The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IT Board (KPITB), Code for Pakistan (CfP) and The World Bank Group have partnered to launch the third cycle of the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program. The launch event will take place today at Durshal Government Innovation Lab in Peshawar.
Basically, the Fellowship program is a six-month program where a team of talented researchers, designers, community organizers, and developers collaborate to provide services. These services include building apps, inspire citizen engagement, improve government, and show how to innovate in public services.
Third Cohort of KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program to Launch Today
After its launch in 2014, KPITB, CfP and World Bank have successfully run two cycles of this Fellowship program. The Fellowship teams collaborated with seven government departments including the Traffic Police Department, Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Health Department, KPITB, DoIT, and Electricity Department to promote nine different open source applications.
After the success of the first two cycles, the 3rd batch of KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program is ready to reform public service delivery via technology. KPITB, CfP, and World Bank have chosen 20 capable Fellows from a pool of thousands of applicants.
They have been divided into five groups. That will work with five govt departments to build apps that will improve service delivery. The departments are as follows:
- KP Tourism
- Peshawar Traffic Police
- Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP)
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB)
- Directorate of Industries and Commerce: Joint stock companies, firms, and societies.
The benefits for being a fellow includes a monthly stipend of Rs. 30,000/- for six months, professional mentorship, free workspace, leadership and development training. The best thing is to get a chance to work with a Government department to bring about a change in the digital landscape of KP.
The launch event will be attended by the heads of government departments. KPITB, CfP and World Bank representatives, Fellows, Fellowship Alumni and mentors will also be there.
Indeed such initiatives are a good sign for the development of the province. So lets hope we get to see other such steps as well that will help in bringing digital revolutions.
For more information and details about the Program click here