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 • 12:15 - 13:00
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Education transformation programs at the system level are a means of building core numeracy, literacy and 21C skills. Technology can be an effective foundational tool that teachers can leverage in innovative teaching practice. However, for any transformation program to be effective - whether it's technology-based or not - it's critical that a wide range of stakeholders have a voice in the process, and that the right data is present to make informed decisions and to track success or areas of improvement. In African countries, as elsewhere, the government is the ultimate stakeholder and owner of transformation programs in education, but the social sector (NGOs, community groups, teacher unions, PTA groups, etc.), financial sector (donors, development banks, government funding agencies) and private sector (technology companies, hardware manufacturers, content companies) all bring an important perspective. Building such partnerships - and driving trust among the partners - is hard work, and requires a thoughtful, intentional and structured approach. This panel will look at the elements of using effective public-private partnerships to drive system change, and will explore examples of partnerships that have been successful, as well as the challenges that panelists have faced in developing such partnerships. Panelist names TBD.

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James Bernard

Director, Strategic Partnerships, SSG Advisors
James Bernard is Director of Strategic Partnerships at SSG Advisors, a consultancy focused on partnerships in international development, impact investment and frontier market expansion. An internationally recognized expert on multi-stakeholder partnerships with more than 25 years... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 12:15 - 13:00 EAT
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