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Proposal: Leveraging Telecommunication for decoupling SDGs using a whole systems approach. Contest: Exploring Synergistic Solutions for Sustainable Development Thank you for your contest entry. Thank you for your contest entry. We appreciate your willingness to share your ideas and also the time and effort you put into developing a proposal and submitting it to the contest. We have reviewed your proposal and found that it contained intriguing elements; however, have chosen not to advance it to the next round of competition. We encourage you to keep developing your idea. Transfer your proposal to a Workspace to re-open it, make edits, add collaborators, and even submit it into a future contest. You can do so by logging into your account, opening your proposal, selecting the Admin tab, and clicking “Move proposal.” We welcome you to stay involved in the Climate CoLab community: support and comment on proposals that have been named Finalists, and vote during the public voting period to help select the contest’s Popular Choice Winner. Climate CoLab will be opening more contests throughout the year and you are welcome to submit your proposal to those contests as well. Keep up the great work. We hope that by working together, we all can create solutions that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Sincerely, Contest Fellows If there are additional comments from the Judges & Fellows, they will be included below.
This proposal is attempting to do a lot without providing tangible examples. Detail is needed as to the structure of the database, who would use the database, or why a database might be helpful - as opposed to putting all the requests in a giant document or using Google search, or blockchain, or status quo (no action). The proposal suggests that smart phones can be distributed in Nigeria for under 10 dollars each -- this cannot be correct. The proposal also does not reference related past CoLab proposals, as per the call for proposals. The proposal also does not make a convincing case that a significant barrier to progress on climate change adaptation in Nigeria is a lack of database of sms requests from the general public.
This is a great proposal and very relevant to the competition, but it seems a bit piecemeal- like it's trying to do too much through the ICT lens without providing tangible examples. With some work, however, it could be really interesting- and maybe especially if the combined with another proposal that is weak on understanding developing country contexts. Also, just focussing on Nigeria to start is laudable, but is there not an opportunity to move beyond Nigeria? I'm not convinced that "environmentally sustainable intensification of agriculture" is necessary risk free and there are trade-offs with other SDGs, especially if scaled up. It would be good to give specific examples of actual innovations (other than just ICT) that could help African countries to leapfrog the fossil fuel intensive development of the West, whilst still adapting to climate change. I really think that a collaboration with the team that submitted the proposal "Leveraging Telecommunication for decoupling SDGs using a whole systems approach" would be really beneficial to both teams. Finally, what would be the incentive for people to sign up to this initiative- there is a long list of actors and I'm missing the actual implementation plan for getting them on board- and then linking to the funding for the infrastructural and other investments (e.g. for micro-grids)? Please elaborate.
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