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#Payinadvanced and get the things you bought after the quarantine to help self-employees and small entrepreneurs #epaynow !

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How to foster grassroot innovations being locked down? The UNDP Accelerator Lab from Argentina (Maria Veronica Moreno, Matias Acosta and me) would like to share an idea and see what you think about it. Quarantine and lock down deeply affect self-employees, small entrepreneurs and informal workers which get no income if they do not work, at least in urban areas. We created the #payinadvance initiative (or #pagaacuenta in Spanish).

We see a potential use of twitter to help those groups by encouraging formal employees to buy in advance their goods and services and to pay using electronic transfers. It would be easy, for free and, if it works, it may help those who suffer big economic lost in places under quarantine. Do you like the idea? in can be replicated in every country! the 60 labs are already adopting this initiative 

In what ways did you share this information?

Social media, twitter mainly.

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • National Government
  • News: Television
  • News: Digital
  • News: Radio
  • Social Media
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
  • NGO or Non-profit Organization
  • Employer

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

There is a lot of information missing. We are comparing figures of infected people and death without knowing the number of tests in many countries ( in Argentina there is no information about it), how they count the death (do all the countries count them as death by Covid or others count the death by other concomitant affections, like pneumonia). We do not know the infrastructure of the national health system in my country. How many machines to help people breathe do we have?

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

Information on how to prevent the virus is properly spread in my country. Although misinformation is also rampant 

What is your current profession?

Political Scientist -Head of experimentation at the UNDP Accelerator lab from Argentina

In what city are you located?

Buenos Aires

In what country are you located?



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Photo of Isaac Jumba

Lorena Moscovich welcome to the challenge. Really interesting inspiration. How does partnership look like for your concept to work? Are there businesses that might explore your suggestion?

Photo of Lorena Moscovich

Hi ! an idea of this kind can be fostered in alliance with the public sector, ONGs or the private sector. We are going to present the idea to the "Humanitarian Help Network" (an emergency committee that gathers, the UN system, the Red Cross, the Ministry of Security and Doctors without borders) next Wednesday