The idea for The Pitch regional competitions emerged from regional co-creation workshops with FP/RH professionals from sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the United States in 2020. Using design thinking, participants developed novel solutions to address common challenges in accessing, sharing, and using information to inform and strengthen their programs. FP/RH professionals expressed the need to develop context-driven KM solutions and to strengthen KM capacity in FP/RH programs, particularly at the country and regional levels. To address this need, they created The Pitch, a series of regional competitions that places stakeholders in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia at the center of designing and implementing knowledge management innovations.
The Pitch aims to find, fund, and support organizations that are passionate about knowledge management for FP/RH and want to champion an innovative knowledge management solution. The goal is to create a network of knowledge management champions and innovators throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Asia in order to strengthen knowledge exchange and collaboration and support FP/RH programs to provide quality services for women, men and families.
FP/RH professionals are invited to submit an application with their ideas for knowledge management innovations to support and improve FP/RH program broadly or for specific technical areas in FP/RH. Season 2 will prioritize knowledge management innovations for FP/RH programs focused on Youth and FP/RH or COVID-19 and FP/RH by giving them more weight during the scoring process.
Illustrative knowledge management approaches include:
- Documenting what works and what doesn’t work in FP/RH programs
- Making data and information more accessible and easier to use so FP/RH professionals can use the information to inform their decisions
- Collecting and organizing information so it is easier to find and use
- Enhancing collaborations and knowledge sharing among FP/RH professionals to reduce duplication of effort and speed up the application of learnings
- Bridging the ‘knowledge to action’ gap to strengthen the use of information to inform FP/RH programs
Up to five organizations – based in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia – will each be awarded modest funds of up to USD$50,000 via a subaward process to implement their knowledge management innovative ideas. During the implementation process, Knowledge SUCCESS will support each organization to strengthen its knowledge management capacity and promote its innovation to reach a wide audience.
- FP/RH professionals working for organizations in USAID family planning priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia and Ouagadougou Partnership countries are invited to submit a KM innovation. The list of eligible countries includes:
- Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia
- Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Yemen
- Organizations are eligible to submit knowledge management innovations. This includes organizations representing a technical working group or community of practice (for example, a co-chair of a community of practice). Organizations must meet the following criteria to qualify:
- Be legally registered and be able to provide Proof of Registration of the entity in the area of operation
- Adhere to the family planning policies set forth by the United States government
- Have a registered bank account through which to receive the funds
- Individuals not representing an organization are not eligible for The Pitch.
For more information, visit https://knowledgesuccess.org/the-pitch/