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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Tuesday, May 17 • 11:30 - 12:15
Leveraging SBCC/ICT4D Innovations in the Fight against Ebola LIMITED

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By increasing awareness of Ebola risks and working directly with communities to take action to protect themselves, CRS' Be Safe program increases community knowledge and promotes the adoption of protective behaviors to help reduce the likelihood of Ebola propagation in border communities of Senegal and Guinea Bissau. Drawing on the social-ecological theory, Be Safe complements existing mass-media awareness efforts, with additional community-level efforts which leverage the use of innovative ICT4D technology to foster dialogue, disseminate locally contextualized BCC and social mobilization approaches, spur action and shift community and social norms to better protect vulnerable communities. The project works directly with families, communities and leaders to shape social norms around Ebola through creating video messages which are then shared at scale using wireless mini-projectors. Be Safe builds on existing best practices in behavior change to implement effective approaches at scale and teamed up with One Mobile Projector Per Trainer (OMPT) to introduce mobile video projection capacity and technology to influence behavior change at the individual, household and community levels. By combining best practices in behavior change with a novel delivery approach, Be Safe accelerates knowledge transfer and behavior change in the most at risk communities. Given that Ebola is an emerging threat, and communication needs are not static, the easy-to-use and field-adapted mini-projectors and cellphone camera kits allow the project team to update its approaches and messages frequently to ensure that messages remain relevant throughout the life of the project.


Antoine Sanon

Emergency Coordinator, Catholic Relief Services
Antoine Sanon has 17 years of experience working in humanitarian preparedness and response, He is currently Emergency Coordinator at CRS Senegal also covering Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and the Gambia. Antoine holds an MA in Innovations, Development, and Societies (International Institute... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 11:30 - 12:15 EAT
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