What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)
Access to technology, Access to education/training, Access to health care, Policy change/advocacy.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
As mentioned, “iSaveAGirl” solution is currently in the ideation step.Once this solution is developed & adopted by NGOs working to prevent female foeticide, it should have a significant impact by solving issues identified in the “Need” section: shortage of volunteers, proactive-anonymized reporting & individual follow-ups. Using ICT tech. like SMS, email & popular social networking platform, we hope to reach >90% of the population.
Primary volunteer target group comprises of adult Internet users, who want to give back to society but have “Little time”, “Financial constraints” & are “Not sure about right causes”. Our approach solves these dilemmas & involves people in philanthropic work w/o financial commitment, offering convenient work time & satisfaction of positive outcome.Primary recipient group is any pregnant woman, who suspects a sex-determination test leading to an illegal abortion if foetus turns out to be girl, but cannot report due to lack of privacy and fear of reprisal.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Indian Govt’s 12th 5-year plan report (2012) indicates that the only health outcome, Child Sex Ratio(CSR) continues a dangerous downward trend (graph attached). The 12th plan has identified “Low child sex ratio & discrimination against girl child” as health priority & has set a goal to increase no. of girls per 1000 boys to 935 from 914 by 2017. While the plan requests existing NGOs to ramp up efforts, it doesn’t offer any concrete solutions. By providing “iSaveAGirl” tool to the NGOs, we hope to achieve this number within next 3 years (2015). The trend in urban areas is worse, with a 902 CSR compared to 919 in rural areas (Total, nationwide 914). With a high-penetration of ICT (SMS, Facebook) in urban areas, we believe “iSaveAGirl” will have a strong impact in increasing the CSR number.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Once the “iSaveAGirl” software is ready, the only barrier will be NGOs’ willingness to adopt this tool. But we are very positive about that. As explained, current methods to prevent foeticide are not working. There is a renewed emphasis in this area due to news in the public media & a socially relevant TV show (Satyameva Jayate, Episode 1). NGOs, such as Snehalaya, featured in this show, are eager to get any help & we believe “iSaveAGirl” will be a great tool to complement their work & make it more effective.
The current situation is one of “chicken and egg”. NGO organizations will only believe this software will work when they see it in action. But that’s only possible once the software is developed. We will require the funding to develop this software first, to overcome this barrier.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
To Complete the development of the “iSaveAGirl” software platform using Agile Scrum based methodology
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
To pilot "iSaveAGiel" with an NGO in Northern India, where Female Foeticide is most prevelant, to see a increase in Girls Child