Through the Alliance Accelerator, we will pair up African NGOs working on similar issues, offer mentorship from experts, and provide the opportunity to apply for a seed grant to implement the solutions they are working on. The aim of this initiative is to implement a collaborative working system, similar to start-up incubators, with a bottom-up approach: working from the problem to the solution.
Session one: applying Design Thinking to road safety issues
Through this session participants will learn the basic principles of Design Thinking to apply when working on the road safety issues they want to address. Considering what’s desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable, participants will be challenged to think outside of the box and put into practice tools as the canvas model, venn diagram, customer journey map and the conversion funnel amongst others.
Session two: applying the Canvas Model
In this session participants will learn how to use the Canvas Model to apply their ideas to address the problem, which later in the afternoon they will have to fill it with their assigned group. The Canvas Model is a useful tool to map out an idea, allowing it to be understood, tested and improved. The tool is a single page with nine connected boxes, which show how all parts of your business work together for success.
Session 3: Group work – addressing the issue
During this session, participants will be paired to work on the road safety issue they want to address applying design thinking. Experts and moderators will stop by the different groups to encourage the discussion and help the participants to expand their mindsets.
Session 4: Group work – filling the canvas
During this session, the participants will remain with the same group and together they will fill the canvas model. Experts and moderators will stop by the different groups to help the participants to fill the model. Each group will deliver one canvas model, and each participant will have the opportunity to fill its own and keep it after the workshop.
Session 5: Application for seed grants and Q&A
During this session, the Alliance will present the opportunity to apply for seed funding to implement the ideas and solutions they worked around during the workshop. The application process and selection criteria will be explained and time will be allocated for Q&A.
The first Alliance Accelerator will take place in Kampala, Uganda, alongside professors from Makerere University. It is open to Alliance NGOs in Africa through the Africa Chapter.
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