Attendant to shelter support being provided by the Rebuilding Marawi Shelter and Livelihood Project being implemented by UN-Habitat with funding from Japan is the livelihood support component to complement shelter provision and facilitate socio-economic reintegration of the those displaced by the siege.

The livelihood project is a response to the livelihood needs assessment (LNA) that was carried out at the start of the project. The assessment revealed that support especially in cash-for-work programs and market linkages, access of IDPs to start-up capital, and livelihood opportunities for women, the elderly and female-headed households was needed to complement government interventions and response.

With the siege resulting in massive displacement, damaged properties, and disrupted economic activities, the livelihood component endeavors to help strengthen or restore the social fabric and promote peacebuilding among war-affected communities in Marawi City.

In this regard, a hackathon, a 24- to 48-hour intensive brainstorming session to formulate or design a proposed solution to a specific problem, usually in the form of an app, prototype, or detailed proposal or presentation, will take place in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, provisionally on November 23-24, 2019 to shine a light on the youth’s role and ingenuity in innovative approaches to urban sustainability. 

The event is targeting around 40 to 50 youth participants, with each team composed of two to three members, in addition to researchers, urban practitioners, and technical experts who will be providing inputs throughout the event. Outputs of the hackathon may run the gamut from mobile apps, infographics, business plans, and presentations to prototypes, and will be featured via video gallery on UN-Habitat’s country office and global digital platforms.

This Youth Innovation Hackathon will focus primarily on environmental and social solutions that will support post-recovery initiatives in Marawi. A recent assessment of the Environmental and Social Safeguards System (ESSS) in the area identified interconnected issues related to water quality, water usage, and waste disposal in the affected communities. According to the assessment, lower quality of water has resulted in diarrhea and skin diseases in the communities because there are no methods of purifying/filtering water from its source. There is also increased dependence on delivered/bottled/mineral water over tap water for drinking, raising both financial expenses for the displaced families and plastic bottle waste in the communities. In the absence of proper waste collection and segregation practices, more than 60% burn their waste, including plastic. This assessment report and other literature on clean technology innovation will be sent to registered participants in advance of the hackathon to provide them with context and a background of the advocacies, mandates, and work of UN-Habitat.

As a response to various post-conflict recovery challenges in Marawi, the participants of the hackathon will be asked to come up with innovations that will use clean technology innovations to help encourage recycling while expanding livelihood options in the neighborhood level. We are looking for outputs that will help manage plastic wastes in communities without regular waste collection and segregation initiatives, and initiate a Material Recovery System (MRF) that could generate income from collected wastes, particularly plastic bottles. The hackathon is also open to ideas and outputs that will improve water quality in Marawi, including but not limited to user-friendly systems that will allow residents to monitor water quality and/or purify or filter water using materials available in the neighborhood.

The outputs will be judged according to the execution of the theme, quality of the idea, innovation, presentation/demo, and business impact/viability.

The event will be open to the public virtually via livestream of some segments from the programme as well as of the presentation of the finalists’ submissions. Guests will include partners from the national and local governments, the private sector, other international development organizations, and industries.

To facilitate the successful conduct of the hackathon, a full-service package event organizer will be hired to oversee the administrative, logistical, and other preparatory aspects required to successfully hold the event under the guidance of and in conjunction with the Rebuilding Marawi Shelter an Livelihood Project team and other relevant UN-Habitat Philippines staff.

Interested parties may fill out and submit a Request for Quotation Form and the P11 Personal History Form to keneath.bolisay@un.org on or before 5:00 PM, 1 November 2019, based on the tasks/deliverables enumerated in the Terms of Reference. All for download below: