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Evert Jan commented on Acquiring Skills and Knowledge In Emergencies (AKSIE)

Hi Balint,
Thank you very much for sharing these links. It seems that the work of Vodaphone is strongly aligned with what we envisage with our application. We will certainly look into the opportunities there. For now we will focus on researching needs for acquiring knowledge and skills of women and girls in Afghanistan.
Greetings,
Evert Jan

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Evert Jan commented on Acquiring Skills and Knowledge In Emergencies (AKSIE)

Hi OpenIDEO,
Thank you very much for selecting our Idea to go into the Refinement Phase and giving us the opportunity to respond to your feedback. We would have loved to provide more detail on our idea, however we were somewhat limited by the number of characters that could be used in the various boxes. We therefore really appreciate the opportunity to further elaborate here.
Our Idea focuses on improving the quality of and access to education for women and girls who are the hardest-to-reach in education. Our Idea proposes to provide an interactive learning platform for those women and girls who otherwise have little opportunity to increase their knowledge and improve their skills.
The starting point of our Idea is the potential and need for learning among forcibly displaces people. Our Idea intends to create a platform where people can exchange their skill and knowledge. To narrow down the scope of our Idea in the first phases of its development we decided to work in an environment that is very similar to an emergency situation, yet at the same time is less fluid than in other situations of displacement (where people are almost constantly on the move).
Your feedback highlighted the absence of a HCD approach up to this point of the development of our idea. However, we intend work closely together with Afghan women and girls throughout the project. We will do this via the already established women self-help groups, reflecting with members of the self-help groups of the suitability and relevance of the platform, involving them as the first group of users to learn from at all stages. These groups are reaching out also to women outside their own groups. We plan to work with these groups to understand what their needs are, what triggers their interest and motivates them regarding education, what kind of content is relevant to them, and how this can best be offered.
We also will work with the self-help groups to map the technical boundaries of our platform. We need to determine how wide-spread the use of smartphones and tablets is among women and girls in Afghanistan and what other constraints exist. We must also check our assumption on the preferred learning styles of the same groups. Our assumptions made on the exposure to other value-sets are not crucial for the development of our Idea, but rather something we would like to understand better throughout the project. Our biggest concern is more related to the room and freedom that the platform users will have for applying the newly acquired skills and knowledge. It is clear that we want to prevent situations in which female users face suspicion from their spouses, who might not trust who or what they are communicating online. For this reason we shall plan each step in the testing carefully together with the women groups. There is so much to learn still!
In the comments, you mentioned how it is unclear how the core competencies of the organisations relate to the work that needs to be done. Both CARE and ZOA have core competence in and understanding of working with the women self-help groups in Afghanistan, as we already are supporting these groups for many years. Core competence of developing the application will be delivered by the Dutch company, which already provides the same services to its clients in the Netherlands.
For the development of our Idea we will follow an iterative approach. In each phase the purpose of the pre-programmed can be altered, depending on the enhanced abilities of its users, and on what we have learned about their preferred learning styles. In the first phase women will be provided with live-saving information. In a later phase they can test their knowledge and skills with others by playing “serious” games with peers in the same group or even in another group (peer-to-peer learning). In the final stage, women and girls will be invited to upload their own knowledge onto the application, creating content themselves, which can be accessed by other users in a restricted (and secure) digital environment. However, for now it is important to create a prototype of the application that is suitable and acceptable for the women self-help groups in Afghanistan, to start testing on a very limited scale.
Once the pilot phase has been concluded and a platform for exchanging information and playful learning between users is functioning, we intend to make the same platform available to users in other emergency situations, by integrating it into our ‘regular’ education and awareness programming. Costs for the upkeep and further development of the platform will than become part of project funding. Moreover, CARE and ZOA are actively searching for other innovation donors and are already investing in-kind in the elaboration of the early stage of our Idea. Support to the development of the Idea is also provided, free of charge, by the Support Office of the Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation.
Greetings,
Evert Jan Pierik

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Evert Jan commented on Acquiring Skills and Knowledge In Emergencies (AKSIE)

You're welcome. As you can see we are still very much struggling and unsure which way to go.
By the way, we are doing this with the support from the Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation. Our government is supportive of this initiative, by funding the support office of DCHI. In case you want to know more about DCHI please visit their site DCHI.NL.
Greetings,
Evert Jan