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KP launches Durshal Government Innovation Lab

KP launches Durshal Government Innovation Lab

KP IT Board, Code for Pakistan and World Bank launched the third cycle of the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IT Board, Code for Pakistan, and the World Bank Group launched the third cycle of the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program today at Durshal Government Innovation Lab in Peshawar.

Durshal Government Innovation Lab provides co-working space for young innovators to come together and propose innovative technology solutions to local governments & agencies for their governance & service delivery needs.

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.

Durshal Government Innovation Lab is a platform for launching the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program and aims to bring about the much needed technological revolution in the province. Durhsal provides a vital link between the local governments, tech industry, IT entrepreneurs and investors to anchor KP’s digital transformation.

KPITB, Code for Pakistan and the World Bank partnered to launch the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program back in 2014. KP Government has the profound privilege of being the first provincial government to have entered into a collaborative partnership with Code for Pakistan for citizens’ engagement in the public sphere. KP Civic Innovation Fellowship program is a six-months program that 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 various government departments including the Traffic Police Department, Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Health Department, KP IT Board, Directorate of IT, and Energy & Power Department to develop different open source applications, many of which continue to be utilized.

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

About Sayyar Gul

Sayyar Gul is doing his MS Computational Sciences & Engineering from National University of Science and Technology. He is technology enthusiast with keen interest in new technological developments from around the world.
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