Community Lead and Managed Data Collection
The Ekokwa , Empowering the Champions Program
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
"In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete.That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called." ~ Buckminster Fuller ~
In a globally connected world, driven by an every expanding base of low cost smart phones, the power to create positive change is shifting to the individual with energy, passion, purpose and the desire to make a difference. In the old world, governments and large NGO’s had the money and the infrastructure to take on large data gathering projects, and mostly in a very inefficient manner. This model focused on the organization to purchase a solution and hire people to manage it. This process can take a longtime, it is very expensive and little benefit goes to the people not to the community champions who understand the problem and have the skills to solve the problem and bring a team together to help. The people with the passion and the knowledge, generally do not have the funds or the expertise to build, support and deploy complex data gathering solutions that will attract the interest of government and NGO's looking to solve the problem.
History has taught us that, high value efficient solutions win and with the high cost of creating custom data collection platforms, the high cost of bringing in outside personnel to collect data, there is room for a new model. With efficient tools capable of collecting any type of data, in the hands of inspired and empowered local people, anything is possible and the game can be shifted forever. Local people crowd sourcing the data needed for all groups who require realtime accurate data, is the way to go and best of all, it creates real opportunity for the local people.
We recognize this and we have built the Ekokwa platform that allows all experts, champions and community members to easily and effectively deliver realtime data solutions that allow all they want to join them to join in. . We simply believe that crowd sourced data collection holds the key to allowing any and all groups with passion to create positive change in an empowered manner, while creating incredible opportunity for local people. Together, government, NGO's, skilled and ordinary people, with the right data deliverd in a timely manner, can solve any problem.
We always hear that Big Data is the driver of the new economy, but to build Big Data, you need a lot of money and a lot of people coming on board before anything happens. We believe it is Small Crowd Sourced Data driven by inspired individuals and organizations who clearly articulate the problem and gather the needed data to support and justify the action. For thousands of years, ordinary people have taken on large problems and solved them in a very efficient way. We believe that by embracing proven models that have stood the test of time, using low cost efficient smartphones and an App platform capable of scaling and gathering any kind of data, the pieces are there for wholesale change across the entire planet.
The Karamojong have over the years developed a very efficient model to gather, distribute and make decisions locally, we simply lerned from this process and we have moved it to the App world to allow it to easily scale.
For large organizations and NGO's, you can get the data you need quickly accuratley and at very little cost in a timely manner.
For local community members, gathering data is a great opportunity and job creator, plus with better data, better decisions can be made.
Once the skills have been learned, the program can easily be used to collect any data across any subject matter.
At Karamoja.org the Ekokwa data collection platform is a key piece to our Common Sense Approach of Capacity Building and creating new opportunity and value for the people. Please visit ekokwa.com for more information.
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