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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)

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

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

Ha Ashley,
Many thanks for your questions. We are not yet in the phase of building the app. We are still exploring if there is a real need for communication among the women's groups in Kabul.
Our thinking around innovation in the humanitarian sector started with the thought that refugees and other forcibly displaced people have a lot of knowledge and skills to give for other people in similar situations. We want to build an app that facilitates this exchange of knowledge and skills.
However, in any humanitarian situation there are many uncertainties. Therefore, we decided to start our innovation in which we can first eliminate a number of these variable parameters, like access and security concerns. We selected the situation of women returning from Pakistan to Afghanistan, as this is a much smaller and defined group of people that can participate in this innovation.
We will first work on a paper version of the app. When we have that operational we will start making it digital.
Part of the pilot will also be to measure the extent to which technical support and training is needed or possible. So, there are still many unknowns that we need to explore. However, the main direction is clear, which is providing a platform to forcibly displaced people for exchanging knowledge and skills.
Once our pilot has proven to be effective and successful, we would like to expand its application to other situations of forced displacement/migration.
Greetings,
Evert Jan