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The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Satellite Assisted Pastoral Resource Management (SAPARM)

Project Concern International (PCI)
Ethiopia and Tanzania
This map is an example of those used by pastoralist communities of over 1 million people in Ethiopia and Tanzania to inform their migration decision-making. Every year during the dry seasons, pastoralists migrate in search of adequate pasture for their livestock. However, climate change and repeated droughts are making traditional methods of migration decision making (indigenous knowledge, scouts, and dagu) increasingly unreliable, resulting in huge herd losses and consequentially food insecurity. To help enable pastoralists with better information for migration decision-making, PCI created SAPARM to provide pastoralists with community tailored maps of current grazing conditions using satellite-derived vegetation data (NDVI). The maps are automatically updated and distributed every 10 days via local systems of dissemination and mobile devices. The proof of concept revealed a 78% use of maps in pastoralist migration decision-making in challenging climate conditions and a 47% reduction of the high livestock mortality rates. SAPARM demonstrates how the fusion of typically inaccessible technology with indigenous systems and structures enables ICTs like internet access and digital services to be relevant and useful for decision-making by local populations to improve their livelihoods.

My Mappers Sessions

Monday, May 16
 

10:15

 
Tuesday, May 17
 

07:00

 
Wednesday, May 18
 

07:00

 
Thursday, May 19
 

07:00