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 • 10:45 - 11:30
Low-Cost Digital Data Collection in Semi-Arid Lands LIMITED

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The BOMA Project implements a high-impact poverty graduation program for ultra-poor women in the arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) of Northern Kenya. Poverty graduation programs have recently received great attention for their scientific validation of their effectiveness in promoting resilience and improving livelihoods of the extreme poor. Providing such multifaceted sequenced interventions in extremely remote areas in a cost effective way requires technology-driven solutions. To address this challenge, BOMA is leveraging innovative, low-cost, mobile solutions supported by a cloud based backend system (Salesforce) for data collection and program monitoring. This has resulted in greater operational efficiencies, real time data analysis and improved data accuracy. Android tablets installed with TaroWorks are used by Mentors who provide mentoring and support to businesses and savings groups on a monthly basis, while entering data on business and savings group performance and GPS location. Laptops installed with android emulators equipped with TaroWorks are used to collect data on the participants entering BOMA's two-year business training program at baseline and after two years. Field Officers and Monitoring and Evaluation staff monitor performance of mentors, businesses and savings groups on a daily basis using SalesForce. BOMA businesses and savings groups have benefited by rapid follow-up when performance is weak, and from identifying and learning from the top performing businesses and mentors. This low-cost and highly effective solution has enabled BOMA to effectively demonstrate the impact of its programs and ensure that participants graduate from extreme poverty after two years.

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Jim Anderson

Country Director, The BOMA Project
Jim Anderson is Country Director for The BOMA Project based in Nanyuki, Kenya. His unique background bridges the technology world and sub-Sahara Africa. A former systems engineer, he spent more than 20 years in Silicon Valley financing technology companies, eventually launching and... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 10:45 - 11:30 EAT
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