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Strategic intelligence hub

Formed in 2022, the Strategic Intelligence Hub (SIH) is a community of practice and learning- co-curated by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Asia Pacific), Commonwealth Secretariat, International Labour Organization (ILO), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP).

Using a three transitions approach (economic, skills and mental model transitions), key future policy trends for the youth entrepreneurship ecosystem were identified. These included enabling an inclusive youth entrepreneurship environment through strengthening the data ecosystems and evidence bank, facilitating digital access of all entrepreneurs to fully leverage the potential of a tech-driven future of work, and building the capacity of young entrepreneurs to actively lead the green and blue transition agendas across the region.  



Expand regional and national understanding of relevant policies, regulatory frameworks and requirements through a youth entrepreneurship lens to identify common and differentiated ecosystem challenges and enablers for various youth groups.  

Foster collective intelligence for South-South and triangular collaboration between government partners and other core stakeholders to bridge data evidence gaps and strengthen enablers for ecosystem development.

Identify leverage pathways and offers for research and thought leadership to influence policy, programmes and partnerships development around thematic priority areas identified by the hub at the regional and national levels.  

Increase understanding of the Youth Co:Lab, Commonwealth Secretariat and the Youth Empowerment Alliance’s support offers, including the ecosystem diagnostic methodology, and ways government actors can leverage key partnerships with development actors.

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During the Youth Co:Lab Summit 2023, the government track under the Strategic Intelligence Hub (SIH), focused on “Policy Experiments for the Inclusive Entrepreneurship Ecosystem”.

It convened policymakers from over 15 countries in the region in an interactive and dynamic setting to ideate, design, and refine innovative policy experiments that foster an enabling environment for all young entrepreneurs.

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The concept of Strategic Intelligence Hub (SIH) was presented at the Youth Co:Lab Summit in Singapore in July 2022 to 14 government representatives who engaged in discourse to scope out the vision and governance structure of the SIH and ideate south-south collaboration ideas on youth entrepreneurship policy programming within their country contexts and at the regional level. 

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