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 • 16:00 - 16:45
The RedRose One System in DRC and Nigeria: Integrated e-Marketplaces for Improved Programming Efficiencies FILLING

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As the humanitarian aid sector has moved more towards choice-based provision of assistance, cash modalities have come to the forefront. While cash programming provides the benefits of flexible spending and promotes use of local market systems, new challenges have arisen about cash utilization and beneficiary tracking. Donors want assurance that funding is actually allocated to preferred types of assistance, but tracking cash use is complex. Additionally, while provision of cash is preferred, often affected locations in humanitarian crises have experienced disruptions in basic banking infrastructure. The RedRose One System provides an integrated e-marketplace platform, which can function both online and offline, and integrates beneficiary and vendor management, finance, and MEAL data on an online dashboard.
CRS in DRC launched, in October 2015, a six month emergency food assistance pilot project targeting 509 vulnerable returnee HHs near the city of Goma. The RedRose (RR) pilot aims to transfer a total of $141 to each beneficiary HH through smart cards (e-cards) using the ONEsystem RedRose platform. CRS/DRC began with a market study and, based on HHs' food preferences, 39 food commodities were integrated into the RR platform. Similarly, price data for all commodities was collected and included in the platform to avoid overcharging by vendors. The project remains flexible: based on beneficiaries' expressed needs NFIs were added to the assistance package. Commodity and NFI prices in the market are monitored weekly, which allows CRS to readjust the prices of the vendors if necessary. A post-activity monitoring tool will also be integrated in the field telephones for the RR platform.
CRS in Nigeria has utilized the RedRose One System in emergency food security programming and markets-based WASH programming, first utilizing the e-marketplace app on smartphones for vendors to makes sales to program participants who utilize smart cards, and second collecting data for pre and post intervention Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) surveys and post distribution monitoring (PDM).

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Charles Bibuya

Deputy MEAL Coordinator, Catholic Relief Services
With an extensive experience in Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL), and Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D). He is currently serve as the Deputy MEAL and ICT4D Coordinator in the DRC country program. Responsibilities... Read More →

Marcelle Empey

International Development Fellow, Catholic Relief Services
Marcelle has a background in peacebuilding and monitoring and evaluation. She is currently supporting CRS/DRC’s emergency programming.
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Maggie Holmesheoran

Emergency Coordinator, CRS
Maggie Holmesheoran: CRS Nigeria Yobe State Emergency Coordinator. Maggie supports all emergency programming in the northeast, including emergency food security, markets-based WASH and the CORE Group Polio Program. Maggie is an anthropologist, food and agriculture systems specialist... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 16:00 - 16:45 EAT
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