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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Wednesday, May 18 • 14:55 - 16:00
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There are a quarter of a billion pastoralists in Africa using basic and increasingly unreliable methods to find adequate grazing. Project Concern International (PCI) has successfully completed a proof of concept called Satellite Assisted Pastoral Resource Management (SAPARM), which provides pastoralists with community maps of current grazing conditions using satellite-derived vegetation data. With the support of cross-sector partnerships, PCI is now expanding the testing of SAPARM through a randomized control trial covering a population of over one million people in Ethiopia and Tanzania. Early results 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 is not only an intervention supporting the Sustainable Development Goals of combatting the impacts of climate change and ending hunger, but by design, an ICT-enabled solution that helps to build a more resilient infrastructure. Michael Mulford, PCI Tanzania Country Director, will present on how the use of the SAPARM, 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. He will share the lessons PCI is learning on what it takes to not only make satellite data readily available to pastoralists, but also adapted and adoptable.


Michael Mulford

Country Director, PCI
With 15 years of international relief and development experience, Michael Mulford has sought to apply ICT solutions to better understand and address challenges in rural settings in Sub-Saharan Africa. He currently manages a diverse program portfolio in Tanzania that is implementing... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 14:55 - 16:00 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre E