Nicaragua has made great strides toward improving the lives of its children in recent years. But these gains have not been realized universally. In RAAN, one of the country’s poorest regions, a stagnant economy, poor infrastructure, the lingering effects of natural disasters, and sociocultural complexity all conspire to challenge children’s healthy growth and development. Approximately one-third of the region’s children suffer from chronic malnutrition. On a host of human development indicators related to education, sanitation, and more, RAAN’s children are less well-served than their counterparts elsewhere in the country.
Regional leaders are committed to closing this gap. Since 2011, they have been working to develop a Regional Policy for Children, which will serve as a framework to guide programmatic interventions that protect and empower children in RAAN. Recognizing that the diversity of the region required a deeper appreciation of their constituents, the regional government, with the support of UNICEF, engaged Reboot to help facilitate a program of policy co-creation. Specifically, officials in RAAN and UNICEF sought Reboot’s support to demonstrate how tools and techniques of participatory design could inform the policymaking process.