The Aki Financial Literacy Kit is a game-based learning tool created in collaboration with the World Food Programme, aimed at increasing financial literacy amongst beneficiaries of their “Cash for work” programme in the Karamoja region of Uganda.
In November 2012, the WFP collaborated with Design Without Borders Africa, in using design to increase the financial literacy of the Cash for work beneficiaries in Karamoja, one of the most deprived and marginalized regions in Uganda.
This, combined with weak elements within the chain and opportunities to increase impact, resulted in the creation of a financial literacy kit and a digital registration tool.
The Aki Financial Literacy Kit is made up of 3 different products; Aki Plan (a planning tool), Aki Play (a Karamoja version of Monopoly) and Aki Save (a savings tool). All the elements of the kit were prototyped and repeatedly modified based on feedback from user testing. Together, they introduced concepts to the beneficiaries like cash, salary and financial planning, real-life financial decisions that affect families, budgets and saving.
A registration system was developed to be adapted by the programme, by aligning already existing technology and infrastructure and developing a digital registration system using QR codes. During early mapping and research, DWB observed another challenge, with the registration of the participants in the programme which was entirely manual and frequently led to errors. The concept developed can be used without network coverage and minimizes the load of paperwork and manual documentation. It has made the registration and storing of information of the participant a lot easier for the implementing partners and for WFP.