Engaging participatory community development processes through gamification

Engaging participatory community development processes through gamification

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The Oasis Game is a gamified process tool that is based on a 7-step philosophy developed in Brazilian favelas and replicated in over 50 countries worldwide. It is an engaging format that aims to realize the dream of a community by bringing them together in a 6 to 10 day intervention to co-dream, co-design and co-create that a project in urban space based on their common aspirations with their own resources, hands and hearts. The process involves a lot of interactive playful tools make it attractive for everybody to join hands in creating a better world together, starting in their own community, starting now. The Oasis Game is available in Portuguese, English and shortly in Spanish.

No Poverty , Reduced Inequalities , Sustainable Cities and Communities , Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions , Partnerships for the Goals

Elos works in very challenged and deprived communities around the world. The initiative originates from community transformation work in Brazilian favelas where people are challenged by poverty, violence, and lack trust within their communities.

For the last 20 years, the Elos Institute has facilitated the creation of bottom up solutions, re-awakening the innate power that lies within people and their communities. Elos offers an effective and community-based form of action-oriented learning and reconstruction of the social fabric.

Elos Institute developed the free and downloadable Oasis Game, which boosts the empowerment of individuals and groups to think and act as a community, through emotional intelligence, self-learning, and self-confidence. This results in participants being faced with their own capacity to transform. This sparks a movement of action, generating both physical, personal and community transformations.

The underlying methodology of the Oasis Game is about mobilizing results in the transformation of public spaces and relationships through the gathering of talents, resources and collective dreams, which results in concrete improvement of living conditions, but also provides a transformation of culture on how to connect to the city and how we interact with communities.

The Oasis Game creates goals where the community is required to achieve these goals together. This brings the community  to co-dream, co-design and co-create their dream with their own hands and hearts. The process is interactive and involves playful tools, making it appealing for anyone to be involved. Examples of the community projects that have been realized, include the collective construction of playgrounds, parks, community gardens, community bakeries and housing projects.

The Oasis Game is run by active community members, local stakeholders and volunteers in a chosen community. A group of 20 to 30 people are supported, hosted and facilitated by a team 2 to 3 people.  This group goes out into the community to mobilize the people to find, design and realize the dream of their community.

The Oasis Game, through its replicability and trainings, was applied to over 400 community-programs, taking place in 49 countries, affecting over 100.000 citizens, promoting the breakdown of social barriers and creating valuable connections between people by working for a common dream.

The Elos Institute has worked for 20 years in the Baixada Santista area, where the majority of favelas are found in Brazil. During the past 20 years, this process of social transformation was applied to diverse fields, including in schools, prisons, indigenous communities, asylum centres, stimulating social entrepreneurship, reconstruction after natural disaster, redesign of social housing project, to name a few.

The Oasis Game has been replicated in over 50 countries, including most countries in Latin America, many countries in Europe, Africa (Zimbabwe, South-Africa, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal) and India.

The Oasis Game offers a simple path that can be replicated by any group interested and is based on 7 steps. More information about the principles of the 7 steps can be found here: http://elosfoundation.org/elos/elos-philosophy.html

Find and sign up here to find the materials: http://www.institutoelos.org/games/ and choose ‘jogo oasis’.

Brazil , Zimbabwe , South Africa , Guinea-Bissau , Senegal , India

UNHabitat , UNESCO , UNDP , Brazilian Cooperation Agency , Oxfam , Caixa

Elos Institute

Connecting Youth to Role Models, Resources, Skills and Economic Development in Rwanda

Connecting Youth to Role Models, Resources, Skills and Economic Development in Rwanda

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YouthConnekt sees itself as a convener, both physically and virtually, and as a catalyst of partnerships that seek to unleash the enormous potential in young people of all walks of life. The platform gives Youth a seat at the table. It connects young people to role models, resources, knowledge and skills, internships and employment opportunities, enabling them to participate in shaping a better future for themselves, Rwanda and the World at large.

Quality Education , Gender Equality , Decent Work and Economic Growth , Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure , Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions , Partnerships for the Goals

In an increasingly globalized and digitalized world, young people are often the leading innovators. They therefore need to be equipped with the right skills and knowledge to take full advantage of the opportunities that their immediate environment offers for self-development and the advancement of their communities. Such opportunities often come disguised as challenges and it takes a positive attitude to transform them.

YouthConnekt is a platform that aims at creating peer-to-peer support amongst the youth and facilitating interactions between the youth and public, private, civil society and international organisations that work to promote youth's civic and socio-economic development.

The overall objective of YouthConnekt is to reduce unemployment among youth and promote active citizenship. It empowers the youth through Job creation, ICT innovations, Skills development, and Citizen Engagement. The YouthConnekt platform enables young women and men aged between 16-30 to connect with leaders, role models, peers, skills and resources to promote employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

YouthConnekt enables youth to participate in shaping a better future for themselves, Rwanda and the World at large.

Goals of YouthConnekt:
(i)    10 million jobs by 2020 in sustainable job environments in emerging industries
(ii)    25,000,000 opportunities through training & enrolment in workplaces
(iii)    Identify, nurture & grow 1 million leaders that provide solutions, participate in advocacy & become role models in their communities
(iv)    Develop sustainable initiatives & policies that reduce gender parity in education, jobs, technology & leadership
(v)    Connect every school in Africa & nurture digital ambassadors to transfer skills to their local communities. Form a Hub of Hubs that connects all incubation hubs across the continent.


UNDP , Ministry of Youth and ICT in Rwanda

UNDP , Ministry of Youth and ICT in Rwanda

Mapping for Resilience: Using New Technology to Map Refugee Settlements

Mapping for Resilience: Using New Technology to Map Refugee Settlements

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UNDP has been demonstrating innovation in its approach to supporting Uganda build resilient and sustainable communities by using the latest technology to support risk-informed development in refugee settlements. The refugee settlements base maps, a first for Uganda, is an innovative tool to support communities make evidence-based development decisions by empowering them with information on the specific development challenges and opportunities.

Climate Action , Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions , Improve learning, capacity on climate change measures , Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory, representative decision-making

Climate and disaster risk threaten self-reliance, the basis for Uganda’s world-leading ‘out-of-camp’ refugee hosting approach. Changing weather patterns, increasing risks of natural hazards, availability of water, soil degradation, and encroachment, among other issues, are some of the challenges facing residents

Once the image is developed, a community mapping exercise is undertaken to identify infrastructure, assets, natural features, and potential hazards. This information is then combined with the district hazard, risk and vulnerability profiles (also developed with support from UNDP), and overlaid with climate and disaster risk information and GIS/remote sensing data, such as flood patterns. This data is then presented in a large community map and together with an accompanying report to guide and inform the community and their leaders on future development and investment decisions, including on where to prioritize action.

The base maps and risk assessment have provided the Office of the Prime Minister (the government's coordinating entity responsible for refugee) with a tool to guide planning and future investment. For example, which road to prioritize for upgrading or where to install a new borehole. The assessment can also be used to identify areas where encouragement or unregulated land use is taking place. This has resulted in cost and time efficiencies and provided a more transparent approach to community investment decisions.

UNDP worked with officials from the Office of the Prime Minister responsible for the settlements, community leaders and other stakeholders including UNHCR and NGOs.

Several lessons were drawn from the first exercise, most importantly the need for community engagement. While permission was sought from security officials to fly the drones, the team neglected to sensitize the community which gave rise to unfounded fears of relocation. A second lesson was the advantage of getting buy-in from potential users, including the district government and local development partners, at the onset.

Risk-informed development requires an evidence base. This tool provides both a ready-to-use product and enables greater engagement of communities in their own development. This can be scaled-up to other vulnerable areas, such as national parks and protected areas, to address encroachment and support equitable planning.



Office of the Prime Minister

Empowering Smallholder farmers to adopt Tea Tree Production for Improved livelihoods and Increased Climate change resilience

Empowering Smallholder farmers to adopt Tea Tree Production for Improved livelihoods and Increased Climate change resilience

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Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN) seeks to improve agricultural production and market systems for smallholder farmers in Laikipia county in Kenya. The projects' main goals are farmers' resilience improvement against climate change, household income generation and rural communities' livelihoods improvement. The project integrates farmers income generation and self-employment through the introduction of tea tree (a more climate resilient oil-based tree) cultivation and the adoption of organic agricultural technologies. The project proactively works with farmers to improve their production systems and link them to markets.

No Poverty , Zero Hunger , Empower smallholder farmers; connect them to markets , Build resilience of vulnerable to climate disasters , Decent Work and Economic Growth , Promote job-creation, entrepreneurial policies

Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy, representing 26 percent of its GDP and 60 percent of its exports earnings. Moreover, approximately 80 percent of the Kenyan population lives in rural areas, with three-quarters of them being poor. Among smallholder’s farmers, 70 percent are women. In recent years, the rainfall patterns have been most unreliable and unpredictable. Traditional farming practices and over-reliance on the same food crops that are not climate resilient is resulting in declining soil fertility and low levels of household income.

To address this challenge, in 2005 KOAN in partnership with Earth Oil introduced the Tea tree cultivation to farmers in Laikipia, Nyeri, and Meru County which has had a positive impact on the livelihoods of most farmers located in arid areas.  Tea tree, also called Melaleuca alternifolia, is native from the northeast coast of Australia and it is known for its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.  Tea tree has a good resilience towards climate change variations and dry weather conditions. Around 3000 Tea trees can be planted in a quarter acre of land and one can seasonally harvest up to four kilos per tree and sell it at Ksh10.50 per Kilogram. In these conditions, a farmer can make over Ksh.250,000 per acre a year, which is far beyond what most farmers are currently making with other agro-enterprises. The tree can also be intercropped with Desmodium for fodder and mulching purposes.

KOAN has helped farmers to expand the tea tree value chain while improving their production systems and market linkages. Specifically, KOAN trained groups of farmers on organic production, organic standards certification, and group governance. KOAN also facilitated linkages between farmers and the Earth Oil Ltd, who buy raw tree leaves and branches for Tea tree oil extraction and exportation to Bio Shop in the United Kingdom. Currently, KOAN is working with 521 farmers spread across those three counties.

Results Achieved

The adoption of organic technologies resulted in many benefits, such as the reduction on the use of synthetic pesticides and, consequently, soil and water pollution, increased soil's water retention and improved soil fertility and compaction.

A training on biochar making and utilization has been organized for the farmers. Biochar has been found to increase soil’s fertility and water retention capacity of the soil, especially in dry areas. From the preliminary findings on the demo Garden, 98 percent of Tea Tree seedlings planted with biochar did better than those planted without.

These new farming practices have created jobs for unskilled laborers, as they do not require farming experience. It also created jobs at Earth Oil, ranging from office administrators, accountants, community mobilizers, and trainers.

Beyond growing tea tree, farmers were also encouraged to diversify their crops and animal husbandry to promote food security. Given that the lands are located in areas prone to dry weather conditions, the farmers were encouraged to grow indigenous crops that can grow with little need of water, and that can produce within a short period of time. The increased land's productivity and utilization resulted in general livelihood improvement.

Farmers fairtrade certification resulted in many prize winnings. To administer the money earned in these competitions a social welfare group was created to build a social hall for the community. Part of the money is also been used to educate children of the less fortunate members of the community.


Earth Oil

Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN)

Strengthening Haitian-led development through knowledge exchanges and learning

Strengthening Haitian-led development through knowledge exchanges and learning

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The Konbit platform is a living and breathing tool to promote constructive and creative learning opportunities and exchange of ideas to assist in the building of a truly Haitian-led development pathway. By providing access to markets, networks, and information - this platform supports Konbit achieving its goal. By bringing together experts to address, discuss, and solve relevant development issues, we Haitian stakeholders can directly participate in and influence our country’s development.

Gender Equality , Ensure women’s participation, equal leadership opportunities , Ensure women’s equal rights to resources, inheritance , Enhance technology to promote women’s empowerment , Decent Work and Economic Growth , Promote diversification, technological upgrading and innovation , Promote job-creation, entrepreneurial policies , Strengthen capacity to expand banking access , Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure , Increase small-scale industrial enterprise access to financial services , Support technology development, research in developing countries , Increase access to information and communications technology , Reduced Inequalities , Empower, promote the inclusion of all , Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities , Ensure developing country representation in global decision-making , Partnerships for the Goals , Strengthen domestic resource mobilization , Promote learning on environmentally sound technologies , Operationalize mechanism on technology, innovation, capacity-building , Build capacity to support national plans , Encourage, promote public, private, civil society partnerships , Support increase of high-quality, timely data

Konbit is a network, physical and virtual, that aims to tackle three problems:

Access to Networks
Companies, organizations, and individuals working in Haiti have always been faced with the challenge of finding potential partners or service providers due to lack of centralized networks.

Access to Markets
It is very difficult and sometimes nearly impossible to access markets in Haiti, especially when looking for them from abroad or outside of the major cities. There is no centralized pool of information where one can find or post a request for proposals, large or small, pertaining to services or products in Haiti.

Access to Information
Research of valuable information is a major obstacle for businesses, students, or any interested party. There is a lot of research being done, but it usually ends up on a shelf and is never made available to the general public. Researchers are therefore undervalued, and the effort is not attractive to potential data collectors and analysts. Access to training material, procedures, best practices, and lessons learned is non-existent.

The physical Konbit network aims to address these issues through a series of conferences (information and market research) and events (networking) to physically bring people together in order to address the problems mentioned above.
The virtual Konbit network (Konbit.ht) aims to do the same thing, only without the burden of geographical boundaries. More specifically, it is an online platform built as a social network. This creates an environment where the uploading of data and information can grow with the community reached by the Konbit team.

The final outcome of this endeavor is that a community can be developed based on one primordial principal: Data-Based Decision Making.



Papyrus S.A.

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