Today, as we mark the celebration of Earth Day around the world, we are pleased to announce the launch of People-Planet Connection. This new learning and collaborative space has been co-created by and for global development professionals who are interested in the intersections between human population, health, and the environment.
In early 2020, Knowledge SUCCESS kicked off the process of co-creating a solution to strengthen the sharing and exchange of Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) knowledge across a global community. In a co-creation process, individuals who have a stake in the development of a new tool, product, or service are invited to participate in a step-by-step process to ensure that the solution meets their needs—considering the strengths, barriers, and opportunities of the current situation. (Learn more about co-creation.)
Knowledge SUCCESS conducted three workshops with participants who work in PHE and cross-sectoral programming—one workshop each in the United States, East Africa, and Asia. We found many common themes across participants from all three regions related to difficulties locating and using resources that are relevant in their work.
First, when they can’t find PHE resources, this challenge is typically caused by:
Second, once they find resources, there is a perceived gap in quality and validity and a general scarcity of evidence-based programmatic information with clear and strong data. Participants shared several reasons for this gap, including:
Of the six brainstormed solutions (or “prototypes”) in our co-creation workshops, three involved an online platform that provides visitors with a robust repository of PHE resources and a space to have virtual interactions with others working in similar programs. We combined the ideas from these three prototypes to create a solution that could be used by PHE partners around the globe.
People-Planet Connection grew out of these common themes and challenges, to be a learning and collaborative space for global development professionals working at the conjunctions between human population, health, and the environment. People-Planet Connection encompasses Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) as well as the broader Population, Environment, and Development (PED) field. Newcomers and experts alike will find helpful information about these cross-sectoral approaches on our new platform.
Key features of People-Planet Connection include:
Knowledge SUCCESS values the active engagement of the PHE/PED community to keep People-Planet Connection vibrant and updated with the most current knowledge and experiences related to policy, research, and implementation of cross-sectoral programs. PHE/PED champions can help the site grow and thrive by:
Happy Earth Day, and join us on People-Planet Connection!