ICLA goes digital in Kachin and Shan to help IDP women
Displaced women in Kachin and Northern Shan are in need of accurate information and counselling on access to civil documents and land issues e.g.registrationinheritancedivorcerestitution. HenceNRC Myanmar is going to use the Burmese maymay httpkoekoetech.commaymay mobile application to increase access to information and counselling on legal identity and housinglandand property HLP rights for IDP women in Kachin and Shan the project includes translation of content into the Kachin and Shan languages. Maymay is an interactive application which provides information on reproductive health to more than 80000 women in Myanmar. It has been created by Koe Koe Techan innovative social enterprise of recent creation.IDP women in Htoi San IDP camp BhamoKachin interviewed in July 2017 stated we just want peace and another saidwe want to be able to go home. Since its inception in August 2017the project team has interacted with IDP women in Kachin and Shan to better understand the feasibility of rolling out maymay in each of the camps. The NRC and Koe Koe Tech have consulted women in Htoi SanLisuRobertAD 2000Phan Kar Koneand Mansi IDP camps. This first phase of the project provided an opportunity for exchange of experiences between the IDPsKoe Koe Techand the NRCparticularly with focus on the general trends in language and literacyrates of keypad phone and smartphone ownershiprates of data usageand the need for an Interactive Voice Response IVR platform. This has allowed for reflection and determination of good practices for faster adjustment of mobile app content and expanded coverage for IDP women. The NRC is working with Koe Koe Tech to tailor the maymay app content to the specific needs of IDPs based on our experiences and learning so far. The Koe Koe TechNRC joint assessment has revealed thatchallenges notwithstandingIDP women across all the camps have embraced interactive information shared through mobile platforms and have shown a high level of interest in content related to economic empowermentlivelihoodsand agriculture. Civil documentation and HLP are a good fit because of their relation to these topicsand the NRC can tailor the content on civil documents and property rights to the broader issues that affect IDPs and protection of those rights. We would like to learn how to get microcredit to buy smartphonesan IDP woman explained in AD 2000 Camp BhamoKachin on 24 July 2017.