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TheCatalystSchool - Focusing Africa

$9,840.00 Received
$9,840.00 Requested
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Problem:

<p>How do we enhance the African community participation in Catalyst process and accelerate Cardano adoption and impact on the continent?</p>

挑戦: F6: Grow Africa, Grow Cardano
funded Awarded 3.936% of the fund.
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5 (6)
Yes Votes:
₳ 292,964,661
No Votes:
₳ 6,377,156
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1585

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Detailed Plan

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<u>African engagement with Catalyst: current limitations</u>

Africa is one of the main focuses of Cardano and Catalyst:

  • Cardano Africa: <https://africa.cardano.org/>
  • Connecting the unconnected and banking the unbaked: <https://iohk.io/en/blog/posts/2021/08/11/connecting-the-unconnected-banking-the-unbanked/>
  • Supporting Ethiopia's Educational System: https://www.appsafrica.com/cardano-launches-blockchain-deployment-in-ethiopia-with-5m-students/
  • Catalyst Challenges such as 'Grow Africa, Grow Cardano'
    <https://cardano.ideascale.com/a/campaign-home/26108>
    and 'DeFi and Microlending for Africa'
    <https://cardano.ideascale.com/a/campaign-home/26112>

Although, the African community participation in Catalyst itself is still limited. We would like to see this community acting also as builders and active contributors. For this to happen, we need to solve two challenges:

  • Language barrier: most Catalyst content is made in English, while a large part of African community speak other languages such as French, Arabic and other local languages.
  • Data consumption: access to the Internet and to data in general is very limited in Africa. Users need to pay for each megabyte they use, and this limits the potential consumption of Catalyst materials already being produced.

<u>The Catalyst School: what is it all about?</u>

The Catalyst School is a place created to enhance the impact of Catalyst as a whole by improving the contribution of all its different players and roles. We onboard new members and help improving their skills along the way, in any way they decide to engage with Catalyst: as a proposer, a Community Advisor, a Veteran Community Advisor or without any specific role within the process.

This project helps the community through live sessions and workshops, 1-to-1 and group support in different languages, interactive website and other workshops related to Catalyst.

Although, for the African community, these might not be the best ways to learn and interact with Catalyst, since most of them are led in English and require a large internet bandwidth and data consumption.

<u>Our solution: Catalyst School localized for Africa</u>

With this proposal, we aim at including the African community into the Catalyst process as Proposers, Community Advisors and other roles they would like to take within the process.

To achieve that, we are proposing to:

  • Create low data learning materials (PDFs, text files, compressed images) and use them to provide all relevant information about Catalyst and how to interact and actively participate in it.
  • Translate these materials to local languages (French, Arabic and the most spoken African language).
  • Teach and train African Catalyst members to run Catalyst School sessions within their communities, and also to provide 1-to-1 and group support.

The topics covered by the Catalyst School session and 1-to-1/group support are:

  1. Introduction to Catalyst
  2. Proposing in Catalyst
  3. How to be a Community Advisor
  4. How to be a Veteran Community Advisor

This proposals aims at providing these services for 2 Funds (Funds 8 and 9), according to the roadmap below.

<u>Roadmap and Milestones</u>

When funded in Fund 6, the content creation and training will be done during Fund 7, and it will be ready to be delivered in Funds 8 and 9, according to the following schedule:

<u>3 months after funded</u> (end of Fund 7):

  • Low data learning materials created and translated to local languages.
  • Local African Catalyst members chosen and trained to run Catalyst School session and provide 1-to-1 and group support.

<u>6 months after funded</u> (end of Fund 8):

  • Low data learning materials in 4 languages (English + 3 local languages) distributed to the African community.
  • 12 Catalyst School sessions ran (one of each kind per language).
  • 15h of 1-to-1/group support given to local communities.

<u>9 months after funded</u> (end of Fund 9):

  • Low data learning materials in 4 languages (English + 3 local languages) updated and re-distributed to the African community.
  • Further 12 Catalyst School sessions ran (one of each kind per language).
  • Further 15h of 1-to-1/group support given to local communities.

<u>Key Metrics</u>

  • Number of School sessions attendees
  • Number of participants in the 1-to-1 and group support sessions
  • Number of new African Catalyst members
  • Number of new African Proposers
  • Number of new African Community Advisors
  • Number of new African Veteran Community Advisors
  • Number of new African Voters
  • Number of new African Referees

<u>The Team</u>

This proposal is being submitted as a partnership between WADA and The Catalyst School.

  • WADA: Cardano Community skilled practitioners and entrepreneurs, located in hubs across Africa &amp; the diaspora. Mission: Connecting West African Developers and Entrepreneurs to the Cardano Ecosystem and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT).
    <u>Website</u>:
    <https://wadalliance.org/>
  • The Catalyst School: A place to enhance the impact of Catalyst as a whole by improving the contribution of all its different players and roles. Check our team in our main proposal: https://cardano.ideascale.com/a/dtd/The-Catalyst-School/367842-48088
    <u>YouTube Channel</u>:
    <https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIPvRvMoxhmHLUuPPcsMmmg>

<u>Budget Breakdown</u>

The budget breakdown of this proposal is the following:

  • Creation of low data learning materials based on School's sessions: 4 sessions x 10h/sessions= 40h
  • Translation of these materials to 3 different languages: 3 languages x 4 sessions x 4h/session/language = 48h
  • Training 3 African Catalyst members (to be trained in English): 4 sessions x 10h/session = 40h
  • Running 24 workshops (by African Catalyst members): 24 sessions x 2h/session = 48h
  • Providing 1-to-1 and group support (to be organized by the chosen African Catalyst community members): 30h
  • Project management: 40h
  • Total hours: 246h
  • Hourly cost: $40/h
  • Total cost: $9840

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Addresses Challenge

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Does the proposal effectively addresses the challenge?

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This proposal outlines a solution that is direly needed. Unfortunately you have to go through all the WADA proposals / links and The Catalyst Shool main proposal to understand how fantastic this collaboration is. The low data approach is spot on! I also like the fact that the translation efforts are first directed towards the largest languages to gain the biggest reach the fastest. Perhaps Swahili also?

Assessment Quality Assurance

Assessment Quality Assurance is an offered role to veteran in the Cardano Project Catalyst Community. The purpose is to review PA assessments of proposals, providing a second layer of Quality Assurance.

Assessor ID
z_assessor_289
Total QA Ratings
7
QA Rating Outcome
Good
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Since Africa is one of the focuses of Cardano, this proposal contemplates the challenge as it proposes a means for greater engagement of Africans in Catalyst.

Assessment Quality Assurance

Assessment Quality Assurance is an offered role to veteran in the Cardano Project Catalyst Community. The purpose is to review PA assessments of proposals, providing a second layer of Quality Assurance.

Assessor ID
z_assessor_429
Total QA Ratings
7
QA Rating Outcome
Good
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Feasibility

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Given experience and plan presented is likely that this proposal will be implemented successfully

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Both WADA and The Catalyst School have amazing teams and their combination is a guarantee of top notch quality. The plan is really simple to understand, very detailed and concise. Scoping is done very professionally! I can evaluate this objectively because I'm a business consultant and I deal with project scoping, implementation and tracking on a daily basis.

Assessment Quality Assurance

Assessment Quality Assurance is an offered role to veteran in the Cardano Project Catalyst Community. The purpose is to review PA assessments of proposals, providing a second layer of Quality Assurance.

Assessor ID
z_assessor_289
Total QA Ratings
7
QA Rating Outcome
Good
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I think it is likely that this proposal will be successfully implemented as relevant experience has been presented, and also the conductible plan for implementation and the budget is reasonable. they also considered the challenges and offered a way to get around them.

Assessment Quality Assurance

Assessment Quality Assurance is an offered role to veteran in the Cardano Project Catalyst Community. The purpose is to review PA assessments of proposals, providing a second layer of Quality Assurance.

Assessor ID
z_assessor_429
Total QA Ratings
7
QA Rating Outcome
Good
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Auditability

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Does the proposal provides sufficient information to assess and audit progress and completion?

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The goals are clear and deliverables measurable so tracking the project success should be a breeze. A very high quality proposal that is easy to audit. Exemplary work.

After laying the basis with this type of initiatives, I hope the collaboration between the two groups continues. Once this is carried out successfully, I hope you raise the bar and aim to create African Catalyst Heroes: teams of mainly African proposers who get their proposals funded and implemented. Highlighting these success stories is the best way to create more heroes tomorrow.

Assessment Quality Assurance

Assessment Quality Assurance is an offered role to veteran in the Cardano Project Catalyst Community. The purpose is to review PA assessments of proposals, providing a second layer of Quality Assurance.

Assessor ID
z_assessor_289
Total QA Ratings
7
QA Rating Outcome
Good
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All necessary information for evaluation was provided, such as roadmaps, milestones and key metrics. In addition, there is a detailed description of the problem faced and the proposed solution

Assessment Quality Assurance

Assessment Quality Assurance is an offered role to veteran in the Cardano Project Catalyst Community. The purpose is to review PA assessments of proposals, providing a second layer of Quality Assurance.

Assessor ID
z_assessor_429
Total QA Ratings
7
QA Rating Outcome
Good
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Monthly Reports

We had problems with one of the African hosts, that could not host any workshop now in Fund 8, but we decided to uploaded recorded videos instead and to market them in their community. The same happened to proposal workshops in Fund 8. Many things changed and we didn’t have the time to have live workshops in Fund 8, but we are also recording videos and making them available in our website. Besides that, the project is on track.

Obs.: Picture added in evidence is from our local workshop in Africa - which was not in the scope of the proposal originally, but was paid for by the Catalyst School and WADA in partnership.

Disbursed to Date
$9,840
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
9/30/2022
Attachment(s)

We are continuing our activities and implementing the changes mentioned in the previous report.

Disbursed to Date
$9,840
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
9/30/2022

We are continuing our activities and implementing the changes mentioned in the previous reports.

Disbursed to Date
$9,840
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
9/30/2022

Not at this moment.

Disbursed to Date
$9,840
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
9/30/2022
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