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 • 11:30 - 12:15
Using Technology for Program Quality and Accountability LIMITED

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Monitoring program quality is critical to achieving positive change. Technology, especially in hard to reach environments, allows for data to be used in real-time to monitor implementation, quickly address quality issues and hold all parties accountable to agreed upon deliverables. The Adolescent Girls Initiative - Kenya, part of a longitudinal, randomized trial, works with adolescent girls 11-14 years old in two marginalized areas in Kenya: the Kibera slum in Nairobi and rural villages in Wajir County, on the border of Somalia. Program implementers use a suite of tech solutions to ensure access to real-time monitoring data, including: 1) use of the Open Data Kit app on android phones to collect attendance data on weekly girls group and community meetings, 2) biometric fingerprint readers linked to an app on an android phone to collect daily school attendance (which is used to calculate eligibility for a cash transfer conditioned on school attendance), and 3)using Salesforce, a cloud-based relational database to store all program data on each beneficiary. Panel presentations will include 1) an overview of the technology used and how it increases program quality and accountability, 2) insights into the challenges and modifications in an urban slum environment, and 3) insights into the challenges and modifications made in a remote, arid, rural area with little to no network coverage. The panel will be facilitated by the project director who will highlight how having integrated, accurate program data is critical for quality and accountability and how it will be integrated into the research study's data. Participants will gain exposure to user-friendly technologies that can be integrated easily into their own programs.

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Dr. Karen Austrian

Associate, Population Council
Karen Austrian, PhD, MPH, leads Population Council projects designed to empower girls in east and southern Africa. She develops, implements, and evaluates programs that build girls’ protective assets, such as financial literacy, social safety nets and access to education. Dr. Austrian... Read More →

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Samuel Kemboi Biwott

Monitoring Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Coordinator, Save the Children Kenya
Mr. Biwott is a practicing public health and health information specialist. Previously worked in public, private and international Non-Governmental Organization on various portfolios related to Public Health Bioinformatics. Holds Master of Public Health and currently pursuing 2nd... Read More →

Eva Muluve

Program Officer 1, Population Council
Eva Muluve is a Program Officer 1 at the Population Council's Poverty Gender and Youth Program. She has 6 Years' experience in implementation and coordination of Public Health Research Programs, Programming of Electronic data collection tools, Monitoring and evaluation, data analysis... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 11:30 - 12:15 EAT