In collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB), Gatefield, and the Ekiti State Ministry of Health and Human Services, Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) launched the first-ever governance innovation accelerator in Nigeria last week.

Launched November 2021, the programme is designed to create a human-centered design framework in implementing an approach to governance innovation that can solve critical areas of need in healthcare service delivery, enhance government responsiveness, and encourage changes in individual and collective behaviour that can ensure better health outcomes for inhabitants of Ekiti State.

In the course of the program, Co-creation Hub and other stakeholders will work with the Ekiti State Ministry of Health to develop informed prototypes of governance innovations that can improve service delivery in the healthcare sector, specifically the quality of care and public health security.

The partnership will work closely with two teams that are composed of key stakeholders from the Ministry of Health; the teams will be trained and introduced to a governance innovation process and framework to prepare them for an 8-month accelerator, at the end of which, the state teams would have been trained and supported with innovation knowledge to undertake research and co-create an innovative governance solution.

As quoted in a statement, the Lead Strategist at Gatefield, Adewunmi Emoruwa said "we could not be more proud that we are empowering innovators in the public sector at an important time where there is a global appreciation of the significance of strong healthcare systems due to the COVID-19 pandemic".

"The accelerator will support the quality of care and public health security teams to develop a governance innovation solution and provide a plan to develop further, institutionalize, and support the proposed innovation within the Ministry", Emoruwa said.