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The program is foremost an intervention to safeguard planetary health. The program mission aims to support transformation of the development services ecosystem, extending across public administrations, private enterprises, research and academic institutions, and international and civil society organizations globally.

Achieving sustainability requires global-scale, whole-of-government, whole-of-society transformation. It requires effective mobilization of physical, information, financial and human resources within multi-layered policy architectures and multi-polar power architectures spanning contexts that often have poorly-defined or dysfunctional interfaces with local customary systems. Effective action requires mature capability and effective methodologies, tools and systems for research and formulation, organization and management of programs of governance, public administration and development management.

The program seeks to ensure stakeholders have rigorously-evaluated, evidence-based solutions to effectively address multiple complex and interconnected challenges requiring urgent attention, effective tactical intervention, course correction and rapid resolution. A key capacity-building strategy focuses on development of analytical and problem-solving methodologies, tools and frameworks; solution concepts and technologies; and governance and management systems capable of bridging the critical gaps in pathways to sustainability.

The program methodologies and conceptual frameworks integrate and build upon well-established principles and practices that have undergone decades of iterative refinement. Starting from a foundation in public health and systems engineering, the methodologies extends from the context of households, populations and communities to planetary-scale networks of interconnected habitats and ecosystems. The methodologies reflect growing recognition of the complex inter-dependencies between healthy ecosystems and populations, and seeks to elaborate a vision and pathways to sustainability based on the best available research and knowledge.

The program is focused on addressing these methodology and systems needs at multiple levels of scale, from local to regional to global. With increasing awareness of the importance of decentralization in building secure, resilient societies, the research agenda emphasizes the importance of building institutional capacity to govern and manage portfolios within local and sub-national contexts. It places highest priority on building capacity for community and regional development, focusing specifically on providing leadership in effectively aligning and guiding the development trajectory of rapidly-evolving information technologies, cyberphysical infrastructure and digital markets toward generating positive change leading to systemic transformation and emergence of resilient, secure and sustainable communities globally.

Program mission

The program is focused on multiple critical challenges that need to be addressed in the coming years, and is actively researching and developing solutions that can provide a pathway toward sustainability.

The program strategy recognizes the critical role of information and communication technologies such as the internet, electronic market infrastructure and enterprise resource planning and management systems in developing institutional and human capacity and enabling transformation. It is focused on ensuring the evolution of new technologies is aligned with institutional and stakeholder needs and can catalyze action toward goal attainment.

The program is focused on developing the technology-enabled capacity of institutions to effectively govern and manage the transformation toward sustainability. It is specifically focused on frameworks for horizontal and vertical integration of systems from global to local scales, as well as stakeholder engagement on a whole-of-society basis.

Recognizing the need for urgency in tackling key challenges, the program is focused on developing reference architectures and prototyping proof-of-concept implementations that are capable of achieving the necessary scale under highly-compressed timeframes, focusing on challenges to implementing regional and local-scale solutions.

Recognizing the complex challenges in achieving broad multi-sectoral transformation toward sustainability, the program model is focused on the efficient allocation and effective application of resources toward near- to mid-term tactical interventions capable of catalyzing desired change.

The intervention strategy focuses on a set of governance and market-driven reforms and interventions targeted to current structures and practices in the information technology services systems and markets, with the expectation these will catalyze broader, transformative change in macroeconomic and social systems. A key priority involves digitalization of core governance, policy and regulatory services for critical infrastructure systems, which require urgent, near-term intervention in order to mitigate against or otherwise adapt to a range of complex sustainability challenges.

The program seeks to improve capacity to assess and plan community and regional markets and services systems, including establishing well-defined near- to long-term roadmaps defining necessary investment, financing and other resource requirements. It aims to provide stakeholders with methodologies and tools to effectively mobilize a range of development finance services and financial resources and instruments.

The program is focused on evolutionary change that is realistic and reflects real-world capabilities and constraints. The conceptual solution planning work relies on application of maturing or mature technologies that are supported by significant resources from the academic, research and commercial domains.

The program is scientifically grounded with research, development and systems engineering methodologies that apply rigorous, evidence-based strategies with demonstrated effectiveness.

In many instances, the program advocates for use of technologies that have been extensively researched in academic or research settings, have found specialized niche markets, but have lacked opportunities for broader commercial deployment. The program advocates for commercialization of innovations that can unlock or safeguard significant economic value.

The program advocates for an approach to sustainability that promotes innovation and accelerated growth and adoption of appropriate technologies across multiple market systems. The expected benefits are many, but the program takes the position that the distribution of benefits needs to be more equitably balanced in order to achieve global goals and mitigate against many complex risks.

Portfolio : Development | Ecosystems, RegionsCommunities, Human, Habitat, Grid | Engineering

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