The Swedbio-funded app called THRIVE which offers 60 nature-based solutions that can help improve people's lives across sub-Saharan Africa, was among the top nominees in the category for Best Mobile Learning during the Swedish Learning Awards 2016.
Thrive nominated for an award
SwedBio-funded app in the finals of Swedish Learning Awards
More than 100 entries competed in six different categories in the Swedish Learning Awards 2016. The SwedBio-funded mobile app called Thrive – which is a step-by-step guide on how to implement 60 nature-based solutions for the protection and sustainable use of natural assets in cities across sub-Saharan Africa – made it all the way to the finals as one of three top nominees in the category for Best Mobile Learning.
“This is enormously gratifying and encouraging for the project and for SwedBio’s partner ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center who led the development of Thrive. We look forward to following the application of the app within the SwedBio-funded programme Urban Natural Assets for Africa: Rivers for Life”, says Ellika Hermansson Török at SwedBio.
The category Best Mobile Learning highlights learning productions that have primarily been designed to be used on mobile devices such as cell phones, smartphones, tablets and handheld consoles. The award draws attention to the best and most elaborate productions designed for mobile hardware, used in an innovative and effective way to achieve training objectives.
60 nature-based solutions to improve people’s lives
The Thrive mobile app is a guide on how to achieve the most with limited resources. It is a step-by-step guide on how to implement 60 nature-based solutions for the protection and sustainable use of natural assets in cities across sub-Saharan Africa that can help improve people’s lives. The app houses solutions that can be achieved by an individual or community, at the local scale.
The guidelines are divided into six themes:
- restoring soil
- saving water
- rehabilitating green spaces
- producing food gardens
- sustainable cooking and energy
- preventing disease and disaster
The content is based on a needs assessment and input from over 20 specialists involved in the creation of Malawi’s Integrated Catchment Management Guidelines. These were created by Aurecon in consultation with many different stakeholders within Malawi’s government, Shire River Basin Management Program and stakeholders throughout Malawi. The final application content was then compiled and adapted using numerous sources, including local input from each city participating in the Urban Natural Assets for Africa (UNA Africa) programme.
User-friendly app for Androids
Thrive is created for Android users – results from a survey of users showed that it was the most popular mobile operating system amongst the UNA Africa project participants. It was user tested with a core user group of 30 participants from the UNA cities in order to ensure that it is a useful and user-friendly tool.
The application can be downloaded for free via Google Play, and is accompanied by a dedicated website and introductory animated video
Thrive was produced by Learnways.
Swedbio’s partner ICLEI
SwedBio’s partner ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center (ICLEI CBC) is located in Cape Town, South Africa, embedded in the Africa Regional Office of ICLEI.
ICLEI CBC manages the SwedBio-funded collaborative programme, Urban Natural Assets for Africa: Rivers for Life that targets three African cities: Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Lilongwe (Malawi).