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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Monday, May 16 • 08:00 - 08:30
Welcome and Introduction to SDG ICT Playbook

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The Sustainable Development Goals, represent a commitment on the part of leaders around the world to ending poverty in all its forms. As such they recognize that a holistic approach is needed to step up to the social, environmental and economic challenges of creating a world in which all people live in dignity and peace and have the opportunity and natural resources to achieve their full human potential for generations to come. No one doubts the difficulty of meeting this commitment– particularly when we are faced with new challenges – environmental degradation and climate change, expanding populations, the spread of new diseases and increasing numbers of conflicts – this at a time where millions of people still do not have access to basic services and continue to live in poverty and hunger.

It will take the combined talent and efforts of organizations from all walks of life to find new ways of working and interacting that help us address complex development issues. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are key enabler of these changes – changes that not only improve the efficiency and impact of development work – but create sustainable approaches to providing the information and services that empower communities, families, and individuals to live healthy and prosperous lives. The SDG ICT Playbook is a resource that is designed to help our organizations leverage technology in the work they undertake to address the SDGs. The presentations and discussions during the course of the ICT4D conference build on many of the themes laid out in the Playbook and aim to move the community forward in leveraging the full potential of ICT in their work.

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Sean Callahan

President & CEO, Catholic Relief Services
Sean Callahan is President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the US Catholic community. He is a 32-year agency veteran who has held a wide variety of leadership roles overseas and at agency headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.Sean... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 08:00 - 08:30 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre