The UN Women Sign Historic Deal with Innovation Norway

3. April 2017

(Trondheim). HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende were among the luminaries presiding over the signing of the agreement designed to open up for more humanitarian innovation from startups.

Bright CEO Ingun Berget were one of the entrepreneurs invited to present to Yannick Glemarec of the United Nations organization UN Women and Innovation Norway CEO Anita Krohn Traaseth before they put ink to paper. Women’s rights and sustainability are a special focus of the deal.

-Every country has a duty to reach the UN sustainability goals and to strengthen women’s rights. This deal lets Norwegian business and innovation play a bigger part in this work, said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

The collaboration aims to create meeting points and projects that can connect Norwegian innovation with the needs and challenges of the international aid and relief sector.

-We have met with incubators and Norwegian entrepreneurs that have developed innovative, humanitarian approaches that can strengthen women’s position, says Yannick Glemarec, Vice President of UN Women.

-For instance, Bright is working with NGOs to create down-payment financing schemes through their saving groups which are firmly rooted in social structure. Women are the main gatekeepers of most of these structures, says Bright CEO Ingun Berget.

Berget believes that the deal signed in Trondheim can be an important contribution to widening the impact of Norwegian innovation in the humanitarian sector.

-Bright has a history of collaborating with Norwegian and international partners to develop and expand our global impact. When innovative projects are built on common ideals and efforts, they are more likely to succeed. The UN Women and Innovation Norway partnership is a great opportunity for us to build on these efforts and get more innovation tested out in the field .