KP Government Innovation Fellowship
The Fellowship Program is a 6-month program supported by Code for Pakistan, the KP IT Board, and the World Bank, where a team of talented researchers, designers, community organizers, and developers collaborate to build apps, inspire citizen engagement, improve government, and show how to innovate in public services. These apps can help solve problems in a variety of public domains, such as healthcare, crime, disaster management, citizen engagement, transportation, traffic, education, etc.
Our Fellowship Program revolves around three key features:
- Citizens and government working together, hand-in-hand, to solve problems
- Adopting user-centric, lean, and agile development methodologies
- Increasing civic engagement by creating innovative solutions in public services
The benefits that these fellows are getting includes a monthly stipend of Rs. 30,000/- for six months, professional mentorship, free workspace, leadership development training and above all a chance to work with a Government department to bring about a change in the digital landscape of KP.
The 6th cycle of the KP Government Innovation Fellowship Program kicked off on June 1st, 2020. Last year due to the unprecedented situation posed by COVID-19, we executed the Fellowship Program remotely. The program was redesigned to include provisions for remote work and telecommuting to ensure the safety of our Fellows, our team, and the focal persons from partnering government departments. The Fellowship curriculum was also updated to include online peer learning sessions, mentoring sessions, and training to facilitate the Fellows through their Fellowship cycle. The 2020 cycle was a challenging yet rewarding cycle for us. Due to COVID-19, the country went through an unprecedented crisis, and KP was among the worst affected provinces with the highest mortality rates. Adapting the Fellowship Program at this critical time to support the government was very important for us. On the one hand, the government needed support on COVID-19 caseload management. On the other hand, there was a need to transition manual services towards digital to facilitate citizens during lockdowns and strict social distancing measures. We are incredibly proud of the work our Fellows did during their Fellowship; to learn more about the 2020 Fellowship cycle, please click here.
The fifth cycle of the KP Government Innovation Fellowship Program was officially launched on July 1st, 2019 and successfully concluded on December 31st, 2019. The theme for the 2019 cycle centered towards open data, community mobilization, digitization and easy access to public information. Problem statements were collected from several government departments and a cohort of 20 Fellows was selected to work on 7 innovative solutions. During the duration of the 6-month cycle, the Fellows had multiple meetings with focal persons of partnering government departments, performed user research & surveys, conducted design sprints for prototype development, and deployed their solutions after rigorous testing.
The details of the solutions developed during the 5th cycle are shared below:
- Performance Management and Reforms Unit (PMRU)- An Open Data Portal was developed for the Performance Management & Reforms Unit - PMRU. Under PMRU’s recently launched Good Governance Strategy, there’s a move towards proactive disclosure of information to the public. Through the open data portal, government transparency indices will be introduced in order to ensure transparency in government processes while facilitating ease of doing business.
- Chief Secretary Delivery Unit (CSDU)-The Chief Secretary Delivery Unit (CSDU) was created to support the Chief Secretary on high priority tasks to monitor the ongoing programs for the newly merged districts of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A Monitoring & Evaluation System was developed by our Fellows for CSDU using G-Suite to monitor, track and expedite the progress of the projects in health, education and social departments in the newly merged districts of erstwhile FATA.
- KP Provincial Assembly -An Online Streaming and Polling Portal was developed for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly. The request was initiated by the IT department in the KP Assembly to develop an online streaming portal that was developed in-house to reduce the expense of subscription costs associated with proprietary solutions. The Online Streaming solution developed by our Fellows is facilitating the department in lowering annual subscription and maintenance costs, and also enabling the department to keep video recordings of the live sessions on their databases.
- Private Schools Regulatory Authority -An E-Registration portal was developed for the KP Private Schools for Private Schools Regulatory Authority. The project facilitates the department in regularizing private schools and making it convenient for existing as well as new schools to register themselves with the department. A dashboard was developed for the department for easier management which offers different features, modules, and centralized notification systems to make the management more robust and streamlined.
- E-Governance Initiatives of KPITB - A portal for Ease of Doing Business was developed for the Directorate of Industries and Commerce to foster an environment that helps create, grow and scale businesses in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. To facilitate new businesses to register with the Government, a team of Fellows was assigned to develop an online portal that will help entrepreneurs register their business quickly and without any hassle.
- Local Government, Elections and Rural Development Department- A Public Toilet Finder Mobile App and Dashboard was developed for WatSan Cell, Local Government, Election and Rural Development Department. The app was developed to drive the campaign towards a Clean and Green KP Province. The Public Toilet Finder is a Mobile App, which can provide the location of Public & Private toilets in the KP Province. The App includes many useful features like finding the nearest toilet up-to 25 KM radius, showing nearby toilets on the home screen, the ability to rate & review public toilets for action by government to improve the services, and the ability to search for toilets based on Filters such as Male/Female and accessibility based toilets. The app was launched on November 19th, marking the World Toilet Day 2019.
- Augmented Reality Based Indoor Navigation System for Public Hospitals- Another innovative and community-focused project developed under the Fellowship Program was Rah-E-Sukoon, an Augmented Reality Based Indoor Navigation System for Hospitals. The app lets users navigate the Hospitals of KP by using their smartphone cameras. The app gives turn by turn direction so that patients can easily navigate the hospital, reaching the clinic or lab on time.
For further details please about the problem statements and the Fellows click here
The fourth cycle of the KP Government Innovation Fellowship Program was launched on June 20th, 2018 and concluded on December 19, 2018. A total of 51 government departments were approached for problem statement collection with the help of the KPIT Board. A total of 8 government departments were selected and 20 Fellows were inducted in the Fellowship program to develop apps and digital solutions for these departments. The theme for the 4th cycle centered towards citizen facilitation, empowering minorities, waste management and streamlining government revenue collection processes through digitization.
The final 8 departments the Fellows would be working with during the 4th cycle are:
- KP Traffic Police + Local Government Department (Digital Services Unit Team)
- Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bureau of Statistics (KPBOS)
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Private Schools
- Auqaf, Hajj, Religious and Minority Affairs Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Revenue Authority
- Excise and Taxation Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
For further details please about the problem statements and the Fellows click here
The third cycle of the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program has completed. This time we hired 20 full time technologists, who had expertise ranging from creating intricate animations to writing clean code.
The projects and government departments that the Fellows worked with are:
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB)- A web based Crowdfunding platform which would serve as a bridge between investors and startups emerging from the province.
- Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) -An android based crowdsourced complaint system with a web based dashboard enabling the public to report hygiene and sanitation related issues in and around Peshawar and equipping the government department to respond effectively and efficiently to those complaints.
- Directorate of Industries and Commerce - A web based file management and record digitization system which will replace the existing manual process and increase the efficiency with which societies, NGOs and madrassas can be registered and information can be updated.
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Traffic Police - An android application containing 6 different modules including a complaint system, emergency contacts, traffic education, chalaan (ticketing), and driving license verification system.
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tourism Corporation - An information portal meant to help local and international tourists explore Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This portal is to provide information ranging from famous spots to details about resorts, restaurants and events happening at a specific location. Care to find more about our fellows? Click here
Our second year of the Fellowship kicked off on July 26, 2015. This year, our 2015 Fellows made tremendous strides in improving governance. They took on a number of very challenging projects this year:
- An Android app for Traffic wardens to report traffic incidents and a Web app to visualize the reports on a Google map, as well as a new token-based system for issuing new driver licenses.
- An automated file management and approval system for the KP IT Board.
- A web application for the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) that is bringing efficiency to the process of provisioning relief funds to the needy by keeping records of casualties, cattle damage, and distributions to people in disaster-stricken areas.
- A new website and content management system for PDMA to convey swift information to NGOs, journalists, and the public in disaster-affected areas.
- An automated residence allocation and management system for the Establishment Division to improve efficiency and transparency of allotting residences to government employees based on merit.
We launched the first year of the Peshawar Fellowship Program with 12 Fellows on March 11, 2014, soon after the Peshawar Civic Hackathon. Following the success of the first year, we launched the second year of the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship with 20 Fellows in July 2015. We are currently recruiting Fellows for the third year of the program.