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08-Partnerships & Collaborative Solutions [clear filter]
Monday, May 15
 

11:45

CE3: An ecosystem approach to SDG promotion
Limited Capacity seats available

Brief and up-to-date:  this session will provide an overview of CE3, a community-based approach to SDG promotion, where  activities advancing SDGs are chosen in order to come together, rather than coming together to promote SDGs. CE3 in Northern Uganda promotes off-grid electrification, business development and global connectedness in an ecosystem approach founded on this community-based paradigm.  CE3 in Uganda is an activity of BOSCO-Uganda, developed in partnership with Notre Dame's Initiative for Global Development, and sponsored by Accenture with support from HP, Lenovo, The Fetzer Institute, the Loyola Foundation, and SunEdison.

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CE3 is an ecosystem approach to promoting off-grid business development, electrification, and ICT-supported connectivity. A comparison of CE3 with Sustainable Development Goals reveals an almost complete overlap: less so with SDGs concerned with health (3), water (6), and life on land (15), but even in these areas of relative exception, related initiatives prove the rule.

SDGs promote integral human development, required for dignified life on earth. BOSCO-Uganda’s mission is dignified globalization—a mutual welcoming, reaching across divides sharpened by the challenges of conflict and poverty, of colonialism and negligence. BOSCO promotes this mutual welcoming and collaboration, this solidarity, by connecting people in ways that value and preserve what collaborators find to be culturally authentic. Connecting people around all the SDGs is BOSCO’s pluripotent mission as an organization with roots in ICT4D. During its 10-year history, these ICT4D roots have nurtured a dynamic but stable web of collaborative opportunity, and enabled BOSCO to welcome other partners—Accenture, the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, HP and Lenovo most prominently in CE3—in promoting an ecosystem approach to development in Northern Uganda.

This session will 1) outline the CE3 project; 2) trace its roots in BOSCO’s experience of livelihood-development response by local communities to the introduction of off-grid communications and energy resources; 3) explore the role that an ICT-network-supported social infrastructure plays in the development and integration of various facets of CE3-styled ecosystems; 4) highlight particular ICT applications and strategies that have helped resolve roadblocks to CE3 progress; and 5) forecast the role that ICT will play in promotion of SDGs on the CE3 model in Northern Uganda over the next several years.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Loughran

Thomas Loughran

Professor of the Practice, Physics, and Uganda Country Manager, CE3, University of Notre Dame
Tom Loughran (linkedin.com/in/tloughran) is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame. A founding board member of BOSCO-Inc., Tom now manages Ugandan operations of the Accenture-sponsored CE3 rural electrification project with Notre Dame's... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 11:45 - 12:25
2.05

11:45

Digital initiatives to empower citizens and against corruption
Limited Capacity seats available

Transparency International Kenya (TI-Kenya) is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 with the aim of a transparent and corruption-free Kenya for good governance and social justice. Through its regional offices by the name Advocacy and Legal Advice Centers (ALACs) TI-Kenya has embraced digital initiatives with the aim of empowering the Citizens to identify and fight corruption by reporting. Among them, is the Integrated Public Complaints and Referral Mechanism (IPCRM) Platform which has brought together four commissions namely; Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC), the Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ), Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), National Cohesion & Integration Commission to receive complaints from the citizens on issues of corruption, mal-administration, human rights violations and to foster cohesion. The other two agencies involved in the platform are Transparency International-Kenya and National Anti-corruption Campaign Steering Committee (NACCSC) who are involved in civic engagement on Anti-corruption strategies as well as receiving corruption related complaints.

Since its inception, the IPCRM has provided a platform for ease of receiving complaints and referring them to the relevant agency within the platform for resolution.

In scaling up the digital initiative, TI-Kenya also runs Uwajibikaji Pamoja (“Accountability Together” in Kiswahili) which is a web-based Integrated Complaint Referral Mechanism. This is implemented in three counties (Turkana, West Pokot and Wajir), in partnership with over 40 state and non-state service providers both at local and international levels.

These digital initiatives have enhanced partnership among the participating agencies, saving administrative costs of running an office and to facilitate enhanced access by the public to oversight complaints mechanism. This has also further given the Citizens an avenue to log onto the system through the Public portal and register their complaint creating convenience and protection in terms of identity as one can choose to report anonymously.

Speakers
avatar for Laeticia Klein

Laeticia Klein

Knowledge Management Expert, Transparency International Kenya



Monday May 15, 2017 11:45 - 12:25
VIP Lounge (2nd floor)

11:45

Distributed ledger technology in the humanitarian / development sector
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2016, the blockchain was recognized as one of the top 10 emerging technologies by the World Economic Forum. The potential of the blockchain and distributed ledger technology (hereinafter “DLT”) to deliver benefits is significant. DLT’s ability to remove the need for entrenched third-party intermediaries has huge disruptive potential. By replacing the traditional trusted intermediary with a new type of entity -- a peer-to-peer distributed network – DLT is poised to revolutionize a number of industries, from finance, to legal, to insurance. To the extent that international NGOs function as guarantors of trust – trust that the funds donated will be used for an appropriate purpose, trust that the aid has been given to the right beneficiaries, trust that the development work that was contracted for was done on time and as specified – then NGOs too are poised for disruption. 

Join Ric Shreves of Mercy Corps for a look at how blockchain and distributed ledger technology will impact the relief and development sector. Ric is the author of a recent Mercy Corps Whitepaper on DLT. You can download the full paper here: https://www.mercycorps.org/research-resources/revolution-trust-distributed-ledger-technology-relief-development

Speakers
avatar for Ric Shreves

Ric Shreves

Manager, Internal Communications & Knowledge Management, Mercy Corps
Come talk to me about blockchain, DLT, or digital currencies in the humanitarian aid and development sector. We're attempting to lead the charge for adoption of these technologies for the benefit of social good. We published a white paper on DLT in relief and development in May of... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 11:45 - 12:25
1.08

11:45

Multi-stakeholder collaborative for Sierra Leone
Limited Capacity seats available

In late 2015, World Vision initiated dialogue with the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) and other potential partners on the viability of co-designing a Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative (MSC) that would allow key national and international actors in Health Systems and Digital Health strengthening to work together in a much more consistent, collaborative and de-duplicative manner. The overall objectives of the MSC approach were set forth, as follows: 1) Establishment of a collaborative programmatic approach to support the GoSL to achieve its priorities related to community and digital health consistent with Government efforts currently underway; 2) Setting the stage for the Government to finalize and execute on a detailed, 3-5 year national level Community Health Worker (CHW), a Digital Health Implementation Plan and a sustainability model; 3) Positioning the collaborative programmatic approach as a model for other GoSL partnerships in health and other sectors.

A kick-off workshop in October 2016 was lead by the Ministry of Health & Sanitation, with contribution from the Ministry of Information & Communications (MoIC) and the Office of the President, as well as over 100 attendees from CHW, iNGO, local NGO, UN, donor, and private sector entities. In late 2016 and early 2017, the finalization, validation and field testing of Sierra Leone’s CHW strategy and curriculum as well as progress in digital health architecture and interoperability in line with the MOIC eGovernance & ICT Strategies for Health Care Delivery were accomplished. A National MSC Coordinator had been appointed in August 2016 and continues to guide the effort, and an MSC leadership team has been formulated to enhance collaboration between GoSL Ministries and Departments, as well as the broader international collaborative. Both the challenges and successes of this process so far will be summarized and related dialogue fostered with participants.

Speakers
avatar for Magnus Mordu Conteh

Magnus Mordu Conteh

Director of Global Health Programmes, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, World Vision International
Magnus joined World Vision Ireland in 2011 as Health Programme Coordinator for the Irish Aid funded Maternal Newborn and Child Health programme that is being implemented through the Ministries of Health in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritania and Sierra Leone. In addition to managing... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 11:45 - 12:25
1.09

12:30

Digital initiatives to empower citizens and against corruption
Limited Capacity seats available

Transparency International Kenya (TI-Kenya) is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 with the aim of a transparent and corruption-free Kenya for good governance and social justice. Through its regional offices by the name Advocacy and Legal Advice Centers (ALACs) TI-Kenya has embraced digital initiatives with the aim of empowering the Citizens to identify and fight corruption by reporting. Among them, is the Integrated Public Complaints and Referral Mechanism (IPCRM) Platform which has brought together four commissions namely; Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC), the Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ), Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), National Cohesion & Integration Commission to receive complaints from the citizens on issues of corruption, mal-administration, human rights violations and to foster cohesion. The other two agencies involved in the platform are Transparency International-Kenya and National Anti-corruption Campaign Steering Committee (NACCSC) who are involved in civic engagement on Anti-corruption strategies as well as receiving corruption related complaints.

Since its inception, the IPCRM has provided a platform for ease of receiving complaints and referring them to the relevant agency within the platform for resolution.

In scaling up the digital initiative, TI-Kenya also runs Uwajibikaji Pamoja (“Accountability Together” in Kiswahili) which is a web-based Integrated Complaint Referral Mechanism. This is implemented in three counties (Turkana, West Pokot and Wajir), in partnership with over 40 state and non-state service providers both at local and international levels.

These digital initiatives have enhanced partnership among the participating agencies, saving administrative costs of running an office and to facilitate enhanced access by the public to oversight complaints mechanism. This has also further given the Citizens an avenue to log onto the system through the Public portal and register their complaint creating convenience and protection in terms of identity as one can choose to report anonymously.

Speakers
avatar for Laeticia Klein

Laeticia Klein

Knowledge Management Expert, Transparency International Kenya


Monday May 15, 2017 12:30 - 13:15
VIP Lounge (2nd floor)

12:30

How ICTs have helped shape gender violence radio programming in Nepal
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2016, Equal Access launched Change Starts at Home - a media and outreach intervention designed to prevent Intimate Partner Violence amongst married couples in Nepal. The project is ground-breaking in many ways, not least in its aim to challenge norms and behaviors related to sex, sexuality, gender identities, power and violence amongst couples in Nepal. Initiating national, community & intimate partner level discussions on these very sensitive issues through the media is a huge challenge in the Nepali context and has been a steep learning curve for the project, but one where our use of ICTs has been key.

Through our implementation of the Change Starts at Home project, we have found the use of ICTs has brought immense benefits in three key ways. The first is being responsive to listeners. With the changes in technology – including smart phones & IVR platforms – we are now able to get data directly from listeners in almost real time, rather than waiting weeks for handwritten letters or feedback forms to be sent back via any unreliable services. The second is creating space for listeners to anonymously engage with the issues. Through our IVR platform we get over 600 calls a month from listeners who participate in our polls and leave long form messages. The data derived through the platform is used to inform & improve our radio programs, driving the messaging & content of the episodes we produce and ensuring what we do is relevant and resonant. Through IVR & CommCare platforms we are able to constantly monitor both the impacts of the program, as well as any unintended consequences or ethical issues. As a couples based intervention that deals with IPV, it is essential that we know what is happening across our 72 listener groups in real time.

In this presentation, I will focus on the ICT tools that we are using to both engage with listeners and monitor the project’s progress and some concrete examples of the challenges and benefits of using ICTs to gather input from the targeted audience and other listeners of the program.

Speakers
avatar for Shruti Shah

Shruti Shah

ICT4D Regional Officer, Asia, Equal Access International
Shruti Shah is ICT4D Regional Officer for Asia at Equal Access International, currently supporting Nepal, Afghanistan & Pakistan programs. Her expertise is applying open source, mobile and emerging technology in development context. With a Master’s degree in Information technology... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 12:30 - 13:15
1.09

12:30

Humanitarian ID Management
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2016, Cisco Foundation provided Mercy Corps with funds to conduct a landscape analysis of existing mobile tools, products, and operational processes used by various NGOs and UN agencies in support of beneficiary information management and distribution tracking within humanitarian programming--like food distributions or cash transfers.

While a variety of individualized component technologies exist, they have yet to function in a ""plug-and-play"" environment, where anyone can setup technologies in field without much support.

This session will summarize Mercy Corps findings from this work and also facilitate discussion around beneficiary registration and information management practices across various agencies and sectors. This includes topics such as biometrics, blockchain, data privacy, and data security in fragile contexts.

Speakers
avatar for Rosa Akbari

Rosa Akbari

Sr. Advisor, Technology for Development, Mercy Corps
IDO


Monday May 15, 2017 12:30 - 13:15
2.05

12:30

Machine learning in education
Limited Capacity seats available

Is it possible to predict whether students are at risk of dropping out of school? What if teachers and principals had analytical tools to look at all the data surrounding a student and could then predict whether or not a student was likely to disengage and ultimately drop out? Armed with such tools, educators and administrators would be empowered to reverse the trend and help more students succeed by providing early intervention to get students moving in the right direction.

Speakers
avatar for Prashant Gupta

Prashant Gupta

Principal Director, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft
Prashant has contributed to Internet innovation and leadership in the evolution of the ‘mobile-cloud’ connected paradigm empowering the planet in last 18 years. In India, he has led introduction of inclusive development constructs in partnership with Government. Prashant is the... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 12:30 - 13:15
1.08

14:15

Fight air inequality through a global, grassroots community and open data
Limited Capacity seats available

Air inequality - the unequal distribution of clean air to breathe across the world - is responsible for one out of every eight deaths globally and one of the most pressing public health issues of our time. OpenAQ (openaq.org), our global and grassroots community of scientists, software developers and lovers of environmental data are sparking an open air quality movement to attack this imminently solvable issue. We have built an open-source platform (github.com/openaq) that provides programmatic, real-time and historical air quality data in a universal format. To date, we have aggregated 30 million air quality datapoints that often would be lost completely or difficult to access from 40 countries around the world. This presentation will share the story of our amazing community who are creating apps, conducting science, writing media articles, and activating their communities to address air inequality. The presentation will also make a call to action for those attending to get involved.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Christa Hasenkopf

Dr. Christa Hasenkopf

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, OpenAQ
Christa Hasenkopf is an atmospheric scientist, passionate about fighting air inequality across the world. She loves starting up environmental open data projects that give the public data, insights and voices they previously did not have. Hasenkopf is co-founder and CEO of OpenAQ... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 14:15 - 14:55
1.10

14:15

How to develop a global strategy on collaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

The increasing requirements for each NGO project worldwide is to have a swift installed setup, have direct access to experts and knowledge, being agile in terms of scalability.

To meet these performance requirements, the network infrastructure has to be stable, easy to install and manage, offer a high level of security, optimize/prioritize the bandwidth use.

The infrastructure is to meet global sharing of data, web conferencing, video & audio. A global Collaboration strategy.

This have to be reached through minimum of cost and each NGO project have to be sure that the solution is delivered fast and to competitive pricing.

Danoffice would like to present how NGOs can optimize their network infrastructure to meet these requirements via Cisco Spark and how Danoffice can support NGO projects worldwide.

In our presentations we will also highlight:
- How to test global network
- The effect of a global cloud-managed Network.

Danoffice have more than 30 IT LTAs with various UN and NGO´s. In 2016 we delivered to 167 countries.

Speakers
avatar for Claus Nannerup

Claus Nannerup

Business Development Manager, Danoffice IT
Mr. Claus Nannerup, Business Development Manager, is responsible for network and connectivity with Danoffice IT. Mr. Nannerup is working with humanitarian organization such as NGOs and United Nations. Mr. Nannerup has more than ten years of experience within the humanitarian aid segment... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 14:15 - 14:55
1.08

14:15

Strategies for building and governing national digital health architectures
Limited Capacity seats available

In the developing world, the use of timely, high-quality data is essential to strengthening health systems and providing efficient health services. Vital Wave was engaged in a Data Use Partnership (DUP) to improve information systems and increase the use of data in health care delivery in Ethiopia and Malawi. Vital Wave supported the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia in developing a strategy for their Information Revolution as well as an implementation plan. In Malawi, Vital Wave supported the Ministry of Health by providing a technical review of their HIS improvement and interoperability plan.

Using it's experience in the DUP project, Vital Wave will discuss the foundational elements or activities that are required to help to bring projects to scale. For instance, the firm worked with the Ethiopian government to create a data dictionary and master facility registry - elements that are foundational to building a sustainable digital health architecture.

In addition, the firm will talk about its approach to partnership that was taken with the government and other partners within the overall project. For example, Vital Wave seconded staff to the FMoH to support stakeholders in finalizing the strategy for the digitization of the family folder, testing and optimizing digital solutions, and iteratively design the system with input from user advisory groups. The building of local capacity and encouraging ownership from the government is crucial for scale.

Speakers
avatar for Derek Treatman

Derek Treatman

Director of Technology Solutions, Vital Wave
Mr. Treatman has a background in electrical and computer engineering with unique ability to apply ICT expertise to policy and fieldwork. He has implemented and pioneered variety of mService pilots and ICT4D projects. Most recently, he has worked with the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 14:15 - 14:55
1.09

15:00

Speed Networking

A fun and fast networking opportunity facilitating introductions and conversation.

You will make many new contacts in a short time to help build and maintain long-term relationships.

There will be several short rounds to meet other participants; latecomers are welcome!

Don’t forget your business cards!


Speakers
SR

Sonja Ruetzel

ICT4D Conference Manager, Catholic Relief Services


Monday May 15, 2017 15:00 - 15:45
Hall 1

15:00

Analytics for connecting the unconnected
Limited Capacity seats available

In collaboration with other members of Telcom Infra Program's initiative to extend connectivity to currently unserviced rural populations internationally, Vanu is developing novel techniques to enable the effective design and implementation of its small cell mobile networks. In this presentation we discuss recent innovations toward population and coverage modeling using both machine learning and drone application development.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Justin Greenough

Dr. Justin Greenough

Data Scientist, Vanu
Previously research mathematician, now data scientist with an interest in developing analytical architecture to address global sustainability goals.



Monday May 15, 2017 15:00 - 15:45
1.08

15:00

ICTs for M&E and RCTs - Tech for impact evaluation in the African Sahel
Limited Capacity filling up

Equal Access International’s media high-quality, local language, media programming has played a significant role in educating and engaging communities for the past 8 years in the Sahel region of Africa. A third of radio listeners in this zone threatened by violent extremism tune in to our weekly radio programs on good governance, peacebuilding, and tolerance, and thousands of journalists and hundreds of media houses have benefited from our institution-strengthening trainings and support. But does listenership translate to real progress towards our target SDG#16: Peace, Justice, and Strong institutions? And how can we get accurate evaluations of impact when faced with the challenges of limited financial resources and the safety concerns raised by in-person surveying in insecure areas?

In this presentation, Ms. Chapman will discuss EA’s design for a pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) using Interactive Voice Response (IVR), in four countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to assess the effects of community radio under the USAID-funded Voices for Peace project. From using tablet-equipped youth researchers and cloud-based survey management to put a spin on the traditional household survey, to piloting IVR to track activities and solicit feedback, EA has been exploring ways to harness the power, convenience, and low cost of ICT solutions to determine the answers to these questions. By deploying IVR surveys distributed to program participants, to ‘opt-in’ members of the public (e.g. polling past radio listener callers on attitudes and opinions), or even to a random sample of respondents (e.g. to test for listenership rates), EA is able to collect data remotely, frequently, and in real-time. We use periodic in-person monitoring visits and ICT-enabled surveys to triangulate IVR-collected data. EA Program Manager Rebecca Chapman will review challenges and strategies for these approaches, including using metadata to ensure survey data is accurate, high-quality, and in line with randomization protocols, and addressing the tech learning curve with program staff and participants.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Chapman

Rebecca Chapman

Program Manager, Equal Access International
Rebecca Chapman is a Program Manager for Equal Access International (EA), an INGO dedicated to combining traditional and new media tools with direct community engagement to create positive social change for millions of underserved people across the developing world. Rebecca is passionate... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 15:00 - 15:45
1.07

15:00

Mobile tools to increase government accountability & citizen participation
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2016, Jhatkaa.org ran a campaign in Bangalore to stop burning of garbage. We built a simple tool whereby users could take a photo whenever they saw burning garbage on the streets, and WhatsApp it to a number. The images were then plotted on a map online and could be viewed as a layer on a user's mobile Google Maps as well.

With this evidence we got the Joint Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) of the BBMP (Bangalore's Municipal Authority), to issue a notification detailing fines for burning of garbage.

We then continued to engage citizens to keep up reporting, providing them with a tool to find their local BBMP officer's details. Proactive citizens started to use the tool to reach out their local level officials and engage them. We have started seeing initial reports of reduction in garbage burning, and clean-up in some areas of the city.

In 2017 we plan to disseminate these tools more widely and get people more involved in using ICTs to hold municipal authorities accountable. We also plan to work on other aspects of clean air like vehicular pollution, energy sources etc.

Over 2017 we also plan to partner with other organisations, and train them with the tools and technology to run clean air campaigns across India.

You can read more about Jhatkaa.org here https://jhatkaa.org/about-jhatkaa/

Speakers
avatar for Avijit Michael

Avijit Michael

Executive Director, Jhatkaa.org
Avijit Michael has worked at the intersection of campaigning and digital technology for the past decade. He led the team that pioneered online petitions and digital mobilisation in India with Greenpeace. He then worked at Change.org as Country Director to setup their India operations... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 15:00 - 15:45
1.10

15:00

Strategies for building and governing national digital health architectures
Limited Capacity seats available

In the developing world, the use of timely, high-quality data is essential to strengthening health systems and providing efficient health services. Vital Wave was engaged in a Data Use Partnership (DUP) to improve information systems and increase the use of data in health care delivery in Ethiopia and Malawi. Vital Wave supported the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia in developing a strategy for their Information Revolution as well as an implementation plan. In Malawi, Vital Wave supported the Ministry of Health by providing a technical review of their HIS improvement and interoperability plan.

Using it's experience in the DUP project, Vital Wave will discuss the foundational elements or activities that are required to help to bring projects to scale. For instance, the firm worked with the Ethiopian government to create a data dictionary and master facility registry - elements that are foundational to building a sustainable digital health architecture.

In addition, the firm will talk about its approach to partnership that was taken with the government and other partners within the overall project. For example, Vital Wave seconded staff to the FMoH to support stakeholders in finalizing the strategy for the digitization of the family folder, testing and optimizing digital solutions, and iteratively design the system with input from user advisory groups. The building of local capacity and encouraging ownership from the government is crucial for scale.

Speakers
avatar for Derek Treatman

Derek Treatman

Director of Technology Solutions, Vital Wave
Mr. Treatman has a background in electrical and computer engineering with unique ability to apply ICT expertise to policy and fieldwork. He has implemented and pioneered variety of mService pilots and ICT4D projects. Most recently, he has worked with the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 15:00 - 15:45
1.09

16:15

Community health supervision: Innovations for impact
Limited Capacity seats available

Approach: Community health services are critical to achieving SDG 3, and effective support supervision plays a crucial role in successful community health services. Recognizing this, the National Health Mission in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP), India deployed ASHA Facilitators (AF) as supervisors to Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) in 2014. To strengthen supervisors’ support of ASHAs, boost accountability, and improve use of data, the Government of UP and CRS have jointly employed custom-built mobile based applications for AFs. This unique ICT tool has reduced paperwork, increased substantive supervisory visits, improved the quality and speed of reporting, promoted transparency, and enabled data to be used for decision-making.

Results: The application captures real time data and generates monthly reports for government managers, promoting quick access to data for evidence-based decisions, discussions on priority supervision areas, and understanding of capacity building needs for AFs and ASHAs. Live dashboards provide accessible information to government officials at multiple levels. New features include monitoring of essential drug stocks, reporting infant and maternal deaths. Using the application for performance-based payment of AFs is in development.

As of Sep. 2016, program results include:
- 40% increase in the proportion of AFs who guide their ASHAs in uncompleted tasks.
- 46% increase in the proportion of AFs who discuss with ASHAs coverage of marginalized communities.
- 56% decrease in the proportion of ASHAs reporting families’ resistant to support.

Scale-up: Recognizing the intervention’s effectiveness and the potential to achieve wide impacts with modest investment, the state governments of UP and Meghalaya are planning to scale up this application in 2017 to 618 AFs who supervise 11,085 ASHAs. Six other states have also expressed interest in adopting the intervention.

The presentation will share the main features of the application and how it improves health worker performance, management decisions, and accountability.

Speakers
avatar for Satish Srivastava

Satish Srivastava

Health and Nutrition Manager, Catholic Relief Services
Satish oversees the ReMiND project, an mHealth initiative of CRS in India. He also supports nutrition programming in the CRS India country program. Before joining CRS in 2009, he has been engaged in planning, executing and monitoring key public health and nutrition interventions... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 16:15 - 16:55
1.10

16:15

Do fingerprint biometrics work in developing countries?
Limited Capacity seats available

Biometrics like fingerprints have been used widely to solve identification and verification challenges in national ID programs, voting, and the provision of key services. But just how accurate are fingerprint technologies designed in the West when they are used in developing countries? The most advanced fingerprinting systems on the market are not designed for frontline workers. High humidity as well as dry, dusty environments drastically affect the performance of current systems. Striking a good balance between cost and performance of current systems is not straight-forward. Our team has collected over 130,000 fingerprints across two continents, comparing the performance of six different fingerprinting systems. The results show that high levels of manual labor, scarring, and thermal burns common in low-income populations in Africa significantly reduce the accuracy of some fingerprint technologies more than others. We share the results of this research along with recommendations on how to optimize hardware, software, and training elements for successful biometric deployments.

Speakers
avatar for Sebastian Manhart

Sebastian Manhart

COO, Simprints
Sebastian is the COO of Simprints, a non-profit tech company with a mission to provide NGOs, businesses, and governments with accurate, affordable, and accessible identification tools to deliver essential services to millions of people who do not have passports or any other formal... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 16:15 - 16:55
1.09

16:15

Global goals for local impact - Implementing SDGs at a subnational level
Limited Capacity seats available

The Global Goals for Local Impact project is designed to be implemented in conjunction with the local administration at village level in Kenya, involving in particular, the Chief (who leads a location, which is the smallest administrative geographical unit in Kenya), the Assistant County Commissioner who leads a division (a group of locations) and the Deputy County Commissioner, who leads a subcounty/district (a group of divisions). The project also involves community leaders who are elected by the citizens to represent a group of households in working with their area chief on matters of security and development.

The premise of the project is that citizens care more about development in the context of their immediate surroundings more than at national or even county level in Kenya.

Objectives of the Project:
- Improve awareness on the SDGs and its targets and indicators to promote the empowerment of the community.
- Increase access to citizen-generated dis-aggregated data, information, and evidence to better map the community landscape and identify community development and service delivery needs.
- Enhance data literacy, and use of enabling technology; in particular information and communications technology, that promotes collective action and campaigns for community empowerment and improved service delivery at sub-national level.
- Promote evidence-based engagement between the community and local government decision makers to strengthen citizen voice, participation, and increased resource allocation to community development projects and service delivery.

To realise these objectives the following activities, outputs, and outcomes were undertaken in 3 phases listed in brackets under each output

Phase I - Community and local administration consultations, awareness raising and community training

Phase II - Data collection, analysis, visualizations and packaging of advocacy/campaigning material

Phase III - Evidence-based community engagement and campaigns (closing feedback loop), County Government

This presentation will highlight this implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Al Kags

Al Kags

Founder / Trsutee, Open Institute
Al Kags is Founder and Trustee of Open Institute, and leads program direction. He is a Mandela Washington Fellow (2014) and was recognized as a New Generation African Leader (2013). In Kenya, Al has worked with the government to develop and implement ICT policy. He was responsible... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 16:15 - 16:55
1.07

16:15

Opportunities and challenges in working with low resource languages
Limited Capacity seats available

Africa’s Voices Foundation (AVF) is a not-for-profit organisation, developed from cutting-edge research at the University of Cambridge. Our methods were developed to overcome the challenge of engaging with hard-to-reach citizens through leveraging existing communication channels such as radio and social media. In these channels, we curate conversations in order to create a context where the audiences feel a familiarity and a willingness to participate. We then use methods from data science, social science and our contextual knowledge to analyse large volumes of conversational data, combining insights derived from these conversations with socio-demographic data. This approach has allowed us to move beyond the ""what"" and ""who"" of surveys to also provide insight into ""why"" something matters – expressed in citizens’ own language and emic perspectives. We have so far worked with UNICEF Somalia, Oxfam in Kenya, BBC Media Action, Cambridge and Makerere Universities, and Emmy-award winning the Well Told Story, and Livity Africa. Topics have included health in Somalia and oil and gas extraction in North Kenya.

This presentation talks about the challenges and opportunities involved in analysing large volumes of conversational data in low resource languages in Africa.  There are currently few resources that aid the computational analysis of such large textual datasets and this makes the development of these resources both time- and resource-intensive. Some of the solutions we have developed so far to address this challenge includes building customised language banks, testing machine learning approaches for labelling data, and developing new tools to speed up the process of labelling data. Focusing on our ongoing work with UNICEF in Somalia and with Well Told Story in Kenya, the presentation outlines what are some of the lessons learned from this process – the challenges involved but also the opportunities of sharing resources among the ICT4D community to address thes knowledge gaps.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Matti Pohjonen

Dr. Matti Pohjonen

Senior Researcher, Africa's Voices Foundation
Prior to joining Africa’s Voices as a Senior Researcher, Matti worked as a Research Fellow for the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence and for the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCLMP), at the University of Oxford, on project mapping social media discussions in Ethiopia... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 16:15 - 16:55
1.08

17:00

Partnerships & Collaborative Solutions Track Panel
Speakers
avatar for Rosa Akbari

Rosa Akbari

Sr. Advisor, Technology for Development, Mercy Corps
IDO
avatar for Magnus Mordu Conteh

Magnus Mordu Conteh

Director of Global Health Programmes, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, World Vision International
Magnus joined World Vision Ireland in 2011 as Health Programme Coordinator for the Irish Aid funded Maternal Newborn and Child Health programme that is being implemented through the Ministries of Health in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritania and Sierra Leone. In addition to managing... Read More →
avatar for Sebastian Manhart

Sebastian Manhart

COO, Simprints
Sebastian is the COO of Simprints, a non-profit tech company with a mission to provide NGOs, businesses, and governments with accurate, affordable, and accessible identification tools to deliver essential services to millions of people who do not have passports or any other formal... Read More →
avatar for Derek Treatman

Derek Treatman

Director of Technology Solutions, Vital Wave
Mr. Treatman has a background in electrical and computer engineering with unique ability to apply ICT expertise to policy and fieldwork. He has implemented and pioneered variety of mService pilots and ICT4D projects. Most recently, he has worked with the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 17:00 - 17:30
Hall 1
 
Tuesday, May 16
 

11:45

An ecosystem approach to financial inclusion through digitization of payments
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenting the results of a research and subsequent activities to increase the use of digital payments at the last mile. The research was conducted with low-income customers and merchants to assess the awareness and satisfaction levels, and to identify the barriers to usage, simultaneously identifying incentives for both customers and merchants. The findings have been combined to develop an ecosystem approach to work on the key aspects in a synchronized manner. 


Speakers
avatar for MUKESH SADANA

MUKESH SADANA

Digital Development Advisor, USAID
Mukesh Sadana is a Digital Development Advisor with USAID/India where he is helping to integrate digital technology and data-driven approaches into mission programming and co-managing a project to increase the use of digital payments among low income populations. He has over 18 years... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:45 - 12:25
2.02

11:45

Enterprise GIS development for Catholic communities
Limited Capacity seats available

A geographic perspective helps us to make informed, respectful, and sustainable planning decisions in a way that blends values and scientific information. GoodLands’ Catholic Geographic System provides the means for understanding Catholic communities’ location, a mechanism for managing this information, and a hub to leverage this information for the benefit of many. Our development of a location platform and application of a geodesign framework allows us to accomplish these goals as we work with Catholic communities to initiate positive change and local partnerships.

We partnered with Esri, the leaders in Geospatial technologies, to develop the first phase of our Catholic Community Enterprise GIS System, which enables data sharing among users if desired in a manner that is respectful of privacy and security needs. Catholic NGOs, religious orders, and dioceses will have access to the relevant catholic data resources they need to effectively plan. Through that process we developed the largest geodatabase of global catholic information. We are currently providing GIS and planning support for telecommunications strategies to share Pope Francis’ message of tenderness to Africa.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Burhans

Molly Burhans

Executive Director, GoodLands
Molly Burhans is the founder of GoodLands. She lead GoodLands’ Enterprise GIS team to make the first global digital maps of the Catholic Church and lay the foundation for a global Catholic spatial data infrastructure. She is involved with the Vatican Youth Symposium, work involving... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:45 - 12:25
2.05

11:45

Transinformation for transformation
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will focus on the innovative work that PCI is doing in 3 countries (Ethiopia, Tanzania and Guatemala) across multiple sectors (eg, urban renewal including health, WASH, and shelter; and food, nutrition and livelihood security) to effectively combine locally sourced, traditional methods of information and communication with high tech, mobile and/or satellite sourced data and means of transmitting and presenting that data, for optimal uptake and decision making by local actors. AfriScout (Ethiopia and Tanzania) is an innovative approach, including mobile phone application, to blending satellite generated data with indigenous knowledge and information sharing mechanisms in order to help pastoralists effectively pinpoint pasture and water in the face of climate change using real time maps, with significant results in terms of livestock mortality and family resiliency. D-RISK is a decision support system that involves layering primary and secondary data, including participant-generated information, for complete mapping and optimal planning and empowered decision making for risk mitigation and resource management in high risk urban (Guatemala) as well as rural (Ethiopia) areas. Outcomes ranging from health and nutrition to household income and neighborhood renewal will be shared, as well as lessons learned and recommendations for how best to blend indigenous information and practices with ICT for optimal, sustainable impact.

Speakers
avatar for Janine Schooley

Janine Schooley

Senior Vice President Programs, Project Concern International
Ms. Schooley has served as the senior-most technical and programs staff at PCI since 2000. As Senior Vice President for Programs at PCI, she ensures integrated, quality programming for sustainable impact across PCI’s global portfolio. Since 2007 she has been on faculty at the Monterey... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:45 - 12:25
2.03

12:30

Refugee.Info - Connectivity and partnerships beyond borders
Limited Capacity seats available

Some say using limited resources, such as a staff of 1, no networking equipment in stock, and starting an internet connectivity project from scratch is taking a long shot, but thanks to partnerships between Mercy Corps, International Rescue Committee, NetHope in Greece, and SOS Children’s Villages in Serbia, it has been possible.

This presentation will reflect the collaboration, work and approach used by Refugee.Info and partners since March 2016 to provide free internet access and access to important information to over 100,000 refugees and migrants located in Greece and Balkans .

Speakers
avatar for Jovan Jelicic

Jovan Jelicic

T4D - Global Connectivity Manager, MercyCorps
As Global Connectivity Manager, Mercy Corps Technology for Development department (T4D), my responsibility is to deliver sustainable, secure Wi-Fi networks to high-density environments in different regions of the world. Since 2016 I've been heavily engaged in Syrian response crisis... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:30 - 13:15
2.02

12:30

Scaling ICT for community-led sanitation from pilot to government ownership
Limited Capacity seats available

Akros has pioneered national community-based surveillance systems in Zambia and has successfully replicated such systems at scale in surrounding countries. In fact, Akros was the first implementing partner to use mobile-to-web DHIS2 as both a data collection and feedback tool at scale in Zambia. Initially, Akros focused on malaria in Lusaka district, but today, a network of more than 3,000 volunteers across 96 districts and 17,000 villages are reporting on water and sanitation indicators. Targeted actions informed by this system led to access to improved sanitation for an additional two million Zambians and Southern Africa's first district to be declared ""Open Defecation Free.""

The scale and transfer of this ""mHealth"" initiative was only possible through constant communication with government partners from the outset of the process. To complement this process, Akros cultivated the support of traditional leaders (chiefs) by engaging them in analysis of their local data and promote healthy behaviors in their communities. Today, the project is maintained by the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, with technical support from Akros, SNV, and Plan.

This presentation will discuss our approach to community led total sanitation, and strategies for the sustainable scaling of routine data collection initiatives. In particular it will share how we developed a network of data providers and data users, at both the community and central government levels.

Speakers
avatar for Brian O'Donnell

Brian O'Donnell

R&D Team Lead, Akros
Brian O’Donnell is an R&D Team Lead and HIV Informatics Manager with Akros, based in Lusaka, Zambia. He designs and implements mobile-to-web data collection systems, primarily through DHIS2, for HIV prevention, education, and community sanitation surveillance programs in Zambia... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:30 - 13:15
2.05

12:30

Tackling climate change and global migration flows: Need for collaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

This paper aims to discuss the significance of collaboration, coordination and partnership at various levels in tackling issues pertaining to climate change and global migration flows. Data used in this work are ‘qualitative’ and ‘secondary’ in nature: collected from government publications, books, book chapters, journal articles and Internet resources. Method of data analysis is ‘descriptive’. The Paper concludes that there has been growing cooperation on climate change, environment and human mobility among the humanitarian agencies, most notably within the framework of the Interagency Standing Committee (IASC). The IOM has taken an active role within the IASC process in incorporating climate change on the humanitarian agenda.

Keywords: Interconnections, Climate Change, Environmental Issues, Global Migration Flows, Repercussions, and Socio-Environmental Interactions

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Santosh Kumar Mishra

Dr. Santosh Kumar Mishra

Technical Assistant, Population Education Resource Centre (PERC), Department of Continuing and Adult Education and Extension Work, S. N. D.
I am researcher & demographer employed as Technical Assistant (since August 1987) with the Population Education Resource Centre (PERC), Department of Continuing and Adult Education and Extension Work, S. N. D. T. Women's University (SNDTWU, http://sndt.ac.in) located at Mumbai in... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:30 - 13:15
2.03

12:30

There’s no app for that: Preparing for a tech implementation
Limited Capacity seats available

Ready to implement a new technology -- trade in the paper for smartphones, start administering surveys via SMS, transition to a new CRM system? Worldwide, social impact organizations are seeking technology solutions to better manage data, measure performance, report to donors, & address inefficiencies in programs/operations.

When it comes to implementing a new tech tool, how do we gauge whether an organization is “ready”? What happens when the technology implementation - inadvertently or advertently - leads to upheaval in the organization’s processes? How can we ensure that technology is a tool underpinning quality delivery, with the focus on impact rather than on the tool itself?

Vera has had the opportunity to work with 180+ such organizations, all of whom sought to improve their efficiency & effectiveness by using technology & data to inform their operations. Several of our partners have grappled with these questions -- some used tech explicitly for M&E, while others found that that the technology happened to bring quality data, accountability, & improved feedback loops with it.

During this session, three Vera partners - FMCH India, Liberty Asia, and Pollinate Energy - will discuss their struggles and triumphs with being “ready” to use technology to advance their work in health, anti-slavery, and energy respectively. Participants will leave with a ‘Readiness Checklist’ that builds on Vera’s experiences helping our partners implement tech systems for the development sector.

Panel: - Vera Solutions builds cloud & mobile technology to help social impact organizations to better track their impact & streamline their operations - FMCH India supports mothers/children in underprivileged Indian communities by providing preventive health/nutrition services at their clinics in Mumbai - Liberty Asia works to prevent human trafficking through legal advocacy, technological interventions, & strategic collaborations with NGOs/corporations in Asia - Pollinate Energy is a social business that provides India's urban poor with renewable energy solutions on payment plans.

Speakers
avatar for Aleksa Krolls

Aleksa Krolls

Director, Support & Innovation, Vera Solutions
Aleksa leads Vera’s Support & Innovation team, which helps organizations to successfully implement/adopt data systems to improve the efficiency & effectiveness of the social sector. Aleksa has led the design, implementation, & rollout of cloud- & mobile-based data systems for M&E... Read More →
avatar for Piyasree Mukherjee

Piyasree Mukherjee

CEO, Foundation for Mother & Child Health
At the Foundation for Mother and Child Health, all resources are invested towards an innovative community-based nutrition specific intervention. FMCH aims at empowering every mother and her family belonging to a vulnerable community to make the right food choice by providing accurate... Read More →
avatar for Frank Nankivell

Frank Nankivell

Program Director, Liberty Asia
Liberty Asia works to prevent human trafficking through legal advocacy, technological interventions, and strategic collaborations with NGOs & corporations in Asia.
avatar for Alexie Seller

Alexie Seller

CEO and Co-founder, Pollinate Energy
Alexie Seller is co-founder and CEO of Pollinate Energy, a not-for-profit social enterprise that brings life-changing products to people who need them most, in India’s city slums. Previously, she held positions as a Project Engineer at Australia's Nuclear Science and Technology... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:30 - 13:15
2.04

16:15

Public Private Partnerships: From donor to deep collaboration
Cisco, Microsoft, MasterCard, ATMA Connect and Mercy Corps invite you to join a panel discussion about what makes an effective donor relationship today while exploring the challenges and opportunities for deeper collaboration within the humanitarian sector tomorrow.

The world is more fragile than ever. Food shortages have left millions of people hungry, while violent conflict has sent millions on the run. From poverty and malnutrition to natural disasters and climate change, it’s easy to see a world of insurmountable challenges, but transformative change is possible.

The humanitarian system is reaching capacity in addressing these challenges, and on its own will struggle to reach and realize the impact needed for real and lasting change.

Private organizations are often the fuel to the international relief and development effort through essential funding, but there is a lot more than can be accomplished by combining the power of the private sector with the contextual awareness and development expertise of NGOs.

This panel discussion will be led by Alan Donald, Mercy Corps’ Director of Technology for Development and will cover collaboration topics such as research, product development, innovation and experimentation, accelerated learning and new business models.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Connor

Erin Connor

Public Benefit Investment Manager, Cisco Systems
avatar for Justin Nelson

Justin Nelson

Program Manager, Microsoft Philanthropies
As Program Manager with Microsoft Philanthropies’ Technology for Good team, Justin Nelson is responsible for managing Microsoft’s global nonprofit software and cloud donation programs, and executing other priority nonprofit technology strategies to empower the nonprofit sector... Read More →
avatar for Meena Palaniappan

Meena Palaniappan

Founder and CEO, Atma Connect
Meena Palaniappan is the Founder and CEO of Atma Connect, an award-winning global technology nonprofit focused on helping urban poor people connect, neighbor-to-neighbor. Atma Connect's social web app, AtmaGo, is a neighborhood-level mobile app in Indonesia for users to share real-time... Read More →
avatar for Shashi Raghunandan

Shashi Raghunandan

Vice President, Government and Development, Mastercard
Shashi Raghunandan heads the Global Solutions team at Mastercard, supporting Development Organizations and Governments.  In his role Shashi works cross-functionally to understand the needs of this segment and to develop a range of solutions for Governments, NGOs, Corporates, and... Read More →
avatar for Ric Shreves

Ric Shreves

Manager, Internal Communications & Knowledge Management, Mercy Corps
Come talk to me about blockchain, DLT, or digital currencies in the humanitarian aid and development sector. We're attempting to lead the charge for adoption of these technologies for the benefit of social good. We published a white paper on DLT in relief and development in May of... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 16:15 - 16:55
Hall 1

17:00

Partnerships & Collaborative Solutions Track Panel
Speakers
avatar for Michael Dawson

Michael Dawson

Senior Technology for Development Advisor, Mercy Corps
IDO
avatar for Jovan Jelicic

Jovan Jelicic

T4D - Global Connectivity Manager, MercyCorps
As Global Connectivity Manager, Mercy Corps Technology for Development department (T4D), my responsibility is to deliver sustainable, secure Wi-Fi networks to high-density environments in different regions of the world. Since 2016 I've been heavily engaged in Syrian response crisis... Read More →
avatar for Brian O'Donnell

Brian O'Donnell

R&D Team Lead, Akros
Brian O’Donnell is an R&D Team Lead and HIV Informatics Manager with Akros, based in Lusaka, Zambia. He designs and implements mobile-to-web data collection systems, primarily through DHIS2, for HIV prevention, education, and community sanitation surveillance programs in Zambia... Read More →
avatar for Janine Schooley

Janine Schooley

Senior Vice President Programs, Project Concern International
Ms. Schooley has served as the senior-most technical and programs staff at PCI since 2000. As Senior Vice President for Programs at PCI, she ensures integrated, quality programming for sustainable impact across PCI’s global portfolio. Since 2007 she has been on faculty at the Monterey... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 17:00 - 17:30
Hall 1
 
Wednesday, May 17
 

11:45

Partnering for ICT4D sustainability
Limited Capacity seats available

World Vision International (WVI) has fostered ICT4D innovation for near 15 years. In that period, WVI has solidified its portfolio across ICT for health, education, humanitarian assistance, child protection, microfinance and livelihoods leveraging internet centers, mobile, GIS and other technologies. As the ICT4D sector has matured globally, the importance of integrating solid partnering models for the use of technology in socioeconomic development has become clear. Efforts of iNGOs, local NGOs, donors, multi-laterals and private sector entities to foster improved collaboration, reduce duplication of effort and align with the strategies, policies and architecture of national governments where ICT4D projects are initiated, are critical for scale up. There are many challenges involved in attempting to shift existing approaches, which are often siloed in nature. Taking the time to collaborate well and to arrive at compromises for the broader good is difficult in the humanitarian and development sector given the ‘co-opetition’ that has been the norm in socio-economic development for many decades.

However, the rewards from working together have the potential the change the game, particularly for governments that often find themselves dealing with uncoordinated and/or duplicative sector programming and technology implementations. Particularly with respect to ICT4D in health and some other sectors, the importance of all actors driving toward alignment with a national enterprise and technical architecture, as well as integration or interoperability, forces the issue. In addition, the immediate need to design and implement relevant business models for sustainability of ICT4D is salient. In both of these cases, partnering in innovative ways with governments, solution providers, mobile network operators and corporations can unlock viable options for nationally scalable, sustainable solutions. The difficulties and possibilities inherent in this type of innovative partnering will be explored and discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Govi Pillai

Govi Pillai

Senior Director - Global ICT, World Vision International
Govi Pillai has over 30 years of experience in the Information and   Communications Technology industry ranging from technical, sales, senior management, development of a company from start-up to profitability and consultancy. As Senior Director of Global ICT Engagement & Service... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Sherrie Simms

Dr. Sherrie Simms

Director, ICT4D, World Vision International
Sherrie is the World Vision International Global Director of ICT4D and has been active in ICT4D for over 15 years. She has been instrumental to the growth and maturation of WV’s ICT4D portfolio, which spans health, education, humanitarian assistance, child protection, microfinance... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:45 - 12:25
1.08

12:30

Refugee.Info - Connectivity and partnerships beyond borders
Limited Capacity seats available

Some say using limited resources, such as a staff of 1, no networking equipment in stock, and starting an internet connectivity project from scratch is taking a long shot, but thanks to partnerships between Mercy Corps, International Rescue Committee, NetHope in Greece, and SOS Children’s Villages in Serbia, it has been possible.

This presentation will reflect the collaboration, work and approach used by Refugee.Info and partners since March 2016 to provide free internet access and access to important information to over 100,000 refugees and migrants located in Greece and Balkans .

Speakers
avatar for Jovan Jelicic

Jovan Jelicic

T4D - Global Connectivity Manager, MercyCorps
As Global Connectivity Manager, Mercy Corps Technology for Development department (T4D), my responsibility is to deliver sustainable, secure Wi-Fi networks to high-density environments in different regions of the world. Since 2016 I've been heavily engaged in Syrian response crisis... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:30 - 13:15
2.05

14:15

Building NGO community networks for technology capacity-building and SDGs
Limited Capacity seats available

NGOs, civil society and non-profits organisations are often at the forefront of addressing the SDGs. But for many of these organisations, there is a digital divide – the daunting and, sometimes, overwhelming challenge of understanding and implementing the best technologies for their work. TechSoup has served over 800,000 NGOs and CSOs worldwide, and delivered over $5Billion in technology resources and services through a global network of partners and NGOs. This partnership platform enables organisations to access a variety of technology donations, resources, services, learning networks and funding. We will share our analysis on NGO technology and capacity building needs, and how we support NGO categories that support every SDG. We will also share case studies that leveraged or developed multi-stakeholder communities to address issues in governance, data transparency, and inclusive community building.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Jung

Matt Jung

Director, Program Development, TechSoup
Matt Jung is the Director, Program Development for TechSoup Asia-Pacific and the Asia partner network. Leveraging our global partner network experience, Matt develops NGO technology capacity building programs that include tech donations and NGO validation, training and tech support... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 14:15 - 14:55
2.03

15:00

How to develop a global strategy on collaboration
The increasing requirements for each NGO project worldwide is to have a swift installed setup, have direct access to experts and knowledge, being agile in terms of scalability.

To meet these performance requirements, the network infrastructure has to be stable, easy to install and manage, offer a high level of security, optimize/prioritize the bandwidth use.

The infrastructure is to meet global sharing of data, web conferencing, video & audio. A global Collaboration strategy.

This have to be reached through minimum of cost and each NGO project have to be sure that the solution is delivered fast and to competitive pricing.

Danoffice would like to present how NGOs can optimize their network infrastructure to meet these requirements via Cisco Spark and how Danoffice can support NGO projects worldwide.

In our presentations we will also highlight:
- How to test global network
- The effect of a global cloud-managed Network.

Danoffice have more than 30 IT LTAs with various UN and NGO´s. In 2016 we delivered to 167 countries.

Speakers
avatar for Claus Nannerup

Claus Nannerup

Business Development Manager, Danoffice IT
Mr. Claus Nannerup, Business Development Manager, is responsible for network and connectivity with Danoffice IT. Mr. Nannerup is working with humanitarian organization such as NGOs and United Nations. Mr. Nannerup has more than ten years of experience within the humanitarian aid segment... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 15:00 - 15:45
VIP Lounge (2nd floor)

15:00

Using ICTs to increase citizens’ monitoring of health services delivery
Limited Capacity seats available

Ghana has experienced significant gains in the health status of its population since independence. However, health outcomes in the following areas have not reached expected levels according to SDGs and other national targets: maternal deaths, stillbirths, child nutrition status, malaria infection and death, HIV infection.

Some of the reasons for these persistent health problems are related to health systems such as Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), governance in the health sector, and low investment in health, WASH and nutrition sectors. At the same time, civil society is not able to participate effectively in health planning and monitoring, especially at the community, district and regional levels. Missing civil society voices have created a situation in which there are misplaced priorities, inaccurate targeting, and discrimination against Key Populations (KP) and vulnerable groups. A number of factors both on the demand and supply side have contributed to poor health care and outcomes.

The paper explores how Enhanced Social Accountability combines with Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) framework mashed up with innovative technological approaches to increase citizens’ voices to demand for and champion improved access to and quality of health services. It will highlight key lessons learnt from initial stages of USAID People For Health (P4H) projecurrently being implemented in selected districts in Ghana. The paper will concrete examples of how online platform can support citizens’ reporting of experiences on service delivery, corruption, and compliance. In addition to online platform, the project relies on SMS, voice, and social media tools to enable citizens to report and provide feedback on health service delivery. Furthermore the project provides digital tools that enable CSO and citizens to track and input into FP/RPH, MCH, malaria, HIV, WASH and nutrition policies, programs/services, and institutions budgets process at all levels.

Speakers
avatar for Kwami Ahiabenu II

Kwami Ahiabenu II

Executive Director, Penplusbytes
Kwami Ahiabenu, II is founder and Executive Director, www.penplusbytes.org that promotes journalistic innovation and the use of new digital technologies to enable good governance across Africa. He is a Governing Council Member of African University College of Communications. Kwami... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 15:00 - 15:45
2.02

16:15

Technology solutions for beneficiary accountability
Limited Capacity seats available

CRS recently launched policies and procedures to enhance a culture of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning within the agency. One of the procedures explicitly mandated all projects to set up and implement beneficiary feedback and response mechanisms. This would in turn enhance participation of beneficiaries in the project cycle and improve the practice of informed decision making.

To accomplish this 'new' mandate, CRS country programs resorted to the numerous opportunities provided by technology in various process of beneficiary accountability processes. Some of the technologies used include SMS, visualization and use of a dedicated phone line to gather feedback from communities and other stakeholders, use of social media, internal chatter groups and webinars to disseminate and encourage use learning and adaptive management within projects.

In all these processes, country programs have gathered a package of ICTs that can help enhance accountability to beneficiaries particularly focusing on collecting and communicating feedback. Country teams have seen the value of technologies and appreciate the role of effective management in ensuring success of any project, especially ICT4Accountability projects.

The presentation will focus on a range of technologies employed by CRS in fostering accountability to beneficiaries and the success and challenges encountered during the use of these technologies.

Speakers
avatar for Gregory Makabila

Gregory Makabila

Regional Technical Advisor, Accountabilty and Learning, Catholic Relief Services
Gregory Makabila has over ten years of experience designing and implementing monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning systems mainly in East Africa. Greg joined Catholic Relief Services in 2012 where he continues to work as regional technical advisor for accountability... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 16:15 - 16:55
2.05

17:00

Partnerships & Collaborative Solutions Track Panel
Speakers
avatar for Kwami Ahiabenu II

Kwami Ahiabenu II

Executive Director, Penplusbytes
Kwami Ahiabenu, II is founder and Executive Director, www.penplusbytes.org that promotes journalistic innovation and the use of new digital technologies to enable good governance across Africa. He is a Governing Council Member of African University College of Communications. Kwami... Read More →
avatar for Matt Jung

Matt Jung

Director, Program Development, TechSoup
Matt Jung is the Director, Program Development for TechSoup Asia-Pacific and the Asia partner network. Leveraging our global partner network experience, Matt develops NGO technology capacity building programs that include tech donations and NGO validation, training and tech support... Read More →
avatar for Ric Shreves

Ric Shreves

Manager, Internal Communications & Knowledge Management, Mercy Corps
Come talk to me about blockchain, DLT, or digital currencies in the humanitarian aid and development sector. We're attempting to lead the charge for adoption of these technologies for the benefit of social good. We published a white paper on DLT in relief and development in May of... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Sherrie Simms

Dr. Sherrie Simms

Director, ICT4D, World Vision International
Sherrie is the World Vision International Global Director of ICT4D and has been active in ICT4D for over 15 years. She has been instrumental to the growth and maturation of WV’s ICT4D portfolio, which spans health, education, humanitarian assistance, child protection, microfinance... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 17:00 - 17:30
Hall 1
 
Thursday, May 18
 

11:45

Digital Village Harisal: Connectedness is the Key
Limited Capacity seats available

Placeholder: The Maharashtra government and Microsoft have collaborated to develop a strategic framework for smart village adoption and to identify an impact-driven, public-private partnership-enabled implementation model to transform Harisal into India’s first smart village. Interventions must be pivoted around three core pillars: ensuring last mile access, providing technology infrastructure, and fostering a sustainable ecosystem. Today, Harisal boasts of doctors in Hyderabad enabled to diagnose patients remotely, has a Government Digital Services Center, a Digital Class room, a telemedicine center, digital agricultural advice systems, and a host of other solutions. We are creating a model that can be replicated at scale of creating a digital village, to change the lives of digitally underserved populations and solve long-standing challenges for this rural population.

Speakers
avatar for Prashant Shukla

Prashant Shukla

National Technology Officer, India, Microsoft
Prashant Shukla’s career over the last 24 years spans successful leadership roles in marketing, sales, product management and software development in the US and India. Currently, Prashant is working as National Technology Officer for Microsoft India. In this role, he successfully... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 11:45 - 12:25
2.01

12:30

ICT for Dalit rights
Limited Capacity seats available

The Dalit community is one of the most deprived communities in South-East Asia especially in countries like India and Bangladesh. With about 6.5 million Dalit population living in Bangladesh this community has continuously been under human rights abuse and continuously faces discrimination such as denial of service from local businesses, lack of access to various social safety net program. To improve the situation in support from various NGOs, Government and Donor agencies a network named Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM) has been formed to protect their rights. BDERM has created Dalit human rights defender, a group of young Dalit community members who works on building awareness about their rights and works as a watchdog in case of any rights abuse. In case of any discrimination they report it to the BDERM who holds a mock-trial in the community to publicly shame the business. But often when these volunteers find any discrimination the can’t keep the record properly to present it in the court, hampering the process of trial. In addition, the ordinary citizen has very little data and understanding of this ongoing discrimination of the Dalit community.

Hence in collaboration with Christian Aid and Nagorik Uddayag, two NGOs working in Dalit rights and are member of BDERM, mPower has created an ICT based case management and citizen reporting platform through which the Dalit Rights Defender can report any rights abuse, violence and discrimination through a mobile app, by taking pictures and recording audio. Each report then turns into a case, where a Nagorik Uddayag NGO officials reviews the report, approves it and assign it to designated officials. Time by time, they can update information about the case and these cases now contains testimony and pictures, it now becomes a vital part of the mock-trial. In addition, there is a dynamic dashboard that provides an aggregated snapshot of the overall report on violence against Dalit community which can be shared across social media to raise wide-scale awareness.

Speakers
avatar for Shah Mohammad Mushfiqur Rahman

Shah Mohammad Mushfiqur Rahman

Innovation Ignitor, mPower Social Enterprises Ltd.
Shah Mushfiq is a lawyer by profession with a strong commitment towards human rights for minority community. He worked with various NGOs in Bangladesh for five years and provided legal aid support to vulnerable community. Upon joining mPower an ICT4D company, he now oversees how technology... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 12:30 - 13:15
2.04

12:30

MML eParticipation system model for active citizens' - Leaders' engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

In this presentation, I will explain the ToroDev's ICT Convergence Approach and how it was used to develop an eParticipation model. The model is based on the UN's eParticipation framework, which elaborates on three main levels of achieving a successful and sustainable eParticipation process based on; e-information, e-discussion/e-consultation and e-decision making. The presentation will also discuss the decision theory and how it was employed in the design, development and deployment of an eParticipation system used as MobileSMS - Radion - Online a platform, by citizens in Kenya and Uganda to advocate for improved service delivery in health, education and economic development. Moreover, I will discuss challenges and opportunities of freedom of expression through the proliferation of ICTs and good governance processes in Eastern Africa. Lastly, the presentation will give hints on how to assess well the linkages between e-participation and policy formulation and review to aid the appropriation of public resources for priority service delivery needs in typical developing economies like of Uganda and Kenya.

Speakers
avatar for Johnstone Baguma

Johnstone Baguma

Executive Director, Toro Development Network (ToroDev)
Johnstone Baguma is the founder and Executive Director, ToroDev since 2005. He has managed over 10 ICT4Development projects and has been invited to speak on several international ICT4D gatherings in Africa and Europe. Since 2013, he's been Track Chair of ICT4D in Africa at CeDEM... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 12:30 - 13:15
1.08

12:30

ThunderPlugs: Connecting the ultra disconnected with mobile data collection
Limited Capacity seats available

The migration from paper based data collection to electronic data capture systems, especially mobile data collection, makes it possible to analyze data from any location as soon as it is collected. A major hitch, especially in developing economies has been the epileptic internet availability which has hindered its implementation.

iFormbuilder is currently been used for mobile data collection by CRS Nigeria’s USAID funded Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project. Electronic data collection has been successful; however, the major challenge has been the ability to push that data forward in ultra-disconnected program areas. Field staff collecting data previously had to go through rigorous processes to ensure that monthly data was being synced to the online server for review and analysis. The ThunderPlug – a remote server - has been a veritable tool in bridging the gap, ensuring that field staff no longer travel long distances in search of internet availability to sync their data. The practice now adopted in the project is for a single partner staff to visit the field staff in their locations to sync the data to the ThunderPlug device and upload it to the cloud thereafter when they are back to the town/city. This measure has reduced the risk of conveying all project devices to the town on a monthly basis as well as mitigating the security threats of attacks by village hoodlums who take advantage of the field staff in narrow bush paths. Solutions like the Thunderplug provide their benefits and add great value like they do on this project; yet also bring their own challenges – limitations of data size being just one example. Understanding the solution and its program applicability in terms of benefits and challenges can serve as learning point for other programs.

Speakers
avatar for Kelvin Iweluegim

Kelvin Iweluegim

MEAL Manager, Catholic Relief Services
Kelvin Iweluegim currently serves as MEAL Manager of the Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project with the CRS Nigeria Country Program. He has several years of experience in developing and implementing Management Information Systems for both international and national development... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 12:30 - 13:15
2.05

14:15

Funding social pitches: Insights and advice
Limited Capacity seats available

Within global health a number of new startup companies incubators, and early stage innovators seek early funding necessary to pilot, scale and sustain their solution. Bobby will share important lessons for startups, digital health companies, early stage innovators to improve their position to receive innovation challenge funds in a competitive market. Key business insights, technology lessons, and social pitch advice will be shared

Bobby participates as technology reviewer and judge on early stage funds, Innovation to Action Challenge, Human Development Innovation Fund, GHIC Innovation Prize, The Prostate.NET, Innovate@Yale, Aetna Foundation Prizes for Health Equity Innovation Advisory Board and business mentor to health technology startups

Speakers
avatar for Bobby Jefferson

Bobby Jefferson

Chief Technology Officer, DAI Global Health
Bobby Jefferson, Chief Technology Officer, DAI Global Health,focuses on tech-enabled services for global health programs. Bobby has a relentless entrepreneurial passion for using mobile solutions for social development, and community health. He serves as tech reviewer and judge on... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 14:15 - 14:55
1.08

14:15

Innovation quotient in India
Limited Capacity seats available

The presentation will deal with the state of innovation in India, both in corporate side and govt side. It will also list down initiative and state of startups in a tier-1 state vs tier-2/3 state and what the govt. thinking is and what they are doing about the state of the ecosystem and what help they provide to further the state of innovation and entrepreurship.

Speakers
avatar for Rama Iyer

Rama Iyer

Chief Innovation Officer, T-Hub
Entrepreneurship and Innovation champion at T-Hub, India’s Largest startup ecosystem and Advisor to numerous startup’s, corporate and govt. organizations planning to roll out innovation programs. Rama is currently Senior Vice President; Head -Strategic Alliances & Innovation... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 14:15 - 14:55
VIP Lounge (2nd floor)

14:15

Mobile phones as a lab
Limited Capacity seats available

Current water quality testing systems can be hard to use in the field, and lab-based tests are expensive and cause delays. Resulting data is generally difficult to share making it hard to act on it quickly and to engage communities who don’t know about problems in their local water supply.

Smartphones transform water quality measurement, making results accessible in real time. Testing can scale up on a very affordable basis, with data immediately accessible and shareable via an online dashboard. It can lead to faster, better interventions and action.

Because it’s cheap and easy to use, citizens may eventually be able to test their own water supply, thereby democratising data collection.

Akvo's Caddisfly is a simple, low cost, open source, smartphone-based drinking water testing system connected to an online data platform. Existing features of the phone combine with software apps and pocket-sized hardware attachments, to conduct reliable tests on water samples and then share this data with the people who need to see it.

Akvo Caddisfly has already been beta tested at scale in Africa, Asia and Europe. It will be widely available in early 2017.

Speakers
avatar for Deepak Menon

Deepak Menon

Hub Manager-Akvo South Asia, Akvo Foundation
Deepak Menon heads Akvo's South Asia team.


Thursday May 18, 2017 14:15 - 14:55
2.05

15:00

Feeding the world with Raspberry Pi
Limited Capacity filling up

With the release of the Raspberry Pi 3rd generation computer, this credit-card sized computer has come into its own. A flourishing open source community has already discovered many impressive ways to utilize this simple computer which retails for about $30 USD. They can be turned into mobile phones; they can be turned into servers; they can be connected into a peer-to-peer wireless network; they can drive robotics; they can be hand-held computers which support an increasing number of operating systems; they can be daisy-chained together to cheaply ramp up processing power--but yet they are simple and inexpensive enough that they can be used to teach children computing, digital electronics, robotics, and other elements of technology at an early age.

This presentation will:

Explain the Pi's features that make it such a flexible tool;

Examine some of the creative ways the Raspberry Pi is already being put to use;

Guide the audience in examining their own ICT4D projects and consider how this incredible little board can help them achieve their goals inexpensively--no matter what their mission may be.

Speakers
avatar for John Anker

John Anker

System Administrator, Catholic Relief Services
As a system administrator for end user computing, John is responsible for managing thousands of computers and mobile devices used by CRS employees and ICT4D projects alike. John has visited ICT4D field sites to speak directly with the people using the devices in their work so that... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 15:00 - 15:45
VIP Lounge (2nd floor)

15:00

The great untapped potential: interactive voice response
Limited Capacity seats available

Interactive Voice Response (IVR) is a technology that many development organizations turn to as an avenue for interaction with community members. The technology has potential to simplify and standardize the process of information sharing with community members and partners, enables the collection of mass data at a minimal cost, as well as enabling community members to express themselves and provide valuable input to development practitioners. At Equal Access Nigeria, we use IVR for dissemination of information geared towards Countering Violent Extremism, and also to gather audience feedback for Arewa24, our 24Hour Hausa language television station. While we have a large following on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Youtube primarily), IVR has allowed us to reach out to, and give a voice to a large portion of our offline audience who do not have access to the internet.

Despite these many benefits, we have encountered two concrete challenges in our use of IVR. The first challenge is unusable feedback (responses that are hang-ups or have poor sound quality). Through operational research, we learned that the first challenge is related to a second challenge, which is community members’ lack of user familiarity with voicemail, and lack of comprehension about the type of responses they can/should give. In this presentation, we will discuss practical plans of overcoming the challenges we’ve experienced with IVR, and we will aim to generate dialogue with conference participants and to crowd-source additional suggestions and experiences from peers.

Speakers
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Fatima Ibrahim

Social Media and Communications Associate, Equal Access International
Fatima Turaki Ibrahim is the Social Media and Communications Associate at Equal Access International, an INGO dedicated to combining traditional and new media tools with direct community engagement to create positive social change for millions of underserved people across the developing... Read More →



Thursday May 18, 2017 15:00 - 15:45
2.05