Local citizens labs are the project’s strategic in-country citizens hubs for collaborative (vertical and horizontal) learning (experiential and experimental) and knowledge innovation in Chad, Niger and Nigeria. The Labs’ programme is framed around ‘co-creation practices’, focusing on co-creating pathways of change needed to provide desirable peace, prosperity and stability for the Lake Chad region. As we work to establish and coordinate research and learning spaces in each project country, the citizens labs will enable connection of local actors that are less likely to work together on climate change, peace and prosperity issues, enabling local resource users, community leaders and stakeholders, and peace and development actors to collaboratively unravel the foundations of citizens’ preferences and strategies for both human wellbeing and meaningful and non-violent interactions. In-country lab management committees work to co-design, facilitate and ‘co-own’ specific in-country collaborative learning and knowledge innovation processes, acting as beacons for local engagement and prosperity-peace pathways implementation. Our citizens learning labs aim to achieve two key goals:
We are pursuing these goals by: THE CITIZEN LAB
This work stream aims to develop and deliver a Conflict and Environment Observatory to foster enhanced decision making on connected climate, peace and prosperity agendas with impact stories from the Lake Chad Region. Violence and environmental damages in the region have created unprecedented challenges for decision makers and development actors who are constantly being asked to make many varied and complex peace-conducive and climate-friendly decisions in quick succession. The range and urgency of evidence they require is continuously growing – and it is not easily accessible. This presents a challenge in developing/implementing needs-based interventions to help vulnerable communities on the frontlines of interacting social and environmental disasters. Our Lake Chad Basin Conflict and Environment Observatory will achieve three goals:
This workstream explores the opportunities and capacities of state actors and the institutional environments to implement the prosperity and peace pathways developed in this project, supporting capacity building for evidence-based regional policy-making and cross-scale implementation. We will map specific prosperity and peace indicators to monitor over the short-to- long term and possible drawbacks relating to the use of the pathways within the national policy space, and assess whether the pathways can lead to too much complexity and be difficult for actors to implement and how to address these. We will investigate whether past and ongoing development measures aligned with the cocreated pathways – asking what worked, what did not work and why, and what can be improved now.