PRAAS : Proactive and Active IOT-based Surveillance for Tribal and Nomadic Conflict Resolution and Peace Keeping in Africa.
Building safer communities and planning better public services in Africa using Internet of Things and Data Analytics
*Please Upload User Experience Map (as attachment) and any additional insights gathered from Beneficiary Feedback in this field
Why does the target community define this problem as urgent and/or a priority? How is the idea leveraging and empowering community assets to help create an environment for success? (1000 characters)
The farmers-herders clashes are omnipresent and occur across the Sahara, Sahel and Savannah. Primarily caused by competition over resources such as land and fresh water, these conflicts are further compounded by existing ethnic and religious tensions as evident in Sudan, Nigeria and Lake Chad to name a few.
These conflicts lead to loss of life and livestock, displacement, and serious damages to local economic activity and most importantly, they pose a threat to social cohesion, national unity and increase the possibility of inter-state conflicts and civil wars.
PRAAS is an adaptive system that can be integrated with relevant current and historical data to generate information that can be used along with the social and governmental data to predict the constancy and changes in pastoralism pathways. Such data can assist in a better understanding of climate change, resource sufficiency and service planning.
How does the idea fit within the larger ecosystem that surrounds it? Urgent needs are usually a symptom of a larger issue that rests within multiple interrelated symptoms - share what you know about the context surrounding the problem you are aiming to solve. (500 characters)
-Better services in addition to the prediction of Grievances and Injustice:
the results can be used to predict shortages in resources and nomadic needs. It also allows decision makers to plan better health and education services.
-Better understating of the impacts of global warming:
PRAAS compares on-ground facts with the scientific prediction and simulation models in order to have clearer insight on the global warming impacts on temperature, rainfall, wind and grass
How does the idea affect or change the fundamental nature of the larger ecosystem that surrounds it (as described above) in a new and/or far-reaching way? (500 characters)
Unlike PRAAS; the current solutions are remedial rather than proactive as they focus on active or after-incident data analysis rather than applying a parallel proactive model most of the time. As a result, they lack integrity between the current situation and historical data.
PRAAS machine-learning platform generates information that can assist not only in predicting the hot/cold conflicts but also to give better understanding of climate change, resource sufficiency and service planning
What will be different within the target community as a result of implementing the idea? What is the scope and scale of that difference? How long will it take to see that difference and how will it be sustained beyond BridgeBuilder support? (500 characters)
PRAAS designed to generate cold and hot alerts on the potential and instant conflicts between farmers and herders in specific places in Africa. The system aims to reduce the number of annual conflicts to less than 50% following the next year of implementation.
Reducing the number of conflicts per year leads to better farming and less number of displaced people; both together will lead to better economic cycle. Furthermore, it will help to avoid the frequent loss of life and livestock.
How has the idea evolved or responded to your user research during the Beneficiary Feedback Phase and any further insights provided if you participated in the Expert Feedback Phase? (1000 characters)
We have conducted couple of surveys in the local communities to allow them to feedloop the system design process. They have highlighted some valuable points that will assist in making PRAAS responds to a bigger ecosystem group of challenges.
We also consulted couple of technical SMEs who are originally from these communities, they have great knowledge about the ecosystem needed to be put in mind while developing solutions like PRAAS. Moreover, the user map experience allowed us to adjust the system's process for green and red alert generation to be more effective.
What are the key steps for implementation in the next 1-3 years? (You can attach a timeline or GANTT chart in place of a written plan, if desired.) (1000 characters)
Attached the GANTT Chart
Describe the individual or team that will implement this idea (if a partnership, please explain breakdown of roles and responsibilities for each entity). (Feel free to share an organizational chart or visual description of your team). (500 characters)
PRAAS founder and main developer:
- Waddah is an award winner technology consultant and manager with extended experience in leading digital transformation projects. He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and MSc in Strategy.
- Isra is an AUD Alumna where she was the president of "Women in Engineering". Her senior project aimed to help disabled ranked 3rd by IEEE UAE.
Project Team (to be assigned by UofK):
-Electronics designer x1
-Data analyst x2
What aspects of the idea would potential BridgeBuilder funds primarily support? (500 characters)
as per our plan, the BridgeBuilder funds will primarily support PRAAS in the fixed cost/equipment and capital part (second column as per the attached cost budgeting).
Cost Budgeting for PRAAS
In preparation for our Expert Feedback Phase: What are three unanswered questions or challenges that you could use support on in your project? These questions will be answered directly by experts matched specifically to your idea and needs.
1- What would be the process for a NGO to have an direct access to active satellite readings of the weather and grass quality?
2- Is it sufficient for a sustainable system to have an independent network of LAN network or to shift to LoRa or LoRaWAN?
3- What are the best alternative way to detect the grass quality in addition to grassometers and Satellite?
PRAAS Proactive Alert
PRAAS Aactive Alert
Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)
Farmers-herders conflicts have a long history in Africa and have been growing increasingly more frequent and violent owing to environmental degradation, demographic change and a worsening political climate. These clashes are omnipresent and occur across the Sahara, Sahel and Savannah. Primarily caused by competition over resources such as land and fresh water, these conflicts are further compounded by existing ethnic and religious tensions as evident in Sudan, Nigeria and Lake Chad to name a few.
The main challenge faced by African government officials when dealing with farmers-herders conflicts arise from the large geographic area of some African countries as gathering data and deploying troops on the ground are more difficult to do in larger countries. In addition, the lack of information about the impacts of global warming and resource scarcity makes it even more complicated to predict the conflicts and to plan services to the locals.
Currently, most conflict monitoring systems are remedial rather than proactive as they focus on active or after-incident data analysis rather than applying a parallel proactive model most of the time. As a result, they lack integrity between the current situation and historical data.
PRAAS employs rain, grass and water supply sensors to indicate the threshold and then compares readings with historic rain measurements and water supply data in order to generate a green alert on potential conflicts. In addition, PRAAS utilizes smart poles grid, mobile vehicles and GPS-guided drones. The smart poles and mobile vehicle contain laser-based motion detectors/counters circuits connected to thermographic cameras which can be used to detect mass movement of people, cattle and vehicles to generate a red alert for authorities to take action in case of emergencies.
Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)
- Farmers, herders and local governments in Sudan, Nigeria and Chad.
How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)
- Prediction of Grievances and Injustice:
PRAAS delivers early bird information that can be used to predict shortages in resources and nomadic needs.
- Service Planning and Social trends studying:
PRAAS ability for self-learning and its integration with social data can allow decision makers to plan the health and education services in an efficient manner.
- Data Integrity:
PRAAS has the ability to integrate with additional modules for detailed data analysis. It can use historical data for more precise comparison and result generation.
- A Self-learning system for better understating of the impacts of the global warming:
PRAAS is an adaptive system that can be integrated with relevant current and historical data to generate information that can be used along with the social and governmental data to predict the constancy and changes in pastoralism pathways. Such data can assist in a better understanding of climate change and resource sufficiency.
Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)
Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.
Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)
“Institute of Tomorrow” is a youth think tank that takes into account developing an intellectual platform to provide trustworthy consultancy, agile designs and sustainable solutions to Sudan and Africa’s top-ranked problems and challenges.
In 2016, University of Pennsylvania selected Institute of Tomorrow as one of best new think tanks in the world.
Organization Filing Status
Yes, we are a registered non-profit.
In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.
Experts form the United Nations and other organizations estimate that farmers-herders conflicts led to the death and displacement of thousands of people in Africa over the past few years. Some of the bloodiest of the recent conflicts include: the 2013 clash between Ma’aliya and Rizeigat tribal groups in Sudan which left 209 tribesmen dead and 305 others wounded and a 2014 conflict between farmers and Fulanis in Nigeria which led to the death of 1229 people in Nigerian middle belt.
Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).
Farmer-herders conflicts have dire consequences both in the short and long term. These conflicts lead to loss of life and livestock, displacement, and serious damages to local economic activity and most importantly, they pose a threat to social cohesion, national unity and increase the possibility of inter-state conflicts and civil wars.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
- University of Khartoum (confirmed participation).
- Institute of Tomorrow, The young think tank of Sudan, East Africa and the Middle East (Confirmed participation).
- African Union (Awaiting confirmation).
Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)
Currently, Africa represents more than 19% of the global youth population. According to the UN, and by 2030, it is predicted that the number of youths in Africa will have increased by 42%.
Young people are today's catalyst for social change. In Sudan, where 60% of the population are under 24 and adult literacy has been increasing over the past ten years, there is a great opportunity in listening to the unspoken words & to exploiting the static capabilities of the young generation.
Phase 1: West Sudan
Phase 2: Northern and middle belts of Nigeria and Lake Chad.
How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)
Green Alert Module : 4 Months
Red Alert Module : 9 Months
Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)