Seventeen young change makers have competetd for the SDG 16 Innovation Challenge, an initiative of Accountability Lab Nigeria supported by the National Endowment for Democracy.
Participants at the completion, according to a statement issued by Accountability Lab, were selected for their unique and sustainable solutions to issues concerning the Sustainable Development Goals; more importantly Access to Justice and Strong Institutions.
Within the campaign, the young changemakers are trained on the fundamentals of Social development programmes by experts in the sector.
A prominent theme of the challenge was ensuring that there was equal representation among participants; as well as consideration for people with disabilities.
According to Accountability Lab Nigeria country director, Odeh Friday, “Most times in our society there is lack of equal opportunities for women; these are some of the issues we are trying to flip. We are incorporating that into the SDG 16 Innovation challenge as well.”
After a series of thoughtful pitches, Anne Obode emerged winner of the SDG 16 innovation challenge for her secureme.ng initiative to aid policing in Nigeria.
Deborah Dooshima became the first runner up with her innovation to end #SexForGrades and harassment in schools.
The SDG 16 innovation challenge will continue in different states across the nation – Kaduna, Lagos and Edo states precisely, entertaining ideas for the strengthening of public institutions and provision of justice to the people of Nigeria.