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Hive 2.0: Where evidence, entrepreneurs, and health harmonize (Kampala, Ug) - Seeking Feedback

By Michael Lipnick | 21 Oct, 2013

The Global Health Hub in collaboration with The Hive CoLab, & Development Gateway’s OpenGov Hub are exploring the creation of an accelerator workspace model to co-locate likeminded individuals and organizations working at the intersection of global health, open governance and technology.
We are seeking feedback from the community!

Please browse the info below and provide feedback through our online discussion on how we can improve this concept.

We are also compiling an open database of efforts to promote harmonization. Please add any initiatives that we missed.

Background
In Uganda, like many resource-constrained environments, lack of collaboration, transparency and accountability are fundamental challenges facing initiatives that strive for positive social change.

In the past decade the number of health & development initiatives (public, private, social entrepreneurial, NGO, etc) has skyrocketed. In Uganda, over 10,000 NGOs exist. Using the mHealth sector as an example, the recent expansion of projects was so rapid and uncoordinated that the Ministry of Health issued a moratorium on mHealth/eHealth pilots until systems for harmonization could be put into place.
With billions of dollars of foreign aid pouring into the country and a growing economy, accusations of corruption and fraud in Uganda are commonplace. A few such incidents in recent years include the Global Fund and CHOGM scandals in 2008, pre-election attempts to shutdown social media in 2011, suspension of all UK Aid due to fraud in 2012, and the armed police closure of two Ugandan newspapers recently in 2013.

Lack of transparency and accountability are challenges for not only government but also for other players in global health such as non-profits, researchers, and policymakers.

To maximize harmonization (i.e. collaboration, transparency & focus on comparative advantage) within and between the public health, open governance and technology sectors, we are proposing the creation of The Hive 2.0: an accelerator workspace model to co-locate likeminded individuals and organizations working at the intersection of global health, open governance and technology in Kampala, Uganda.

Through its shared workspace and resources (including full-time community specialists, social & educational events, community engagement forums, project databases, and exclusive funding opportunities) the Hive will unearth synergies between various social and economic sectors and facilitate collaboration, often by using technology as a connector.

The Hive 2.0 will increase the collective impact of the vast resources and enthusiasm already in place for positive social change in Uganda.

Read the white paper to find out why The Hive 2.0 is not just another incubator!

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