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Hello Kate!

Thanks for taking an interest in our idea. You have the right website for AIDMI. Unfortunately, SWAD and sSTEP are very small NGOs without their own websites but they have both been around for several years and both have implemented projects with AIDMI including the current pilot project. I travelled with the staff of SWAD to make visits to homes and businesses in their community with enrolled clients in the pilot project and was very impressed by them. If you want direct contacts with them we can arrange that through AIDMI.

We have a written plan for the next three years that we can share with you if interested but very very briefly, we plan to use the funding to accomplish 4 main goals:
1. Expand the sample size by several thousand and add one further city to the project. This additional city is important because it is one of the Rockefeller 100 resilient cities program and we think a project there would have synergy for showing impact and scaling later.
2. Continue the project until a sufficient activation of the of insurance product to quantitatively measure its success in restoring livelihoods and local markets while reducing negative coping strategies and prove its feasibility. The initial funding we received from HIF was enough to get the project and now we need to see it to fruition with an eye towards scaling.
3. Continue our discussions with the large national insurance companies to create a universal product for all of India and other parts of South Asia rather than the unique city-specific plans we created for the current pilot project.
4. Continue our meetings with national and state disaster management authorities in India to build further support from policymakers.

If you enjoyed the academic paper (dry reading I admit) perhaps you'll enjoy some of these other outputs:
Page 35: http://odihpn.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/HE-66-Web-Final.pdf
Page 121: http://digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/together-we-stand/#

We also have several blogs and newsletters (probably already on the AIDMI website) that we made from the initial start-up if you really want to get into it.

Please feel free to ask us anything else. We love talking about this idea.
--Ronak

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Ronak commented on Yelp for Urban Slums

Hi Chioma,

Sorry, holiday travel took me away from responding quickly.

We are very familiar with Ushahidi but this idea is wholly different in intent and operation. While Ushahidi does crowdsource information for a specific query, it is not meant to have users identify, map and *rate* service or goods providers in their community. It has been valuable at specific issues such as reporting election violence, etc. but this idea is much closer to Yelp than Ushahidi, thus the title 'yelp for urban slums.' We know it's not as sexy as another name yet but we wanted to convey what it would most be like.

We don't have a set partner for implementation mostly because we have refrained from having that conversation with any organization until we have a prototype or something more concrete to show. I imagine Concern, as a development NGO would be interested but I think many others would be too. Even a private sector or University based group in Nairobi. We did plan on using our contacts and even community data collectors to seed the initial app and spread it's use in the three slums where we work but this would be "on the side" not necessarily part of Concern Worldwide's current project.

As for technology partner, I'm afraid that's where our expertise is lacking. We do not have a partner in mind only individuals that we know and we assumed we would hire a person(s) to take on that main role if awarded. But these are things we thought we would discuss with your team if awarded to best use the resources you offer.

Thanks for remaining curious. We really think this idea can work and would go a long way to building resilience. As an aside, I am leading the resilience part of a World Bank/UN University project on urban fragility and resilience and we identified access to basic goods and services as one of the few things empirically associated with urban resilience.

--Ronak

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Ronak commented on Yelp for Urban Slums

Catherine, Sorry for the long delay. I have been absent from this board. Happy to chat when we can find time.