Announcing the Winners of Our First-Ever Collaborative Learning Seed Fund!

COLLABORATION is awesome but often hard to do. It’s not because of the lack of willpower, but commonly because of the lack of resources. To address this challenge head on, the Open Gov Hub is currently running a sprint fueled by a collaborative learning seed fund of $10,000 for our member organizations.

This September, our members teamed up and applied for two tracks of the seed fund: (1) a partnership that strengthens internal organizational learning and (2) a partnership that enhances the understanding and impact of a relevant opengov topic. In total, nine organizations submitted lots of innovative ideas, but we could only choose two and award $5,000 each to the top contenders.

We first announced the winners at our community Town Hall last week on September 25th while colleagues cheered on (see the picture above celebrating the moment!). Now with the chosen projects in full swing, we are happy to share the winners and what they will do during this one-month collaborative sprint. Here they are:

Akvo and Collaborating for Resilience (CoRe) will work together to develop and pilot a framework to help track the impact of CoRe's work in the complex systems that it operates in related to international natural resource management. They will gather evidence to test the validity of their program strategy and improve organizational development, and then present their findings to OGH colleagues through an open seminar and a joint blog.

About the Partners: Akvo supports governments and organizations to design, capture, understand and act on data-derived insights to improve the effectiveness of their work, with the goal to help partners achieve greater impact. CoRe is an international, non-profit, entrepreneurial change initiative working to address resource competition, and strengthen governance and livelihood resilience in interconnected resource domains and landscapes.

Unfunded List and Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) will work together to provide helpful and candid feedback and introductions to dozens of strong but unfunded proposals from international applicants using innovations to address social problems in partnership with MIT's SOLVE Competition. The two organizations will do a training exchange focused on social good fundraising and global entrepreneurship.

About the Partners: The Unfunded List has coordinated expert reviews of nearly 1,000 social good fundraising applications from all over the world. CIPE has worked with local organizations globally to tackle social problems through social enterprise solutions. Both organizations are members of the Open Gov Hub and broadly work on themes around capacity building.

We would also like to take a moment to thank our evaluation committee for their time and insight: Alan Hudson and Michael Moses from Global Integrity; Nada Zohdy, Anastasia Moskaleva, and Izabela Chmielewska from Open Gov Hub; Steve Commins from UCLA; Luther Jeke from iCampus (Liberia), Adnen Ben Haji from El Space (Tunisia), and Olalekan Oshukoya from eCove (Nigeria).

This seed sprint will run for most of this month. In essence, we are testing the notion that even a modest amount of resources can help uncover deeper collaboration between members that work on complementary opengov issues. We are also excited to announce that the two teams will present their learning results to the public during our Annual Hub Open House on October 29th (invitation to follow).

So, to wrap up, here are the five key takeaways:

  • WHAT: Open Gov Hub Collaborative Learning Seed Fund of $10,000.

  • WHY: To boost internal learning or enable learning about an opengov topic.

  • WHO: Akvo + CoRe; Unfunded List + CIPE are the winners (all OGH Members were eligible).

  • WHEN: The seed sprint will run for a month, from September 25th to October 25th, 2019.

  • HOW: The two teams will do their projects then share what they learned at the Open House.