Citizens 4 Change
- Advocacy & Human Rights
- Children & Youth
- Computers & Technology
Location123London RoadSEVENOAKS, Kent TN131BHUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Our mission is to protect half a million children at the base of the pyramid from violence, by 2026. Our innovation catalyses, taps into and learns from the collective intelligence of a crowd of child protectors in East Africa who are striving to end violence against children. We create a big and diverse crowd of citizens who are intrinsically motivated and who cooperate in protecting children from harm. We tap into the wisdom of the crowd and enable child protectors to protect children better. Finally, we use data science to aggregate the knowledge and problem-solving capabilities contained in the crowd of child protectors; and to inform the wider eco-system of government, development partners and child protection practitioners working to address violence against children.
We intervene by
CREATING COMMUNITY: Building a crowd of 312,000 citizen protectors who have the motivation, skills and networks that enable them to protect 468,000 children from maltreatment and harm + to spread protective norms throughout society.
USING TECH FOR GOOD: Developing and deploy a mobile SMS platform that enables us to map, track, communicate with, and mobilise citizens who want to do the right thing.
DE-COLONISING RESEARCH: Building an evidence base about the beliefs and actions of a growing mass of child protectors; demonstrating the social value being generated by the crowd of protectors; and demonstrating what works to prevent and respond to violence against children in East Africa.
DEVELOPING THE SOCIAL BUSINESS: Working towards proof of concept by end 2023 so that we are positioned to scale.
We currently have the following projects:
1/ Piloting the tech with Childs I Foundation’s child protection volunteers in Makindye & Tororo Uganda so that they can better monitor their efforts in strengthening families and keeping children out of orphanages.
2/ Understanding the prevalence, nature and drivers of violence in schools in Tanzania on behalf of Porticus Foundation.
3/ Strengthening the ability of students to keep themselves safe and create safe schools with the Tanzanian Junior Council.
4/ A two-year action research project with the University of Dar es Salaam and Women Fund Tanzania to resolve the collective action problem of violence against women and children in Shinyanga district, Tanzania.