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Co-Creation Mobile Lab for Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria

A mobile laboratory that will allow young women to co-create SRH solutions for them and by them.

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What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?

It is important that young girls and women are giving the chance to co-design their own solutions for them and by them. Most solutions that has been designed in the past didn't resonate well with young women because they feel its strange or isn't well coordinated with their values. The aim of this project is to created a platform within IDP camps where women, girls and other deign professionals can work together to brainstorm and co-design solutions around their needs.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?

How can we effectively carry out this initiative within the targeted settings to achieve optimum results?

Explain Your Idea

Co-creation Lab is a mobile laboratory with part think tank, part community center and public gathering space, the Lab’s aim is the exploration of new ideas by young women and for young women, experimentation, and ultimately the creation of forward-thinking visions and projects for their sexual and reproductive health needs. Using the innovative “co-defining quality” approach to improve youth-friendly services, the project will conduct workshops in three IDP camps in the north-eastern Nigeria that will bring together healthcare providers, program managers and young people from across the camps. Workshop participants will collaborate to define necessary features and characteristics of high-quality, youth-friendly comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, abortion care and contraception services. With an agreed-upon framework in place for quality youth-friendly services, participants will assess services at their own facilities and will create six-month action plans for improvement.

Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).

1. The participants will be able to work together to design their own specific solutions working along side professional mentors 2. They will be able to better utilize the solutions since its designed by them and for them. 3. The communities will will safer and well coordinated, while the long term feelings of fulfillment on participating in the design will be a confidence booster.

How is your idea unique?

The project is unique because it will: 1. Create an enabling environment for youth-friendly services within the health system by increasing the knowledge of key stakeholders, such as health-care providers and facility managers, on the abortion law and need for accessible, youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services. Begin with a thorough stakeholder analysis both within and outside of the health system to help identify potential contributors and obstacles to project success and sustainability. 2. Actively orient and engage a range of stakeholders outside the health system, both to ensure an enabling environment in the community and to create effective links to healthcare facilities. Because stigma has such a powerful inhibiting influence on young people’s ability to talk openly about sexuality and reproductive health and to obtain related information and care, effective project design needs to consider the role of community gatekeepers, opinion leaders, elders etc

Who are your end users?

The project is focused on women and girls resident in various IDP camps across Nigeria. The project aim to give them the opportunity to co-create their own solutions around their needs for better utilization.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Nigeria

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Armed conflict
  • Prolonged displacement

Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in

The project will be focused on the north-eastern part of Nigeria where Bokoharam activities has displaced mllions of young women and girls from their homes and are presently seeking refuge across various IDP camps and they are constantly exposed to various SRH issues.

What is your organization's name?

RAINBOW GATE FOUNDATION NIGERIA

Tell us more about you.

We are a non-governmental organization based in Nigeria with the aim to help push the achievement of the sustainable millennium development goals. For more info: www.rgfn.org

Organizational Characteristics

  • Youth-led organization
  • Locally/community-led organization

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • Still in planning phase and does not exist yet

Expertise in Sector

  • Yes, for more than a year.

Organization Location

Abeokuta, Nigeria

What is your organizational status?

  • Registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Early Stage Innovation: exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.

Website

www.rgfn.org

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