Open Maps Caucasus- JumpStart Mapping Initiative - Empowering Women through Education

Open Maps Caucasus- JumpStart Mapping Initiative - Empowering Women through Education

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nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$100,000 - $250,000
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Open Maps Caucasus is a Jump Start International initiative dedicated to the creation of open geographic data and promoting its use by building capacity in the Caucasus visualizing information geographically. Our Community based mapping model generates valuable data and sustainable impact by training volunteers and engaging people around content and ways to use it to develop civil society,

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995 32 14 29 26

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Zemo Vedzisi Turn 2,

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, TB

How long has this organization been operating?

Less than a year

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, TB

What makes your idea unique?

Internal economic conditions have been damaged due to the August war in Georgia. 27 000 people are now unable to return to their homes in Gori, neighboring villages and South Ossetia. Some 18 000 of this have been relocated to 15 new settlement areas. It caused unemployment, social and educational problems. Gender inequality is evident in the minor role that women play in the country’s economy. We have already conducted some research in two Shida Kartli (Gori ) settlements and the survey showed us the following needs and issues:
1) 50% of IDP women wanted to gain the knowledge in Computer Technology and software.
2) 30% of IDP women need to fill their lack of knowledge of Foreign Languages (English Language)
3) 20% of IDP said they needed to learn the new educational Bookkeeping software “Orisi”
In order to find employment, easily IDP women need to take the all above-mentioned educational courses.

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Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact

Women were equality members of the society integrated in the community they lived before Georgian - Ossetian war in August, of 2008. IDP’s Women had more freedom and had more chance to do their own business which is impossible for them now. Nowadays it’s very difficult to find jobs and to earn their own living. Accordingly, nobody helps them to fulfill their own works, activities, duties. The Non-governmental organization World Vision is one of the NGOs, which has been conducting some computer trainings which began at the beginning of January 2010 and will be continued till the end of December 2010. In case we will win in this competition, we are going to offer them the kind of educational opportunities they have never had with them before. World Vision has been uneducated the basic and short-term computer courses but Our project is going to offer them fundamental and long-term computer, English and bookkeeping courses.
Within the scope of our survey, we met some IDP women with different spheres of interests. They conveyed their interest in the educational courses we offer to deepen their educational and professional knowledge and in addition they wish to be more qualified and certificated in their professions.
Over 230 women and girls live in two IDP settlements of Gori. Out of the 230 women just 50 women expressed their interests to be involved in our educational courses.
We chose two IDP settlements in Shida Kartli to launch our pilot project, where there are women from 18 to 35. We have established close working relationships with women leaders in these settlements. We started with listening to what their needs are to develop.

We are going to implement this project (with IDP women) in case if win the competition and receive the grant which will help us to fulfill our project.

Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing

Our innovation is to solve the following problems: -
a) Solve the unemployment problem.
b) Change women’s lives and improve their economic condition,
c) Help the people to develop some small businesses,
d) Fill their knowledge gap by giving them our trainings and also master using new technologies.
A lot of people wish to gain some new knowledge, because they really are interested in studying new technologies, computer programs, but they think that they can’t or don’t learn because they don’t see any chance/perspective that could help them begin a new life.
Technology exists to eliminate problems in people’s lives and get their life easier for them. As we know it’s very difficult to have any contact with somebody without the simplest devices (mobile phone, computer…). That’s why we are going to get them used to using computers as the best and ultimately, the cheapest way of communication.
We don’t like that older people don’t have any connection with modern technology, they even don’t know how to use them, and how their life could become easier by using them. This is the best example why we want to have such kind of educational courses. We want that even our young generation were frequent users of computers and be more educated and smarter.
This is exactly the Generation-Gap, which makes a big problem between the young and the old people. They have quite a different outlook on a lot of things.
Our NGO exists exactly because of this problem. We want to solve this biggest problem and we’ll do our best to achieve our goal.
So, in our opinion, every person must know how to use a computer, because when they often use such technology, they can learn about every news story and important event taking place around the world. They can search every kind of information they are interested in. People who use computers make smarter, educated and independent decisions.

Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?

We have some steps which makes our innovation successful. These steps are how we can solve the problems that exist in Georgia. At first, when we are going to offer certain free courses. It’s very important to do everything in the right order. What is the result of our actions?
a) To meet them and offer our courses,
b) To conduct research and analyze the result what they need,
c) To offer three months training courses
d) Teach them new technologies and give them special trainings.
e) To teach people how to develop small businesses by internet and help them put down the information on their own web-sites, which will help them do their own businesses more effectively
f) Give them some new educational knowledge in basic Computer Programs, the English Language and Computer bookkeeping courses.
g) To offer them certificates this will motivate them further to get involved in our activities.

Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible

Our trainings will have good results for our target community (IDP) women. They will become more experienced, educated and they’ll have a better chance to find the jobs they apply for. They will also become competitors that will spur further development. Our trainings will help IDP women to find jobs at the following economic sectors/job markets:

1. Bookkeeping/computer courses give them chance to work: at Banks, to start any kind of small business, public/private sectors.
2. English knowledge will make it easier from them to work with the Internet, with foreigners, and with International organizations, to teach English….
3. Computer – To work as a receptionist at any office, to work at any office using micro office programs.

How many people will your project serve annually?


What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$50 - 100

Does your innovation seek to have an impact on public policy?


If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with businesses?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation

There are a lot of NGOs in Georgia. As we know, one of their main missions is to help socially underrepresented populations. They’ve already held a lot of free courses for the population of Georgia. For example: World Vision takes some different courses. They often offer some training to the IDPs. Currently, they are conducting computer courses with them, the duration of each their project is a year. Previous courses they’ve already held including baking and handicraft. Their future plan is to teach IDPs English and give them small businesses development skills.
• Every NGO offers nearly similar projects. The cause lies with the people’s same interests and problems. We already know that it’s very important to know what kind of trainings are held by each NGO, so that we do not repeat the same courses and offer them something new, more interesting and different.
• When any NGO wants to hold any kind of a training course, it’s very important to collaborate with other NGOs. Organizations become more popular and successful when they have a lot of partners. They can help each other in such activities, if they do not overlap in their day-to-day activities. But if projects turn out to be very similar, the overall result is not as effective and diverse as it could have been.
• So, we’ll do our best to be good partners with any organization and help each other to carry out our aims.

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

The project is oriented on protecting human rights and especially on raising social conditions of IDP women during a year. First of all we have conducted certain research in the Shida Kartli (Karaleti) region IDP women. Due to their interest in studying the English Language, computer programs and bookkeeping, we decided to create this project.
The primary conditions of IDP settlements inhabitants are the following: They are left without their home, the internal economy is not strong enough to offer them suitable jobs. Six people will be involved in our project that will help women who suffered due to the August 2008 war. Therefore we have rented the office from our partner Non Government Organization World Vision. World Vision built the office for IDP in the settlement of Shida Kartli. It's free for any organization who conducts any kind of activities for IDP. It's their property. At the moment this office is used by World Vision themselves and by the local government, who also conducts some activities for IDP-s.
We conducted research in Shida Kartli (Karaleti) IDP settlements, where about 230 IDP women live, whose age are from 18 to 35. About 50 of them are unemployed and wish to improve their skills and want to participate in our trainings.About 18 IDP women want to take part in the Bookkeeping/Computer course, 32 of them in English and 30 of them just want to learn basic computer skills.
We decided that it would be better if bookkeeping/computer courses continued for three months. 18 IDP women want to take bookkeeping/computer courses.The total cost is 900GEL for three months.
Computer courses - will continue for two months.
English Courses - will continue for five months.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

According to our survey most unemployed women were from 18 to 35.They have no knowledge in English as they were learning Russian language at the school. Nowadays, knowledge of English is necessary for everyone as more and more foreign tourists are coming to Georgia every year. In the developing countries, technology is fast progressing. Technical progress caused the necessity of computer knowledge which is most important for adult women in order to be employed. Language skills are important in bookkeeping as well. It is very difficult to start a small business without planning and that is why we decided to provide the IDP women with the basic bookkeeping courses. Nowadays it is important to have trained and educated employees.

Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.

Following the war in Georgia in August 2008, around 27,000 people are now unable to return to their homes in and around South Ossetia. Some 18,000 of these have been sent to 15 new settlement areas, built by the Government in late 2008. These settlement areas were constructed in great haste, and are in great danger of becoming ghettos of unemployment, poor health, depression and conflict. Gender inequality is stark, women’s conditions are pitiful, a lot of women are jobless and their role is very low in the economy. I (one of the project creators) have experienced working with NGO’s who were conducting some research about IDP’s life conditions. They were giving some humanitarian assistance but it was temporary. Results of the research showed that women want to be trained in that direction where they could realize their knowledge and could improve their economic condition.
• IDPs feel lack of knowledge in modern technologies and it was inaccessible even before the war in their communities (village).They could not use internet and learned Russian language at school. Nobody spoke English. Women were partaking in agricultural activities: cultivating the land, baking and tending to domestic animals. But now, due to their forced location their interests are changing. They need to be integrated into the society and need to be able to satisfy their interests and economic needs. Therefore we offered them the necessary skill training, which is an innovation in their lives and will play an important role in helping them find employment.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Through another organization or company

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Does your project address any of the following barriers to women’s technology access and use?

Women’s time poverty, Social norms, Women’s lack of involvement in the technology development process.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how.

Our project addresses to the following barriers to women’s daily use of technology – to women’s lack of involvement in the technological development process.
Due to our survey in IDP women’s settlements in Shida Kartli region, we have discovered that 50% of women are not involved in the technology development process because of a lot of reasons:
1. we have mentioned above, they have no computer technology education and accordingly they don’t know how to use computer programs and Internet.
2. After the August war they have no finances to take computer courses and to learn how to use computers, that could will help them to realize their knowledge and to find the jobs by which they would be involved in the country’s economy.
3. There are no special and/or free computer training centers with technical equipment for them in those IDP settlements.
4. Another reason why IDP‘s are not involved in technological development is that they do not have a lot of free time. This is true in many developing countries and Georgia is not an exception. IDP women have many responsibilities, such as cooking, cleaning, raising children and caring for them.
5. At the same time some of them have no educational foundation for a successful professional career. These reasons cause the fact that they can’t get involved in the technology development process.
So, because of the above-mentioned reasons they can’t get involved in the technology development and the source, “Bridging the Gender Divide” helped us to discover these barriers in IDP settlements.

Does your project involve women in one or more of the following stages of the technology lifecycle? Identification of the problem the technology will solve:

Technology introduction, Technology training.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how you will ensure women’s involvement in each relevant phase of the technology lifecycle.

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If women are a focus of your project, how did this focus evolve?

Which type of women will your project reach directly?

Rural, Low income, Middle income.

In what ways does your project team/leadership involve women?

It is led by a woman/women from a developing country., The core project team includes women from developing countries..

Has your organization formed any new partnerships in response to this challenge? If so, with what type/s of organization/s?

Non-profit/NGO/community-based organization.

Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?

Working with women, Working with technologies, Working to increase women's economic empowerment through technology, Working on innovation.