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 • 16:45 - 17:30
Making Africa's Open Data Matter LIMITED

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Much attention, effort, and funding have gone toward creating open data portals around the world - particularly throughout Africa. But what does it take to move from open data to meaningful information?

In this presentation, DG will share good practices and lessons learned when designing data portals with an end goal of public use. Highlighting the design, development, and engagement process behind the Tanzania Sectoral Performance Dashboards, this session will tackle the following challenges faced by open data implementers and advocates:
- What type of data, and from where?
- Who is our audience for this information?
- How will this tool communicate a message, and what should that message be?
- Will this platform be impactful and sustainable in the short, medium, and long-term?

By making data more transparent, accessible, and useful for citizens and decision-makers alike, we as a development community are poised to encourage greater participation and community dialogue, more evidence-based decision-making, and better development results. But getting to that point is an iterative process - one in which DG is keen to contribute.

Tanzania Dashboards:
- Education: http://www.elimu.takwimu.or.tz
- Water: http://maji.takwimu.org/
- Health: http://afya.takwimu.org/

Through a user-friendly, highly visual, and interactive interface, the Tanzania Dashboards make rich datasets accessible and usable for both expert and non-expert users alike - helping to fulfill the government's transparency pledges, while also making this information more actionable for citizen-driven decision making. DG developed these tools in partnership with the Government of Tanzania, World Bank, and local partner DataVision.

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Mark Gachara Irura

Project Manager, Development Gateway, Inc.
Mr. Mark Irura is a Kenyan national with extensive expertise in designing systems and managing technical projects for both government ministries and international organizations. He has a strong understanding of designing for the user in technical projects, and excels at forging connections... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 16:45 - 17:30 EAT
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