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.
Twegatte youth tourism project
Explain your idea in details:
Lack of community platforms where government officials responsible for tourism are invited to provide information to citizens interested in tourism, called to action and are held to account by citizens on tourism issues. The above has led to the exclusion of Ugandans interests in the national plan, thence leading to mismanagement of funds, corruption, poor services, environmental destruction and under funding of the tourism sector. Solution; Establish two Kampala youth tourism networks; 12 district community tourism social audits; and, 12 grassroots community tourism peacebuilding dialogues, in Kampala. These are our innovative approaches since they will be the first in Uganda, Africa and the world as identified by Resilient African Network and UN women Uganda, WHO Africa, and Civil Society Academy, respectively. Additionally, our project will also bridge digital divide gaps amongst citizens. Project goal: To empower citizens through participation in and awareness raising on democratic and good governance tourism processes within Uganda. Project objectives: a. To strengthen and increase the development of partnerships between citizens interested in tourism within Kampala district, by 2021, through using tourism youth networks and groups as partnership strengthening tools in the district; b. To raise awareness among citizens about democratic and good governance tourism processes within Kampala district, by 2021, through using district community tourism social audits and grassroots community tourism peacebuilding dialogues as awareness raising tools in the district; and, c. To strengthen the participation of citizens in democratic and good governance tourism processes within Kampala district, by 2021, through using district community tourism social audits and grassroots community tourism peacebuilding dialogues as participation strengthening tools in the district. Finally, our project will also be developed into a tourism technology, that will make profits through adverts, offering loans and upgrades. Part of the technology profits will be used to fund our offline.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Project impact will include; a) Raised empowerment and awareness among district residents on matters of tourism; b) Strengthened gender equality within the tourism sector and cultures; c) Change governments perceptions about decreasing district residents participation in governance and accountability tourism processes; d) Strengthened tourism and environment services, institutions, and regulations; e) Strengthened enforcement of tourism and environment regulations; f) Change donors perceptions about decreasing support to initiatives strengthening district residents participation in governance and accountability tourism processes; and, g) Lead to the development of a social audit and peace-building dialogue Act, within Kampala and Uganda. Expected outcomes within 12 months will be: At least 100,000 district residents awareness raised on tourism and tourism initiatives; At least 50,000 district youths join the networks; At least 2 networks established; At least 12 social audits and dialogues organized; At least 6 tourism initiatives discussed at each social audit and dialogue; At least 170 youth network jobs created; At least 85 young women youth network jobs created; At least 1 for profit tourism technology established; and, At least 150 youth tourism initiatives promoted through project activities, in Kampala. Our success will be tracked and assessed as follows, within 5 years. The number of: Community members aware of tourism initiatives; Registered network members and network platforms used to share tourism opportunities; tourism laws, policies and initiatives discussed at the social audits and dialogues; Network jobs created and elected network leaders; and, Promoted network youth projects on tourism. This project will be assessed by conducting a quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the project, using: baseline and final impact/outcome public opinion surveys, in-depth interviews, and focus group discussions as well as social media metrics to assess and evaluate changes in public opinions, attitudes, and behaviors with respect to critical tourism issues, civic engagement and networking.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Well establish two district non-profit organizations, i.e, the youths tourism network and young womens youth tourism network, which will bring together all youths, age 14-30, interested in tourism within Kampala district, so that they receive tourism opportunities from our organization, find mentors, partner and support each other/s tourism initiatives and replicate shared initiatives. Additionally, in partnership with the youth networks, we will organize monthly district community tourism social audits and grassroots community tourism peacebuilding dialogues on tourism initiatives within the district and Uganda, so that district residents are informed about tourism policies and initiatives within the country and district by invited government officials responsible for tourism, civil society members and innovators interested in the sector, be called to action and use the platforms to hold government leaders to account on tourism issues. Further, all social audits and dialogues will start and end with a video advert(s) or documentary on tourism for the community to watch, learn and where possible replicate. Furthermore, peacebuilding dialogues will also establish dialogues between women and girls and the community at the grassroots level or between two conflicting parties, so that the existing tourism related violence is addressed and resolved by the community, with or without our organizations guidance. Moreover, for sustainability, network spokespersons and the seven members on the network peacebuilding committee decision board, will be elected by network members, and at scale replica tourism projects will also be established for minority groups in all districts of the country and worldwide. Finally, to amplify our offline impact online, a for profit tourism technology will also be created so that, networks have presence online, and social audits and dialogues are viewed online. Our revenue model is focused on donations from donors and network members, and reinvesting part of the technology profits into the offline project.
Mpagi Derrick is a 30-year-old man with over 6 years of experience in the legal, policy and community development sector, specifically focusing on peace, Human Rights and sustainable development. Currently, Derrick is the Founder and Executive Director for MIGHT Foundation (MIGHT), where he focuses on initiating, designing, and implementing, innovative and sustainable peace-building, Human Rights and sustainable development activities for minorities in the country, including drafting the Sexual Offences and Related Matters Bill, 2015 (please see, https://mpagiderrick.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/sexual-offences-and-related-matters-bill-2015/) a bill that proposes to strengthen the rights of minorities through offences against sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, child, early and forced marriages, discrimination and laws on safe abortion. In addition, Derrick is also the Founder of the Kampala youth networks in Uganda, a teacher, and a volunteer with United Nations Sri Lanka. Derrick holds a Bachelor of laws degree from Makerere University, where he focused on national, regional and international laws and, in partnership with MIGHT staff, has also developed the Twegatte projects which have been identified by: UN Women Uganda and Resilient Africa Network as national innovations that will reduce violence against women and girls in the country; World Health Organization Africa as a regional innovation in the health sector; and, Civil Society Academy, Welthungerhlife and Impact Hub as a global innovation in the hunger and social justice sector. In addition, Derrick is also a former employee of SEATINI-Uganda and CEHURD. Derrick is motivated by his commitment to establishing world peace, Human Rights and sustainable development for all and one day hopes to witness a completely united diverse world that promotes and protects peace, prosperity and the environment through all its cultures and citizens, both offline and online given the existing digital divides. Lastly, Derrick is a leader and good coordinator who is open-minded, realistic and time cautious.