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Laura commented on The Co-Op

Hi Em,
Thanks for the feedback.
We haven't explored directly with any prototyping partners, but have a few in mind that we'd like to approach/explore ideas with including Save the Children and UNHCR. It would also be wise, we believe to approach some if the current private operators of facilities to engage them in the concept, as they will essentially need to be a partner if this program was to succeed. All mentioned partners are currently key stakeholders in the areas we'd like to explore. Do you have any ideas/suggestions regarding how we could proceed with connecting?

Initial idea is that this concept would work in 'camp' settings, and interested areas would be Nauru & Manus Island, given Australia's plan to settle Refugees in Cambodia, where there will be a need for skill development and an entrepreneurial spirit in order for resettlement to be practical. Secondly, we believe this would also work well in Jordan, with the large and what looks to be permanent settlement of Syrian Refugees. It is known that Jordan is absorbing a great deal of the cost associated with running this camp which is having a detrimental effect on the countries economic positioning, the members of the settlement could begin to contribute and work more sustainably through the co-op initiative.

On first look, I can see there are collaboration opportunities with several other OpenIDEO challengers! Including Selassie Amenorhu with his "app development" which looks to connect refugees with experts and mentors across the globe as they develop projects, Ronald Ssenfuka, who looks at forming groups and partnering with local government & private sector to maximise opportunities for project implementation, and Mirette Bahgat Eskaros, who is looking at developing social enterprise. Whilst all are operating in different environments, combining these ideas and expanding development to have a model which can be implemented in various contexts could be of significant benefit.

We'd need to look at whether or not there is sufficient opportunity for independent projects, including facilitators/educators that could help nurture and mentor on a one to one, or small group level, this would include a skill/gap analysis amongst refugees. We'd also like to explore further the practicality of the 'points' element.

Looking forward to seeing how this could progress, collaborations and feedback welcome.