Program Collaborations

Program Collaborations

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Paid Services:

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Ministry of Public Works, GIZ (Fall 2013 – Summer 2014) – Through the collaboration with these two groups we have created a road incident reporting program for citizens to use. The MoPW (Ministry of Public Works) lacks the necessary resources to gather road information about all roads throughout Liberia, therefore, the iLab has partnered with MoPW and GIZ to pilot a free, SMS based, citizen reporting system. iLab has offered technology consultancy, system development, staff training and support, and is assisting in implementing and maintaining the program.

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Winrock (2013-2016) – The iLab has assisted Winrock in creating a system for mobile and web-based data collection platforms to track child labour in rubber plantations in Montserrado, Margibi, and Nimba. In addition, the iLab has played a fundamental role in training the field workers to use the system and will support in updating the system as requested by Winrock.

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Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, WASH Consortium (Spring 2014 – Fall 2014)- After a devastating Cholera outbreak in 2012, the government of Sierra Leone sought improved methods to gather, analyze, and disseminate data on emerging outbreaks in the future. iLab helped pilot an Ushahidi-based system for gathering health incident reports from district health officers into in one central database, which is then able to record data through SMS, voice, email, and web resources and then publishes that data onto a map. iLab continues to support this system providing maintenance and training of the Ushahidi system.

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UNICEF (Spring 2014 – Ongoing) – This partnership seeks to improve communication channels between UNICEF and their online stakeholders through various web and social media platforms. iLab serves as a consultant, creating content on the behalf of UNICEF for daily publishing, providing social media analytics, and training their staff in the use of those tools.

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Naymote (Spring 2014 – Summer 2014) – Naymote has worked with the iLab to more effectively collect data from interviews with Liberian citizens about their constitutional knowledge and knowledge of Liberian governmental processes. iLab developed an easy to use data collection platform based on smartphones, FormHub, and OpenDataKit, and continues to work with Naymote to assist with implementation and support.

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Search for Common Ground, Security Sector Reforms Working Group, Liberia National Police (Summer 2014 – Summer 2015) – The purpose of this collaboration is to work with citizens to report police corruption in order to document “cold water” cases, where bribes are given to police officers after a law has been broken. This program seeks to hold police officers accountable for their actions, in an effort to improve Liberian policing practices. The iLab has developed the reporting system, which uses SMS-based reporting, FrontlineSMS, and Ushahidi programs, and will continue to be involved with support and maintenance throughout the initial trial period of this  program.

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Grants:

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iLabLiberia, MySociety, Stanford Design School, Liberia FOI Stakeholders (July 2014 – July 2016)- In this project, our approach is very user-centered, that is, we are not just bringing in MySociety’s internationally-used Alaveteli FOI tracking platform, but rather making sure we understand the context of Liberia well – so that we can customize a technical solution that is unique and beneficial to Liberian circumstances.

iLab has worked to create a solution to track FOI requests and connect people to responses from the government. This project has taken a user-centered design process to more accurately understand citizens and their issues, and will then customize MySociety’s currently existing Alavetali FOI platform to serve citizens more effectively.

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iLab Liberia, The Global Citizens’ Initiative, Ministry of Gender and Development (July 2014 / July 2015) – Working to fight sexual abuse in Margibi and Grand Bassa by improving the methods for communicating and tracking incidents of gender violence. The grant also will allow for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training for the staff of the Ministry of Gender and Development in Monrovia and the other counties who are working to address this pressing issue. Through this partnership, the Ministry of Gender and Development will gain the knowledge necessary to further their positive impact on Liberia.

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WeTech, International Institute for Education, Clinton Global Initiative, Google (Summer 2014 – Fall 2014) – This grant aims to introduce more women to technology-related subjects and careers, especially in entrepreneurial fields. Through a series of trainings and information sessions related to technology skills, WeTech and the iLab hope to encourage women to seek careers in technology, and to encourage female entrepreneurs to use technology to improve their businesses.

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Ministry of Internal Affairs/Peacebuilding Office, Early Warning Response Network (EWER) (2011 – Ongoing) – This grant has allowed iLab to build a system to effectively gather, analyze, and disseminate data on emerging conflicts in Liberia. The Ushahidi-based system gathers incident reports from various Civil Society Organizations around the country into one system.  Critical incidents are reported to a working group for follow up on a monthly basis, and the data is public for people to view and analyze for themselves at www.lern.ushahidi.com. iLab is an active member in this “technology cluster”, completing the development and continually running this program.

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Initiatives:

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Ministry of Information, Accountability Lab, Liberia Open Government Partnership (OGP) steering group (Fall 2013 – Ongoing) – Applied for OSIWA funding August 2014- July 2015 – This partnership will result in greater transparency of existing Liberian government information. The goal of this program is providing easy access to data and practical information of government processes, such as getting a birth certificate and registering a business. This will be done through the creation of an open data website, government navigation portal, and low-tech approaches, such as DailyTalk, a citizen journalism project that provides critical information to liberians. iLab will operate as a member of the OGP steering group and will assist in the development and integration of the planned information resources.

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