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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Thursday, May 19 • 10:45 - 11:30
Partner Led Technology in El Salvador and Nicaragua LIMITED

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In 2014 SCIAF were awarded a Big Lottery Fund (BLF) for a project in El Salvador and Nicaragua to improve food security and income of vulnerable rural people through sustainable food production. SCIAF works exclusively through partnership and the BLF grant is implemented by SCIAF through 5 local partners, 3 in El Sal and 2 in Nicaragua. At the outset SCIAF hired a consultant to assist in a partner led baseline to facilitate participatory design of baseline tools with partners and communities, facilitate data collection by the partners and from the baseline tools, design annual data collection tools. The approach aimed to promote participation and data ownership.
SCIAF together with the implementing partners and the consultant Rodolfo Valdez Morales came up with a system to collect data using both paper and open source software on the partners own phones, all data was entered on to a shared database held on desktops and collated on a private server. The database enabled those involved in the project to access analyzed data and project specific report in real time. Likewise a number of methods were used to train and troubleshoot with partners including workshops, field testing, video tutorials and skype meetings. The system was reviewed by SCIAF and partners and extended to a second project which uses only open source software on partners' phones to collect data. The project is funded by the European Union to promote young rural technicians promote sustainable communities through agro-ecology.

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Ciara Commins

International Programme Officer and T4D Lead, Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF)
Ciara Commins, has a background in Civil and Environmental engineering and has worked in the NGO sector for a number of years as Programme Officer and lead on T4D pilots and projects for Caritas agencies.

Thursday May 19, 2016 10:45 - 11:30 EAT
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