“Agile” Small Grants Management: Financing Community-Based Innovations

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From April to December 2018, the TUKLAS Innovation Labs supported five youth organizations, two indigenous peoples groups, 17 local non-government organizations, three academe, five startups, and eight new individual unaffiliated groups  with a seed funding of up to PhP 1 million to test and refine their innovative ideas in collaboration with their partner communities. Most of these groups are not familiar with the usual NGO granting modalities with several of them being individual innovators with no formal legal registration or People’s Organisations. As such, the TUKLAS Innovation Labs then streamlined or reduced the administrative- and other compliance-related burdens to make…

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Community Design Sprint and the Search for “TagaTUKLAS”

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As one of the Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) Innovation Labs, the TUKLAS Innovation Labs is “set up to identify and grow areas of innovation that come directly from communities affected by crises.” The TUKLAS Innovation Labs believes that affected communities are better placed to understand their disaster realities and to find relevant, effective, and sustainable solutions towards preparedness. For TUKLAS, the work is really on identifying local practices that are worth exploring and scaling under an innovation lab approach. On a macro level, the TUKLAS Innovation Labs also aims to contribute to the ongoing discourse on humanitarian innovations,…

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Innovating in and through adversity: Lessons learned from Ompong and Rosita

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This reflection piece is written by Kei Valmoria, Project Manager of the TUKLAS Northern Luzon Lab. From project inception, TUKLAS Northern Luzon has always been of one mind that the community is the heart and soul of the project. Ideally, the selected innovators themselves were community members and not academics or middle- class urban-based intellectuals without any experience in grassroots community immersion. Indeed, majority of Northern Luzon innovators were either community-based organizations (CBOs) or small local NGOs with experience in development programs and community organizing. TUKLAS timeline noted that much of the prototyping and testing activities happen from June to…

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“Agile” Small Grants Management: Financing Community-Based Innovations

By | Blog, Food for thought

From April to December 2018, the TUKLAS Innovation Labs supported five youth organizations, two indigenous peoples groups, 17 local non-government organizations, three academe, five startups, and eight new individual unaffiliated groups  with a seed funding of up to PhP 1 million to test and refine their innovative ideas in collaboration with their partner communities. Most of these groups are not familiar with the usual NGO granting modalities with several of them being individual innovators with no formal legal registration or People’s Organisations. As such, the TUKLAS Innovation Labs then streamlined or reduced the administrative- and other compliance-related burdens to make…

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A community’s grief and anxiety through children’s eyes

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This story was written by Luchie Maranan of Dap-ayan ti Kultura iti Kordilyera (DKK). The original post can be viewed on Nordis.Net.   BAGUIO CITY — The usual road to Loacan from Ucab, Itogon is now missing in maps and photos, defaced from the wrath of the September 15 heavy downpour that saturated the soil and followed the law of gravity. The new route is via Sabkil, offering us distant views of Ucab and Loacan whose mountains bear scars from the recent onslaught, and unseen reminders of a century of mining. After a 45-minute ride through Ambuklao Road, past landslides that were…

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Can communities innovate in disaster situations?

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This is a reflection piece on Typhoon Mangkhut written by Paul Arada, MEAL Specialist of TUKLAS Innovation Labs. I remember the day I was assigned as staff №5 in an international humanitarian organization’s Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) rehabilitation response in Eastern Visayas back in 2013. It was July- nine months after the landfall. The community facilitators led me to desks covered with papers. When stacked together, the pile might as well be as tall as a toddler. A few weeks later, our Monitoring and Evaluation Unit introduced Poimapper, an Android-based data collection tool. It is similar to other…

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TUKLAS aids response to strongest storm in PH this year

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Typhoon Mangkhut (local name: Ompong) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday, September 14, afternoon, with winds of 230 kilometers per hour (142 mph). According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), this is the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year.1   Extensive damage More than 1.4 million people were affected by Typhoon Mangkhut in Luzon, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. “The winds were stronger than Typhoon Lawin and it lasted longer. Lawin came in around the same time but winds were gone by morning. This one howled for…

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The Museum of Disaster Preparedness

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In Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the town where Typhoon Haiyan first made landfall in the Philippines, young people, teachers and community members gather to share their stories of survival, resilience and disaster preparedness. The typhoon, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, slammed into the Philippines in November 2013, causing widespread devastation and leaving a lasting impact on those affected. Their stories will form part of MuseoBayanihan — a collaborative digital resource for students and communities to access stories from survivors and educational materials made by teachers. Experts and scientists did not experience Typhoon Haiyan, we did,” says Natalie, 18….

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Rehashed Bootcamps: Implementing Haraya Sessions 2018

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Based on the original thinking of how TUKLAS Innovation Labs would work, the top innovators with their disruptive ideas from across our four community labs would be invited to a three-day proposal development and pitching boot camp. There they would further develop their concepts, connect with other entrepreneurs, and fully develop their business development plans (BDPs). Participants would also practice their “pitching” and “defending” skills, and receive feedback from peers and guests from private sector and academic representatives. However, TUKLAS opted to modify that original plan. During the Call for Ideas from September to November 2017, the TUKLAS team conducted…

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Women with disability, girls can be innovators!

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“There are only a few women and persons with disabilities in innovation, so being a part of TUKLAS Innovation Labs is a big opportunity,” says Lolita Gelle, a woman innovator with disability. “Women are greatly affected by disasters. This makes women innovators important since they represent the ideas and needs of women.” Less than 30% of people in science, technology, and innovation are women (OECD, 2017). The Philippines TUKLAS Innovation Labs strive to provide opportunities for women from all walks of life to become innovators. Today, women with disabilities, indigenous women, women farmers, and girl students are just some of…

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