Designing for Children 2.0 is progressing well in the Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS) of Nicaragua. The Regional Government of the RAAS signed a formal work plan with UNICEF in early February, set up a co-creation lab, and formed a multi-sector working group to work as the policy design team within the government.
Following the steps of human centered design, the working group teamed up with civil society partners to co-create the field research tools to be used during community consultations. During several weeks, the team travelled to 22 afro-descendant, indigenous and mestizo communities in the region, engaging with hundreds of children, mothers, fathers, teachers and community leaders.
The goal was to understand and empathize with the day-to-day experiences of the people of the region. In each community, children showed the design team the way they experience their community by taking pictures of what they liked (or not). The findings of the field research have since been processed in a synthesis workshop and categorized into five themes for further in-depth research.