The German cooperation, through GIZ OurVillage, is working on a project to set up a community voucher system aimed at bringing positive social and economic changes to communities in Cameroon by using them in their daily exchange of goods and services within their communities. In the process of creating these vouchers, ActivSpaces BANGANGTE hosted a co-creation workshop with pilot communities in the Western region from June 29 to July 1, 2021.
WHY A CO-CREATION WORKSHOP AT ACTIVSPACES BANGANGTE?
First of all, it should be known that the GIZ OurVillage project concerns only the Western region, and therefore 3 pilot communities have already been predefined. These are the communities of BAMEKA, BATOUFAM and FONDJOMEKWET, while 2 other communities have to be selected for later. ActivSpaces being a technical partner since the beginning of the project, the last of the Tech Hub’s branches located in BANGANGTE in the western region had everything to be designated as the venue for this Co-creation workshop. The aim was to compose a graphic design work with the participants based on their respective cultures. The objectives were to:
– Select local elements for the design of the system.
– Sketch different vouchers based on the different local elements of the different communities.
– Harmonise the designs to give 1 design per community.
– Propose the size of the test group and the number of vouchers needed for a first trial.
– Introduce participants to Makerspaces and how it works.
THE WORKSHOP WAS ATTENDED BY:
-Representatives of the 3 selected pilot communities (BAMEKA, BATOUFAM AND FONDJOMEKWET);
-Representatives of the 3D Design community of Activspaces: Here it operates as a Tech community to address the 2D/3D Design needs that are involved in the project.
-Two experts from ActivSpaces: one expert in “Graphic Design” (@EtienneMbe) and another in “Makerspaces” (@StephaneTouani) to supervise the technical part of the workshop.
-And of course, representatives of the GIZ OurVillage project team
During these 3 days of workshops, here are the main highlights to be noted:
-Presentation of Makerspaces: The Makerspaces expert gave a short introduction on the concept, what it does, etc.
-Screening of and comments on the Sarafu credit videos and possibly the voucher video: Participants had a chance to see how Sarafu Credit (which is an example of a system that wants to be implemented) is circulating in Kenya through the use of explanatory videos for feedback.
-First session of sketching of physical vouchers (by tickets) by the groups and harmonisation: Participants were separated into 3 groups according to their community and sketched from the selected local elements.
-Improvement of the work with 2D/3D designers: Discussion on the changes to be made to this scenario, the positive and negative reactions based on the scenarios and possible solutions.
-Introduction of the test phase: Discussion on the next steps of the project and how it will be implemented in the communities.
-Discussion on the number of users to be involved in this test phase per community: The number of users for the test phase was predefined in order to determine the number of coupons to be printed.
-Discussion on the number of coupons to be distributed to each member: The number of coupons per user was determined together with the quantity of each ticket.
The GIZ OurVillage project to implement a community voucher system in some rural communities in the Western Region is a long-term project that will go through many phases. Among others, the next step after this Co-creation workshop at ActivSpaces Bangangté will be the production of the vouchers designed through the Makerspaces of ActivSpaces Douala and the WouriLabs of Orange Digital Center. Then it will be time to sensitise the populations of the different communes on the use of the vouchers as well as their social and economic advantages, followed by the testing phase of the physical vouchers which will end with a feedback workshop.