Updated Apr 03, 2018

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Gamechangers Innovation Group

An innovation addressing the challenges faced by urban sustainability and the use of clean energy in Southwest Nigeria

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Ayomide Oluwatayo

Stage 3: Proof of Concept

The Gamechangers Innovation group was founded in February 2018. Series of meetings by the team leaders and members which brought about surveys taken for problem identification and provision of solutions as well as the proof of concept. Now, my group being a NGO needs considerable funding from various organizations to successfully implement the “transition to scale” stage.

Focus Areas:

Solar, Sanitation, Secondary Education and 1 MoreSEE ALL

Solar, Sanitation, Secondary Education and Youth Engagement and ContributionSEE LESS

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Problem

The context of the problem- Expatiated in supporting material
A brief survey was conducted on Ibadan, one of the largest cities in West-Africa. The
survey conducted helped my team observe and record the problems facing urban
sustainability and the use of clean energy.
1. Pollution from the exhausts of some vehicles and generators.
2. Pollution caused by the burning of refuse and tyres as well as cooking with firewood in
the open.
3. The uncontrolled/excessive use of electrical energy in our homes, offices and hostels-
students, staff and other workforce leave electrical appliances not in use switched on even
after use, charging of laptops and phones overnight and the use of all the electric bulbs
during daytime account for excessive energy use.
4. The use of chemicals during fishing which makes water unfit for drinking.
5. Dumping of refuse (solid plastic waste) into water bodies which endangers aquatic life.
6. The dumping of plastics at open/bushy areas- Lands that lie fallow that are bushy or
abandoned building sites have become dumpsites of refuse and waste.
7. Zero/low (a) practice of green-living- continuous deforestation is rampant (b) use of
green energy- low use of solar energy and other forms of green energy.
8. Poor town planning in certain areas- This is as a result of (a) poor land use planning
due to lack of basic data.
(b)Poor and incomprehensive implementation of plans.
(c) Constant abuse of master plans by the authorities/citizens.
(d) Most city plans are static and are not subjected to constant reviews even in the face of
changes
9. Poor sanitation- The efficiency of sanitary and waste management systems functioning
isbelow average. Recycling activities are also minimal in Ibadan.
10. Development of slums in certain areas- a major effect of uncontrolled rural-urban
migration due to the fact of non-availability of basic facilities and infrastructure in the rural setting

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Solution

The Gamechangers innovation group (GIG) aims at providing innovations and better solutions to the problems in context by facilitating the involvement of various stakeholders including the youths, the literate and the non-literate workforce. The receipt of funds by your organization would facilitate the division of the fund to each of the strategies as explained below (which can also be found in the supporting material). The inhabitants of Ibadan especially the non-literate ones are not sufficiently enlightened on the problems posed by their activities of pollution, deforestation and poor sanitation. It is expected that the strong awareness strategies that would be put in place change that scenario. It is also expected that the analysis of a cost effective model for the biogas-electrical energy generation for rural households would bring about an investment in this form of green energy and the overall effect would be a net decrease in rural-urban migration and even create more jobs/business set-ups in the rural setting. As for the sanitation and the recycling strategies, the neatness of the urban and peri-urban setting would be ensured. The media publicities, online competitions and web questionnaires hope to enlighten the young and old about sustainability and how we can achieve it. The recycling and sanitation processes would reduce dumping in waterbodies and landfills and decrease cases of flooding during the rainy periods of the year. Finally, more jobs opportunities would spring out due to the above explained strategies which would include the employment of both the literate and non-literate thus increasing youth involvement and decreasing the cases of vices such as cybercrimes, robbery and many others.

Target Beneficiaries

The initial location for the workshop launch is at Ibadan city. The population of Ibadan city as at the 2006 census is well over 3million. The strategies to be put in place would impact the lives of that number of people positively in one way or the other by keeping them sufficiently equipped with the knowledge of sustainable living and sanitation. On the long run, it would bring about a change in habit/lifestyle and thus, sustainable development accelerates.

Mission and Vision

Mission
To provide easy affordability and access to clean energy
To reduce the amount of greenhouse emissions by providing innovations to energy systems that are currently being used
To scale up and encourage energy and material renewability
To increase youth participation towards sustainability, sanitation and other SDG's
To provide employment opportunities for the literate and non literate in the society
Vision
Achievement of the SDG's throughout Africa

Innovation Description

THE PROPOSED SOLUTION
Considering the target population which consists of over 5 million people according to the census conducted in 2006, the rate of consumption of products such as bottle waters, canned foods and drinks, and other materials wrapped or packaged in non-degradable substances such as nylon and plastics is very high on a daily basis and these products after consumption would now be referred to as wastes would constitute a major health hazard if not properly disposed.
My team proposes an initial 5-month workshop to address these sustainability problems. This workshop would be responsible for the following activities below listed during the time period stated above.
Sanitation strategies:
My team would complement the activities of both public and or private sanitation and waste management agencies towards achieving sanitation. This includes the employment and the transport of workers, sanitary drums, kits and other equipment to ensure the cleanliness of specific sites in Ibadan. Blocked drainage channels would be worked on to ensure free flow of rainwater so as to prevent flooding. Series of group meetings would be taken to ensure this. Sanitary drums would be distributed at both on land and banks of water bodies to prevent dumping at landfills and waterbodies. This strategy aims at facilitate youth involvement especially the unemployed among them.

Awareness strategies:
This is aimed at the psychological re-orientation of inhabitants both in the rural and the urban set-up on the problems and solutions to the challenges of sustainability through various forms of media such as:
a) Stickers would be given to car and bus owners i.e. transit vehicle workers and customer vehicle owners during traffic.
b) Distribution of fliers and handbills to passers-by, owners of shops/marts, motorcyclists, homes and offices.
c) Large Bill boards and banners awareness.
d) Awareness during Radio and Television programmes mostly during weekends when people have time to listen.
e) Social media awareness which is of course the cheapest and fastest means of awareness.
Traditional media such as stickers, fliers and handbills would be used so as to reach inhabitants of rural set-ups who may not have a radio or television set and the mass distribution of these media would be sped-up duly by the youths in the society and incentives would be given to these youths upon completion to encourage them.



Online competitions and web questionnaires:
To educate youngsters of age bracket (12-27) who constantly love to surf the internet, staging online competitions and creating web questionnaires is a great idea towards awareness. These youngsters would be encouraged to participate as soon as cash prizes are involved. Although funds would really be disbursed, the knowledge about sustainability becomes duly circulated and it would instill the habit of sustainable living in that these youngsters can correct their older ones and vice versa.

Recycling and Solar Businesses:
My team proposes to increase the use of clean energy forms and renewables by urban and rural inhabitants. This can only be achieved by establishing more solar and recycling businesses. Plastic, scrap metal and other form of waste can be converted into a lot of useful materials such as cooking fuel, packaging materials and so on. Solar gadgets such as solar inverters, solar power banks and installations of other devices with the aid of a solar panel would be a business my team would venture into so as to ensure the spread of affordable and sustainable energy.

Analysis/research towards green energy/sustainability: An assessment would be carried
out on topics listed below which may lead to further ideas/innovation communicated back various world organizations involved with the accomplishment of the SDG’s. It could also be a media for the generation of more funds for community project and more businesses.

Analysis of:

1) A cost effective model for the operation and installation of the biogas-electrical energy for rural households in Nigeria- a case study to reduce rural-urban migration and aid rural infrastructural development in Nigeria.
2) The incorporation of electronic sensors and mobile apps for monitoring the use of electrical energy in urban homes and offices in South-West Nigeria.
3) The problems of private public partnerships for the efficient management of solid waste in the urban and rural setting in Nigeria and the possible solutions.
4) The pros of bio-fueling Nigeria. An energy proposal aimed to reduce the ecological (carbon) footprint of the nation Nigeria.

FUNDING
The table below shows the summary of the estimated cost(s) required for implementing the proposed strategies when launching the workshop in one city/state in south-west Nigeria
Items for one city Amount Needed ($)
Awareness – all forms of media 10000
Information Technology (IT) 2000
Sanitation 10000
Analysis/Research – other topics may come up 2000
Miscellaneous such as transport expenses, bank charges and capital depreciation 1000
Permits/licenses and other registration expenses 1000
Recycling and Solar Businesses 24000
Total $50000


Explanation: During the 5-month workshop, $2000 would be spent per month on awareness which totals to $5000. IT is estimated at $400 per month. Sanitation is estimated at $2000 per month. $2000 and $1000 would be used towards the analysis of the topics and permit charges respectively during the 5-month workshop. $24000 to be used to set-up recycling and solar business such that when profit is made, about $5000 would be deducted from the profit each month to ensure continuation of sanitation, awareness strategies, IT and analysis (more topics for research would consequently spring up during group meetings).

Competitive Advantage

Each of my proposed strategies are virtually new and would be implemented for the first time in Ibadan city which is the initial location of my proposed project. Recycling activities are minimal in Ibadan as well as enterprises involved in the purchase and marketing of solar devices. Awareness on sustainability is on the low side especially at the peri-urban and rural communities. The various problems which have been enumerated above would only reduce consequently if my proposed strategies are put in place.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Energy- Looking into biofuels and the probability of its wide scale spread in west african countries. Also the implementation of the gasohol(gasoline ethanol) fuel blend in light duty vehicles.
Funding Goal50,000
New Implemented CountriesGhana
Recruit3mangement, 2board, 2advisors and other professionals
New FeatureSustainable Energy.

Milestones

Supporting Materials

STI-FORUM-2018-Gamechangers-Innovation-Group-Supporting-Material.pdf