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Innovation Marketplace

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Helene Opsal

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Transcript of Innovation Marketplace

Local governance related areas
Global Trends:

1. Youth Bulge (1.8 billion)
- Youth (15-24) account for up to 70% of the urban population (Africa)
2. Urbanization
- Increased pressure on urban authorities to respond
2. Technological revolution
- Accessibility and availability of ICT in urban areas

The Global Context
Operationalizing the Approach
UN-Habitat report (2013 / 2015):
ICT, Youth and Urban Governance

ICT in the hands of youth represents an entire new channel of communication that can contribute to better governance

“If young people are mobilized on social media but there are no official channels to absorb this energy, then it runs the risk of becoming a bunch of noise.” (ITU, 2014)

Closing the gap between young innovators, national and local government

UN-Habitat's Normative Response
Innovation Marketplace
Connecting Youth and Urban Governance
The Innovation Marketplace
Project Objective:
Increase engagement and inclusive participation of youth in local governance using ICT based solutions

More inclusive governance
Capacities at local level
Better communication
Youth engagement
Solving local challenges

The Kenyan experience

East Africa's innovation hub:
Rapid urbanization
1/3 Youth (between 18-34)
Existing ecosystems

The missing link:
Meaningful partnerships and participation

The opportunity:
New devolved system of governance; decisions makers closer to local level
Phase 1:

- Consultations and preparations
Phase 2:
- Innovation Marketplace & Hackday
Phase 3:
- Implementation and capacity development
Stakeholders and partners
Young people
representing civil society organizations with interest and knowledge of ICT and youth participation
County governments
who have demonstrated interest in youth and ICT
Kiambu, Kitui, Taita-Taveta, Nairobi
Ministry of Devolution and Planning
Ericsson AB, Samsung Korea,
Strathmore University
Civil society - youth organizations
February- April 2015
Consultations and completed Stocktaking

Last week April 2015
Urban challenge workshop

July / August 2015 (tbc)
Innovation Marketplace and Hackday

July- November 2015
Incubation, training and implementation of solution
Phase 1 - Consultations and Challenge Statement
engage partners, establish dialogue and collaboratively identify challenges

Initial consultations -
Identify local government partners in terms of interest to engage with youth and citizens through ICT; gather input from civil society youth groups

Stocktaking of relevant solutions -
avoid duplication of initiatives and present existing innovations to the Marketplace

Urban Challenge Workshop -
prepare challenge statements based on the consultations with youth groups and county representatives
Phase 2 - Innovation Marketplace and Hackday
- showcase innovations for better governance to an audience of government representatives, private sector and donors
- development of ICT-based solution - with youth and local governments collaboratively bringing ideas and concepts

: one representative from the local government, tech community, students and youth civil society groups
Jury and mentors
: private sector partners and government stakeholders
: incubation of the winning team and study tour
Phase 3 - Capacity development

Develop the most viable solution @iLab for implementation the local level

Capacity development

With counties to support the successful implementation of the ICT solution and better youth engagement


- Start the dialogue between youth representatives and county governments

- Collaborate to identify challenges faced by counties, cities and towns
Urban Challenge Workshop - 28 April
Challenge Statement to be used during Innovation Hackday
Urban Challenge Workshop - Agenda
Session 2:
Challenge Statements

Reporting back to plenary from group work

Formulating challenge statements

Reporting back to plenary and discussion

Next steps, wrap up and closing

- Create sustainability for results
: Present existing solutions and solve challenges from Urban Challenge Workshop
Open Ended Challenge Statements

Monitoring disease outbreaks linked to poor WASH (water, sanitation hygiene)

The Development Challenge
Poor water and sanitation can be the source of major disease outbreaks like typhoid or dengue fever.

The IT Challenge
To develop an app where citizens report common health problems like diarrhea or high fever, so users can receive basic information on how to get treatment and so local public health officials can map outbreaks.

Real-time updates on disaster-relief shelters

The Development Challenge
Natural disasters can prevent access to essential resources like clean water.

The IT Challenge
To develop an app that maps out shelters and gives real-time updates on supply levels.

Water Hackathon, Bangladesh 2014
Local government's ability to respond to different challenges and needs through the elaboration of policies in agreement with institutional and stakeholders networks, and in accordance with a given system of procedures and rules.

It involves processes of dialogue, accountability, participation, representation at the county level.

Local governance?
Basic services
: water provision, sanitation, waste, mobility, energy, safety, education, health, etc.
Local economic development and finance
: procurement, employment, revenue and tax collection, transparent budgeting and expenditure reporting, collaboration with the private sector
City planning:
In light of rapid urbanization: plans that take into account urban public space, data collection, slum upgrading processes, housing and infrastructure, etc.
Session 1:
Defining the Challenge

Presenting the objectives of the workshop

Presentation on ICTs role in addressing urban challenges and governance

Results from Stocktaking

Group work - Brainstorm on urban challenges


Local governance?
from rural to urban areas leading to
changes and challenges:
unprecedented demographic increase, environmental, economic, social and spatial conditions.

6 out of every 10
people in the world expected to reside in urban areas
by 2030
Over 90 per cent
of this growth will take place in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Challenge Statements
Basic Services
Rapid population growth in urban centers has resulted in congestion and serious transport challenges with regards to traffic and access to information regarding transport services.

How can ICT be used as a tool for congestion planning and access to transport information in order to transform some of these transport challenges in urban centers through for example: provision of information about available modes of transport, route maps, bus times and alternative routes to avoid traffic jams?

Water and Sanitation
As a result of rapid urbanization, the government experienced challenges in providing water and sanitation services for the population especially in informal settlements. Consequently, youth groups in the informal settlements have taken up the task of providing these services.

How can ICT be used as a tool to enhance collaboration between county governments and youth to effectively provide water and sanitation services?

City Planning
Youth do not participate in spatial planning processes due to lack of awareness or poor communication about planning opportunities, political interference, transport costs and long distances (particularly in rural counties), lack of mobile connectivity, lack of civic engagement (knowledge of citizen rights and responsibilities).

How can ICT bridge this gap by ensuring that there is a centralized service to provide this information from county to youth?

Local Economy
Young people are discouraged to apply for jobs and opportunities that would assist them to secure employment mostly due to a mismatch between the jobs in the market and the expertise of the youth.

How can ICT help governments tackle youth unemployment by enhancing awareness of youth needs/expertise hence encouraging the youth to find opportunities and apply for them?

In Kenya, the government, youth and business community work individually to try and solve the unemployment problem.

How can ICT provide a platform to synergize collaboration between the three sectors?

Local Governance

How can we use ICT as a tool to help address the barriers that exclude youth and prevent them from accessing existing government opportunities? For example with Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO), a tool that creates awareness about available sources of government funds and information on the requirements/steps to receive such funding.

2. How can ICT provide information to youth regarding government opportunities, increase transparency in processes of engagement between the youth and government and reduce bureaucracy to make service delivery faster and more efficient. For example an ICT tool with an M&E process that help youth track progress during service delivery e.g. during processing of a passport, one can tell which department is holding/delaying the procedure.
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