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UNDP “Game Changer” Fellowship Project

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Problem Space

In partnership with UNDP Egypt, a group of five young innovators from Egypt were accepted into the fellowship program where they were supported in the work of applying games to identify solutions for development challenges in the country.

Proposed Intervention

The program kicked off with an Advanced Game Mechanics Workshop at the Engagement Lab in Boston in December. For the duration of the program, the fellows fully developed their games and facilitated their own Games for Social Change workshop in order to spread the games' mindset within their own communities. Fellows also wrote blog posts and mentored other teams in UNDP’s games community.

Social Impact

"Interested candidates were evaluated based on the viability of their game idea and whether it had a clear social impact, their background and leadership skills, and their participation in previous UNDP game events. Five fellows completed the course and were able to take their game design skills into their community-based work. A second fellowship was never offered because of a change in staffing at the United Nations Development Program office in Cairo.

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