Third Cohort of the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship to Launch This Week

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IT Board (KPITB), Code for Pakistan (CfP) and the The World Bank Group is launching the third cycle of the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program on Tuesday at Durshal Government Innovation Lab in Peshawar.

KPITB, Code for Pakistan and the World Bank partnered to launch the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program in 2014. This six-month program brings together technology leads, software developers and domain experts from local government departments to improve government processes and citizen service delivery by leveraging technology.

Since 2014, KPITB, Code for Pakistan and the World Bank have successfully run two cycles of the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program with 30 graduated Fellows. The Fellowship teams partnered with seven government departments including the Traffic Police Department, Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Health Department, KPITB, DoIT, and Electricity Department to develop nine different open source applications, many of which continue to be utilized.

Following the success of the first two fellowship cycles, the Fellowship Program will enter its 3rd cycle this year. From a pool of 1,000+ applicants, the KP IT Board, Code for Pakistan and the World Bank have selected 20 qualified Fellows to create technology solutions and help the government deliver public services more efficiently.

For 2017, five teams of young innovators from the KP province have been selected to work with government departments to deliver solutions that improve service delivery. The government departments on board for this cycle are:

  1. Peshawar Traffic Police
  2. Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP)
  3. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB)
  4. Directorate of Industries and Commerce: Joint stock companies, firms and societies.
  5. KP Tourism