Education for Justice Initiative

The E4J initiative leverages an understanding of behavioural science in seeking to prevent crime and promote a culture of lawfulness through education activities. Behavioural interventions are at the core of the initiative as children and youth are empowered to facilitate change and to stand up when seeing crime, including corruption. This initiative includes for example discussion of behaviour change at the individual level and explores “rationalisation” of unethical behaviour and dishonesty to limit bad behaviour. 93 academics in 50 countries have used these resources to teach approximately 15,000 students and support behavioural change by showcasing how individual actions can make a difference. E4J has also contributed to a behavioural change and impact study to assess how learning about ethics and integrity in the classroom has contributed to behavioural change in students.

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February 17, 2022

Bike Ambulances to improve Emergency Obstetric Care in Rural Areas

Maternal mortality and morbidity rates remain high in Cote d’Ivoire. It is estimated that more than six women out of a thousand are dying while delivering birth, while 0.7% of the women of childbearing age have fistula in the country (MICS, 2016). While the strengthening of the health system is taking place, women in the country, especially in the rural area, stay vulnerable to the high risk of maternal death and morbidity. From behavioral perspectives, the barriers that leads to the three delays–(1) deciding to seek care; (2) identifying and reaching a medical facility; (3) receiving adequate and appropriate treatment may include the following (Cichowitz et al., 2018): Factors related to the first delay: social norms (community prefers to deliver at home), limited transportation and health care services at night, and negative experience in hospitals in the past (lack of trust). Factors related to the second delay of reaching a medical facility: a lack of available transportation, long travel times, and perception of high medical costs (walking 36.5%, car 34.6%, bus 13.5%, and motorcycle 13.5% in case of a study in Tanzania). In this context, this rapid prototyping initiative seeks to develop a new low-cost, safe transportation for women to prevent maternal mortality and morbidity in rural areas, by tackling the barriers that often lead to delay of emergency obstetric care (EmOC). It also aims to collect and utilize the GPS data/information of the bike ambulances to enable regional hospitals and the government to make better decisions in providing care, utilize hospital ambulances efficiently, and enhance communication between the care-seeker and care-provider.
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