking and collaborations with inspired individuals and innovative technology ventures across the globe. Collaborations happen for joint research and product development by pooling the resources and know-how.



Presently, the activities of COE-EDP are focused on following thematic areas:

  • ML powered IDEA M&E: Working on the upgrading of our project monitoring and evaluation software, IDEA M&E, by using machine learning technologies to enhance the users’ experience and more efficient decision making while managing and monitoring the projects and programs
  • Insights Post-COVID 19: In the view of huge inflow of data due to COVID 19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns worldwide, we are studying how such data and technology powered data analytics will provide inputs for policy formulation, planning, program and project formulation in the post-COVID 19 periods.
  • Sailing Infodemic: Seeing the importance of targeted communication in prevention and responding to outbreaks of infectious diseases and warnings by UN and WHO about the infodemic being witnessed the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic, we are analysing and assessing how the policymakers and administrators will be required to renovate healthcare communication modalities and what role technology can play to adopt resilience policies and protocols to deal with COVID 19 pandemic and challenges to be posed in the post-COVID 19 world.



SEAFOOD INDUSTRY POST-COVID 19: An overhaul to trigger growth of small fisheries

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced billions of people inside their homes, roads became quieter and so did the oceans. The coronavirus outbreak spread through the planet at an unprecedented scale and brought the whole world to a halt, plummeting demand in the majority of the sectors including the seafood industry. Fisheries were among the first businesses to face the economic hit of the coronavirus outbreak due to its heavy exposure to China for both consumptions as well as production.


MARITIME TRANSPORT POST-COVID 19: Disruptions ahead in business models, techno-investments, regulations

As much as the COVID-19 pandemic is dangerous on the land, it’s presence on ships has been even more traumatic, followed by dilemmas in which ships were banished to the oceans on their own for weeks when countries refused to take them in.


HOSPITALITY POST-COVID 19: Adapting quickly to better serve customers and stimulate recovery

The hospitality industry connects communities and puts a great deal of emphasis on serving millions of people every single day. But the same emphasis on people-to-people connection became problematic during the times of the COVID-19 pandemic.


EDUCATION POST-COVID 19: Schools to rush for more digitalization

Over 1.57 billion students, representing more than 90 percent of enrolled learners, are out of school after 191 countries imposed nationwide school closures in an attempt to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The unprecedented crisis has left the world looking for answers on how to ensure that no one is left behind during these challenging times.


CYBERSECURITY POST-COVID 19: More internet means more threats

Billions of people are stuck inside their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the world is becoming increasingly dependent on the internet to ensure business continuity, supply of essential goods, and dissemination of essential information. The race towards a connected world was already in full swing and the outbreak has further highlighted the potential of the internet in tackling problems of the 21st century.

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