Crowdicity, the online idea management platform, has been selected as the crowdsourcing partner for a ground-breaking innovation project with Finnish office of Plan International, one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world.
As part of a multi-country initiative to improve innovation, Plan has enlisted the help of Crowdicity to create an online crowdsourcing platform for its global staff members. Running for six weeks across four key countries – Uganda, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Laos – the project will tackle challenges including youth economic empowerment, child protection, early childhood care and education. The best and most highly rated concepts shared on the platform have the potential to be funded for six to 18 months, with between €10,000 to €40,000 in funding available for the most innovative and sustainable suggestions.
All countries will submit their ideas via the same online platform – providing a bit of healthy competition, plus offering the opportunity to gain an insight into the ways in which other countries are innovating in the services they provide for children. After an initial six week period, Plan International Finland hopes to extend the project to create an ongoing portal for ideas and suggestions.
Mika Välitalo, the project manager for the crowdsourcing initiative for Plan International Finland, said: “Often our way of designing development work is comprehensive, fairly long and project orientated – as is typical for many not-for-profit organisations. Although this way of doing things has a lot of positives, we wanted to shake up this mindset and get our people thinking more like a startup, with all of the ideas and energy that go alongside that stance. Working with crowdsourcing is incredibly efficient and has already helped us to develop some very exciting ideas for the future.
Working with crowdsourcing is incredibly efficient and has already helped us to develop some very exciting ideas for the future.
“The response has been very positive from the four countries we have worked with so far. The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has financially supported this initiative with the innovation challenge part of a joint three year framework will support projects in eleven countries worldwide.” Rob Wilmot, CEO and Co-founder of Crowdicity, added: “It’s great to see Plan International using our platform to implement meaningful, real-world changes. We’re very excited with the way the project has developed so far and are looking forward to seeing the ideas of the Plan staff make a real impact.”
Working in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty, Plan International aims to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries, through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives.
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