Re-imagining Technical Assistance in Nigeria

Nigerian woman holding an infant
Photo: Karen Kasmauski/MCSP

 

Key Dates

June 24-25, 2019 Intent Workshop, August-November 14, 2019 Hypothesis Testing, November 18-27, 2019 Design Sprint, and January 21-22, 2019 Integration Workshop

 

Co-Creation Teams

Co-creation teams are multi-disciplinary groups that represent a diverse range of stakeholder perspectives. In Nigeria, the project utilized co-creation teams to drive the design process forward through problem definition, idea generation, prototyping, testing, and prioritization. 

After working together to define the problem, generate some ideas for solutions, and identify themes for principles of good TA, three opportunity areas emerged. The co-creation team was then organized into three groups, each of which focused on an opportunity area:

Opportunity Areas

Team 1: re-imagining interaction to build local ownership for greater sustainability; Team 2: Re-imagining knowledge flow to support strategic decision-making; Team 3: Re-imagining incentives to build greater workforce capacity and maximize impact

The co-creation team continued to work on developing and refining strategies for each opportunity area, as well as principles for good TA. Eventually, the prioritized and actionable strategies and principles were integrated into a coherent plan that brought everything together under four domains of change. 

The Four Domains of Change to Good Technical Assistance

The four domains of good TA: strengthen existing system, build trust, foster strong governance, cultivate collaboration