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, Policy change/advocacy.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Thus far, the mapping exercise has already contributed to increasing youth engagement in the community development process. Together, girls and boys have successfully collected socio-economic data on infrastructure including roads, schools, and hospitals. By emphasizing how issues differentially impact girls, Plan has been able to engage boys and adult men in improving the status and treatment of girls in the community. For example, more girls have taken on leadership roles, local councils have raised the legal age for marriage to 18, and girls and women have been allowed to take part in decision-making bodies for the first time. Use of digital maps has allowed youth to understand how resources are allocated and identify areas needing more development funds from the local councils. The role of youth in the project has fostered their engagement in council budget meetings as well as in community projects.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
The project will allow girls to take on leadership and executive decision-making roles by generating a gender equitable environment that is conducive to open discourse between girls and boys. Data maps used in conjunction with social accountability tools will increase the efficacy of youth advocacy in order to yield greater local government attention, transparency, and accountability for issues impacting adolescents, especially girls. Cameroon’s decentralization policy makes local councils responsible for all issues relating to children’s and youth rights; thus, youth will be primed to take advantage of access to local leaders and to play a role in modernizing how local government works.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
While increasing transparency regarding government spending and service delivery in Cameroon is necessary to hold duty-bearers accountable, it does not ensure that accountability and subsequent improvements will occur. For this reason, the youth groups will be equipped with social accountability tools—such as community scorecards—to bolster their advocacy in local councils. Youth will also engage in community outreach to garner support from key community leaders. Additionally, since the digital maps will be updated regularly, the youth will be able to easily monitor progress in government initiatives.
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User-friendly visualization of data on a key issue
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Successful uptake of the use of data and maps by local council members