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 • 14:45 - 15:30
GIS: Building Capacity to Improve the Environment LIMITED

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) represent an important tool to building local capacities to improve the environment by integrating technology, based on the analysis of information and spatial processes. It involves diverse actors, including communities, institutions, local and national governments, in the land development process.

To contribute to local development, CRS with the support of the Global Water Initiative, a partnership funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, developed the A-MANO methodology which is a combination of mapping and community development tools that empower local people to analyze their environment, monitor change over time, propose solutions, and plan for a better future. Using satellite imagery to allow local stakeholders and development practitioners to utilize the map as a medium for information-exchange and help communities to see their conditions within a larger context and understand better their reality to promote their own development.

In a national context, with support of Purdue University, CRS is working together with Central American governments to develop a Digital Soil Map based on a GIS model for predicting and mapping soil functional classes through the use of the property values of soil samples obtained in the field to produce continuous maps properties, to improved agricultural production systems.

Our experience with GIS use has shown us that ICT is very useful in helping decision makers achieve the SDGs in their territories.

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Norma Minero

MEAL - GIS, CRS El Salvador Program
Norma Minero has 14 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation rural program development in Central America, developing field exercises for rural communities using geographic information technology. She was part of a team of 21 technical specialists from CRS and its partners... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 14:45 - 15:30 EAT
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