The National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP) are an initiative of the National Social Investment Office which is strategically hosted within the Office of the Vice President. In an attempt to combat poverty through capacity building, investment and direct support, the NSIP birthed the N-Power program which addresses the challenge of youth unemployment by providing a structure for large scale and relevant work skills acquisition and development, while linking its core and outcomes to fix inadequate public services and stimulating the larger economy.
In 2015, a new administration was elected to lead Nigeria. A key promise of the administration was to “employ 500,000 graduates between the ages of 18 - 35” in trying to solve the problem of youth unemployment. The N-Power program was birthed from this target and it aimed to train them while they work jobs that engage them also. The goal of this was to create a bottom-up impact at both a micro and macro economic level – via direct job creation, direct injection of monetary resources into the local markets, indirect job creation, and knowledge for advancement. The major challenge was how to create a seamless recruitment, training, monitoring, evaluation and payment process.
INNOVATING FOR SUCCESS
After an extensive analysis of the challenges associated with the delivery of its mandate, it became very evident to the National Job Creation Unit arm of the Nigerian Federal Government, that technology had to form the core base to the fulfilment of its mandate. Softcom was engaged by the FG to leverage its experience, track record and extensive network of global and local partners to support her in the achievement of the desired outcomes.
On conducting research to determine how best to address this challenge and mobilise hundreds of thousands of people, we discovered that there was a pressing need to create a platform that enables the volunteer prepare for their role, successfully deliver on their assignment and acquire the right knowledge to become self sustaining individuals after the programme.
To enable volunteers have access to important information, it was critical to get the right educational content from the most qualified providers. Relevant training content were curated, produced, and animated; which enabled the volunteers adequately prepare for their jobs. These trainings were delivered in digital formats and integrated with the Mobile Application for offline content delivery. The content delivery platform also enables the stakeholders to track the utilisation of these content.
MEASURABLE AND CONCRETE RESULTS
- Substantial rejuvenation in the Nigerian public sector; particularly in the Educational, Agricultural, Revenue Collection and Health sectors.
- Economic stimulation through private businesses started by N-Power beneficiaries.
- Improvement in economic inclusion as N-Power ensured equal opportunities for applicants irrespective of gender or tribe.
- Uptick in social and financial inclusiveness as program enabled financial services for all beneficiaries, most of whom were previously excluded.
- Increased economic stimulation through monthly stipends (totalling over 100bn) paid to the beneficiaries.