Our History

In Brazil, the promotion of innovation as a strategy for modernization and improvement of the public sector has received special attention from the Ministry of Economy. In March 2016, the ministry (called Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Danish Ministry of Business and Growth to develop initiatives in order to increase the efficiency and transparency of the public service. This document provided a new set up in the Brazilian federal government of a space for the exploration of tools and interventions to support and foster innovative processes in the public sector through the exchange of experiences and learning activities with the Danish MindLab laboratory staff, created in 2002. This was the genesis of GNova - Laboratory of Innovation in Government.

The National School of Public Administration (Enap), a public foundation linked to the Ministry of Economy, was considered the most appropriate institution in the government for the facility of this new space. Enap's choice signaled the importance of disseminating new methods and developing innovative experiences in building state capacity. On August 17, 2016, GNova was then inaugurated as a pioneer initiative in the Brazilian Federal Public Administration.

GNova’s strategic partnership with MindLab and the former Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management remains to this day and, progressively, Enap increasingly assumed a leading role in the management of the Laboratory. Other strategic partnerships were also established at the domestic plan and it is worth mentioning two that represented an important milestone in the process of structuring and institutionalization of GNova:


(i) Cooperation with InovaGov Network, an action coordinated by the Ministry of Economy to promote the adoption of innovative practices at the governmental level;

(ii) The performance of GNova as a technical support unit of the Executive Committee of the National Council for Red Tape Reduction - Brazil Efficient, which gave the Laboratory an important role in advising and supporting the Civil House of the Presidency of the Republic in the improvement of public services rendered to the citizen.

Since GNova was established, there have been more than 20 developed projects with various institutions of Federal Public Administration. This part of the history is best told graphically and on the laboratory’s 2-year celebration in August 2018, we prepared a timeline of our major projects. Check it out below, and if you want more information about any of them, visit our Projects page: