Problem DescriptionA Program Coordinator at The Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University (condev.org), Gavin Finnegan (condev.org/gavin-finnegan), was working in the conflict-affected Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he was constantly surrounded by malnourished children. He decided to leverage the culturally acceptable, sustainable solution of teaching mothers with malnourished children to raise guinea pigs as a food source. Unlike other sources of protein (cows and other animals can be stolen by rebel groups and others), guinea pigs are more conflict-resistant. Since he was residing at a hospital in the area, Gavin was able to target the program at mothers with children who were being treated for malnourishment; the mothers were provided with a guinea pig and educational materials to raise the animals. Gavin later recruited a veterinary student from L'Université Catholique du Graben (UCG)--a partner of ConDev--to provide guidance as well and increase sustainability.
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Sustainable Development Goals
On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. This solution covers the following goals:
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- Guinea Pig Project Page on the ConDev Website
Guinea Pig Project Page on the website of The Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M (ConDev)
- Gavin Finnegan, The Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University
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|STAGE||SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED||EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES||RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING||FINANCE REQUIRED||KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED||GOAL|
|Developing and implementing5||Strong leadership, management, implementation skills|
|A robust and detailed case developed through formal evaluation and evidence gathering – use of a control group to isolate impact||An implemented and sustainable innovation|