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, 750 individuals from 76 countries and 320 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.
In the advent of the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, it is incumbent on all actors and sectors in the digital health space to embark on the journey to scale with a partnership approach in mind, that seeks to leverage our collective experience, expertise and resources for the achievement of these goals. Ensuring that there is harmonisation of technology solutions for interoperability, implementation plans and funding mechanisms that support nationally agreed strategic objects of governments requires serious commitments from all concerned.
The focus of this panel discussion will be on 'partnering between governments, international partners and key in-country stakeholders in order to move to scale. This panel will seek to answer the following questions: