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Innovation for Change (I4C) consultancy stories

Stories published as part of a nine-month storytelling consultancy with Innovation for Change (I4C). 

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How ‘artivism’ can change society—in Afghanistan and beyond

I was ten years old and at school with my younger brother when my father rushed in and collected us in a panic: the fighting had started in Afghanistan. When we reached home, the sounds of explosions, fighter jets, and machine-guns were so frightening that I had to pull the blanket over me to try to drown out the reality of the horror overwhelming my small, fragile world. Years later, I painted a mural of the haunting memories of that day. Art can be used as an outlet for self-expression, but a

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How ‘artivism’ can change society—in Afghanistan and beyond

I was ten years old and at school with my younger brother when my father rushed in and collected us in a panic: the fighting had started in Afghanistan. When we reached home, the sounds of explosions, fighter jets, and machine-guns were so frightening that I had to pull the blanket over me to try to drown out the reality of the horror overwhelming my small, fragile world. Years later, I painted a mural of the haunting memories of that day. Art can be used as an outlet for self-expression, but a

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A Silver Lining: COVID-19 Is an Opportunity for Civil Society to Explore New and Innovative Funding Forms

When COVID-19 hit NORSAAC, an NGO working in Ghana, lost over 185,000 Cedis ($32,173 USD) from ActionAid Ghana and Tools for Self Reliance. It’s a substantial amount of donor income, which makes up a staggering 93% of their budget. Fortunately, since 2015 they’ve been piloting three alternative and innovative revenue models – a revolving fund, a village savings and loans associations (VSLA) scheme, and their NORSAAC Industrial Village (NiV), a subsidiary profit-making enterprise. Through the lat

Digital transparency: how to understand that the government is working effectively

(This story is based on a piece I wrote for the I4C site) Government meetings are open to the press and the public, its budgets can be reviewed by anyone, and its laws and decisions are open to discussion. All of this is the result of digital transparency. The Independent Research Institute of Mongolia has developed a “digital transparency index” for government organizations and assessed the level of transparency in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan. Размещение статьи разрешено при указании гиперссылки на источник: https://the-steppe.com/razvitie/cifrovaya-prozrachnost-kak-ponyat-chto-pravitelstvo-rabotaet-effektivno

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A silver lining: COVID-19 is an opportunity for civil society to explore new and innovative funding forms – WACSI

When COVID-19 hit NORSAAC, a NGO working in Ghana, lost over 185,000 Cedis ($32,173 USD) from ActionAid Ghana and Tools for Self Reliance. It’s a substantial amount of donor income, which makes up a staggering 93% of their budget. Fortunately, since 2015 they’ve been piloting three alternative and innovative revenue models – a revolving fund, a village savings and loans associations (VSLA) scheme, and their NORSAAC Industrial Village (NiV), a subsidiary profit-making enterprise. Through the latt

LAC Hub’s research centre bridges gap between researchers, citizens and policymakers to strengthen civic space with leading studies

Research and practice are two sides of the same coin, and gaps between them impacts civil society. Research needs to meet the characteristics of real-world problems and consider the context and needs of citizens and the communities. Available information produced by policymakers is often presented in ways that are unclear for citizens. To tackle these challenges, and with the aim of encouraging the creation of a research ecosystem in Latin America, the Innovation for Change LAC Hub in 2018 began issuing calls to generate evidence-based, public interest research about civic space. Grupo FARO, an Ecuadorian think tank and member of the Regional Executive Committee of the LAC Hub, leads the research component and carries out the quality assurance process of the investigations. Since then, they have produced and disseminated six leading studies on two topics: contributions from civil society organisations (CSOs) to development, human rights and democracy in Latin America; and alternative financing models for development and CSOs role in these. The authors of the reports are from Mexico, Ecuador and Argentina.

Civil society organisations (CSOs) barter products, knowledge and services through first-of-its kind platform for Latin America and Caribbean

When Asociación Alianza Norte 6 , a non-profit in Guatemala that has very little financial resources and a few staff and volunteers, needed to make a video to raise much-needed funds to promote their community projects, they turned to ComuniDAS. The first-of-its kind site in Latin America and Caribbean (LAC), created by Innovation for Change (I4C) LAC Hub, is based on the sharing economy and lets civil society exchange products, knowledge and services entirely for free.

First of its kind index supported by Central Asia Hub reveals Mongolian government website transparency has almost tripled

When Independent Research Institute of Mongolia (IRIM) began critical work monitoring the digital transparency of government website organisations in 2010, rates hovered at just above 17 per cent. Nearly a decade later, this has almost tripled to just over 52 per cent. How was this achieved? Enter a new, unique index that they developed, supported and tested by the Innovation for Change (I4C) Central Asia Hub and civil society members, which will soon hopefully be used in other regional countries and eventually in developing countries of the global South to record transparency, improve governance and help fight corruption and fulfil the rule of law. Hub board member and IRIM executive director Batsugar Tsedendamba and his team developed the Digital Transparency Index (DTI). It can conduct analysis at an organisational, sector, sub-national and national level, focusing on enabling environment factors and the capacity and leadership of the organisation to comply with transparency standards, which gives a more comprehensive picture of the challenges to achieving accountability.

App developed by South Asia Hub will help region’s activists gain access to justice in just a few clicks of their phone

When Junaid Hafeez, a young university lecture in Pakistan, was arrested in 2013 on allegations of posting derogatory social media comments about the Prophet Muhammad, it was difficult to find a lawyer to defend him. Finally, revered lawyer Rashid Rehman took up the case despite reportedly receiving death threats - and was murdered in his chamber in cold blood. “Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistan - once a person is accused of committing blasphemy, it becomes very difficult to prove his or her innocence,” says Haroon Baloch, program manager for Bytes for All (B4A), a human rights research think tank with a focus on information and communication technologies, and a member of the Innovation for Change (I4C) South Asia Hub.

Snapshot of Suva life during COVID and climate-fuelled disaster from Hub report reveals resilience among region’s youth despite twin crises

A pilot study conducted by Innovation for Change (I4C) Pacific Hub into the economic and social impacts of COVID-19 and natural disasters like Cyclone Harold in the region’s urban centres has shown while the dual crises will have a dramatic impact on some young people’s future, in terms of them being able to complete their education, many say that the events have sparked some positive factors.

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