Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
STEP (Slums' Transformation & Empowering Population)
Explain your idea in details:
STEP (Slums Transformation and Empowering Population) is aimed at establishing sustainable and vibrant communities by educating and empowering slums' communities in such a way that they become productive enough to become active and responsible citizens. The basic idea of the project is to sensitize women of slums communities to learn handicrafts skills in order to start entrepreneurship in future. This will help reducing poverty and unemployment by providing them enough support to start their own small businesses. Mission of STEP: Providing vocational and youth development training and educational courses to women and young girls of slums communities in order to help them fight poverty, health & hygiene issues, illiteracy and unemployment. Vision of STEP: capacity building of slums to create women entrepreneurs in order to build sustainable communities nation wide. Problem Areas: The problem areas which will be focused and addressed through this project include the following; - Poverty - Illiteracy - Malnutrition/ Health & Hygiene - Unemployment - Less no. of women as entrepreneurs Project Implementation Phases: The Project is divided into three implementation phases; Phase I: Survey and Training Phase Phase II: Linkages development of trainees with the market (in order to grow their business) Phase III: Replication of the project in other regions Role of Volunteers for Implementation: - Survey/ Data Collection of slums communities - Mobilization/ Awareness sessions within the slums community - Literacy Program design - Designing and conducting activities and training sessions for selected slums - Compiling project activity reports - Act as facilitators for phase III of the project
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
This project has long lasting impact and it can be easily replicated in all regions after successful completion of first phase. As, the second phase of the STEP project will include utilization of trained women force by giving them small projects. These projects may include uniform stitching for guides and projects to make cultural dresses and jewelry items. Successful completion of handicrafts and vocational training, the women of slums community will be marked as workforce and their database along with their skills and certifications will be maintained. Several exhibitions will be launched in collaboration with other organizations in order to promote work of these trained women. Women will be given support in order to establish small home based businesses in order to empower women as entrepreneurs. The third phase phase will include giving leadership role to the trained workforce in order to replicate the same project in other slums communities of Islamabad. This phase will also include organizing conferences on role of women as entrepreneurs and making documentaries on success stories of these women. Case studies and research will also be conducted in order to find the impact of this training programme on the targeted community as well as on the countrys economy. All the skillful trainers and volunteers will become a force to implement the same in slums communities of other regions and hence the pool of resource persons, trainers and volunteers will keep on growing. Expected Outcomes: - Skillful, educated and well groomed women, capable of running their own home based business using skills provided to them - Decreasing poverty level, illiteracy and unemployment - Improved overall living standards of slums communities - Improved health and hygiene standards of slums communities - Empowered slums women to be utilized as trainers for providing the learnt skills to other slums communities of the region
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The business model which I am going to follow will be facilitated network business model, which includes students and professionals as facilitators for the implementation. This will cut down cost of hiring more staff and this will get more energetic and enthusiastic volunteers for running the project in its true spirit. Resource persons will be used from other training institutions who will be willing to utilize their skills and expertise and they will be awarded with perdiem and other awards and incentives. As it is community based project and many organizations do offer Corporate Social Responsibility funding for community based projects. They will be our potential sponsors for the project. Government of Pakistan is also focusing on poverty and is initiating a new ministry for the sole purpose by the end of this year, therefore, Government may also be involved and requested to facilitate the project in order to achieve objectives of the project in the best national interest. The three phases of the project are described below; PHASE I: -Initial survey of slums community -Volunteers Induction for the project -Sensitization and community selection -Detailed survey and data collection of slums -Interviews (for comparison Before & After Project) -Mobilization sessions -Enrollment of selected slum women for the vocational training courses -Youth development & personality grooming training sessions -Health/ hygiene sessions -Peace and Conflict sensitization -Vocational Training Courses (Stitching, Embroidery, Dyeing, Candle Making etc.) -Database of Skilled slums women -Documentaries/ Case Studies Training -Certification to slums -Evaluation and Certification to Project Volunteers -Project Assessment/ Feedback PHASE II: -Small projects to trained slums women to utilize their skills -Exhibitions to display handmade items -Linkages development phase -Women Entrepreneurs -Advertisement/ Online shops PHASE III: -Assessment of Pilot project -Improving flaws and gaps -Case Studies and Success Stories -Giving leadership to trained workforce in order to replicate the same project in other slums communities of the country -Replicating the project nation wide
Name: Haleema Zia D/o Qazi Zia Ul Islam Age: 29 Yrs Nationality: Pakistani Education: MS (HR Management) Current Job: Deputy Director Training at Pakistan Girl Guides Association NHQ NATIONAL AWARDS/ ACHIVEMENTS -Awarded Best Volunteer of the Year Award 2014 by President of Pakistan. -Awarded several Commendation Certificates by Counter Terrorism Department, Punjab. -National YABC (Youth as Agents of Behavioral Change) Peer Educator and trainer since 2013. -Secured 2nd Position in Project Development Competition 2011, organized by Pakistan Red Crescent Society. -Secured 2nd Position in National Level First Aid Training of Trainers 2012, organized by International Committee of Red Cross. - Initiated and successfully running a social development project STEP (Slums Transformation & Empowering -Population) to help and empower slums population of Pakistan. The main goal of STEP is to establish Sustainable and Vibrant communities by empowering the slum communities so that they could meet their basic needs and may also be able to enhance their living standards and educate their children to give them a better future. INTERNATIONAL AWARD/ ACHIVEMENT Selected as Vice Chairperson of International 3rd Model IFRC General Assembly to represent Pakistan among 90 other National Societies, organized by Korean Red Cross in Korea, 2014. INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PUBLICATION To Investigate the Impact of Training, Employee Empowerment and Organizational Climate on Job Performance was accepted and published by Maxwell Scientific Publication Corp. in Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology 7(22), 4832-4837, 2014. As far as my motivation for the STEP project is concerned, I won a project competition in 2011 in which I presented STEP project idea. After winning second prize in this national level award competition I did not end up there, it was actually the beginning. I took this project as challenge and started working alone and soon many volunteers joined me and we worked really hard for the implementation of the project idea.