Ikeja GRA in Nigeria’s commercial is home to leading Brand communications & PR agencies. This short video will provide insights into factors that encouraged these organisations to set up shop. There are loads to learn from the riveting interviews. Please leave a comment. Thank you
Our findings showed that the bustling Herbert Macaulay axis of Yaba, Mainland, Lagos is fast becoming a destination choice for tech-based businesses. This video shows you just how important this cluster may prove in the economic and technological future of Nigeria’s most populous state and commercial capital.
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Innovation is often associated with private sector organisations where the demands for return on stakeholders’ investment and consistent organisational growth are significant impetus to successfully innovate or apply new knowledge. On the contrary, innovation in the public service organisations does not in any way appear to be a critical determinant of performance or survival – mainly due to the set of pressures, interests and demands on the public sector.
However, the dilemma is that since the public sector caters for the interest of so many and entrusted with socially important tasks; the importance of public service innovation is a no-brainer. Given innovation enables new needs to be met, and old needs to be met more effectively, it can result in greater value than the gains achieved in similar improvements in private sector.
The quotes below from Governor Fashola speaks to the importance of the issue:
“The dynamics of this time dictates that public service particularly of a city like Lagos must be responsive, efficient, proactive and an instrument of development”
“Equally, the public service that a mega city requires must imbibe the culture of innovation even in seemingly routine work” – Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (3rd of July 2012).
Persistent failure to innovate in public service delivery in Nigeria has led to years of large surrender of the potential benefit of knowledge application for the country. We do business as usual yet expect changes in quality of education, security, unemployment, public health etc. Citizens, private sector and non-state actors are busy building novel solutions to keep the economy alive but the public sector to the contrary is stuck in the past.
Below is a proposition which I believe could help harness the creativity of civil servants, citizens, civil society and researchers to co-create solutions to the barriers to efficient delivery of public services in states like Lagos.
The LASG Public Sector Innovation Lab should be a model innovation centre dedicated to empowering change in the public service through support to development and testing of novel approaches to public service delivery. The state-of-the-art facility should enable collaboration amongst public servants, subject matter experts, civil society and citizens to co-create solutions to the barriers hindering efficient public service delivery in Lagos state.
• Create networks of public sector professionals that transcend traditional organisational/institutional barriers
• Support the development of a climate more supportive of innovation in civil service
• Serve as a living lab for the creation, adaptation, piloting and main-streaming of innovative solutions within the public sector
• Build a community of progressive civil servants and coordinate engagement with citizens, civil society and subject matter experts to leverage collective intelligence for economic prosperity
• Map innovative practices: collecting and analysing examples of implemented innovations in public sector
The nature of the public sector organisations demands a unique form of leadership for innovation in public services. Public service innovation is not about product but relationships and organisational design that encourage communication. It requires collaborative practice between those who adopt and adapt the original idea or practice – it is not about a one size fits all model as practices change in each new situation. The starting point is not a disconnected ‘out of the blue’ idea, but responses to specific problems.
To be successful, executive leadership will be crucial in building a culture of innovation around public service delivery even on issues less likely to receive attention. The initiative will have to be led by a leader who places emphasis on people and encourage front line staff close to service users by motivating them to engage the users and subject matter experts in their bid to make improvement.
Su Maddock; the Director of Whitehall Innovation Hub
NESTA, UK – (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)
Co-founder & CEO, CcHUB
There is no telling how ingenuous Nigerians can be. Our team went to town on a fact-finding mission to the Creatives- Print cluster in Somolu. We came back with some interesting facts. We captured it on video and bring it in here for your viewing pleasure. Please sound off in the comments box below. Thank you.
Meet the latest civic start-up from Co-creation Hub Nigeria; akiliPoll.
akiliPoll is a social platform focused on enlightening a new crop of Civic Actors to drive Africa’s Growth through fact-based conversations. The start-up will deploy far-reaching tools in collating & presenting facts and engaging the average citizens on socio-economic and political issues through the:
- Design, development and administration of socio-economic and political polls aimed at gathering insights and intelligence on citizen’s perception and understanding of key governance issues
- Analysis, presentation and dissemination of insights gathered to broaden citizens perspectives on governance and social accountability in their society
- Engagement of citizens through conversations structured around the presented facts to elicit deeper interest in governance thus converting passive citizens to active citizens and ultimately spurring citizens to take informed actions
- Building partnerships with civil society organizations and other non-state actors to build on knowledge garnered through the platforms in accelerating transparency and accountability across Africa.
With an ambitious goal of running 2 polls/ quarter, akiliPoll’s first poll is already generating interest in diverse quarters. “My Welfare – Nigerian” aims to assess the gap between national prosperity and individual welfare in Nigeria.
Check out their platform: http://akilipoll.com/ and help spark the conversation by taking the poll (5 multiple choice questions).
Let’s pull together to “Make All Voices Count” for a better and inclusive Africa.
‘Bosun Tijani (CEO and Co-founder, Co-creation Hub Nigeria)
Transparency and accountability in government is receiving renewed support driven in part by our common desire for a better world where government fulfils its role most effectively when its activities are open and transparent to the citizens. Perennial failure of leadership and corruption amongst other things has however nurtured wide spread apathy amongst citizens in most African countries. The strong sense of powerlessness meant that the concept of downward accountability and constructive engagement with civil society and citizens are still relatively uncharted.
With the above context, a key priority to balance as we drive for more open government is the need to make all voices count by supporting novel approaches that enhances citizens’ engagement in development and governance processes. Identifying and supporting these untested novel ideas from unlikely sources is what the Global Integrity Testing 123 Innovation Fund aims to accelerate.
The fund which is one of its kind aims to enable innovation in government transparency and accountability by investing in up to 10 brand new ideas that create new information or illuminate existing information with the goal of holding those responsible to account.
At an Open Information Session organized at the Co-creation Hub Nigeria on the 15th of October 2012; over 20 social entrepreneurs, open government champions, geeks and concerned citizens gathered to learn more about the fund through a Q&A session with Nicole Anand (via Skype). A panel discussion involving the founders of BudgITng, iWatchLive and The Constitution for All Projects was also held at the session to highlight works being done in bridging the gap between government and the average Nigerian.
While the Q&A provided insights that I hope will help the local community in Nigeria benefit from the fund, the key learning experience from the session for me came out of the panel discussion. The opportunity to experiment & test assumptions was clearly the single most important success factor according to the panelists. They highlighted how their seemingly innovative ideas were based on little or no empirical intelligence but a strong theory of change informed by personal experience. Given the chance to experiment, they have gone ahead to create popular platforms that are playing a key role in the emerging knowledge revolution in Nigeria.
The experience of these 3 social change agents highlights the strength of Testing 123 Innovation Fund in building bottom-up community driven initiatives aimed at driving government transparency in countries such as Nigeria. While the need to guarantee result will often scare investors away from untested ideas and organizations, the likely gains available for the development of nations at a time like this are bound to be missed while sticking to the traditional ways of doing things – tested ideas and organizations (which are yet to lift us out of our undesired state).
By ‘Bosun Tijani (Connector – Testing 123 Innovation Fund, CEO/Co-founder, Co-creation Hub Nigeria)
Our project team went to town on a mission to verify the state of the Print cluster in Somolu. They came back with some interesting facts.
Watch this space!
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity World Health Organization, 1948. Some sixty-four years on, with advances and breakthroughs in the field of medical science and technology, those words are no less true than when they were first said. Research has made us know more than we have ever known. Vaccines and drugs are hitting the shelves faster than we can consume them. In Nigeria, access to qualitative medical care is hampered by a lot of factors- one of these will be the spread and ease of access to affordable healthcare needs where and when it is needed. This terrain, like any other does require grit and a determination to succeed. Hygeia has successfully done this for more than 2 decades. It has also found a way to get actively involved in the drive to improve the health of People living with HIV/ AIDS by implementing a free, comprehensive Anti-Retro-viral Treatment programme across all 36 states of Nigeria. Their work has seen them expose medical personnel to skills aimed at preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, providing Pharmacy services and the proper handling of related equipment in the Laboratory. This is one of the many ways that lives are being impacted not just in Lagos, but across the country. Read more about them here
The mobile money wave is flowing fast across Africa and many factors point to the fact that Nigeria is the next big market. A 2010 study carried out by EFinA shows that 67.2% of the adult population in Nigeria have been excluded from financial services for varying reasons. Monthly subscriber data obtained from Nigerian Communications Communication (NCC) for the month of April 2012 shows that 94,531,980 GSM lines are active out of a total 119,460,789. Those figures do show that the opportunities abound in that spacefor a discerning investor to seize the moment.
The spotlight today is on ParkWay Projects, a leading software development & systems integration company specializing in electronic banking & electronic payment products and solutions. ReadyCash- their recently launched mobile money solution is fully adapted to the peculiarities of electronic business in Africa.
They have developed their mobile money platform to work with platforms that have gained mass appeal in Nigeria and the rest of the world: blackberry, Android and Java platforms.