These Hands

These Hands is committed to improving the livelihoods of the poor in rural communities of the developing world.  We will achieve this through the creation of a unique offline and online social network incubation platform for development practitioners, social entrepreneurs, and members of rural communities. This will help bridge communication failures and project gaps between development practitioners and the recipients of development aid. 

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These Hands is committed to improving the livelihoods of the poor in rural communities of the developing world. We will achieve this through the creation of a unique offline and online social network incubation platform for development practitioners, social entrepreneurs, and members of rural communities. This will help bridge communication failures and project gaps between development practitioners and the recipients of development aid.

 

How does your innovation work?

We will create and operate a unique online and offline social network incubation platform. This platform will serve as an innovative ICT-based solution to the communication failures and project gaps we have identified in the international development sector. In addition, this platform will provide meaningful work opportunities for youth. Two-thirds of the world’s population is youth (aged 15-35) and seventeen percent of this youth is currently unemployed but wish to engage in meaningful work. We will enable these young but experienced development practitioners and social entrepreneurs to engage in development projects through our social network. These young people will be sourced around the world from our Worldwide Multi-Disciplinary and Innovative Network to work with our social inventors, social innovators, social entrepreneurs, NGO’s, volunteers and rural communities to produce social good solutions in the developing world. This will empower these young people to either find or create meaningful work in the field of international development.

General Strategy:

Our pilot efforts are to develop a social network infrastructure for African and Indian markets. This social network will connect impoverished rural communities in Africa and India with the developed world via Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) technology which is a protocol used by Global System for Mobile Phones (GSM) to communicate with the service provider’s computers or servers. This will create a social network that includes those without internet access. This is an incredibly valuable asset as traditional social networks have thus far failed to penetrate these markets. Our hope is that this will attract funding from large tech firms and investors, allowing us to provide our services at an affordable rate for those in developing rural communities.

Technological Solution:

Many development and social impact projects are constantly faced with communication and information gaps because the recipients of development aid are frequently excluded from providing input. Unfortunately, these communication and information gaps mean that the recipients of development aid and the managers of development projects are unable to fully engage with each other, leading to failed projects. These communication gaps often occur because it is costly for social entrepreneurs and development project managers to reach out to these communities. These Hands aims to solve this problem by providing a USSD platform that the recipients of development aid can use to actively communicate with the managers of development projects. This USSD platform allows users to access our social network and services offline, using a regular cellphone. Our platform allows recipients of development aid to provide input via their mobile phone. This provides the managers of development projects with the information they need in a cost-effective manner.

 

Next Steps

Vision:
By 2025 we will have introduced our services in at least 10 developing countries and supported rural communities through innovations, partnerships and information that will improve and sustain their livelihoods.

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This looks great! It looks as if you'll be employing youth in areas affected by development projects to close the gap between what was done and what the local population wanted accomplished? What kind of employment do you foresee occurring? Who will be employing them - development organizations? Perhaps you can explain how this would work a bit further.

Best of luck,

Vanessa Leon