If you follow the abominations in the daily news, you might be tempted to believe that people dont do much good. The truth paints a different picture. In the Netherlands, one in three adults volunteer to do charity work and four out of five households donate money to NGOs. And here you are, reading a challenge on social impact.
We believe that you can help innovate the organization and financing of charity. That you can create solutions to unite NGOs and public initiatives to create a healthier and better world.
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There are three major impediments that challenge real social impact, today:
Fundraising uncertainty involvement
Fundraising – First, the current model of finding public donations by NGOs, like bothering people in the street, is dying. 20 Years ago it was an innovation and it made many cool projects possible. Nowadays, the benefits hardly outweigh the costs. And, if you think about it, this is not the best way to channel peoples drive to have social impact.
Uncertainty – Second, if you donate money, you have very little certainty that it will be spent on that which you really value. Of course most NGOs are trustworthy companies, but wouldnt you rather pay for a result instead of donating for a promise? (By the way, we checked with donation specialists, and a donation with guaranteed results isnt available yet anywhere in the world).
Involvement – Third and final, if public enthusiasts want to set up a social impact initiative, it is hard for them to collaborate with the relevant partners. Who really understands the problem, knows the context, the pitfalls and helps with the all-important funding?
So whats been done about that?
Of course, were not the first ones to notice that innovation is needed in the social impact ecosystem. So theres no need to start at zero:
Social impact bonds
A couple of years back, in England, some smart finance guys came up with a Social Impact Bond. Its basically a contract that defines that:
- one party will do good (the service provider),
- one party will prefund that intervention (the investor) and
- one party will be the outcome payer (for instance a number of donators) that pays only if the desired outcomes are achieved!
Sounds easy enough! But the real trick is to define the results of the intervention so that you can objectify success. This way the investor and service provider know what they need to achieve and the donators will contribute their money once the results are there!
Combined with functionality to accommodate public involvement and initiative, to connect relevant parties, it would be an ideal model and a huge boost to innovate social impact initiatives!
And thats where you come in! Can you create a solution that can solve the three major problems that hinder social impact? Can you and your team reinvent the ecosystem and create a place where everyone (NGOs, public enthusiasts, relevant stakeholders, etc) can come together? Where people can either be an initiator, investor or donate for results? Where results are measurable and successful completion will lead to compensating the investor?
We think the best reward will be to see the solution you created, boost social impact. This is no simple task, but if you succeed, the impact of your prototype can be immense! You may even get the NGOs at the Beyond Banking Days involved, as they cant wait to be the launching costumers of the platform that could transform their future. Beyond that point, the chances to progress could be limitless.
And of course, besides that, youll compete for cool prizes at the Beyond Banking Days (TBA)!
Cases to bring your solution to life & practice
At the Beyond Banking Days you will have the support of two NGOs that are very interested to see the winning solution. They are available to help you with essential information youll need to successfully implement a relevant case on your solution and have both added a summarised case to help inspire you. If your solution works, these NGO’s are a good place to start looking for your launching customer!
Inspirational case 1 by Longfonds (Lung fund):
In the Netherlands alone, 20.000 people a year die of causes related to smoking. Hundreds of children, still become addicted to smoking every single week. Our biggest dream is to create a smoke-free generation. Studies have shown, that children stand the best chance to stay of cigarettes, if they dont see people smoking. So if the children that are born today, never inhale smoke caused by tobacco and are not seduced to start smoking, they have the highest chance to keep healthy lungs.
Thats why were convinced that creating smoke-free playing grounds, would be the obvious next step. A step that takes money and people to achieve.
At the moment 22% of the playgrounds in the Netherlands are completely smoke-free zones and 20% have made smoke-free arrangements (NUSO 2017), such as smoking area out of the sight of children. That means that we still have a lot of work to do. In addition to playground clubs, there are many municipal playgrounds and small play areas.
A local activist can order a kit with all necessities: the signs, the steps and where to find aid. This is provided by the Lung Fund, and cost are in total only E500,- per play ground
You can measure the success by monitoring how many Dutch playgrounds are smoke-free. Success could also be measured by the percentage of parents and children that states that they can play smoke-free. Just to name two examples. Thats why we think this is a perfect case to demonstrate your solution to the described problems. We asked the Lung Fund Experts how they would measure the success of creating a single smoke-free playground. They came up with 4 ways:
- The playground regalement is updated and shows smoke-free rules (incl indoor rooms & terrace).
- There are rules (e.g. in the regalement) on how to enforcement the new no-smoking rule.
- There are smoke-free signs, telling everyone that this is a smoke-free playground
- It is insightful where people can smoke, outside of the playground. This is, if at all possible, out of sight of the playing kids.
If you can come up with another way to measure success, we are very curious! The Lung fund is present @ the Beyond Banking Days and very interested to discuss your idea’s and see your prototype.
Inspirational case 2 by Amref Flying Doctors:
Health workers in Zambia
In Zambia, almost three-fourths of the population is younger than 30. This group faces many challenges, including low educational attainment, high unemployment rates, and limited access to employment opportunities.
At the same time, there is a severe lack of health workers in Zambia, which is crippling the health system. In fact, Zambia has only 50% of the health workforce necessary to deliver basic health services that are so very much needed. Many people visiting a health facility wont be able to find anyone there with the right knowledge and skills to provide them with adequate care.
Because of the major shortage in human resources for health, mother and child health indicators in Zambia are among the worst in the world. One in every 15 children die before they turn five years old, and the number of women who die in childbirth is almost 20 times as high as compared to the Netherlands.
Amref has identified a strong need to adapt innovative approaches in Zambia to increase health worker numbers, decrease unemployment, and in turn improve health outcomes. We want to leverage our strong track record in training health workers to address the shortages in Zambia by:
- Providing vocational training in nursing to increase the number of nurses
- Providing blended learning (eLearning to enable self-study combined with practical sessions) among new and existing nurses and clinical officers to increase their knowledge and improve their skill set
- Providing youth life skills training to new and existing nurses and clinical officers to improve their employment chances
- Increasing the access to and demand for family planning and mother and child care to improve health outcomes
- % or # teachers/trainers that receive eLearning training. It is common/expected certificates are handed out at the end of a completed training. Number of certificates handed out could be used to verify.
You can measure success by looking at the following numbers, coming from different parties:
- % decrease in Zambias nurses and midwifes deficit. This can be calculated by taking the total population of Zambia and divide that by numbers of nursers and midwifes. Check with Amref where you can find these numbers!
- % reduction in the youth unemployment. Check with Amref where you can find these numbers!
- % increase in the number of pregnant women accessing antenatal care visits. Can be measured by looking at the health facility records, Record of Community Health Workers or M-Jali (an app which CHW could use to more easily capture community health data, and feed it into the health information system)
Total cost of this project is 8 million. We highly recommend to discuss your way of measuring with the ministry of Foreign affairs. They could be an outcome payer and are present at the beyond banking days!
Inspirational case 3 by Health works:
Unite for respect
Although the government of South Sudan has ratified significant international legal documents and instruments that address Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), it remains a profound problem in the country. SGBV is rooted in deep discriminatory social norms and power inequalities between men and women.
The intervention The main objective of the proposed action is to build a system of protection, support and prevention that will increase the well-being of women and girls living in Torit and Nimule, South Sudan. Women and Girls Friend Spaces (SGFS) – sometimes referred to as womens centers or safe spaces, are considered to be one of the central features for SGBV prevention and response programming in humanitarian settings. Evidence suggests that the establishment of women- and/or girl-only spaces can help to reduce risks of SGBV and prevent further harm during emergency responses
The main objective of the proposed action is to build a system of protection, support and prevention that will increase the well-being of women and girls living in Torit and Nimule, South Sudan. Women and Girls Friend Spaces (SGFS) – sometimes referred to as womens centers or safe spaces, are considered to be one of the central features for SGBV prevention and response programming in humanitarian settings. Evidence suggests that the establishment of women- and/or girl-only spaces can help to reduce risks of SGBV and prevent further harm during emergency responses