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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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09- Cross Sector [clear filter]
Monday, May 16
 

10:45

Data & Ethics: Emerging Technologies & Dilemmas
Limited Capacity full

International M&E firms adhere to a wide variety of standards when collecting and safeguarding data. ICT solutions-mobile data collection, crowdsourcing, photographic evidence, and satellite imagery-make it easier to monitor hard-to-reach beneficiaries and communities. M&E practitioners need to consider the impact technology is having on ethical considerations affecting the collection and storage of routine data. This session discusses emerging, technology-driven considerations impacting privacy and use, including:
- Ensuring the safety and security of data collectors and survey respondents in the field
- Mobile phones and crowdsourcing campaigns: protecting the anonymity of respondents
- Obtaining informed consent with text and IVR communications
- Privacy and data protection: where you store it and the jurisdictional rules protecting it
- The implications of collecting video, photographic, and high-resolution satellite evidence
- When beneficiaries don't have phones: the challenges of selectivity bias
- Electronic data collection: who's snooping?

Speakers
avatar for Ami Henson

Ami Henson

Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, QED
Ms. Ami Henson is QED's Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director for M&E and Learning support projects in Egypt, Afghanistan Iraq and Uganda. Formerly, Ms. Henson was the Chief of Party for USAID support projects designed to deliver M&E and knowledge management related services... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 203

10:45

Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development
Limited Capacity full

On January 20, we launched joint Cisco & UN ITU report, "Harnessing the IoT for Global Development," where we explore the role of the Internet of Things in helping to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. I believe this is the first comprehensive report pointing to this next frontier in how ICTs can help in development.

As a qualitative analysis on how the the IoT, and in particular connected sensors, can play a role in development, the report first explores existing functionalities of the IoT (the range/cost of sensors; tradeoffs in different wireless technologies) and then highlights current project implementations where connected sensors are being deployed. The aim of the report is to demonstrate that the IoT is already having an impact beyond the existing focus on developed economies and industrial sectors.

The session will cover the main findings as well as other developments in the IoT for development space.

The full report can be accessed at: http://www.itu.int/en/action/broadband/Documents/Harnessing-IoT-Global-Development.pdf
And a blog introduction is here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-garrity/post_10909_b_9009292.html

Speakers
avatar for John Garrity

John Garrity

Global Government Affairs & Technology Policy, Cisco
John Garrity is Cisco's Global Policy Advisor in the Global Technology Policy group, managing government engagement and policy research. John is responsible for data-driven analysis on broadband connectivity issues contributing to the expansion of fixed and wireless networks, including... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 202

10:45

ICT4MEAL - Paperless MEAL System
Limited Capacity filling up

The goal of this paperless ICT4MEAL project is to make use of MEAL transformation by actively using the enabling technology to improve the project management and decision making processes for the larger objective of improving living conditions of CRS beneficiaries and their family. In the case of CRS Ethiopia ICT4D Projects, it enables Donors to get real-time information about the project, CRS Staff to Monitor and Follow up on a project, Partners and government to improve socio-economic conditions bridging the information divide and building resilient communities by ensuring equitable access to resources and information.
This digital system is also useful to improve the collection, processing and sharing of quality data, ensuring the data collected is valuable and accurate by adding a value on the old paper based system creating
- Increased efficiency and effectiveness in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
- Replacing the time, cost and effort intensive Paper based M&E processes for colleagues across CRS and their partner organizations.
- Improved capability for learning and action
- Ensuring Accountability for the donors and beneficiaries providing real time geo-coordinated data.
- State of the art data presentation dashboards for all level of stakeholders

Speakers
avatar for Yared Gebremichael

Yared Gebremichael

MEAL ICT4D Manager, CRS
Yared Gebremichael is a MEAL ICT4D manager at CRS Ethiopia, he is the focal person to lead the rollout and timely completion of supportive ICT4D digital system for all projects in Ethiopia and some projects in EARO Country Programs. Furthermore, he provides direction and facilitates... Read More →


OR pdf

Monday May 16, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 204

10:45

Using OpenStreetMap for Achievement and Measurement of the SDGs
Limited Capacity seats available

The key to good use of ICTs in development, and to the achievement of the SDGs, is not to use technology to reduce the level of in-person engagement and relationships needed to make a true impact in communities. It is to let the tools become channels for even more interconnectivity. It is to create communities that know how to work with technology to achieve more, and to do more themselves. It's not just about filling in gaps from the outside, but working together and allowing local innovations to rise to the top.

Map Kibera is an important local example of the use of ICTs to transform the relationship between a community and information about that community. We started Map Kibera in 2009 as a pilot to inquire what young people living in extremely challenging circumstances could potentially do with new tools of technology, especially using the open digital mapping tool OpenStreetMap, and the Kenya-based crowdsourcing tool Ushahidi.

We discovered that young people and other engaged citizens are very interested to know the facts about their communities, and to be in the lead in gathering, sharing and understanding information about their communities. These resources can be used to transform their environment. For instance, in the last election cycle Map Kibera members created Youtube video interviews with candidates, monitored polling stations using mobile phones and liaised with security when issues arose, and posted real time data about the elections online. They also collected the location of each and every school in Kibera along with the number of students, teachers, classrooms, costs and more, and published this in an online database. But beyond that, they involved those teachers, students and local education officials.

Open mapping tools, especially when combined with other collaborative technology tools such as Ushahidi, data surveying, and social media, can meaningfully engage communities in the process of achievement of the SDGs while providing excellent data for NGOs, governments, and communities themselves to use.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Hagen

Erica Hagen

Director, GroundTruth Initiative and Map Kibera Trust
Erica Hagen is an ICT for Development specialist and co-founder and director of Map Kibera Trust, which created the first free and open map of the Kibera slum in Nairobi in 2009. She is also co-founder and director of GroundTruth Initiative, a company which works with partners to... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 205

11:30

Data & Ethics: Emerging Technologies & Dilemmas
Limited Capacity filling up

International M&E firms adhere to a wide variety of standards when collecting and safeguarding data. ICT solutions-mobile data collection, crowdsourcing, photographic evidence, and satellite imagery-make it easier to monitor hard-to-reach beneficiaries and communities. M&E practitioners need to consider the impact technology is having on ethical considerations affecting the collection and storage of routine data. This session discusses emerging, technology-driven considerations impacting privacy and use, including:
- Ensuring the safety and security of data collectors and survey respondents in the field
- Mobile phones and crowdsourcing campaigns: protecting the anonymity of respondents
- Obtaining informed consent with text and IVR communications
- Privacy and data protection: where you store it and the jurisdictional rules protecting it
- The implications of collecting video, photographic, and high-resolution satellite evidence
- When beneficiaries don't have phones: the challenges of selectivity bias
- Electronic data collection: who's snooping?

Speakers
avatar for Ami Henson

Ami Henson

Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, QED
Ms. Ami Henson is QED's Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director for M&E and Learning support projects in Egypt, Afghanistan Iraq and Uganda. Formerly, Ms. Henson was the Chief of Party for USAID support projects designed to deliver M&E and knowledge management related services... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 203

11:30

Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development
Limited Capacity full

On January 20, we launched joint Cisco & UN ITU report, "Harnessing the IoT for Global Development," where we explore the role of the Internet of Things in helping to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. I believe this is the first comprehensive report pointing to this next frontier in how ICTs can help in development.

As a qualitative analysis on how the the IoT, and in particular connected sensors, can play a role in development, the report first explores existing functionalities of the IoT (the range/cost of sensors; tradeoffs in different wireless technologies) and then highlights current project implementations where connected sensors are being deployed. The aim of the report is to demonstrate that the IoT is already having an impact beyond the existing focus on developed economies and industrial sectors.

The session will cover the main findings as well as other developments in the IoT for development space.

The full report can be accessed at: http://www.itu.int/en/action/broadband/Documents/Harnessing-IoT-Global-Development.pdf
And a blog introduction is here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-garrity/post_10909_b_9009292.html

Speakers
avatar for John Garrity

John Garrity

Global Government Affairs & Technology Policy, Cisco
John Garrity is Cisco's Global Policy Advisor in the Global Technology Policy group, managing government engagement and policy research. John is responsible for data-driven analysis on broadband connectivity issues contributing to the expansion of fixed and wireless networks, including... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 202

11:30

ICT4MEAL - Paperless MEAL System
Limited Capacity full

The goal of this paperless ICT4MEAL project is to make use of MEAL transformation by actively using the enabling technology to improve the project management and decision making processes for the larger objective of improving living conditions of CRS beneficiaries and their family. In the case of CRS Ethiopia ICT4D Projects, it enables Donors to get real-time information about the project, CRS Staff to Monitor and Follow up on a project, Partners and government to improve socio-economic conditions bridging the information divide and building resilient communities by ensuring equitable access to resources and information.
This digital system is also useful to improve the collection, processing and sharing of quality data, ensuring the data collected is valuable and accurate by adding a value on the old paper based system creating
- Increased efficiency and effectiveness in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
- Replacing the time, cost and effort intensive Paper based M&E processes for colleagues across CRS and their partner organizations.
- Improved capability for learning and action
- Ensuring Accountability for the donors and beneficiaries providing real time geo-coordinated data.
- State of the art data presentation dashboards for all level of stakeholders

Speakers
avatar for Yared Gebremichael

Yared Gebremichael

MEAL ICT4D Manager, CRS
Yared Gebremichael is a MEAL ICT4D manager at CRS Ethiopia, he is the focal person to lead the rollout and timely completion of supportive ICT4D digital system for all projects in Ethiopia and some projects in EARO Country Programs. Furthermore, he provides direction and facilitates... Read More →


OR pdf

Monday May 16, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 204

11:30

Using OpenStreetMap for Achievement and Measurement of the SDGs
Limited Capacity seats available

The key to good use of ICTs in development, and to the achievement of the SDGs, is not to use technology to reduce the level of in-person engagement and relationships needed to make a true impact in communities. It is to let the tools become channels for even more interconnectivity. It is to create communities that know how to work with technology to achieve more, and to do more themselves. It's not just about filling in gaps from the outside, but working together and allowing local innovations to rise to the top.

Map Kibera is an important local example of the use of ICTs to transform the relationship between a community and information about that community. We started Map Kibera in 2009 as a pilot to inquire what young people living in extremely challenging circumstances could potentially do with new tools of technology, especially using the open digital mapping tool OpenStreetMap, and the Kenya-based crowdsourcing tool Ushahidi.

We discovered that young people and other engaged citizens are very interested to know the facts about their communities, and to be in the lead in gathering, sharing and understanding information about their communities. These resources can be used to transform their environment. For instance, in the last election cycle Map Kibera members created Youtube video interviews with candidates, monitored polling stations using mobile phones and liaised with security when issues arose, and posted real time data about the elections online. They also collected the location of each and every school in Kibera along with the number of students, teachers, classrooms, costs and more, and published this in an online database. But beyond that, they involved those teachers, students and local education officials.

Open mapping tools, especially when combined with other collaborative technology tools such as Ushahidi, data surveying, and social media, can meaningfully engage communities in the process of achievement of the SDGs while providing excellent data for NGOs, governments, and communities themselves to use.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Hagen

Erica Hagen

Director, GroundTruth Initiative and Map Kibera Trust
Erica Hagen is an ICT for Development specialist and co-founder and director of Map Kibera Trust, which created the first free and open map of the Kibera slum in Nairobi in 2009. She is also co-founder and director of GroundTruth Initiative, a company which works with partners to... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 205

12:15

Data & Ethics: Emerging Technologies & Dilemmas
Limited Capacity full

International M&E firms adhere to a wide variety of standards when collecting and safeguarding data. ICT solutions-mobile data collection, crowdsourcing, photographic evidence, and satellite imagery-make it easier to monitor hard-to-reach beneficiaries and communities. M&E practitioners need to consider the impact technology is having on ethical considerations affecting the collection and storage of routine data. This session discusses emerging, technology-driven considerations impacting privacy and use, including:
- Ensuring the safety and security of data collectors and survey respondents in the field
- Mobile phones and crowdsourcing campaigns: protecting the anonymity of respondents
- Obtaining informed consent with text and IVR communications
- Privacy and data protection: where you store it and the jurisdictional rules protecting it
- The implications of collecting video, photographic, and high-resolution satellite evidence
- When beneficiaries don't have phones: the challenges of selectivity bias
- Electronic data collection: who's snooping?

Speakers
avatar for Ami Henson

Ami Henson

Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, QED
Ms. Ami Henson is QED's Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director for M&E and Learning support projects in Egypt, Afghanistan Iraq and Uganda. Formerly, Ms. Henson was the Chief of Party for USAID support projects designed to deliver M&E and knowledge management related services... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 203

12:15

Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development
Limited Capacity full

On January 20, we launched joint Cisco & UN ITU report, "Harnessing the IoT for Global Development," where we explore the role of the Internet of Things in helping to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. I believe this is the first comprehensive report pointing to this next frontier in how ICTs can help in development.

As a qualitative analysis on how the the IoT, and in particular connected sensors, can play a role in development, the report first explores existing functionalities of the IoT (the range/cost of sensors; tradeoffs in different wireless technologies) and then highlights current project implementations where connected sensors are being deployed. The aim of the report is to demonstrate that the IoT is already having an impact beyond the existing focus on developed economies and industrial sectors.

The session will cover the main findings as well as other developments in the IoT for development space.

The full report can be accessed at: http://www.itu.int/en/action/broadband/Documents/Harnessing-IoT-Global-Development.pdf
And a blog introduction is here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-garrity/post_10909_b_9009292.html

Speakers
avatar for John Garrity

John Garrity

Global Government Affairs & Technology Policy, Cisco
John Garrity is Cisco's Global Policy Advisor in the Global Technology Policy group, managing government engagement and policy research. John is responsible for data-driven analysis on broadband connectivity issues contributing to the expansion of fixed and wireless networks, including... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 202

12:15

ICT4MEAL - Paperless MEAL System
Limited Capacity full

The goal of this paperless ICT4MEAL project is to make use of MEAL transformation by actively using the enabling technology to improve the project management and decision making processes for the larger objective of improving living conditions of CRS beneficiaries and their family. In the case of CRS Ethiopia ICT4D Projects, it enables Donors to get real-time information about the project, CRS Staff to Monitor and Follow up on a project, Partners and government to improve socio-economic conditions bridging the information divide and building resilient communities by ensuring equitable access to resources and information.
This digital system is also useful to improve the collection, processing and sharing of quality data, ensuring the data collected is valuable and accurate by adding a value on the old paper based system creating
- Increased efficiency and effectiveness in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
- Replacing the time, cost and effort intensive Paper based M&E processes for colleagues across CRS and their partner organizations.
- Improved capability for learning and action
- Ensuring Accountability for the donors and beneficiaries providing real time geo-coordinated data.
- State of the art data presentation dashboards for all level of stakeholders

Speakers
avatar for Yared Gebremichael

Yared Gebremichael

MEAL ICT4D Manager, CRS
Yared Gebremichael is a MEAL ICT4D manager at CRS Ethiopia, he is the focal person to lead the rollout and timely completion of supportive ICT4D digital system for all projects in Ethiopia and some projects in EARO Country Programs. Furthermore, he provides direction and facilitates... Read More →


OR pdf

Monday May 16, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 204

12:15

Using OpenStreetMap for Achievement and Measurement of the SDGs
Limited Capacity seats available

The key to good use of ICTs in development, and to the achievement of the SDGs, is not to use technology to reduce the level of in-person engagement and relationships needed to make a true impact in communities. It is to let the tools become channels for even more interconnectivity. It is to create communities that know how to work with technology to achieve more, and to do more themselves. It's not just about filling in gaps from the outside, but working together and allowing local innovations to rise to the top.

Map Kibera is an important local example of the use of ICTs to transform the relationship between a community and information about that community. We started Map Kibera in 2009 as a pilot to inquire what young people living in extremely challenging circumstances could potentially do with new tools of technology, especially using the open digital mapping tool OpenStreetMap, and the Kenya-based crowdsourcing tool Ushahidi.

We discovered that young people and other engaged citizens are very interested to know the facts about their communities, and to be in the lead in gathering, sharing and understanding information about their communities. These resources can be used to transform their environment. For instance, in the last election cycle Map Kibera members created Youtube video interviews with candidates, monitored polling stations using mobile phones and liaised with security when issues arose, and posted real time data about the elections online. They also collected the location of each and every school in Kibera along with the number of students, teachers, classrooms, costs and more, and published this in an online database. But beyond that, they involved those teachers, students and local education officials.

Open mapping tools, especially when combined with other collaborative technology tools such as Ushahidi, data surveying, and social media, can meaningfully engage communities in the process of achievement of the SDGs while providing excellent data for NGOs, governments, and communities themselves to use.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Hagen

Erica Hagen

Director, GroundTruth Initiative and Map Kibera Trust
Erica Hagen is an ICT for Development specialist and co-founder and director of Map Kibera Trust, which created the first free and open map of the Kibera slum in Nairobi in 2009. She is also co-founder and director of GroundTruth Initiative, a company which works with partners to... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 205

14:00

Building Inspirational Digital Products to Change the World
Limited Capacity seats available

To reach the ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals, we all need to know the extent of different problems in different places around the world. To complement the growing movements to collect and release open data about the big issues of our time, we need to deploy cutting-edge technologies to communicate that data effectively, so people can act before it's too late.

With ever-expanding datasets covering more topics and larger areas, the development sector has truly entered the age of big data. Making that data intelligible is the next big challenge to take on, which requires a combination of beautiful and intuitive design, powerful databases to complete complex analyzes and innovative visualization technologies. In an age where mobile phones are becoming the primary medium for learning about our world, we need to make sure we empower the billions of people coming online through basic phones and smartphones with the right data at the right time.

This talk will introduce how the data design agency vizzuality uses CartoDB software to build products that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. There will be a demonstration of projects using satellite data and cloud-computing to provide information to the 'bottom billion' through text and call-based services. From prioritizing malaria prevention efforts to helping farmers adopt more productive and sustainable practices, it's all about the right data at the right time.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Mills

Craig Mills

Chief Executive Officer, Vizzuality
Craig Mills is CEO of world-leading data design company vizzuality. He came to software development the long way round, starting off in Marine Biology and moving swiftly through GIS into data modeling and software development. Over the last decade Craig has helped build environmental... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 203

14:00

Building Workflows and Projects Using SMS + Integrations
Limited Capacity seats available

More and more projects and organisations are failing to achieve their key goals and deliver their project objectives due to communication problems and cost. FrontlineSMS is a tool that can reach any and everyone and can now recreate complex and bespoke workflows to save time, money and a lot of 'offline' effort.

Frontline's CTO of 3 years will lead a tech-focused presentation and demonstration of the full power of the latest FrontlineSMS app including automations, APIs, mobile money and everything in between.

Using SMS management tools allow for SMS messages to be sent, received and managed in such a way that systems can be configured to react to (in)correct answers, trigger something every Monday at 9am or Friday at 3pm, track pupils' and even teachers' progress. All in a scalable and localizable way

SMS is a low cost structured form of digital communication accessible to anyone with even the most basic of mobile phones. Common sharing of phones across families and villages means that it is often claimed that SMS has ~100% global penetration. Reaching more communities is easy only with SMS and if "access and quality cannot be decoupled" then it is a big part of the future.

FrontlineSMS as an organization has 10 years of global experience working withorganizations in the educational sector. With successful projects across Africa, Asia, Latin America and more we provide and help to utilize technology platforms across many sectors.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Pitkin

Alex Pitkin

CTO + Projects, FrontlineSMS
Alex Pitkin joined the FrontlineSMS production team in Nairobi in January 2013 as the CTO. Alex runs all areas of the production team including product development, technical design and client-side consulting helping users new and old implement projects using the Frontline suite of... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 205

14:00

Connecting of the Grid Urban Populations with TV White Spaces
Limited Capacity seats available

The digital divide is extreme in Africa. At Microsoft, we have been investigating various technologies to bridge this divide. In this session we will discuss our research around the TV White Spaces, the technology behind dynamic spectrum and how we have leveraged it, and worked with our partners to connect communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

Speakers
avatar for Frank McCosker

Frank McCosker

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft
Frank McCosker is General Manager of Affordable Access and Smart Financing in Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiatives. He is responsible for designing and implementing affordable access projects in many countries on the African continent utilizing new technologies including TV White Spaces... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 202

14:00

Monitoring of SDGs with Example on Use of Mobile Water Quality Testing Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

In the late 1990's the United Nations created the MDGs to reinvigorate the international development sector around a number of big ideas, such as eradicating poverty and improving global health. The truth about their actual impact is more complex. There are many critics of them, especially focused on the way they were created (top down), if they had any impact (would have happened regardless of aid interventions), and the methodology and implementation (unattainable targets, unreliable data). At the time of the creation of the MDGs many of the IT technologies that we have today did not exist yet. The most important technology of all is probably the mobile phone. With the newly setup SDGs we now live in a world where IT technologies offer endless new possibilities. These technologies can especially help in more effectively keeping track of the progress being made, including monitoring of the SDGs. It is actually now possible to track a near 'real-time' what is happening on the ground.

At Akvo we create open source, internet and mobile software and sensors. We focus on making international development and country governance more effective, transparent and collaborative. We help our partners act to improve the management of water, sanitation, agriculture, health, energy, education and the environment. Our tools will also help in more effective monitoring of the SDGs.

Two examples of on-going global trends include From paper data collection to digital data collection (Akvo FLOW) and decentralized mobile water quality testing (Akvo Caddisfly).

A deeper dive into monitoring of the SDG Indicator 6.1.1: Percentage of population using safely managed drinking water services

"Method of computation: Household surveys and censuses currently provide information on types of basic drinking water sources listed above, and also indicate if sources are on premises. These data sources often have information on the availability of water and increasingly on the quality of water at the household level, through direct testing of drinking water for fecal or chemical contamination."

To ensure sustainable development for water, among other things we have to achieve safely managed drinking water services. There is only one way to do this in decentralized water systems, such as with rural water supply, but also within many urban situations, and that is to have decentralized water quality testing systems in place. Akvo's new and innovative water quality testing solutions provide easy to perform field screening tests, directly coupled to our large scale and proven field data collection system, Akvo FLOW.

Speakers
avatar for Luuk Diphoorn

Luuk Diphoorn

MSC Manager, akvo.g
Luuk Diphoorn is Manager of Akvo's East Africa Hub Luuk leads Akvo's project activities with all our partners in East and Southern Africa, and steers the expansion of our hub in Nairobi, Kenya.



Monday May 16, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 204

14:45

Building Inspirational Digital Products to Change the World
Limited Capacity seats available

To reach the ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals, we all need to know the extent of different problems in different places around the world. To complement the growing movements to collect and release open data about the big issues of our time, we need to deploy cutting-edge technologies to communicate that data effectively, so people can act before it's too late.

With ever-expanding datasets covering more topics and larger areas, the development sector has truly entered the age of big data. Making that data intelligible is the next big challenge to take on, which requires a combination of beautiful and intuitive design, powerful databases to complete complex analyzes and innovative visualization technologies. In an age where mobile phones are becoming the primary medium for learning about our world, we need to make sure we empower the billions of people coming online through basic phones and smartphones with the right data at the right time.

This talk will introduce how the data design agency vizzuality uses CartoDB software to build products that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. There will be a demonstration of projects using satellite data and cloud-computing to provide information to the 'bottom billion' through text and call-based services. From prioritizing malaria prevention efforts to helping farmers adopt more productive and sustainable practices, it's all about the right data at the right time.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Mills

Craig Mills

Chief Executive Officer, Vizzuality
Craig Mills is CEO of world-leading data design company vizzuality. He came to software development the long way round, starting off in Marine Biology and moving swiftly through GIS into data modeling and software development. Over the last decade Craig has helped build environmental... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 203

14:45

Building Workflows and Projects Using SMS + Integrations
Limited Capacity seats available

More and more projects and organisations are failing to achieve their key goals and deliver their project objectives due to communication problems and cost. FrontlineSMS is a tool that can reach any and everyone and can now recreate complex and bespoke workflows to save time, money and a lot of 'offline' effort.

Frontline's CTO of 3 years will lead a tech-focused presentation and demonstration of the full power of the latest FrontlineSMS app including automations, APIs, mobile money and everything in between.

Using SMS management tools allow for SMS messages to be sent, received and managed in such a way that systems can be configured to react to (in)correct answers, trigger something every Monday at 9am or Friday at 3pm, track pupils' and even teachers' progress. All in a scalable and localizable way

SMS is a low cost structured form of digital communication accessible to anyone with even the most basic of mobile phones. Common sharing of phones across families and villages means that it is often claimed that SMS has ~100% global penetration. Reaching more communities is easy only with SMS and if "access and quality cannot be decoupled" then it is a big part of the future.

FrontlineSMS as an organization has 10 years of global experience working with organizations in the educational sector. With successful projects across Africa, Asia, Latin America and more we provide and help to utilize technology platforms across many sectors.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Pitkin

Alex Pitkin

CTO + Projects, FrontlineSMS
Alex Pitkin joined the FrontlineSMS production team in Nairobi in January 2013 as the CTO. Alex runs all areas of the production team including product development, technical design and client-side consulting helping users new and old implement projects using the Frontline suite of... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 205

14:45

Connecting of the Grid Urban Populations with TV White Spaces
Limited Capacity seats available

The digital divide is extreme in Africa. At Microsoft, we have been investigating various technologies to bridge this divide. In this session we will discuss our research around the TV White Spaces, the technology behind dynamic spectrum and how we have leveraged it, and worked with our partners to connect communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

Speakers
avatar for Frank McCosker

Frank McCosker

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft
Frank McCosker is General Manager of Affordable Access and Smart Financing in Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiatives. He is responsible for designing and implementing affordable access projects in many countries on the African continent utilizing new technologies including TV White Spaces... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 202

14:45

Monitoring of SDGs with Example on Use of Mobile Water Quality Testing Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

In the late 1990's the United Nations created the MDGs to reinvigorate the international development sector around a number of big ideas, such as eradicating poverty and improving global health. The truth about their actual impact is more complex. There are many critics of them, especially focused on the way they were created (top down), if they had any impact (would have happened regardless of aid interventions), and the methodology and implementation (unattainable targets, unreliable data). At the time of the creation of the MDGs many of the IT technologies that we have today did not exist yet. The most important technology of all is probably the mobile phone. With the newly setup SDGs we now live in a world where IT technologies offer endless new possibilities. These technologies can especially help in more effectively keeping track of the progress being made, including monitoring of the SDGs. It is actually now possible to track a near 'real-time' what is happening on the ground.

At Akvo we create open source, internet and mobile software and sensors. We focus on making international development and country governance more effective, transparent and collaborative. We help our partners act to improve the management of water, sanitation, agriculture, health, energy, education and the environment. Our tools will also help in more effective monitoring of the SDGs.

Two examples of on-going global trends include From paper data collection to digital data collection (Akvo FLOW) and decentralized mobile water quality testing (Akvo Caddisfly).

A deeper dive into monitoring of the SDG Indicator 6.1.1: Percentage of population using safely managed drinking water services

"Method of computation: Household surveys and censuses currently provide information on types of basic drinking water sources listed above, and also indicate if sources are on premises. These data sources often have information on the availability of water and increasingly on the quality of water at the household level, through direct testing of drinking water for fecal or chemical contamination."

To ensure sustainable development for water, among other things we have to achieve safely managed drinking water services. There is only one way to do this in decentralized water systems, such as with rural water supply, but also within many urban situations, and that is to have decentralized water quality testing systems in place. Akvo's new and innovative water quality testing solutions provide easy to perform field screening tests, directly coupled to our large scale and proven field data collection system, Akvo FLOW.

Speakers
avatar for Luuk Diphoorn

Luuk Diphoorn

MSC Manager, akvo.g
Luuk Diphoorn is Manager of Akvo's East Africa Hub Luuk leads Akvo's project activities with all our partners in East and Southern Africa, and steers the expansion of our hub in Nairobi, Kenya.



Monday May 16, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 204

16:00

Achieving Sustainable Development
Limited Capacity seats available

Esri is developing a comprehensive "system of engagement" platform for monitoring the sustainable development goals. As an anchor partner to the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) Esri has been working across the global partnership to develop a consistent and scalable framework for local and national accounting of SDG related programs and progress which can be summarized into global monitoring system. This presentation will feature an overview of core methodology, system capabilities and a demonstration of the platform.

Speakers
avatar for David Gadsden

David Gadsden

Nonprofit & Global Organizations Director, Esri
David Gadsden leads Esri's Nonprofit Sector which supports Nonprofits, Foundations, and International Organizations globally. David is also the administrator of the Nonprofit Organization Program which aims to empower nonprofits around the globe with Esri technology. David earned... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 16:00 - 16:45
Giraffe 202

16:00

Managing Data Quality with Negative Reporting
Limited Capacity full

Your new M&E solution is a work of art. You spent the time on "user centric" design, got buy in from all of your field staff and managers, and selected the right technology to help you collect data from the field. Then, a year later, you find that your work of art isn't the "end-all" solution for capturing quality data that you had hoped. Now it's reporting season and you find yourself spending just as much time combing through a year's worth of paper to correct your data as you did before you switched from your old paper and Excel system. Where did you go wrong?

Bad data can render any M&E system useless, no matter how much care was put into the initial design. This session will illustrate how to harness the power of "negative reports" to help improve data quality. Negative reports help you identify those records that are missing critical information and can provide actionable information to project teams. Running these types of reports on a regular basis can drastically improve the quality of an M&E system and reduce the time required from M&E Managers to clean data when reporting deadlines are approaching.

Negative reporting is the missing component to many M&E systems being relied upon for critical data. Participants in this session will walk away with a new way of looking at their project or organization's reporting strategy and how using negative reporting can help them provide more accurate and timely data to their key stakeholders.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Zeigler

Kevin Zeigler

Global Technology Manager, TechnoServe
Kevin Zeigler is the Global Technology Manager at TechnoServe tasked with helping both Corporate and Project teams design and implement systems to help drive the organization's impact. His passion is aligning project execution with technology so teams spend less time fighting with... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 16:00 - 16:45
Giraffe 203

16:00

TolaData - Improving the Quality of Program Data
Limited Capacity full

TolaData was born from a need with in Mercy Corps to create centralized, sustainable, open source and standards based software and M&E practices for all of internal global programs.

The goal of Tola is to support adaptive program management and enable experienced-based learning by providing tools that can improve the quality of program data. Using open standards, Tola provides open source tools that are simple, adaptable, and extensible for data discovery and impact analysis. During this showcase you will learn about Tola's development and implementation, as well as highlights of its functionality. The focus will be on providing evidence for program indicators that is traceable, audible and shareable as well as provide tools for doing quick high level analysis.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Lind

Greg Lind

Software Developer/Business Analyst, Mercy Corps
I'm a software developer and systems architect and business analyst for Mercy Corps since 2011, previously working in the same capacity for regional, state and federal government agencies in the United States as well as small to large business and corporations like Hewlett-Packard... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 16:00 - 16:45
Giraffe 204

16:00

You Can't Have Big Data without Lots of Little Data
Limited Capacity filling up

All of the world's major donors have promised to release data about their effectiveness. The reality for most organizations is that this data doesn't yet exist in any usable form. How does information really flow between the field and stakeholders, how do we want it to flow, and how do we get there from here?

Speakers
avatar for Herb Caudill

Herb Caudill

CEO, DevResults
Herb wrote the first version of DevResults in 2009. Much of that code has since been rewritten by better programmers. | | A data-visualization geek, a graphic designer, and a programmer, he has been building websites and software for international development organizations since... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 16:00 - 16:45
Giraffe 205

16:45

Achieving Sustainable Development
Limited Capacity seats available

Esri is developing a comprehensive "system of engagement" platform for monitoring the sustainable development goals. As an anchor partner to the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) Esri has been working across the global partnership to develop a consistent and scalable framework for local and national accounting of SDG related programs and progress which can be summarized into global monitoring system. This presentation will feature an overview of core methodology, system capabilities and a demonstration of the platform.

Speakers
avatar for David Gadsden

David Gadsden

Nonprofit & Global Organizations Director, Esri
David Gadsden leads Esri's Nonprofit Sector which supports Nonprofits, Foundations, and International Organizations globally. David is also the administrator of the Nonprofit Organization Program which aims to empower nonprofits around the globe with Esri technology. David earned... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 16:45 - 17:30
Giraffe 202

16:45

Managing Data Quality with Negative Reporting
Limited Capacity full

Your new M&E solution is a work of art. You spent the time on "user centric" design, got buy in from all of your field staff and managers, and selected the right technology to help you collect data from the field. Then, a year later, you find that your work of art isn't the "end-all" solution for capturing quality data that you had hoped. Now it's reporting season and you find yourself spending just as much time combing through a year's worth of paper to correct your data as you did before you switched from your old paper and Excel system. Where did you go wrong?

Bad data can render any M&E system useless, no matter how much care was put into the initial design. This session will illustrate how to harness the power of "negative reports" to help improve data quality. Negative reports help you identify those records that are missing critical information and can provide actionable information to project teams. Running these types of reports on a regular basis can drastically improve the quality of an M&E system and reduce the time required from M&E Managers to clean data when reporting deadlines are approaching.

Negative reporting is the missing component to many M&E systems being relied upon for critical data. Participants in this session will walk away with a new way of looking at their project or organization's reporting strategy and how using negative reporting can help them provide more accurate and timely data to their key stakeholders.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Zeigler

Kevin Zeigler

Global Technology Manager, TechnoServe
Kevin Zeigler is the Global Technology Manager at TechnoServe tasked with helping both Corporate and Project teams design and implement systems to help drive the organization's impact. His passion is aligning project execution with technology so teams spend less time fighting with... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 16:45 - 17:30
Giraffe 203

16:45

TolaData - Improving the Quality of Program Data
Limited Capacity seats available

TolaData was born from a need with in Mercy Corps to create centralized, sustainable, open source and standards based software and M&E practices for all of internal global programs.

The goal of Tola is to support adaptive program management and enable experienced-based learning by providing tools that can improve the quality of program data. Using open standards, Tola provides open source tools that are simple, adaptable, and extensible for data discovery and impact analysis. During this showcase you will learn about Tola's development and implementation, as well as highlights of its functionality. The focus will be on providing evidence for program indicators that is traceable, auditable and shareable as well as provide tools for doing quick high level analysis.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Lind

Greg Lind

Software Developer/Business Analyst, Mercy Corps
I'm a software developer and systems architect and business analyst for Mercy Corps since 2011, previously working in the same capacity for regional, state and federal government agencies in the United States as well as small to large business and corporations like Hewlett-Packard... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 16:45 - 17:30
Giraffe 204

16:45

You Can't Have Big Data without Lots of Little Data
Limited Capacity filling up

All of the world's major donors have promised to release data about their effectiveness. The reality for most organizations is that this data doesn't yet exist in any usable form. How does information really flow between the field and stakeholders, how do we want it to flow, and how do we get there from here?

Speakers
avatar for Herb Caudill

Herb Caudill

CEO, DevResults
Herb wrote the first version of DevResults in 2009. Much of that code has since been rewritten by better programmers. | | A data-visualization geek, a graphic designer, and a programmer, he has been building websites and software for international development organizations since... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 16:45 - 17:30
Giraffe 205
 
Tuesday, May 17
 

10:45

Discussion Group on Connectivity
Limited Capacity seats available

This Discussion Group session on Connectivity will provide an open forum for participant discussion as a continuation of Darrell Owen’s morning Plenary presentation on Connectivity.  The session will focus specifically on the Least Developed and Least Connected Countries (LDCs and LCCs) that continue to fall behind in the area of having access to affordable Internet—an essential core component for levering ICT4D.  The orientation is to explore the need for innovative disruptions across the connectivity ecosystem that hold promise for addressing this critical challenge.  SDG Target 9c—“Significantly increase access to information and communication technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020,” is the context, with on universal and affordable Internet access in LDCs and LCCs be the specific focus.


Speakers
avatar for Darrell Owen

Darrell Owen

International Development Consultant, Owen & Owen
Darrell Owen has been engaged in socioeconomic-focused Digital Development for over 22 years, initially as an employee of USAID, but also as an independent consultant to both the private and public sectors. With a Master’s degree in Telecommunications, Darrell’s focus has been... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 209

10:45

eValuate | Strengthening MEAL
Limited Capacity filling up

CRS launched an ICT4D MEAL platform named as "eValuate" in FY14 in hopes of achieving

- Alignment with CRS's strategy - MEAL & ICT core competencies / Strategic Initiative 2.8
- One agency - standard data availability
- Expected by donors and competitive edge for funding
- Improves data collection and reporting efficiency
- Reduces data and reporting errors
- Increases transparency and accountability
- Improves decision making and service delivery
- Distinguishes CRS in the NGO and donor communities

We are now in the third year of rolling out eValuate. It is currently in various stages of deployment across 27 projects in 20 countries. We'd like to use this time to share our experience and story. In our story we will be covering:

- Why did CRS need eValuate?
- What is eValuate?
- Coverage of eValuate?
- eValuate - Impact on MEAL globally
- Our bumps and bruises
- Our plan
- Testimonies

We'll conclude our talk with a short demonstration of how eValuate revolutionized Seed Fairs.

Speakers
avatar for Apoorv Pal

Apoorv Pal

Senior IC T4D Solution Engineer, Catholic Relief Services
Apoorv Pal has been working in ICT4D Sector at Catholic Relief Services for more than 5 years and is involved in it since its inception in CRS.He has also been consistently active in ICT4D and Innovation Community. His work life boasts of deployment of ICT4D solutions in more than... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 210

10:45

How Satellite Connectivity Can Help Aid and Development Organizations to Meet the SDGs
Limited Capacity seats available

Drawing on her many years of experience supporting the aid and development community with reliable global connectivity, Nada El Marji discusses the role satellite communications can play in enabling each of the UN's Sustainable Development goals.
Drawing on specific examples and use cases both within the Aid development sector and beyond, Ms. El Marji demonstrates that digital connectivity and inclusion are crucial to the goals' successful implementation. She also explores how satellite services in particular can connect rural communities and remote locations with fast, reliable connectivity, ensuring that the march to meet the goals truly is a worldwide effort. 

Speakers
avatar for Nada El Marji

Nada El Marji

Director, Aid and Development, Inmarsat
Please provide the following to maximize Summit value: 1. Email: 2. Key interests: 3. Expectation for the Summit: 4. Short bio:


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

10:45

The End of Monitoring and Evaluation: Managing Aid Projects with Better Information
Limited Capacity full

Monitoring and evaluation remains an unsolved problem for most organizations: All too often, managers and decision-makers at all levels simply don't have the information they need to manage effectively, let alone the data they need to be as flexible, transparent, and accountable as they would like. What do we want this field to look like in the next few years? What sacred cows have to go, and what habits need to change, in order to get there?

Speakers
avatar for Herb Caudill

Herb Caudill

CEO, DevResults
Herb wrote the first version of DevResults in 2009. Much of that code has since been rewritten by better programmers. | | A data-visualization geek, a graphic designer, and a programmer, he has been building websites and software for international development organizations since... Read More →
avatar for Dustin Homer

Dustin Homer

Director of Engagement & Partnerships, Development Gateway
Dustin leads Development Gateway’s Results Data Initiative, exploring how development results data can be collected, shared and used more effectively. He has learned, thought and written a lot about how data actually matters for governments and development orgs – and how it doesn’t... Read More →
avatar for Neema Iyer

Neema Iyer

Regional Director of Programs, VOTO Mobile
Neema is the Regional Director of Programs for East Africa at VOTO Mobile. She works with various partners to design and implement M4D projects across health, agriculture, governance, energy and education, using interactive mobile technologies such as SMS, IVR and USSD. With a background... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 211

11:30

Discussion Group on Connectivity
Limited Capacity seats available

This Discussion Group session on Connectivity will provide an open forum for participant discussion as a continuation of Darrell Owen’s morning Plenary presentation on Connectivity.  The session will focus specifically on the Least Developed and Least Connected Countries (LDCs and LCCs) that continue to fall behind in the area of having access to affordable Internet—an essential core component for levering ICT4D.  The orientation is to explore the need for innovative disruptions across the connectivity ecosystem that hold promise for addressing this critical challenge.  SDG Target 9c—“Significantly increase access to information and communication technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020,” is the context, with on universal and affordable Internet access in LDCs and LCCs be the specific focus.


Speakers
avatar for Darrell Owen

Darrell Owen

International Development Consultant, Owen & Owen
Darrell Owen has been engaged in socioeconomic-focused Digital Development for over 22 years, initially as an employee of USAID, but also as an independent consultant to both the private and public sectors. With a Master’s degree in Telecommunications, Darrell’s focus has been... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 209

11:30

eValuate | Strengthening MEAL
Limited Capacity filling up

CRS launched an ICT4D MEAL platform named as "eValuate" in FY14 in hopes of achieving

- Alignment with CRS's strategy - MEAL & ICT core competencies / Strategic Initiative 2.8
- One agency - standard data availability
- Expected by donors and competitive edge for funding
- Improves data collection and reporting efficiency
- Reduces data and reporting errors
- Increases transparency and accountability
- Improves decision making and service delivery
- Distinguishes CRS in the NGO and donor communities

We are now in the third year of rolling out eValuate. It is currently in various stages of deployment across 27 projects in 20 countries. We'd like to use this time to share our experience and story. In our story we will be covering:

- Why did CRS need eValuate?
- What is eValuate?
- Coverage of eValuate?
- eValuate - Impact on MEAL globally
- Our bumps and bruises
- Our plan
- Testimonies

We'll conclude our talk with a short demonstration of how eValuate revolutionized Seed Fairs.

Speakers
avatar for Apoorv Pal

Apoorv Pal

Senior IC T4D Solution Engineer, Catholic Relief Services
Apoorv Pal has been working in ICT4D Sector at Catholic Relief Services for more than 5 years and is involved in it since its inception in CRS.He has also been consistently active in ICT4D and Innovation Community. His work life boasts of deployment of ICT4D solutions in more than... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 210

11:30

How Satellite Connectivity Can Help Aid and Development Organizations to Meet the SDGs
Limited Capacity seats available

Drawing on her many years of experience supporting the aid and development community with reliable global connectivity, Nada El Marji discusses the role satellite communications can play in enabling each of the UN's Sustainable Development goals.
Drawing on specific examples and use cases both within the Aid development sector and beyond, Ms. El Marji demonstrates that digital connectivity and inclusion are crucial to the goals' successful implementation. She also explores how satellite services in particular can connect rural communities and remote locations with fast, reliable connectivity, ensuring that the march to meet the goals truly is a worldwide effort. 

Speakers
avatar for Nada El Marji

Nada El Marji

Director, Aid and Development, Inmarsat
Please provide the following to maximize Summit value: 1. Email: 2. Key interests: 3. Expectation for the Summit: 4. Short bio:


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

11:30

The End of Monitoring and Evaluation: Managing Aid Projects with Better Information
Limited Capacity full

Monitoring and evaluation remains an unsolved problem for most organizations: All too often, managers and decision-makers at all levels simply don't have the information they need to manage effectively, let alone the data they need to be as flexible, transparent, and accountable as they would like. What do we want this field to look like in the next few years? What sacred cows have to go, and what habits need to change, in order to get there?

Speakers
avatar for Herb Caudill

Herb Caudill

CEO, DevResults
Herb wrote the first version of DevResults in 2009. Much of that code has since been rewritten by better programmers. | | A data-visualization geek, a graphic designer, and a programmer, he has been building websites and software for international development organizations since... Read More →
avatar for Dustin Homer

Dustin Homer

Director of Engagement & Partnerships, Development Gateway
Dustin leads Development Gateway’s Results Data Initiative, exploring how development results data can be collected, shared and used more effectively. He has learned, thought and written a lot about how data actually matters for governments and development orgs – and how it doesn’t... Read More →
avatar for Neema Iyer

Neema Iyer

Regional Director of Programs, VOTO Mobile
Neema is the Regional Director of Programs for East Africa at VOTO Mobile. She works with various partners to design and implement M4D projects across health, agriculture, governance, energy and education, using interactive mobile technologies such as SMS, IVR and USSD. With a background... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 211

12:15

Democratizing the Development Community thru Open-Source Platform
Limited Capacity filling up

The Global Innovation Exchange (the Exchange) is an open-source platform co-created by over 100 partner organizations to freely share data and information and connect on ideas, innovations, funding opportunities, and expertise. The Exchange reduces the barrier to access useful information and it flips (upside down) the traditional development industry model of the supply-side driven approach. Now, more than ever, with increased connectivity, the demand-side can drive how we identify and address the challenges to end extreme poverty.

Learn how to join and leverage the Exchange to share your ideas, connect with your friends (and foes!), and collaborate with other stakeholders, entrepreneurs and innovators in your sector. The presentation and demonstration of the platform will give a comprehensive overview of the Exchange and user-behavior insights that show open-collaboration is trending upwards.

Speakers
avatar for Grace Kim

Grace Kim

Manager, USAID
Grace Kim is a Project Manager at the U.S. Global Development Lab-Center for Development Innovation. As a member of the Applied Innovation & Acceleration team, Grace convenes and connects people and organizations with the most innovative applications in science, technology, innovation... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 211

12:15

Discussion Group on Connectivity
Limited Capacity seats available

This Discussion Group session on Connectivity will provide an open forum for participant discussion as a continuation of Darrell Owen’s morning Plenary presentation on Connectivity.  The session will focus specifically on the Least Developed and Least Connected Countries (LDCs and LCCs) that continue to fall behind in the area of having access to affordable Internet—an essential core component for levering ICT4D.  The orientation is to explore the need for innovative disruptions across the connectivity ecosystem that hold promise for addressing this critical challenge.  SDG Target 9c—“Significantly increase access to information and communication technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020,” is the context, with on universal and affordable Internet access in LDCs and LCCs be the specific focus.


Speakers
avatar for Darrell Owen

Darrell Owen

International Development Consultant, Owen & Owen
Darrell Owen has been engaged in socioeconomic-focused Digital Development for over 22 years, initially as an employee of USAID, but also as an independent consultant to both the private and public sectors. With a Master’s degree in Telecommunications, Darrell’s focus has been... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 209

12:15

How Satellite Connectivity Can Help Aid and Development Organizations to Meet the SDGs
Limited Capacity seats available

Drawing on her many years of experience supporting the aid and development community with reliable global connectivity, Nada El Marji discusses the role satellite communications can play in enabling each of the UN's Sustainable Development goals.
Drawing on specific examples and use cases both within the Aid development sector and beyond, Ms. El Marji demonstrates that digital connectivity and inclusion are crucial to the goals' successful implementation. She also explores how satellite services in particular can connect rural communities and remote locations with fast, reliable connectivity, ensuring that the march to meet the goals truly is a worldwide effort. 

Speakers
avatar for Nada El Marji

Nada El Marji

Director, Aid and Development, Inmarsat
Please provide the following to maximize Summit value: 1. Email: 2. Key interests: 3. Expectation for the Summit: 4. Short bio:


Tuesday May 17, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Lioness

12:15

Power of Voice-Enabled Communication Technology to Reach the Last Mile
Limited Capacity full

Awaaz.De, an award-winning Indian social enterprise, accelerates the development of appropriate technology to reach the last mile. Awaaz.De provides technology solutions and services for development sector organizations, enabling them to connect with underserved communities and increase impact. Awaaz.De develops cost-effective, easy-to-use communication and data collection tools that work on mobiles and landlines, breaking language and literacy barriers. Clients use Awaaz.De for health, education, microfinance, and agriculture, with proven impact. The technology helps reach marginalized and remote communities, whether farmers, women, rural populations, or low-income students. Awaaz.De has worked across 23 states and 6 countries, with over 300 organizations since 2010.

Awaaz.De was founded by Neil Patel and Tapan Parikh (Professor, UC Berkeley), growing out of Neil's PhD thesis work at Stanford University. Awaaz.De is a 2013 Sankalp Award Grand Prize Winner, 2013 Action For India Growth Prize Winner, 2011 Tech Awards Laureate, and a 2011 Mashable.com Startups for Good finalist. Dr. Neil Patel will present real case studies of how this technology has been applied, its social impact in reaching and empowering communities, and areas of further research and implementation required for future growth in this field.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Neil Patel

Dr. Neil Patel

Founder and CEO, Awaaz De
Neil Patel is co-founder and CEO of Awaaz.De. Born and raised in California, Neil holds bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Business from UC Berkeley, and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. He completed his dissertation on a mobile voice-based social platform... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 210

14:00

Delivering Impact in a Snapshot
Limited Capacity filling up

We want to make the planet a better place and the lives of those who share it better, safer, healthier and free from poverty. Our future will be decided by the choices we make. Data is a foundation for good decisions. Zerion Software helps the NGO community to use technology for impact driven data collection, management, analytics and improved performance. Besides properly selecting and configuring the Technology, Impact oriented data demands a consistent and thoughtful understanding of change management and cultivating people. This session will look at the roots of making digital M&E successful to produce real impact thru snap shot surveys (conducted at 119 program sites in Africa) and mobile monitoring in Senegal and Malawi. Learn about the challenges and successes with one organization (The Hunger Project) that has extensive experience in this field.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Colnar

Megan Colnar

Director of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning, The Hunger Project
Megan Colnar is the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning at The Hunger Project in New York City. She is responsible for designing, managing, and coordinating MEL efforts across THP's global programs and projects, as well as, developing capacity of the staff worldwide on MEL... Read More →
avatar for Or Dashevsky

Or Dashevsky

Chief Solution Architect, Zerion Software Inc.
OR Dashevsky is Chief Solution Architect at Zerion Software Inc. Or is leading professional services group at Zerion Software Inc. to deliver innovative and scalable solution for enterprise utilizing Zerion Softare Inc. platforms. | | Previously OR worked for Catholic Relief Services... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 211

14:00

Generating Secure Apps for Your Program
Limited Capacity seats available

What if you could have a secure Android app for your program need in less than an hour? Your program's branding, your app name, your messaging, your language, "your secret sauce!" Benetech, a leading open source software developer based in California's Silicon Valley, is beta testing its new secure app generator with NGOs around the world. Benetech has long focused its strong security capacity on the needs of human rights groups, but believes that built-in security by design has strong application to privacy protection for vulnerable populations. Benetech also hosts the data for these applications in the cloud at no cost, and does not have (or want) the keys to access this confidential data.
We believe that more and more organizations are trying to collect data for their program needs, as well as building a data foundation for larger efforts to measure impact. By making the barrier so low to creating new applications, it will make rapid prototyping of these apps possible. By building on top of great open source technologies, it leverages technology investments by many other groups. And, if your app need is sufficiently distinctive to require software development, you will approach this effort from a position of knowledge and experience about what is required.
Come speak with one of the top technologists in the tech for good movement about your needs and desires for better applications to maximize program effectiveness and social impact.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Fruchterman

Jim Fruchterman

CEO, Benetech
Jim Fruchterman is a leading social entrepreneur and CEO of Benetech, a nonprofit technology company based in Silicon Valley. He is a former rocket scientist who founded several successful high technology companies and has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur, Skoll and... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 209

14:00

Powering ICT and Agriculture for Development in South Africa
Limited Capacity seats available

The Connectivity, Electricity, and Education for Entrepreneurship (CE3) program in South Africa seeks to overcome two technology building blocks in the agricultural and livelihoods sectors: power and connectivity. Solar micro-grid power is provided to ICT labs as well as for productive uses such as irrigation and agricultural packaging. Internet connectivity is provided for market analysis and research to improve yields and profitability. Computer-based entrepreneurship and ICT training is provided to help smallholder and cooperative farmers make the best use of the ICT resources at their disposal.

CE3 began in Uganda in 2012 and was replicated in South Africa starting in 2015. CE3 arose from the need of micro-businesses and smallholder farmers to have reliable, affordable power to increase their profitability. Coupled with training on basic business planning skills and access to global networks of information, CE3 creates an ecosystem for livelihood promotion based on ICT4D principles. The program is a joint enterprise by global corporations such as Accenture, Lenovo, and SunEdison, the University of Notre Dame, and local stakeholders such as the Rural Development Company, agricultural cooperatives, and business and government institutions.

The presentation will discuss the challenges in start up and early implementation of the CE3 program and innovative solutions to those challenges; the topics found to be of most interest to rural ICT and entrepreneurship students; the ways students have employed their new skills; and the importance of remote connections established with national training centers and business outsourcing groups.

Speakers
avatar for Ntuthuko Shezi

Ntuthuko Shezi

CEO, The Rural Development Company
Ntuthuko Shezi is an Electro-Mechanical Engineer formerly was a strategy consultant at Accenture. Since 2007 he has started and built various startups, in the automotive and agriculture sectors which today employ in excess of 60 people. Shezi is a Clinton Democracy Fellow (2005... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 210

14:45

Delivering Impact in a Snapshot
Limited Capacity filling up

We want to make the planet a better place and the lives of those who share it better, safer, healthier and free from poverty. Our future will be decided by the choices we make. Data is a foundation for good decisions. Zerion Software helps the NGO community to use technology for impact driven data collection, management, analytics and improved performance. Besides properly selecting and configuring the Technology, Impact oriented data demands a consistent and thoughtful understanding of change management and cultivating people. This session will look at the roots of making digital M&E successful to produce real impact thru snap shot surveys (conducted at 119 program sites in Africa) and mobile monitoring in Senegal and Malawi. Learn about the challenges and successes with one organization (The Hunger Project) that has extensive experience in this field.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Colnar

Megan Colnar

Director of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning, The Hunger Project
Megan Colnar is the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning at The Hunger Project in New York City. She is responsible for designing, managing, and coordinating MEL efforts across THP's global programs and projects, as well as, developing capacity of the staff worldwide on MEL... Read More →
avatar for Or Dashevsky

Or Dashevsky

Chief Solution Architect, Zerion Software Inc.
OR Dashevsky is Chief Solution Architect at Zerion Software Inc. Or is leading professional services group at Zerion Software Inc. to deliver innovative and scalable solution for enterprise utilizing Zerion Softare Inc. platforms. | | Previously OR worked for Catholic Relief Services... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 211

14:45

Generating Secure Apps for Your Program
Limited Capacity filling up

What if you could have a secure Android app for your program need in less than an hour? Your program's branding, your app name, your messaging, your language, "your secret sauce!" Benetech, a leading open source software developer based in California's Silicon Valley, is beta testing its new secure app generator with NGOs around the world. Benetech has long focused its strong security capacity on the needs of human rights groups, but believes that built-in security by design has strong application to privacy protection for vulnerable populations. Benetech also hosts the data for these applications in the cloud at no cost, and does not have (or want) the keys to access this confidential data.
We believe that more and more organizations are trying to collect data for their program needs, as well as building a data foundation for larger efforts to measure impact. By making the barrier so low to creating new applications, it will make rapid prototyping of these apps possible. By building on top of great open source technologies, it leverages technology investments by many other groups. And, if your app need is sufficiently distinctive to require software development, you will approach this effort from a position of knowledge and experience about what is required.
Come speak with one of the top technologists in the tech for good movement about your needs and desires for better applications to maximize program effectiveness and social impact.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Fruchterman

Jim Fruchterman

CEO, Benetech
Jim Fruchterman is a leading social entrepreneur and CEO of Benetech, a nonprofit technology company based in Silicon Valley. He is a former rocket scientist who founded several successful high technology companies and has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur, Skoll and... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 209

14:45

Powering ICT and Agriculture for Development in South Africa
Limited Capacity seats available

The Connectivity, Electricity, and Education for Entrepreneurship (CE3) program in South Africa seeks to overcome two technology building blocks in the agricultural and livelihoods sectors: power and connectivity. Solar micro-grid power is provided to ICT labs as well as for productive uses such as irrigation and agricultural packaging. Internet connectivity is provided for market analysis and research to improve yields and profitability. Computer-based entrepreneurship and ICT training is provided to help smallholder and cooperative farmers make the best use of the ICT resources at their disposal.

CE3 began in Uganda in 2012 and was replicated in South Africa starting in 2015. CE3 arose from the need of micro-businesses and smallholder farmers to have reliable, affordable power to increase their profitability. Coupled with training on basic business planning skills and access to global networks of information, CE3 creates an ecosystem for livelihood promotion based on ICT4D principles. The program is a joint enterprise by global corporations such as Accenture, Lenovo, and SunEdison, the University of Notre Dame, and local stakeholders such as the Rural Development Company, agricultural cooperatives, and business and government institutions.

The presentation will discuss the challenges in start up and early implementation of the CE3 program and innovative solutions to those challenges; the topics found to be of most interest to rural ICT and entrepreneurship students; the ways students have employed their new skills; and the importance of remote connections established with national training centers and business outsourcing groups.

Speakers
avatar for Ntuthuko Shezi

Ntuthuko Shezi

CEO, The Rural Development Company
Ntuthuko Shezi is an Electro-Mechanical Engineer formerly was a strategy consultant at Accenture. Since 2007 he has started and built various startups, in the automotive and agriculture sectors which today employ in excess of 60 people. Shezi is a Clinton Democracy Fellow (2005... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 210

16:00

Leveraging Paper and Digital Systems for Health: ODK Scan
Limited Capacity seats available

Even with the marked expansion of ICTs in developing contexts, many rural and low-income communities worldwide continue to rely on paper-based systems for management of health goods and services. While paper is familiar, reliable, and inexpensive, these paper-based systems require extensive time and human resources for collection, aggregation, and reporting of essential health data. The ODK Scan application was developed as a bridge between these paper and digital systems, utilizing custom image recognition technology and a smartphone's built-in camera to automatically extract and digitize handwritten data from paper forms. Part of the Open Data Kit set of tools, ODK Scan is developed by VillageReach and the University of Washington specifically for use in low-resource communities and requires no internet connection. In field testing with community health workers in rural Malawi focused on maternal and neonatal health, the ODK Scan alpha technology showed accuracy rates of 83% for numbers and 96% for fill-in bubbles. Further improvements in data processing are currently being tested in a Pakistan-based field trial focused on monitoring of tuberculosis patients. (Preliminary data from that trial will be available at the time of the conference.) At its core, ODK Scan aims to create an efficient paper-to-digital process that can improve data visibility from the last mile and improve decision making at all levels.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Powers

Rachel Powers

Associate, Information Systems, VillageReach
Rachel works in integrated technology support and implementation for global health systems projects at VillageReach. Her current projects focus on Android platform mobile tools and streamlining data flow in low resource areas. She has additional experience in international ICT policy... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 16:00 - 16:45
Giraffe 210

16:00

Making Africa's Open Data Matter
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Gachara Irura

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 16:00 - 16:45
Giraffe 211

16:00

The Principles for Digital Development in Action
Limited Capacity full

Over the past years, the development community has both embraced the emergence of digital tools to transform service delivery, and also criticized the proliferation of ICT4D trends and products as unsustainable, unscalable pilots. As a result, the Principles for Digital Development were created to respond to provide a common vision. A number of donor organizations, multilateral institutions and implementing organizations have signed on to the principles as a mode of doing business. However, it is yet to be determined how the operationalization of these tools will come to pass and what their impact will be. 

Beginning in 2016, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) assumed stewardship of the operationalization of the Principles in order to define, adopt, and embed best practices into the strategy and operations, funders, implementers and government agencies alike. The path forward on transitioning from "principles to practice" is yet to be determined. 

This panel presentation and discussion for the ICT4D conference will introduce the Principles for Digital Development and learn from implementing organizations and donors how they are integrating the Principles into their work. It will rely on audience participation to understand the real-time implications of the implementation and what tools or resources would be most valuable to help them conduct their work.
Some of the questions that the presentation and discussion will address include:
-       How are the principles applicable for donors and implementing originations?
-       How can we facilitate appropriate, impactful dialogue to ensure that the principles are institutionalized into the way that digital development programs are implemented?
-       What tools or resources would be most useful, effective and appropriate to integrate and operationalize the Principles into your work?

Moderators
avatar for Carolyn Florey

Carolyn Florey

Technology for Development Lead, International Rice Research Institute
Carolyn Florey is the Technology for Development Lead at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Prior to IRRI, she was the Director for Collective Impact at the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL). She has also worked at the United Nations Foundation, World Bank and USAID in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Magnus Mordu Conteh

Magnus Mordu Conteh

Director of Global Health Programmes, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, World Vision International
Magnus joined World Vision Ireland in 2011 as Health Programme Coordinator for the Irish Aid funded Maternal Newborn and Child Health programme that is being implemented through the Ministries of Health in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritania and Sierra Leone. In addition to managing... Read More →
DA

Dr. Andrew Karlyn

Africa Regional Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development
Andrew Karlyn, PhD, serves as USAID’s Global Development Lab’s Africa Regional Advisor, based in Nairobi, supporting digital finance initiatives in health, social protection, agriculture and democracy and governance programs.
avatar for Anand Varghese

Anand Varghese

Senior ICT Specialist, DAI
During his eight-year career as a specialist in international development and conflict management, Anand Varghese has managed complex operations with a commitment to using information and communications technology (ICT) tools to create peaceful social change around the world. Anand... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 16:00 - 16:45
Giraffe 209

16:45

Leveraging Paper and Digital Systems for Health: ODK Scan
Limited Capacity filling up

Even with the marked expansion of ICTs in developing contexts, many rural and low-income communities worldwide continue to rely on paper-based systems for management of health goods and services. While paper is familiar, reliable, and inexpensive, these paper-based systems require extensive time and human resources for collection, aggregation, and reporting of essential health data. The ODK Scan application was developed as a bridge between these paper and digital systems, utilizing custom image recognition technology and a smartphone's built-in camera to automatically extract and digitize handwritten data from paper forms. Part of the Open Data Kit set of tools, ODK Scan is developed by VillageReach and the University of Washington specifically for use in low-resource communities and requires no internet connection. In field testing with community health workers in rural Malawi focused on maternal and neonatal health, the ODK Scan alpha technology showed accuracy rates of 83% for numbers and 96% for fill-in bubbles. Further improvements in data processing are currently being tested in a Pakistan-based field trial focused on monitoring of tuberculosis patients. (Preliminary data from that trial will be available at the time of the conference.) At its core, ODK Scan aims to create an efficient paper-to-digital process that can improve data visibility from the last mile and improve decision making at all levels.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Powers

Rachel Powers

Associate, Information Systems, VillageReach
Rachel works in integrated technology support and implementation for global health systems projects at VillageReach. Her current projects focus on Android platform mobile tools and streamlining data flow in low resource areas. She has additional experience in international ICT policy... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 16:45 - 17:30
Giraffe 210

16:45

Making Africa's Open Data Matter
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Gachara Irura

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
Giraffe 211

16:45

The Principles for Digital Development in Action
Limited Capacity full

Over the past years, the development community has both embraced the emergence of digital tools to transform service delivery, and also criticized the proliferation of ICT4D trends and products as unsustainable, unscalable pilots. As a result, the Principles for Digital Development were created to respond to provide a common vision. A number of donor organizations, multilateral institutions and implementing organizations have signed on to the principles as a mode of doing business. However, it is yet to be determined how the operationalization of these tools will come to pass and what their impact will be. 

Beginning in 2016, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) assumed stewardship of the operationalization of the Principles in order to define, adopt, and embed best practices into the strategy and operations, funders, implementers and government agencies alike. The path forward on transitioning from "principles to practice" is yet to be determined. 

This panel presentation and discussion for the ICT4D conference will introduce the Principles for Digital Development and learn from implementing organizations and donors how they are integrating the Principles into their work. It will rely on audience participation to understand the real-time implications of the implementation and what tools or resources would be most valuable to help them conduct their work.
Some of the questions that the presentation and discussion will address include:
-       How are the principles applicable for donors and implementing originations?
-       How can we facilitate appropriate, impactful dialogue to ensure that the principles are institutionalized into the way that digital development programs are implemented?
-       What tools or resources would be most useful, effective and appropriate to integrate and operationalize the Principles into your work?

Moderators
avatar for Carolyn Florey

Carolyn Florey

Technology for Development Lead, International Rice Research Institute
Carolyn Florey is the Technology for Development Lead at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Prior to IRRI, she was the Director for Collective Impact at the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL). She has also worked at the United Nations Foundation, World Bank and USAID in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Magnus Mordu Conteh

Magnus Mordu Conteh

Director of Global Health Programmes, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, World Vision International
Magnus joined World Vision Ireland in 2011 as Health Programme Coordinator for the Irish Aid funded Maternal Newborn and Child Health programme that is being implemented through the Ministries of Health in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritania and Sierra Leone. In addition to managing... Read More →
DA

Dr. Andrew Karlyn

Africa Regional Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development
Andrew Karlyn, PhD, serves as USAID’s Global Development Lab’s Africa Regional Advisor, based in Nairobi, supporting digital finance initiatives in health, social protection, agriculture and democracy and governance programs.
avatar for Anand Varghese

Anand Varghese

Senior ICT Specialist, DAI
During his eight-year career as a specialist in international development and conflict management, Anand Varghese has managed complex operations with a commitment to using information and communications technology (ICT) tools to create peaceful social change around the world. Anand... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 16:45 - 17:30
Giraffe 209
 
Wednesday, May 18
 

10:45

Advanced Mapping, Workflows, Real-Time Data Analysis and Sharing with Ona
Limited Capacity seats available

Ona is a simple, yet powerful data collection, management and analysis platform that makes it easy for everyone-from individuals to large, multi-national NGOs-to collect, manage, and make sense of their digital data. Ona is trusted by thousands of organizations worldwide for their mission critical work. Currently, it's being used by the Government of Nepal to a 1M building damage assessment and is helping power DFID's humanitarian response in Somalia.

In this session, we'll get our hands dirty and cover some of the more advanced topics of what's possible with Ona including:

- How to share sensitive data in real-time with filtered data views and user permissions
- Real Time data analysis - how to quickly analyze data in real-time via Ona's built in charts, Google Spreadsheet integration or R plugin. We'll also teach you how to link your real-time data into external BI tools like Kibana or Tableau.
- RapidPro flows - learn how to pass form data into RapidPro's incredibly powerful workflows and create email and SMS based alerts.
- Advanced mapping - how to set custom map colors appearances in your forms, add custom basemaps and collect data linked to OSM in Ona.
- Build your own app - learn how Ona's powerful API's can be used to build tools like mSpray.

Speakers
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Dickson Ukanga

Director Ona Kenya, Ona
Dickson Ukang'a is the Director of Ona Kenya and helps head up Ona's global engineering team. Previously, he worked at the Modi Research Group at Columbia University where he helped lead the development of Formhub. Before this, he was the core developer and initial field implementor... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:45 - 11:50
Bogoria

10:45

Building a Flexible, Low Cost IT Based M&E System
Limited Capacity seats available

IT based monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems are inherently complex to build and resourcing their development is challenging. Through building a flexible, cloud based, multi-stakeholder system it is possible to take advantage of economies of scale, allow cross stakeholder learning and accelerate innovation. This session will outline the considerations, constituent parts and steps required to develop a capable, flexible and rigorous M&E system that will help your organisation measure impact and support effective communication of this impact to stakeholders.

Built on Salesforce.com technology the Youth Business International (YBI) Operational Management System (OMS) was initially designed to allow YBI network members to track their client facing activities. Once we had developed a solid foundation of activity tracking we started expanding the feature set to include managing beneficary input, and the automatic analysis and reporting of project outputs, outcomes and impacts. The system was designed with a range of different project requirements and contexts in mind. We therefore had to ensure that it is flexible enough to work well with different logframe and reporting structures, data collection methodologies, and languages.

We have now deployed this system in a number of different contexts and have been able to learn and innovate, so that we can deploy with much reduced costs. We would like to take this opportunity to share our learnings with the sector to help other organisations learn from our experience and decide if a similar system would be appropriate for them.

Youth Business International helps young people to start and grow their own business and create employment. We are a global network of independent non-profit initiatives operating in over 45 countries across 5 continents. www.youthbusiness.org

Speakers
avatar for Matt Morris

Matt Morris

Programme Manager, Technology, Youth Business International
Matt is an able communicator with a specialisation in developing systems that address real world challenges. He has been helping non-profits to make good use technology for more than 10 years. | | Since 2011 Matt has been a Programme Manager at Youth Business International (YBI... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:45 - 11:50
Bouganville - Partition 1

10:45

DHIS2 Essentials Crash Course
Limited Capacity seats available

DHIS2 is quickly becoming the information system of choice for health programs and professionals in developing regions. The free software provides an all-in-one solution for monitoring health service inputs and outcomes. In a single customizable platform, DHIS2 provides data storage, data visualization and mapping capabilities, as well as mobile phone data collection modules and reporting engines, all designed to enable rapid data-driven decisions.

This Akros DHIS2 training session will equip students with a fundamental understanding of DHIS2 core functionalities and practical examples. DHIS2 implementation experts from Akros will interweave hands-on learning exercises with recent use cases of the software for results monitoring, mobile-to-web surveillance, and national health information systems.

The emphasis for this crash course will be on data entry, pivot tables, and visualization modules.

*** PLEASE BRING YOUR LAPTOP TO THIS SESSION*** 

Speakers
avatar for Brian O'Donnell

Brian O'Donnell

R&D Team Lead, Akros
Brian O’Donnell is an R&D Team Lead and HIV Informatics Manager with Akros, based in Lusaka, Zambia. He designs and implements mobile-to-web data collection systems, primarily through DHIS2, for HIV prevention, education, and community sanitation surveillance programs in Zambia... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:45 - 11:50
Mt Elgon A

10:45

Measuring Health Through Mobile with mSurvey
Limited Capacity seats available

Across Sub-Saharan Africa, 65-89% of the national population owns a mobile phone and of those, 80% use them for sending SMS text messages. The ever increasing reach of mobile phones in hard to reach parts of the world has made mobile messaging a valuable tool for conducting health research and interventions. Developed at MIT as a technology to survey human subjects, Nairobi-based mSurvey helps users to understand the attitudes and behaviors of people from varying socioeconomic backgrounds and geographies through 2-way mobile message surveys.  

With mSurvey, users are able to develop and edit their own surveys through an online platform, immediately push their surveys to the mobile phones of study participants as SMS text messages at an average response rate of 83%  and then view results in real time through an online dashboard. Study participants take the survey at no cost to them and once completed, receive an automatic airtime incentive sent directly to their phone. Surveys can be sent either to the phone numbers within a user's existing network or to a random selection of mSurvey's audience network comprising over 50,000 participants across five countries. 

Researchers using mSurvey include Harvard Medical School for monitoring adherence to HIV PrEP medication among high risk women in Kenya and Uganda; University of Washington for identifying and predicting peak fertility periods among HIV discordant couples trying to conceive safely in rural Kenya; and University of California San Francisco for following up with pregnant women about the quality of their antenatal, delivery and postnatal care in Kenya.

During this session, attendees will learn more about the mSurvey technology and practice developing and sending mobile surveys to live people in Kenya in real time. 

Speakers
avatar for Aimee Leidich

Aimee Leidich

Lead, Health and Academic Research Projects, mSurvey
Aimee Leads the Health and Academic Research projects at mSurvey, working closely with researchers in the design and successful operation of mobile surveys for measuring health in Africa, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and USA. Prior to this position Aimee worked for University of... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:45 - 11:50
Bouganville - Partition 2

10:45

Achieving Sustainable Development with GIS - Hands on Training (2 Hours)
Limited Capacity full

Learn the fundamental to apply the ArcGIS Platform as a "System of record" for programs related to Sustainable Development. Participants will learn current methods of mobile technologies, web mapping, analysis and sharing of program status through dashboards and results through Story Maps.

Speakers
avatar for David Gadsden

David Gadsden

Nonprofit & Global Organizations Director, Esri
David Gadsden leads Esri's Nonprofit Sector which supports Nonprofits, Foundations, and International Organizations globally. David is also the administrator of the Nonprofit Organization Program which aims to empower nonprofits around the globe with Esri technology. David earned... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:45 - 12:50
Mt Kenya D

10:45

UAV Training (2 Hours)
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn the key considerations on owning and operating a UAV, as well as the widely accepted UAV guidelines. Perform the UAV pre-flight checklist, and deploy a UAV. Learn how to fly a UAV, capture imagery and process the imagery afterwards.
The hands on training will go through all of the steps outlined above.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Petersen

Jacob Petersen

Global Sales Manager UAS, Danoffice IT
Please provide the following to maximize Summit value: 1. Email: 2. Key interests: 3. Expectation for the Summit: 4. Short bio:


Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:45 - 12:50
Cub

10:45

iFormBuilder 101 (4 Hours)
Limited Capacity seats available

Note: This is a four-hour class with break for lunch.

The iFormBuilder platform is the data collection tool of choice for organizations that require offline data collection with very flexible forms and the ability to design their own data structure. The art and science of form building begins with the end in mind.
In the training, you will learn:"¨- How to navigate the form builder"¨- How to design and organize your form structure"¨- Introduction to the 40+ form building widgets"¨- How to use advanced features like smart option lists, smart controls and a smart table search
- How to view, filter and share your results.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Reichart

Chris Reichart

Chief Business Officer, Zerion Software, Inc.
Chris Reichart is the Chief Business Officer of Zerion Software, Inc. and co-creator of the award winning iFormBuilder mobile platform. Chris has over 16 years’ experience in the mobile technology industry, specifically focused on business development, technical sales, and user... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:45 - 16:00
Mt Elgon B

11:50

Advanced Mapping, Workflows, Real-Time Data Analysis and Sharing with Ona
Limited Capacity seats available

Ona is a simple, yet powerful data collection, management and analysis platform that makes it easy for everyone-from individuals to large, multi-national NGOs-to collect, manage, and make sense of their digital data. Ona is trusted by thousands of organizations worldwide for their mission critical work. Currently, it's being used by the Government of Nepal to a 1M building damage assessment and is helping power DFID's humanitarian response in Somalia.

In this session, we'll get our hands dirty and cover some of the more advanced topics of what's possible with Ona including:

- How to share sensitive data in real-time with filtered data views and user permissions
- Real Time data analysis - how to quickly analyze data in real-time via Ona's built in charts, Google Spreadsheet integration or R plugin. We'll also teach you how to link your real-time data into external BI tools like Kibana or Tableau.
- RapidPro flows - learn how to pass form data into RapidPro's incredibly powerful workflows and create email and SMS based alerts.
- Advanced mapping - how to set custom map colors appearances in your forms, add custom basemaps and collect data linked to OSM in Ona.
- Build your own app - learn how Ona's powerful API's can be used to build tools like mSpray.

Speakers
DU

Dickson Ukanga

Director Ona Kenya, Ona
Dickson Ukang'a is the Director of Ona Kenya and helps head up Ona's global engineering team. Previously, he worked at the Modi Research Group at Columbia University where he helped lead the development of Formhub. Before this, he was the core developer and initial field implementor... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 11:50 - 12:50
Bogoria

11:50

Building a Flexible, Low Cost IT Based M&E System
Limited Capacity seats available

IT based monitoring and evaluation systems are inherently complex to build and resourcing their development is challenging. Through building a flexible, cloud based, multi-stakeholder system it is possible to take advantage of economies of scale, allow cross stakeholder learning and accelerate innovation.

Built on Salesforce.com technology the Youth Business International (YBI) Operational Management System (OMS) was initially designed to allow YBI network members to track their client facing activities. Once we had developed a solid foundation of activity tracking (interviews, selection, training, mentoring and loans) we started expanding the feature set to include managing client surveys, and the automatic analysis and reporting of project outputs, outcomes and impacts. The system was designed with a range of different project requirements and contexts in mind. We therefore had to ensure that it is flexible enough to work well with different logframe and reporting structures, data collection methodologies, and languages.

We have now deployed this system in a number of different contexts and have been able to learn and innovate, so that we can deploy with much reduced costs. We would like to take this opportunity to share our learnings with the sector to help other organisations learn from our experience and decide if a similar system would be appropriate for them.

Youth Business International helps young people to start and grow their own business and create employment. We are a global network of independent non-profit initiatives operating in over 45 countries across 5 continents. www.youthbusiness.org

Speakers
avatar for Matt Morris

Matt Morris

Programme Manager, Technology, Youth Business International
Matt is an able communicator with a specialisation in developing systems that address real world challenges. He has been helping non-profits to make good use technology for more than 10 years. | | Since 2011 Matt has been a Programme Manager at Youth Business International (YBI... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 11:50 - 12:50
Bouganville - Partition 1

11:50

DHIS2 Essentials Crash Course
Limited Capacity seats available

DHIS2 is quickly becoming the information system of choice for health programs and professionals in developing regions. The free software provides an all-in-one solution for monitoring health service inputs and outcomes. In a single customizable platform, DHIS2 provides data storage, data visualization and mapping capabilities, as well as mobile phone data collection modules and reporting engines, all designed to enable rapid data-driven decisions.

This Akros DHIS2 training session will equip students with a fundamental understanding of DHIS2 core functionalities and practical examples. DHIS2 implementation experts from Akros will interweave hands-on learning exercises with recent use cases of the software for results monitoring, mobile-to-web surveillance, and national health information systems.

The emphasis for this crash course will be on data entry, pivot tables, and visualization modules. A post-conference follow-up course on Friday will delve deeper into DHIS2 system architecture, GIS, data validation, and data analysis.

*** PLEASE BRING YOUR LAPTOP TO THIS SESSION*** 

Speakers
avatar for Brian O'Donnell

Brian O'Donnell

R&D Team Lead, Akros
Brian O’Donnell is an R&D Team Lead and HIV Informatics Manager with Akros, based in Lusaka, Zambia. He designs and implements mobile-to-web data collection systems, primarily through DHIS2, for HIV prevention, education, and community sanitation surveillance programs in Zambia... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 11:50 - 12:50
Mt Elgon A

11:50

Measuring Health Through Mobile with mSurvey
Limited Capacity seats available

Across Sub-Saharan Africa, 65-89% of the national population owns a mobile phone and of those, 80% use them for sending SMS text messages. The ever increasing reach of mobile phones in hard to reach parts of the world has made mobile messaging a valuable tool for conducting health research and interventions. Developed at MIT as a technology to survey human subjects, Nairobi-based mSurvey helps users to understand the attitudes and behaviors of people from varying socioeconomic backgrounds and geographies through 2-way mobile message surveys.

With mSurvey, users are able to develop and edit their own surveys through an online platform, immediately push their surveys to the mobile phones of study participants as SMS text messages at an average response rate of 83%  and then view results in real time through an online dashboard. Study participants take the survey at no cost to them and once completed, receive an automatic airtime incentive sent directly to their phone. Surveys can be sent either to the phone numbers within a user's existing network or to a random selection of mSurvey's audience network comprising over 50,000 participants across five countries.

Health researchers using mSurvey include Harvard Medical School for monitoring adherence to HIV PrEP medication among high risk women in Kenya and Uganda; University of Washington for identifying and predicting peak fertility periods among HIV discordant couples trying to conceive safely in rural Kenya; and University of California San Francisco for following up with pregnant women about the quality of their antenatal, delivery and postnatal care in Kenya.

During this session, attendees will learn more about the mSurvey technology and practice developing and sending mobile surveys to live people in Kenya in real time. 

Speakers
avatar for Aimee Leidich

Aimee Leidich

Lead, Health and Academic Research Projects, mSurvey
Aimee Leads the Health and Academic Research projects at mSurvey, working closely with researchers in the design and successful operation of mobile surveys for measuring health in Africa, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and USA. Prior to this position Aimee worked for University of... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 11:50 - 12:50
Bouganville - Partition 2

13:50

Deploying Mobile Tech to Scale Impact
Limited Capacity seats available

Digital innovations are transforming how organizations enable communities to lift themselves out of poverty. NGOs, social enterprises and nonprofits on the frontlines of global development are deploying mobile tech to better understand their impact and their added value they have in the communities they operate in. Our panel session will act as a forum to educate and engage attendees about how leading organizations such as Solar Sister, d.light and iDE have deployed mobile technology such as TaroWorks in the field, how they are using it to improve and scale their impact as well as share best practices. In addition, panelists will offer a candid take on the challenges and successes they've had to date leveraging mobile tech.

Leading the panel will be Emily Tucker, CEO of TaroWorks. TaroWorks is a solution which enables organizations working in the most remote parts of the planet to collect data, monitor their impact, and manage field operations in real-time using mobile devices. Emily will discuss with panelists and attendees how mobile tech is transforming how organizations can collect, monitor and understand data to gain new insights on how they can improve the lives of the world's poor.

Attendees will come away from the panel session knowing what mobile technologies such as TaroWorks makes possible, and the use cases that make it promising in helping organizations fight poverty.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Tucker

Emily Tucker

CEO, TaroWorks
Emily has spent the last four years as CEO of TaroWorks, where she has helped over 70 organizations across 30 countries leverage mobile tech to improve the lives of the world's poor. Prior to TaroWorks, Emily worked at Grameen Foundation for over 10 years, most recently as Director... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 13:50 - 14:55
Bouganville - Partition 2

13:50

HNI and CRS Joint Training Session on DataWinners
Limited Capacity seats available

DataWinners is an online mobile data collection service designed and built by Human Network International specifically for development professionals. Partners collect accurate and complete data in real-time for better decision making and reporting. DataWinners excels in "last-mile" and humanitarian contexts. Our partners can create simple and complex questionnaires themselves in minutes online, and those out in the field can submit data direct to the system via a simple SMS using equipment they already own, i.e any phone capable of sending an SMS. DataWinners has over 2,800 active users in 152 countries. CRS uses HNI's services in DRC, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.
This interactive, hands on training session will complement CRS's presentation on the user experience with DataWinners in polio programming in a complex emergency. We will give a short presentation outlining the main features and advantages of DataWinners and a demo. We will register attendees for free trial accounts and give them hands on experience on DWs to:
- Build a simple questionnaire
- Register data senders
- Submit data via SMS and the smartphone app
- Analyze the data (spreadsheet, chart)
- Export data in one simple click to excel
We will provide guidance and supervision whilst walking participants through the steps of deciding whether DataWinners is appropriate for their needs, and address any questions as they arise.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Arkin

Jamie Arkin

Program Manager, Human Network International
Jamie is HNI’s Uganda Program Manager based in Kampala.  In this role, she works with various stakeholders, helping them utilize mobile technology to engage beneficiaries as well as improve monitoring and evaluation.  Before joining HNI, Jamie worked in public health, focusing... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 13:50 - 14:55
Bouganville - Partition 1

13:50

Role of Information Technology in Effective and Efficient Monitoring and Evaluation in Development Projects
Limited Capacity seats available

The primary objective of conducting monitoring and evaluation is to allow project teams to run projects effectively, ensuring they have desired results for beneficiaries (ACF, 2011), these situation is coupled with increased demand for results from donor funded projects in the 21st century (IIRR, 2012). Thus, indicating and appreciating the strategic role monitoring and evaluation play in pre-project, continuous and post project implementation to establish the effectiveness and efficiency of project being implemented. The evidence collected throughout the above indicated stages is then used to influence the decisions that are made and affect outcomes. The desire to make informed decisions based on reliable, valid, accurate and timely information has seen many organizations adopt modern technology in data collection.
The uptake of information technology in monitoring and evaluation however, remains dismal despite it is widely acknowledged role. Therefore, it is important that full adoption is emphasized as it plays a fundamental role in ensuring; data quality that is free of manipulation in real time for purposes of monitoring; implementation of key interventions such as by use of SMS, videos and online teaching aids, biometric and GIS information among others and most importantly use of mobile based data collection in field based audits, surveys and observations, photographs and Geographic Information.
The role of mobile-based data collection continues to rise to the occasion. It has to a large extent been deployed by many organizations suite their data collection needs. Some of the benefits of mobile-based data collection tools over the use of paper include the following:
- When used online they allow for tracking progress in real time.
- Offer the functionality of being able to effect changes in the survey instrument if the need arises despite, the surveyors going on with the exercise.
- Allow for setting up of loops thus, skipping non applicable question to the respondent
- Allow for setting up of validation checks thus, conducting some level of data cleaning based on inbuilt feature of the application.
- Offers real time access to data, thus allowing for quality checks and audits to ensure validity, appropriateness, completeness and authenticity of the data being collected.
- Environmentally friendly as it is paperless

Speakers
avatar for Mercy Katela

Mercy Katela

Business Development Manager, Pajat Solutions Limited
Mercy Katela is the Business Development Manager of Pajat Solutions, Kenya subsidiary. She has a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Kabarak University and M.Sc. in Organizational Development from United States International University Africa. She has keen interest in information... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 13:50 - 14:55
Mt Elgon A

13:50

The CHW Android Application - Moving Beyond Data Collection
Limited Capacity seats available

"Medic Mobile is a non-profit technology company that builds mobile and web tools to help Community-based Health Workers provide better care for all. We respond to one of the sustainable development goals of ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all by focusing on improving community health. Medic Mobile saw the opportunity to put more powerful tools in the hands of CHWs and thus the CHW Android Application was developed.

CHWs have unique knowledge of their community and ability to provide care and services that reach people. We set out to build an intuitive, person-centered android application that works for them and their community in smart ways, beyond data collection. Working off smart phones, the tool works to impact health status by incorporating simple assessment diagnostics and decision trees to prompt treatment and/or referrals.

The tool is highly customizable to fit different contexts within which CHWs work in. A great example of how the tool contributes to cross-sectorial integration for development is the partnership between Medic Mobile and Living Goods. The app is used to collect data on various health issues within the community, make simple disease diagnostics and treatments/ referrals as well as a channel through which CHWs can account for health goods sales, in line with LG's entrepreneurial model. This way, the tool also contributes to empowering women and girls, and for sustained and inclusive economic growth and employment opportunities for all.

Speakers
MS

Mercy Simiyu

Partnership and Communications Manager for Africa, Medic Mobile
With a deep appreciation for mobile technology in public health, Mercy is passionate about championing the use of mHealth to improve public health programs at the community level. At Medic Mobile, she works together with partners to harness the power of mHealth to tackle public health... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 13:50 - 14:55
Bogoria

13:50

Achieving Sustainable Development with GIS - Hands on Training (2 Hours)
Limited Capacity full

Learn the fundamental to apply the ArcGIS Platform as a "System of record" for programs related to Sustainable Development. Participants will learn current methods of mobile technologies, web mapping, analysis and sharing of program status through dashboards and results through Story Maps.

Speakers
avatar for David Gadsden

David Gadsden

Nonprofit & Global Organizations Director, Esri
David Gadsden leads Esri's Nonprofit Sector which supports Nonprofits, Foundations, and International Organizations globally. David is also the administrator of the Nonprofit Organization Program which aims to empower nonprofits around the globe with Esri technology. David earned... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 13:50 - 16:00
Mt Kenya D

13:50

UAV Training (2 Hours)
Limited Capacity full

Learn the key considerations on owning and operating a UAV, as well as the widely accepted UAV guidelines. Perform the UAV pre-flight checklist, and deploy a UAV. Learn how to fly a UAV, capture imagery and process the imagery afterwards.
The hands on training will go through all of the steps outlined above.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Petersen

Jacob Petersen

Global Sales Manager UAS, Danoffice IT
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Wednesday May 18, 2016 13:50 - 16:00
Cub

14:55

HNI and CRS Joint Training Session on DataWinners
Limited Capacity seats available

DataWinners is an online mobile data collection service designed and built by Human Network International specifically for development professionals. Partners collect accurate and complete data in real-time for better decision making and reporting. DataWinners excels in "last-mile" and humanitarian contexts. Our partners can create simple and complex questionnaires themselves in minutes online, and those out in the field can submit data direct to the system via a simple SMS using equipment they already own, i.e any phone capable of sending an SMS. DataWinners has over 2,800 active users in 152 countries. CRS uses HNI's services in DRC, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.
This interactive, hands on training session will complement CRS's presentation on the user experience with DataWinners in polio programming in a complex emergency. We will give a short presentation outlining the main features and advantages of DataWinners and a demo. We will register attendees for free trial accounts and give them hands on experience on DWs to:
- Build a simple questionnaire
- Register data senders
- Submit data via SMS and the smartphone app
- Analyze the data (spreadsheet, chart)
- Export data in one simple click to excel
We will provide guidance and supervision whilst walking participants through the steps of deciding whether DataWinners is appropriate for their needs, and address any questions as they arise.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Arkin

Jamie Arkin

Program Manager, Human Network International
Jamie is HNI’s Uganda Program Manager based in Kampala.  In this role, she works with various stakeholders, helping them utilize mobile technology to engage beneficiaries as well as improve monitoring and evaluation.  Before joining HNI, Jamie worked in public health, focusing... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 14:55 - 16:00
Bouganville - Partition 1

14:55

M-PESA for Business
Limited Capacity seats available

Safaricom mobile money transfer service M-PESA has grown in leaps and bounds since its launch in 2007. The service has since transformed to not only a person to person transfer service but is being fully adopted by businesses .Lipa Na M-PESA services help organisations to drive efficiency, enjoy Convenience, Security, Time saving, Real-time payments, Easy funds transfer, Low transaction costs for both their clients and themselves plus easy Fund Disbursement as they can also choose to use the funds collected to pay for supplies, wages, salaries or other services.

Further, M-PESA has the capability to address several customer needs and has developed other supporting M-PESA for business services to address each customer’s needs, this include, Applications Programming Interface (API), Business to Business M-PESA transactions, and the recently rolled out service dubbed “Surepay” that seeks to control the use of funds disbursed.

Speakers
avatar for John Muchiri Muriithi

John Muchiri Muriithi

Head of Department, Merchant Payments, Safaricom
John is a well-seasoned commercial person with 15 years’ experience in sales & Marketing, 7 of which have been in the mobile industry mainly dealing with Mobile money. John has vast experience in distribution set up, strategy formulation, Business development, Key account... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 14:55 - 16:00
Bouganville - Partition 2

14:55

Role of Information Technology in Effective and Efficient Monitoring and Evaluation in Development Projects
Limited Capacity filling up

The primary objective of conducting monitoring and evaluation is to allow project teams to run projects effectively, ensuring they have desired results for beneficiaries (ACF, 2011), these situation is coupled with increased demand for results from donor funded projects in the 21st century (IIRR, 2012). Thus, indicating and appreciating the strategic role monitoring and evaluation play in pre-project, continuous and post project implementation to establish the effectiveness and efficiency of project being implemented. The evidence collected throughout the above indicated stages is then used to influence the decisions that are made and affect outcomes. The desire to make informed decisions based on reliable, valid, accurate and timely information has seen many organizations adopt modern technology in data collection.
The uptake of information technology in monitoring and evaluation however, remains dismal despite it is widely acknowledged role. Therefore, it is important that full adoption is emphasized as it plays a fundamental role in ensuring; data quality that is free of manipulation in real time for purposes of monitoring; implementation of key interventions such as by use of SMS, videos and online teaching aids, biometric and GIS information among others and most importantly use of mobile based data collection in field based audits, surveys and observations, photographs and Geographic Information.
The role of mobile-based data collection continues to rise to the occasion. It has to a large extent been deployed by many organizations suite their data collection needs. Some of the benefits of mobile-based data collection tools over the use of paper include the following:
- When used online they allow for tracking progress in real time.
- Offer the functionality of being able to effect changes in the survey instrument if the need arises despite, the surveyors going on with the exercise.
- Allow for setting up of loops thus, skipping non applicable question to the respondent
- Allow for setting up of validation checks thus, conducting some level of data cleaning based on inbuilt feature of the application.
- Offers real time access to data, thus allowing for quality checks and audits to ensure validity, appropriateness, completeness and authenticity of the data being collected.
- Environmentally friendly as it is paperless


Speakers
avatar for Mercy Katela

Mercy Katela

Business Development Manager, Pajat Solutions Limited
Mercy Katela is the Business Development Manager of Pajat Solutions, Kenya subsidiary. She has a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Kabarak University and M.Sc. in Organizational Development from United States International University Africa. She has keen interest in information... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 14:55 - 16:00
Mt Elgon A

14:55

The CHW Android Application - Moving Beyond Data Collection
Limited Capacity seats available

"Medic Mobile is a non-profit technology company that builds mobile and web tools to help Community-based Health Workers provide better care for all. We respond to one of the sustainable development goals of ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all by focusing on improving community health. Medic Mobile saw the opportunity to put more powerful tools in the hands of CHWs and thus the CHW Android Application was developed.

CHWs have unique knowledge of their community and ability to provide care and services that reach people. We set out to build an intuitive, person-centered android application that works for them and their community in smart ways, beyond data collection. Working off smart phones, the tool works to impact health status by incorporating simple assessment diagnostics and decision trees to prompt treatment and/or referrals.

The tool is highly customizable to fit different contexts within which CHWs work in. A great example of how the tool contributes to cross-sectorial integration for development is the partnership between Medic Mobile and Living Goods. The app is used to collect data on various health issues within the community, make simple disease diagnostics and treatments/ referrals as well as a channel through which CHWs can account for health goods sales, in line with LG's entrepreneurial model. This way, the tool also contributes to empowering women and girls, and for sustained and inclusive economic growth and employment opportunities for all.

Speakers
MS

Mercy Simiyu

Partnership and Communications Manager for Africa, Medic Mobile
With a deep appreciation for mobile technology in public health, Mercy is passionate about championing the use of mHealth to improve public health programs at the community level. At Medic Mobile, she works together with partners to harness the power of mHealth to tackle public health... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 14:55 - 16:00
Bogoria

16:30

Integrated Project Management Information System for Partner Capacity Strengthening
Limited Capacity full

CRS Nigeria's SMILE project is a five-year USAID funded program designed to scale up access to basic services for 600,000 vulnerable children and their caregivers. SMILE partners with 50 local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and 55 government agencies to implement this program. Partner institutional capacity strengthening and effective program management is key to successful program implementation. Given the scale and number of partners, there was a need to use of an ICT4D solution to monitor partner capacity strengthening and program management processes. In partnership with Westat (a consortium member on SMILE), CRS developed a web based Project Management Information System (PMIS) for monitoring Institutional capacity strengthening and workplan implementation of SMILE CSO partners and government agencies. The software modules include: The Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT), Workplan monitoring, Sub-Recipient Financial Monitoring Tool (SRFMT), Grants management monitoring. For each of the modules, there is a scheduling feature that allows the Software Administrator to schedule partner assessment exercises and upload assessment results. CSOs and government staff subsequently indicate when specific activities on their improvement plans and workplans have been completed. Using the report function it is possible to generate custom reports on results of assessment exercises, workplan completion rates and trend analysis. The PMIS has helped SMILE to monitor partner capacity improvements and workplan implementation more efficiently

Speakers
avatar for Chibuzo Dangana

Chibuzo Dangana

M&E Database Manager, CRS Nigeria
Chibuzo Dangana has 10 years of experience in the delivery of IT and development projects from conception to closure under various capacities like project operations, monitoring & evaluation and data management. She has an analytical background originating from a BSc. in Statistics... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 16:30 - 17:30
Cub

16:30

Learn to Use OpenStreetMap, the Free and Open Editable Map of the World, to Help You Achieve the SDGs
Limited Capacity filling up

Note: Please bring your own laptop to the session if possible - not required

This session will introduce participants to digital mapping in OpenStreetMap (www.openstreetmap.org). Using this free and open source tool, you can join the thousands of users worldwide who have created this highly accurate, up to date world map together. OSM can be used to create geographic maps of buildings, roads, and important features as well as details about each feature which are useful to your work. Use it to map out water points in a rural area and show which ones are working and which are not, or show where your organization's health clinics are located. Use it to detail flood-prone areas and housing and commercial areas that might be affected by a disaster. Ever needed to find your way in a remote, out of the way location which isn't found on any map? Create one! OSM is meant to be easy to use for anyone, no matter their technological competency, reliable connectivity to the internet, or access to fancy gadgets. Mapping can be done using GPS devices, phones, or even just paper. Resulting maps are currently in use by many companies and organizations like Ushahidi, the New York Times, the US Peace Corps, and UN OCHA.

This workshop will cover the basics and get you started mapping either from your seat using satellite imagery, or even better, by walking around the immediate vicinity of the conference.

OpenStreetMap has been used for 6 years by Map Kibera Trust (www.mapkibera.org), an organization based in Nairobi whose members, youth from the Kibera slum, created the first free and open digital map of Kibera in 2009. Map Kibera now uses OSM to improve conditions in the slum areas of Nairobi. Zacharia Muindi, lead mapper at Map Kibera Trust and former Kibera resident, will be the co-facilitator of this workshop

Speakers
avatar for Erica Hagen

Erica Hagen

Director, GroundTruth Initiative and Map Kibera Trust
Erica Hagen is an ICT for Development specialist and co-founder and director of Map Kibera Trust, which created the first free and open map of the Kibera slum in Nairobi in 2009. She is also co-founder and director of GroundTruth Initiative, a company which works with partners to... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 16:30 - 17:30
Mt Elgon B

16:30

M-PESA for Business
Limited Capacity seats available

Safaricom mobile money transfer service M-PESA has grown in leaps and bounds since its launch in 2007. The service has since transformed to not only a person to person transfer service but is being fully adopted by businesses .Lipa Na M-PESA services help organisations to drive efficiency, enjoy Convenience, Security, Time saving, Real-time payments, Easy funds transfer, Low transaction costs for both their clients and themselves plus easy Fund Disbursement as they can also choose to use the funds collected to pay for supplies, wages, salaries or other services.

Further, M-PESA has the capability to address several customer needs and has developed other supporting M-PESA for business services to address each customer’s needs, this include, Applications Programming Interface (API), Business to Business M-PESA transactions, and the recently rolled out service dubbed “Surepay” that seeks to control the use of funds disbursed.

Speakers
avatar for John Muchiri Muriithi

John Muchiri Muriithi

Head of Department, Merchant Payments, Safaricom
John is a well-seasoned commercial person with 15 years’ experience in sales & Marketing, 7 of which have been in the mobile industry mainly dealing with Mobile money. John has vast experience in distribution set up, strategy formulation, Business development, Key account... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 16:30 - 17:30
Bouganville - Partition 2

16:30

Monitoring and Evaluation Software for Higher Impact Projects
Limited Capacity seats available

Kimetrica's training presentation will focus on introducing participants to an ICT solution (ki-projects) that can be used to efficiently track the performance of multiple projects and help decision makers make smarter, more informed decisions that will result in increased impact.

Ki-projects can also be used for building logframes, budgeting, work planning, questionnaire design and data collection. We intend to show participants how all these features work and how they can be linked to one another to create a complete information system.

We will also be giving accounts of how our largest clients Heifer international and Mercy Corps Ethiopia have been using ki-projects to ensure their projects are on track to achieve sustainable development.

Speakers
EN

Erick Ngwiri

Head of Business Analysis, Kimetrica
Mr. Ngwiri is Kimetrica's Head of Business Analysis. His work supports Kimetrica’s clients’ efforts to adopt performance-based management principles, including monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management tools. Erick specializes in helping large organizations adopt Kimetrica’s... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 16:30 - 17:30
Mt Elgon A

16:30

Participatory Discussion: Practical Implementation of the Principles for Digital Development
Limited Capacity seats available

The United States Agency for International Development's Africa Bureau project, African Strategies for Health (ASH) and the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) hosted by the United Nations Foundation, invite ICT4D Conference participants to an interactive discussion of the practical implementation of the Principles for Digital Development. Participants from all development sectors are invited to share their experiences, insights, and thoughts of how to move forward the full implementation of the Principles for Digital Development.

About the Principles: The Principles for Digital Development (digitalprinciples.org) are living guidelines that can help development practitioners integrate established best practices into technology-enabled programs. They are written by and for international development donors, multilateral organizations, and implementing partners, and they are freely available for use by all. The Principles are intended to serve as guidance rather than edict, and to be updated and refined over time. The Principles find their roots in the efforts of individuals, development organizations, and donors alike who have called for a more concerted effort by donors and implementing partners to institutionalize the many hard lessons learned in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in development projects.

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) was asked to take over stewardship and operationalization of the Principles for Digital Development (Principles) in February 2016. As such, DIAL will work with partners and the development community to gather, curate, and create (where needed) guidance for implementers, countries, and donors on how to implement and institutionalize the Principles in their digital development efforts.

ICT4D Conference participants from across sectors are invited to participate in a discussion around the implementation of the Principles for Digital Development. Topics for discussion include:
  • The current status of knowledge about the Principles in various sectors,
  • Current implementation of the Principles, how does it differ by sector or by Principle
  • Which tools or implementation guides on best practices are in use?
  • What additional information or steps are needed to more fully adhere to Principles?
  • Are these processes being documented and shared
  • How can the community encourage broader sharing and learning on implementing best practices in digital development within and across sectors?

Participants are welcome to first join a broader introduction to the Principles and DIAL's role in operationalizing them in the ICT4D cross-sectoral breakout session: The Principles of Digital Development in Action on Tuesday, May 17th from 16:00-16:45 or 16:45-17:30.

Formerly known as the Mobile Hub, DIAL is a global alliance to harness the power of the digital revolution to transform the lives of poor and vulnerable men, women and children throughout the developing world. DIAL's founding partners include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), USAID and the United Nations Foundation. DIAL's vision is to realize a more inclusive digital economy for the underserved in emerging markets, whereby all women, men and children benefit from life-enabling, mobile-based digital services. DIAL's mission is to accelerate the collective efforts of government, industry and development organizations to realize this vision.

African Strategies for Health (ASH) is a five-year project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Bureau for Africa and implemented by Management Sciences for Health. ASH improves the health status of populations across Africa through identifying and advocating for best practices, enhancing technical capacity, and engaging African regional institutions to address health issues in a sustainable manner.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Florey

Carolyn Florey

Technology for Development Lead, International Rice Research Institute
Carolyn Florey is the Technology for Development Lead at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Prior to IRRI, she was the Director for Collective Impact at the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL). She has also worked at the United Nations Foundation, World Bank and USAID in... Read More →
avatar for Sherri Haas

Sherri Haas

mHealth Technical Officer, Management Sciences for Health
Sherri Haas leads the portfolio on digital health for technology for the African Strategies for Health project. She has over nine years of experience in the design and implementation of quantitative and qualitative research, data and policy analysis, and project management. Areas... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 16:30 - 17:30
Mt Kenya D

16:30

Solar Power for Monitoring and Evaluation
Limited Capacity seats available

A practical hands-on workshop where attendees will learn how to calculate daily energy budget, measure output of solar panels in a range of conditions, and select the best solar panel and battery configuration for your team's project.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Crystal

Jeff Crystal

COO, Voltaic Systems
Jeff Crystal is COO of Voltaic Systems, a designer and manufacturer of portable solar power systems. Jeff coordinates global sales, marketing, fulfillment and technical support. Prior to Voltaic, he was on the management teams of tech startups in Eastern Europe and New York and was... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 16:30 - 17:30
Bouganville - Partition 1

16:30

Strategies for Ensuring Field Staff Adoption of Mobile Technology
Limited Capacity filling up

Driving field staff adoption of a mobile technology solution is a challenge for any organization, big or small. Building upon TaroWorks' experience of successfully deploying mobile technology in 70 organizations across 30 countries, this interactive training session will solicit experiences, successes and lessons learned from attendees to identify the best strategies for successfully deploying a mobile solution and ensuring its adoption by workers in the field. The training session will cover buy-in and roles needed, training practices and techniques, and strategies on how to develop an implementation schedule and roadmap.

The session will be led by Emily Tucker, CEO of TaroWorks.TaroWorks is a solution which enables organizations working in the most remote parts of the planet to collect data, monitor their impact, and manage field operations in real-time using mobile devices. TaroWorks has trained operations managers and senior leaders at over 70 organizations across 30 countries to help them successfully deploy the platform.

Attendees will come away from the training session with strategies to ensure the successful deployment and adoption of mobile technology solutions.

Speakers
EY

Erin Yamaoka

Technical Account Manager, TaroWorks
As Technical Account Manager, Erin leads all TaroWorks implementation and technology adoption programs in the Americas and Africa. Prior to TaroWorks, Erin had spent her career as a technology and management consultant based in Chicago, Illinois, working on technology projects with... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 16:30 - 17:30
Lioness
 
Thursday, May 19
 

10:45

Accelerating Digital Development - Technology and Partnerships for Impact
Limited Capacity full

Today, while the power of digital is being leveraged for the public and private sector, its potential to create sustainable and scalable social impact for the international development sector is yet to be fully harnessed. The need is for a solution that can bridge the gap between digital innovation and the international development sector by forming new ecosystem partnerships and supporting cross functional collaboration. Accenture’s DevTech platform is bringing together the world’s best digital expertise, private sector partners and the development sector within an ecosystem, drawing upon Accenture’s expertise in guiding innovation, deploying projects at scale, managing change, and mitigating risks. This session will explore the development needs and issues that can be most effectively addressed by digital, explore how the DevTech platform can accelerate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, share several case studies on potential collaborations for new technology, and encourage participants to share their own experiences and ideas for future collaboration. One example of the DevTech platform in action is Accenture Development Partnerships collaboration with UNHCR.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson

Global Client Services Director, Accenture
Ryan Johnson leads Accenture’s efforts to channel its core commercial strategy, digital, operations, and technology consulting capabilities to meet the needs of the international development community. Ryan has over 9 years of experience supporting the international development... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 202

10:45

Harnessing the Raw Power of Biomedical Informatics to Transform Healthcare in Kenya
Limited Capacity seats available

Kenya provides a perfect environment highly conducive to creative and innovative eHealth solutions to support the health system deliver quality  and affordable healthcare services. A fusion of multiple factors including a talented technology young population, technology naive, un-saturated and sub-optimally implemented health information systems, constantly challenged by a health system heavily burdened by rapidly rising healthcare costs, inadequate skilled healthcare workers, emerging health threats, and an un-prepared policy environment, continues to pose unique challenges to effective implementation of eHealth solutions. The field of biomedical informatics is ill-defined and not fully recognized as an official cadre particularly in the public sector, yet this is where comprehensive skillsets in biomedical informatics are most needed. 

The Kenya Health Informatics Association, (KeHIA - www.kehia.org), was founded in 2010 by local pioneer informaticists keen on harnessing the collective potential, intelligence and power of biomedical informatics to guide capacity development, solutions development, implementation and most importantly, meaningful use of eHealth solutions to support delivery of affordable quality healthcare services. KeHIA works very closely with the Division of Monitoring and Evaluation, Health Research Development and Informatics at the Ministry of Health, Departments of Health and ICT at the county governments, health and ICT development partners, academic community, and all other stakeholders, to appropriately and effectively promote the development and professional, ethical practice of biomedical informatics. We are guided by our Mission; To harness and utilize informatics expertise resources and take lead in supporting and advocating for innovative development, standardization, application, regulation, adoption, strengthening and promotion of effective health information technology for quality healthcare services delivery and research and Vision; "To establish, promote, advice and regulate appropriate application of health informatics for improved health services delivery and research at an affordable cost in Kenya."
Our belief that eHealth holds the potential to significantly transform healthcare access and delivery in Kenya and Africa at large is well supported by scientific evidence. However, we as a country risk losing out on this potential health benefit by not effectively addressing political, technical, and financial resource challenges that continue to prevent us from fully reaping the benefits of wisely investing in eHealth. KeHIA is set up to facilitate, lead and offer opportunities to eHealth systems architects, software developers, implementers, policy developers, healthcare delivery frontline workers, patients and the public, to elevate eHealth as a core component necessary for continuous healthcare quality improvement.Recent outbreaks and other health threats of international concern have brought fore this realization. Multiple reports from the post-ebola outbreak assessment attributed health system failure to lack of timely and quality information to decision makers. This alone would have averted deaths and morbidities caused by the Ebola outbreak. The entire information system and associated electronic tools were ill-designed and implemented to support effective detection and response. This situation is replicated across many African countries including Kenya. The promise that eHealth is a panacea to such similar situations remains a promise for as long as the profession of biomedical informatics is not holistically developed, nurtured and regulated to actualize this promise. KeHIA, through its membership has contributed to the following achievements; Development of several standards and guidelines for health information systems. This includes;
  • EMR systems, Primary Health Care EMR Systems, Pharmacy Information Systems, Laboratory Information Systems, mHealth Information Systems, 
  • Development of the Kenya Health Enterprise Architecture, etc.
  • Development of the eHealth policy and revision of the eHealth strategy.
  • Building capacity of healthcare workers to meaningfully use health information systems
  • Hosting the first ever health big data analytics symposium bringing together key stakeholders in Kenya (and globally) to start defining a pathway to achieving benefits of health big data analytics for the health system in Kenya.
  • Design, development and implementation of Ministry of Health endorsed Electronic Health Records systems.
  • Demonstration of standards based interoperability and effective data exchange.
  • Representation of eHealth interests in a Health Bill now under discussion in parliament.
KeHIA is guided by a strategic plan consensually developed with contributions from all its members. The key strategic areas for the remaining 2 years of its life are consolidation of membership, enablement of un-interrupted interaction and engagement through a well designed, neutral virtual platform, and better representation at multiple levels that will benefit from biomedical informatics interventions. We welcome all those with an interest to contribute and/or learn to join us in revolutionizing healthcare delivery services in Kenya and beyond. 

Speakers
SW

Steven Wanyee

Mr. Wanyee posses more than 20 years supporting and promoting collaborative efforts aimed at the adoption, integration, and utilization of appropriate health/biomedical informatics, monitoring and evaluation, and implementation science in health care for the purposes of improving... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 207

10:45

Identifying UBN for WV's Nueva Frontera OC by GIS
Limited Capacity seats available

This study consists of identifying households with Unsatisfied Basic Needs (UBN) in World Vision's Nueva Frontera Operative Center (OC) located in western Honduras, one of the poorest regions of the country. This Operative Center covers two municipalities of two departments, Nueva Frontera in Santa Barbara and Florida in Copan. The WV DME team and the Nueva Frontera OC team, collected the data for this study using an ODK mobile data collection solution, Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) methodology was used for determining the households under study and then Geographic Information Systems (GIS) was used to perform spatial analysis. It was important to identify the OC's most vulnerable children in the aim to target better assistance in the area. This study is based on the UBN methodology as suggested by CEPAL (Feres and Mancero 2001) which includes access to a househould with minimal standard conditions, access to basic services, access to basic education, economical capacity to achieve minimal consumption but it also suggests the incorporation of other variables. From the analysis of the data, an UBN Index was calculated first by dimension. The addition of the dimensions under study resulted in a total UBN Index for Nueva Frontera OC and finally mapped from the interpolation of each dimension.

Speakers
avatar for Claudia Caceres

Claudia Caceres

Information System Specialist / GIS Learning Center Coordinator, World Vision Honduras
Claudia Caceres is passionate about GIS. She has 12 years experience in GIS related topics. Her background involves working in rural development projects whose main topics include Forestry, Agriculture, Territorial Planning, Community Forestry, and Tourism. As part of World Vision... Read More →



Thursday May 19, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 205

10:45

Leveraging Financial Technology to Increase Clean Energy Adoption
Limited Capacity seats available

Over one billion people in the world currently live off grid, and many use unclean energy sources like kerosene as their main home energy source. While clean energy technology has come a long way in recent years, making products available in most emerging markets, little has been done to address the affordability of this technology. Many households will spend much more than the cost of a basic solar lamp in yearly kerosene costs, but they rarely have this money at one time to purchase a clean energy product out right. Without solutions to the problem of affordability, the majority of the off grid community will continue to spend money on unclean energy sources.

This is where technically enforced "Pay-as-you-go"(PAYG) comes in. The PAYG model provides a scalable means by which to provide microloans for solar products. Each household simply redirects their "kerosene budget" to pay for the solar lantern in affordable micropayments over time. Once the lantern is paid off, the family saves significant amounts of money through reduced or abandoned kerosene expenditures. These savings can then be used to move up the "energy ladder" or to further other economic interests. Unlike a traditional solar loan program, however, technically- enforced PAYG means that when an individual doesn't pay, the solar product does not work. Individuals must make a payment on their loan to reactivate the light. Thus, the loans are self-enforcing, significantly decreasing servicing costs and increasing scalability.

PAYG financing is increasing in popularity all across emerging markets, with a number of major players offering technically-enforced PAYG products to help meet the global need. However, the majority of these PAYG providers are vertically integrated- meaning they are manufacturing and distributing their own custom PAYG solutions. To make this model feasible, they typically only offer financing for large and expensive solar products. These expensive, higher-wattage PAYG solar home systems are still not economical for a significant portion of the off-grid population. Angaza's unique business to business model addresses these additional affordability challenges and allows us to offer a range of PAYG products, from entry level solar lanterns to complete solar home systems, as technically-enforced PAYG products.

Angaza focuses exclusively on licensing a PAYG platform to manufacturers and distributors involved in energy access in emerging markets. For manufacturers, we have developed several low-cost PAYG hardware and firmware specifications to help them make their existing product line PAYG-ready, and thus able to switch on or off according to pre-payment status. For distributors, we have developed a software platform (the Energy Hub) and android application (the Activator) that allows them to register, top up, and replace solar products, as well as view product account information and configure customized payment and SMS schedules.This business-to-business approach allows us to leverage the strengths of our manufacturing and distribution partners to decrease costs and increase efficiencies across the value chain, thus better serving end users.

Structuring our company as a PAYG platform developer has allowed us to innovate rapidly in response to demand and feedback from the field. We are able to offer a variety of technically-enforced PAYG data transfer solutions to suit a variety of products and distribution models, rather than rely on one distribution model and one technical solution.

Through Angaza's technology solutions, every kerosene dependent household can afford clean energy. Households that purchase an Angaza-enabled product also get a digital identity that can be used to move them up the energy ladder. Finally, specialization as a platform provider allows rapid scaling across many geographies. We now have distribution partners selling Angaza-powered PAYG devices in Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, India, South Africa, and Pakistan, with near-term plans for expansion into Benin, Cote D'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Nicaragua, and Myanmar.

I propose to demonstrate Angaza's PAYG platform and speak to the impact it has on our distribution partners. I will also speak to the technical challenges we are working to overcome as we move towards widespread adoption of this technology, including:
- Connectivity in rural areas
- Mobile money/telecom integration
- Smartphone availability and adoption

Speakers
LC

Lindsay Caldwell

Director of East Africa Operations, Angaza Design
Lindsay Caldwell is an operations management specialist, with previous experience leading operations as Program Manager for One Acre Fund and COO of Yum Deliveries. During her time at One Acre Fund, she helped to achieve one hundred percent repayment on a multi-million dollar loan... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 204

10:45

Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Framework in Sierra Leone
Limited Capacity seats available

In the wake of the Ebola epidemic, it is clear that the fragility of the Sierra Leone health system rendered the effect of the outbreak much more potent than it otherwise might have been. In addition, the lack of interoperable digital systems to capture, share and disseminate data and information amid the Ebola response efforts resulted in fragmented, duplicative efforts amongst both national and international responders.

In recent international fora such as the USAID/WAHO Data Harmonization Conference and the (Re)Building Health Systems meeting at Wilton Park, it was agreed that reducing fragmentation of efforts and improving systems interoperability in the Ebola recovery and rebuilding phase will be critical to ensuring that Sierra Leone will be able to weather any future health challenges or nascent epidemics swiftly and efficiently.

To address these issues, a Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative approach led by the Sierra Leone Government is being formulated to bring together a committed collaborative of partners at national, regional and international level. This effort will strive to maximize shared and individual strengths toward common goals, and leverage existing financial and technical commitments. Furthermore, the approach will facilitate a process by which strategies and implementation plans for community health and related digital systems will be integrated as appropriate and will inform each other's development, leading to harmonized, interoperable health and digital systems strengthening.

Speakers
avatar for Magnus Mordu Conteh

Magnus Mordu Conteh

Director of Global Health Programmes, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, World Vision International
Magnus joined World Vision Ireland in 2011 as Health Programme Coordinator for the Irish Aid funded Maternal Newborn and Child Health programme that is being implemented through the Ministries of Health in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritania and Sierra Leone. In addition to managing... Read More →



Thursday May 19, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 206

10:45

The Digital District Project (DDP): Going Paperless with the CliniPAK EHR in Transmara, Kenya
Limited Capacity seats available

The DDP is a joint project of Vecna Cares, Transmara District Health Management Team, Narok County Government and the Kenya MoH. It aims to strengthen the health system through the development and deployment of an electronic health records (EHR) system.
In line with Sustainable Development Goals 3,9, 10 &17, the Kenya MoH Sector Strategy and Investment Plan and Vision 2030 the high level objectives of the DDP are:
- Improve capacity of health facilities by building an EHR optimized to function in remote and/or low resource settings
- Increase capacity in DHMT caregivers through training in daily use of EHR
- Develop a point of care data tool to enhance data accuracy and real time reporting
- Strengthen the healthcare system with robust data capture and reporting tools to support data driven decision making
- Build an EHR that closes gaps between patients, caregivers and decision makers
Accomplishments
- Sustainably transitioned 35 of 45 existing public primary health facilities from paper based systems to the more reliable, flexible CliniPAK EHR
- Achieved full electronic data capture and reporting in 3 key service areas: Outpatient, Family Planning , Antenatal care
- Observed improved data quality, higher efficiency in reporting times, greater accountability and resource management
- Provided skills training for ~50% of DHMT clinical staff in Transmara on EHRs/CliniPAK
- Installed and used CliniPAK in remote areas, reaching vulnerable populations
- Achieved electronic capture and recording of 80,000+ unique patient visits
- Provided previously unavailable data granularity, allowing efficient database searches and data mining for clinical, operational and administrative oversight
- Operationalized records transfer to support referrals

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Theobald

Deborah Theobald

Founder and CEO, Vecna Cares Charitable Trust
Deborah has spent 15 years developing and deploying automation solutions to the health care sector across the globe. As the Co-Founder of Vecna, a leader in health care information technology and robotics, Deborah has positively impacted millions of peoples' lives through innovative... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 211

10:45

The Mobile Operator, a Potential Partner for Local Start-Ups/Social Enterprises?
Limited Capacity seats available

Mobile phones have radically impacted people's lives all across the globe. Over half of the world's population uses a mobile service. In fact, the wider network coverage, along with the improvement of the quality of service has contributed to a higher mobile use, which has eventually impacted economic growth in both developed and emerging countries. By 2020, 80% of all mobile phones will be in emerging markets where impact in people’s lives goes a step further. Since mobile is a leapfrogging technology for a vast majority of people in emerging markets, it is their only connected tool. It offers them the opportunity to access educational content, increase their income, live healthier lives, and set higher standards of living.

The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator is a Mobile for Development programme with three main objectives:
Ensuring mobile operators' assets are more accessible to innovators to attract the most relevant innovations,
Funding innovators through an Innovation Fund to stimulate new products and services that leverage mobile technology for socio-economic impact in a commercially sustainable manner,
Facilitating operator-innovator partnerships to help innovative services reach scale.

After introducing the programme, this interactive session will focus on answering 3 main questions:
Why should start-ups/social enterprises collaborate?
What can mobile operators bring to the table?
How can start-ups/social enterprises and mobile operators partner effectively?

Speakers
avatar for Martin Karanja

Martin Karanja

Senior Market Engagement Manager, Ecosystem Accelerator, GSMA
Donor


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Lioness

11:30

Accelerating Digital Development - Technology and Partnerships for Impact
Limited Capacity seats available

Today, while the power of digital is being leveraged for the public and private sector, its potential to create sustainable and scalable social impact for the international development sector is yet to be fully harnessed. The need is for a solution that can bridge the gap between digital innovation and the international development sector by forming new ecosystem partnerships and supporting cross functional collaboration. Accenture’s DevTech platform is bringing together the world’s best digital expertise, private sector partners and the development sector within an ecosystem, drawing upon Accenture’s expertise in guiding innovation, deploying projects at scale, managing change, and mitigating risks. This session will explore the development needs and issues that can be most effectively addressed by digital, explore how the DevTech platform can accelerate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, share several case studies on potential collaborations for new technology, and encourage participants to share their own experiences and ideas for future collaboration. One example of the DevTech platform in action is Accenture Development Partnerships collaboration with UNHCR.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson

Global Client Services Director, Accenture
Ryan Johnson leads Accenture’s efforts to channel its core commercial strategy, digital, operations, and technology consulting capabilities to meet the needs of the international development community. Ryan has over 9 years of experience supporting the international development... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 202

11:30

Harnessing the Raw Power of Biomedical Informatics to Transform Healthcare in Kenya
Limited Capacity seats available

Kenya provides a perfect environment highly conducive to creative and innovative eHealth solutions to support the health system deliver quality  and affordable healthcare services. A fusion of multiple factors including a talented technology young population, technology naive, un-saturated and sub-optimally implemented health information systems, constantly challenged by a health system heavily burdened by rapidly rising healthcare costs, inadequate skilled healthcare workers, emerging health threats, and an un-prepared policy environment, continues to pose unique challenges to effective implementation of eHealth solutions. The field of biomedical informatics is ill-defined and not fully recognized as an official cadre particularly in the public sector, yet this is where comprehensive skillsets in biomedical informatics are most needed. 

The Kenya Health Informatics Association, (KeHIA - www.kehia.org), was founded in 2010 by local pioneer informaticists keen on harnessing the collective potential, intelligence and power of biomedical informatics to guide capacity development, solutions development, implementation and most importantly, meaningful use of eHealth solutions to support delivery of affordable quality healthcare services. KeHIA works very closely with the Division of Monitoring and Evaluation, Health Research Development and Informatics at the Ministry of Health, Departments of Health and ICT at the county governments, health and ICT development partners, academic community, and all other stakeholders, to appropriately and effectively promote the development and professional, ethical practice of biomedical informatics. We are guided by our Mission; To harness and utilize informatics expertise resources and take lead in supporting and advocating for innovative development, standardization, application, regulation, adoption, strengthening and promotion of effective health information technology for quality healthcare services delivery and research and Vision; "To establish, promote, advice and regulate appropriate application of health informatics for improved health services delivery and research at an affordable cost in Kenya."
Our belief that eHealth holds the potential to significantly transform healthcare access and delivery in Kenya and Africa at large is well supported by scientific evidence. However, we as a country risk losing out on this potential health benefit by not effectively addressing political, technical, and financial resource challenges that continue to prevent us from fully reaping the benefits of wisely investing in eHealth. KeHIA is set up to facilitate, lead and offer opportunities to eHealth systems architects, software developers, implementers, policy developers, healthcare delivery frontline workers, patients and the public, to elevate eHealth as a core component necessary for continuous healthcare quality improvement.Recent outbreaks and other health threats of international concern have brought fore this realization. Multiple reports from the post-ebola outbreak assessment attributed health system failure to lack of timely and quality information to decision makers. This alone would have averted deaths and morbidities caused by the Ebola outbreak. The entire information system and associated electronic tools were ill-designed and implemented to support effective detection and response. This situation is replicated across many African countries including Kenya. The promise that eHealth is a panacea to such similar situations remains a promise for as long as the profession of biomedical informatics is not holistically developed, nurtured and regulated to actualize this promise. KeHIA, through its membership has contributed to the following achievements; Development of several standards and guidelines for health information systems. This includes; 
  • EMR systems, Primary Health Care EMR Systems, Pharmacy Information Systems, Laboratory Information Systems, mHealth Information Systems, 
  • Development of the Kenya Health Enterprise Architecture, etc.
  • Development of the eHealth policy and revision of the eHealth strategy.
  • Building capacity of healthcare workers to meaningfully use health information systems
  • Hosting the first ever health big data analytics symposium bringing together key stakeholders in Kenya (and globally) to start defining a pathway to achieving benefits of health big data analytics for the health system in Kenya.
  • Design, development and implementation of Ministry of Health endorsed Electronic Health Records systems.
  • Demonstration of standards based interoperability and effective data exchange.
  • Representation of eHealth interests in a Health Bill now under discussion in parliament.
KeHIA is guided by a strategic plan consensually developed with contributions from all its members. The key strategic areas for the remaining 2 years of its life are consolidation of membership, enablement of un-interrupted interaction and engagement through a well designed, neutral virtual platform, and better representation at multiple levels that will benefit from biomedical informatics interventions. We welcome all those with an interest to contribute and/or learn to join us in revolutionizing healthcare delivery services in Kenya and beyond. 

Speakers
SW

Steven Wanyee

Mr. Wanyee posses more than 20 years supporting and promoting collaborative efforts aimed at the adoption, integration, and utilization of appropriate health/biomedical informatics, monitoring and evaluation, and implementation science in health care for the purposes of improving... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 207

11:30

Leveraging Financial Technology to Increase Clean Energy Adoption
Limited Capacity seats available

Over one billion people in the world currently live off grid, and many use unclean energy sources like kerosene as their main home energy source. While clean energy technology has come a long way in recent years, making products available in most emerging markets, little has been done to address the affordability of this technology. Many households will spend much more than the cost of a basic solar lamp in yearly kerosene costs, but they rarely have this money at one time to purchase a clean energy product out right. Without solutions to the problem of affordability, the majority of the off grid community will continue to spend money on unclean energy sources.

This is where technically enforced "Pay-as-you-go"(PAYG) comes in. The PAYG model provides a scalable means by which to provide microloans for solar products. Each household simply redirects their "kerosene budget" to pay for the solar lantern in affordable micropayments over time. Once the lantern is paid off, the family saves significant amounts of money through reduced or abandoned kerosene expenditures. These savings can then be used to move up the "energy ladder" or to further other economic interests. Unlike a traditional solar loan program, however, technically- enforced PAYG means that when an individual doesn't pay, the solar product does not work. Individuals must make a payment on their loan to reactivate the light. Thus, the loans are self-enforcing, significantly decreasing servicing costs and increasing scalability.

PAYG financing is increasing in popularity all across emerging markets, with a number of major players offering technically-enforced PAYG products to help meet the global need. However, the majority of these PAYG providers are vertically integrated- meaning they are manufacturing and distributing their own custom PAYG solutions. To make this model feasible, they typically only offer financing for large and expensive solar products. These expensive, higher-wattage PAYG solar home systems are still not economical for a significant portion of the off-grid population. Angaza's unique business to business model addresses these additional affordability challenges and allows us to offer a range of PAYG products, from entry level solar lanterns to complete solar home systems, as technically-enforced PAYG products.

Angaza focuses exclusively on licensing a PAYG platform to manufacturers and distributors involved in energy access in emerging markets. For manufacturers, we have developed several low-cost PAYG hardware and firmware specifications to help them make their existing product line PAYG-ready, and thus able to switch on or off according to pre-payment status. For distributors, we have developed a software platform (the Energy Hub) and android application (the Activator) that allows them to register, top up, and replace solar products, as well as view product account information and configure customized payment and SMS schedules.This business-to-business approach allows us to leverage the strengths of our manufacturing and distribution partners to decrease costs and increase efficiencies across the value chain, thus better serving end users.

Structuring our company as a PAYG platform developer has allowed us to innovate rapidly in response to demand and feedback from the field. We are able to offer a variety of technically-enforced PAYG data transfer solutions to suit a variety of products and distribution models, rather than rely on one distribution model and one technical solution.





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Through Angaza's technology solutions, every kerosene dependent household can afford clean energy. Households that purchase an Angaza-enabled product also get a digital identity that can be used to move them up the energy ladder. Finally, specialization as a platform provider allows rapid scaling across many geographies. We now have distribution partners selling Angaza-powered PAYG devices in Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, India, South Africa, and Pakistan, with near-term plans for expansion into Benin, Cote D'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Nicaragua, and Myanmar.

For the ICT4D conference, I propose to demonstrate Angaza's PAYG platform and speak to the impact it has on our distribution partners. I will also speak to the technical challenges we are working to overcome as we move towards widespread adoption of this technology, including:
Connectivity in rural areas
Mobile money/telecom integration
Smartphone availability and adoption

Speakers
LC

Lindsay Caldwell

Director of East Africa Operations, Angaza Design
Lindsay Caldwell is an operations management specialist, with previous experience leading operations as Program Manager for One Acre Fund and COO of Yum Deliveries. During her time at One Acre Fund, she helped to achieve one hundred percent repayment on a multi-million dollar loan... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 204

11:30

Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Framework in Sierra Leone
Limited Capacity seats available

In the wake of the Ebola epidemic, it is clear that the fragility of the Sierra Leone health system rendered the effect of the outbreak much more potent than it otherwise might have been. In addition, the lack of interoperable digital systems to capture, share and disseminate data and information amid the Ebola response efforts resulted in fragmented, duplicative efforts amongst both national and international responders.

In recent international fora such as the USAID/WAHO Data Harmonization Conference and the (Re)Building Health Systems meeting at Wilton Park, it was agreed that reducing fragmentation of efforts and improving systems interoperability in the Ebola recovery and rebuilding phase will be critical to ensuring that Sierra Leone will be able to weather any future health challenges or nascent epidemics swiftly and efficiently.

To address these issues, a Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative approach led by the Sierra Leone Government is being formulated to bring together a committed collaborative of partners at national, regional and international level. This effort will strive to maximize shared and individual strengths toward common goals, and leverage existing financial and technical commitments. Furthermore, the approach will facilitate a process by which strategies and implementation plans for community health and related digital systems will be integrated as appropriate and will inform each other's development, leading to harmonized, interoperable health and digital systems strengthening.

Speakers
avatar for Magnus Mordu Conteh

Magnus Mordu Conteh

Director of Global Health Programmes, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, World Vision International
Magnus joined World Vision Ireland in 2011 as Health Programme Coordinator for the Irish Aid funded Maternal Newborn and Child Health programme that is being implemented through the Ministries of Health in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritania and Sierra Leone. In addition to managing... Read More →



Thursday May 19, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 206

11:30

Social Innovation and Mobile Healthcare Apps
Limited Capacity seats available

The advent of mobile application (app) technology allows for social innovation that improves developing country health and healthcare systems. The success of a mobile application-based venture depends on timely partnership support, cross-sector human capital development, and sustainability awareness.

We present, demo (as needed and available; please bring a virtual reality capable mobile device and headset if possible), and discuss how several examples fare in the development, testing, and implementation of mobile healthcare apps in low resource communities. Issues such as platform interoperability, professional validation, community uptake, and organizational governance play a role in ensuring quality outputs and outcomes.

As mobile ICT expands, we suggest how professionals and community members might seek to bolster low-resource health systems while challenging individual health providers to upgrade knowledge and lead teams capable of co-creation and innovation. In addition, we address issues that still limit the successful scaling of mobile app-based ventures.

Finally, we explore wrap-around mobile app communication and research tools and strategies that extend development capacity and venture success. We look at how these tools and strategies might advance across relevant communities and sectors.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Herren

Michael Herren

Director Ejecutivo, Motos For Fonos
Michael Herren is the founder and managing director of Motos For Fonos. He has over twelve years of experience in Latin American and its U.S. diaspora with focus on small business development, education, health, and social enterprise. He holds an MBA from George Washington University... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 205

11:30

The Digital District Project (DDP): Going Paperless with the CliniPAK EHR in Transmara, Kenya
Limited Capacity seats available

The DDP is a joint project of Vecna Cares, Transmara District Health Management Team, Narok County Government and the Kenya MoH. It aims to strengthen the health system through the development and deployment of an electronic health records (EHR) system.
In line with Sustainable Development Goals 3,9, 10 &17, the Kenya MoH Sector Strategy and Investment Plan and Vision 2030 the high level objectives of the DDP are:
- Improve capacity of health facilities by building an EHR optimized to function in remote and/or low resource settings
- Increase capacity in DHMT caregivers through training in daily use of EHR
- Develop a point of care data tool to enhance data accuracy and real time reporting
- Strengthen the healthcare system with robust data capture and reporting tools to support data driven decision making
- Build an EHR that closes gaps between patients, caregivers and decision makers
Accomplishments
- Sustainably transitioned 35 of 45 existing public primary health facilities from paper based systems to the more reliable, flexible CliniPAK EHR
- Achieved full electronic data capture and reporting in 3 key service areas: Outpatient, Family Planning , Antenatal care
- Observed improved data quality, higher efficiency in reporting times, greater accountability and resource management
- Provided skills training for ~50% of DHMT clinical staff in Transmara on EHRs/CliniPAK
- Installed and used CliniPAK in remote areas, reaching vulnerable populations
- Achieved electronic capture and recording of 80,000+ unique patient visits
- Provided previously unavailable data granularity, allowing efficient database searches and data mining for clinical, operational and administrative oversight
- Operationalized records transfer to support referrals

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Theobald

Deborah Theobald

Founder and CEO, Vecna Cares Charitable Trust
Deborah has spent 15 years developing and deploying automation solutions to the health care sector across the globe. As the Co-Founder of Vecna, a leader in health care information technology and robotics, Deborah has positively impacted millions of peoples' lives through innovative... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 211

11:30

The Mobile Operator, a Potential Partner for Local Start-Ups/Social Enterprises?
Limited Capacity seats available

Mobile phones have radically impacted people's lives all across the globe. Over half of the world's population uses a mobile service. In fact, the wider network coverage, along with the improvement of the quality of service has contributed to a higher mobile use, which has eventually impacted economic growth in both developed and emerging countries. By 2020, 80% of all mobile phones will be in emerging markets where impact in people’s lives goes a step further. Since mobile is a leapfrogging technology for a vast majority of people in emerging markets, it is their only connected tool. It offers them the opportunity to access educational content, increase their income, live healthier lives, and set higher standards of living.

The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator is a Mobile for Development programme with three main objectives:
Ensuring mobile operators' assets are more accessible to innovators to attract the most relevant innovations,
Funding innovators through an Innovation Fund to stimulate new products and services that leverage mobile technology for socio-economic impact in a commercially sustainable manner,
Facilitating operator-innovator partnerships to help innovative services reach scale.

After introducing the programme, this interactive session will focus on answering 3 main questions:
Why should start-ups/social enterprises collaborate?
What can mobile operators bring to the table?
How can start-ups/social enterprises and mobile operators partner effectively?

Speakers
avatar for Martin Karanja

Martin Karanja

Senior Market Engagement Manager, Ecosystem Accelerator, GSMA
Donor


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Lioness

12:15

Accelerating Digital Development - Technology and Partnerships for Impact
Limited Capacity filling up

Today, while the power of digital is being leveraged for the public and private sector, its potential to create sustainable and scalable social impact for the international development sector is yet to be fully harnessed. The need is for a solution that can bridge the gap between digital innovation and the international development sector by forming new ecosystem partnerships and supporting cross functional collaboration. Accenture’s DevTech platform is bringing together the world’s best digital expertise, private sector partners and the development sector within an ecosystem, drawing upon Accenture’s expertise in guiding innovation, deploying projects at scale, managing change, and mitigating risks. This session will explore the development needs and issues that can be most effectively addressed by digital, explore how the DevTech platform can accelerate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, share several case studies on potential collaborations for new technology, and encourage participants to share their own experiences and ideas for future collaboration. One example of the DevTech platform in action is Accenture Development Partnerships collaboration with UNHCR.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson

Global Client Services Director, Accenture
Ryan Johnson leads Accenture’s efforts to channel its core commercial strategy, digital, operations, and technology consulting capabilities to meet the needs of the international development community. Ryan has over 9 years of experience supporting the international development... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 202

12:15

Leveraging Financial Technology to Increase Clean Energy Adoption
Limited Capacity seats available

Over one billion people in the world currently live off grid, and many use unclean energy sources like kerosene as their main home energy source. While clean energy technology has come a long way in recent years, making products available in most emerging markets, little has been done to address the affordability of this technology. Many households will spend much more than the cost of a basic solar lamp in yearly kerosene costs, but they rarely have this money at one time to purchase a clean energy product out right. Without solutions to the problem of affordability, the majority of the off grid community will continue to spend money on unclean energy sources.

This is where technically enforced "Pay-as-you-go"(PAYG) comes in. The PAYG model provides a scalable means by which to provide microloans for solar products. Each household simply redirects their "kerosene budget" to pay for the solar lantern in affordable micropayments over time. Once the lantern is paid off, the family saves significant amounts of money through reduced or abandoned kerosene expenditures. These savings can then be used to move up the "energy ladder" or to further other economic interests. Unlike a traditional solar loan program, however, technically- enforced PAYG means that when an individual doesn't pay, the solar product does not work. Individuals must make a payment on their loan to reactivate the light. Thus, the loans are self-enforcing, significantly decreasing servicing costs and increasing scalability.

PAYG financing is increasing in popularity all across emerging markets, with a number of major players offering technically-enforced PAYG products to help meet the global need. However, the majority of these PAYG providers are vertically integrated- meaning they are manufacturing and distributing their own custom PAYG solutions. To make this model feasible, they typically only offer financing for large and expensive solar products. These expensive, higher-wattage PAYG solar home systems are still not economical for a significant portion of the off-grid population. Angaza's unique business to business model addresses these additional affordability challenges and allows us to offer a range of PAYG products, from entry level solar lanterns to complete solar home systems, as technically-enforced PAYG products.

Angaza focuses exclusively on licensing a PAYG platform to manufacturers and distributors involved in energy access in emerging markets. For manufacturers, we have developed several low-cost PAYG hardware and firmware specifications to help them make their existing product line PAYG-ready, and thus able to switch on or off according to pre-payment status. For distributors, we have developed a software platform (the Energy Hub) and android application (the Activator) that allows them to register, top up, and replace solar products, as well as view product account information and configure customized payment and SMS schedules.This business-to-business approach allows us to leverage the strengths of our manufacturing and distribution partners to decrease costs and increase efficiencies across the value chain, thus better serving end users.

Structuring our company as a PAYG platform developer has allowed us to innovate rapidly in response to demand and feedback from the field. We are able to offer a variety of technically-enforced PAYG data transfer solutions to suit a variety of products and distribution models, rather than rely on one distribution model and one technical solution.





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Through Angaza's technology solutions, every kerosene dependent household can afford clean energy. Households that purchase an Angaza-enabled product also get a digital identity that can be used to move them up the energy ladder. Finally, specialization as a platform provider allows rapid scaling across many geographies. We now have distribution partners selling Angaza-powered PAYG devices in Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, India, South Africa, and Pakistan, with near-term plans for expansion into Benin, Cote D'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Nicaragua, and Myanmar.

For the ICT4D conference, I propose to demonstrate Angaza's PAYG platform and speak to the impact it has on our distribution partners. I will also speak to the technical challenges we are working to overcome as we move towards widespread adoption of this technology, including:
Connectivity in rural areas
Mobile money/telecom integration
Smartphone availability and adoption

Speakers
LC

Lindsay Caldwell

Director of East Africa Operations, Angaza Design
Lindsay Caldwell is an operations management specialist, with previous experience leading operations as Program Manager for One Acre Fund and COO of Yum Deliveries. During her time at One Acre Fund, she helped to achieve one hundred percent repayment on a multi-million dollar loan... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 204

12:15

Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Framework in Sierra Leone
Limited Capacity seats available

In the wake of the Ebola epidemic, it is clear that the fragility of the Sierra Leone health system rendered the effect of the outbreak much more potent than it otherwise might have been. In addition, the lack of interoperable digital systems to capture, share and disseminate data and information amid the Ebola response efforts resulted in fragmented, duplicative efforts amongst both national and international responders.

In recent international fora such as the USAID/WAHO Data Harmonization Conference and the (Re)Building Health Systems meeting at Wilton Park, it was agreed that reducing fragmentation of efforts and improving systems interoperability in the Ebola recovery and rebuilding phase will be critical to ensuring that Sierra Leone will be able to weather any future health challenges or nascent epidemics swiftly and efficiently.

To address these issues, a Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative approach led by the Sierra Leone Government is being formulated to bring together a committed collaborative of partners at national, regional and international level. This effort will strive to maximize shared and individual strengths toward common goals, and leverage existing financial and technical commitments. Furthermore, the approach will facilitate a process by which strategies and implementation plans for community health and related digital systems will be integrated as appropriate and will inform each other's development, leading to harmonized, interoperable health and digital systems strengthening.

Speakers
avatar for Magnus Mordu Conteh

Magnus Mordu Conteh

Director of Global Health Programmes, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, World Vision International
Magnus joined World Vision Ireland in 2011 as Health Programme Coordinator for the Irish Aid funded Maternal Newborn and Child Health programme that is being implemented through the Ministries of Health in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritania and Sierra Leone. In addition to managing... Read More →



Thursday May 19, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 206

12:15

Social Innovation and Mobile Healthcare Apps
Limited Capacity seats available

The advent of mobile application (app) technology allows for social innovation that improves developing country health and healthcare systems. The success of a mobile application-based venture depends on timely partnership support, cross-sector human capital development, and sustainability awareness.

We present, demo (as needed and available; please bring a virtual reality capable mobile device and headset if possible), and discuss how several examples fare in the development, testing, and implementation of mobile healthcare apps in low resource communities. Issues such as platform interoperability, professional validation, community uptake, and organizational governance play a role in ensuring quality outputs and outcomes.

As mobile ICT expands, we suggest how professionals and community members might seek to bolster low-resource health systems while challenging individual health providers to upgrade knowledge and lead teams capable of co-creation and innovation. In addition, we address issues that still limit the successful scaling of mobile app-based ventures.

Finally, we explore wrap-around mobile app communication and research tools and strategies that extend development capacity and venture success. We look at how these tools and strategies might advance across relevant communities and sectors.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Herren

Michael Herren

Director Ejecutivo, Motos For Fonos
Michael Herren is the founder and managing director of Motos For Fonos. He has over twelve years of experience in Latin American and its U.S. diaspora with focus on small business development, education, health, and social enterprise. He holds an MBA from George Washington University... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 205

12:15

The Digital District Project (DDP): Going Paperless with the CliniPAK EHR in Transmara, Kenya
Limited Capacity seats available

The DDP is a joint project of Vecna Cares, Transmara District Health Management Team, Narok County Government and the Kenya MoH. It aims to strengthen the health system through the development and deployment of an electronic health records (EHR) system.
In line with Sustainable Development Goals 3,9, 10 &17, the Kenya MoH Sector Strategy and Investment Plan and Vision 2030 the high level objectives of the DDP are:
- Improve capacity of health facilities by building an EHR optimized to function in remote and/or low resource settings
- Increase capacity in DHMT caregivers through training in daily use of EHR
- Develop a point of care data tool to enhance data accuracy and real time reporting
- Strengthen the healthcare system with robust data capture and reporting tools to support data driven decision making
- Build an EHR that closes gaps between patients, caregivers and decision makers
Accomplishments
- Sustainably transitioned 35 of 45 existing public primary health facilities from paper based systems to the more reliable, flexible CliniPAK EHR
- Achieved full electronic data capture and reporting in 3 key service areas: Outpatient, Family Planning , Antenatal care
- Observed improved data quality, higher efficiency in reporting times, greater accountability and resource management
- Provided skills training for ~50% of DHMT clinical staff in Transmara on EHRs/CliniPAK
- Installed and used CliniPAK in remote areas, reaching vulnerable populations
- Achieved electronic capture and recording of 80,000+ unique patient visits
- Provided previously unavailable data granularity, allowing efficient database searches and data mining for clinical, operational and administrative oversight
- Operationalized records transfer to support referrals

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Theobald

Deborah Theobald

Founder and CEO, Vecna Cares Charitable Trust
Deborah has spent 15 years developing and deploying automation solutions to the health care sector across the globe. As the Co-Founder of Vecna, a leader in health care information technology and robotics, Deborah has positively impacted millions of peoples' lives through innovative... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 211

12:15

The Mobile Operator, a Potential Partner for Local Start-Ups/Social Enterprises?
Limited Capacity seats available

Mobile phones have radically impacted people's lives all across the globe. Over half of the world's population uses a mobile service. In fact, the wider network coverage, along with the improvement of the quality of service has contributed to a higher mobile use, which has eventually impacted economic growth in both developed and emerging countries. By 2020, 80% of all mobile phones will be in emerging markets where impact in people’s lives goes a step further. Since mobile is a leapfrogging technology for a vast majority of people in emerging markets, it is their only connected tool. It offers them the opportunity to access educational content, increase their income, live healthier lives, and set higher standards of living.

The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator is a Mobile for Development programme with three main objectives:
Ensuring mobile operators' assets are more accessible to innovators to attract the most relevant innovations,
Funding innovators through an Innovation Fund to stimulate new products and services that leverage mobile technology for socio-economic impact in a commercially sustainable manner,
Facilitating operator-innovator partnerships to help innovative services reach scale.

After introducing the programme, this interactive session will focus on answering 3 main questions:
Why should start-ups/social enterprises collaborate?
What can mobile operators bring to the table?
How can start-ups/social enterprises and mobile operators partner effectively?

Speakers
avatar for Martin Karanja

Martin Karanja

Senior Market Engagement Manager, Ecosystem Accelerator, GSMA
Donor


Thursday May 19, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Lioness

12:15

Treating Health Information Systems as an Enterprise
Limited Capacity seats available

Health information systems (HIS) are critical in making sure accurate health information is timely and available to decision makers to enable them to allocate resources appropriately, track progress and performance of the health system, conduct effective disease surveillance, evaluate impact of interventions and make strategic decisions that may save lives and enhances population health. However, HIS in many of the low and medium income countries (LMICs) are weak, fragmented and are often focusing on vertical disease-specific program monitoring and evaluation but inadequate in providing information needed to facilitate evidence-based decision making. Methodological standards need to be established and political momentum fostered so that these countries' health status can be reliably tracked. In addition, we have a unique opportunity to capitalize on modern information and communications technologies (ICT), which if used appropriately and in a standardized format can play an important role in improving the efficiency of HIS- thereby producing the needed evidence base for effective delivery of services. But for these opportunities to make a meaningful impact in a complex sector such as the health, it is important to use the Enterprise Architecture approach in understanding the relationships between various components of HIS and how technology can support the achievement of the intended goals. This would entail reviewing the processes, personnel, information systems, data and sub-systems their alignment and how they are all intended to complement health systems goals and strategic direction.

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Wambugu

Samuel Wambugu

Health informatics Advisor, MEASURE Evaluation
Mr. Wambugu is a health informatics and project management specialist. He has 15 years of experience working in health management information systems. He has worked in many countries including Kenya, South Africa, Liberia, Swaziland, Zambia, USA and Ghana. He is currently based in... Read More →



Thursday May 19, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 207

14:00

Choice Modeling in Development
Limited Capacity seats available

How can you do participatory research when you want to implement a new initiative based on activities that people have no experience of, and concepts that they have no understanding of? Discrete choice modeling is a technique that reveals underlying priorities related to the topic of interest. The technique was developed in the field of economics and commonly applied in transport and marketing. This presentation describes its use in a development research program in Kenya. The Low Cost Technologies project (funded by the UK DFID, EPSRC, and DECC) seeks to develop low-cost, energy-efficient technologies that can have a large scale impact at the bottom of the pyramid. Initial consultations with local experts identified a handful of devices that could make a difference in two contexts - domestic households, and rural health facilities. A discrete choice survey was designed to find out how important a number of design parameters would be to potential users. The use of computer assisted personal interviewing on mobile devices (tablets) was critical to the process, as making choices using paper would have been impractical. The Poimapper Plus platform was chosen on the basis that it could handle graphics in the options presented to respondents. Data has been gathered from 700 households, and 300 health professionals from across the country. The presentation will demonstrate the digital platform along with some examples of the findings.
(authors: Scott N., Cheruiyot M.)

Speakers
avatar for Mourine Chepkemoi

Mourine Chepkemoi

Research Assistant, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)
Mourine is a research assistant at African Centre for Technology Studies. At ACTS Mourine has been involved in large and small projects ranging from USD 10,000 to USD 6 million which specific duties entails project coordination (research, collect and compile information) & implementations... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 211

14:00

Collaborating through Sustainability Standards
Limited Capacity seats available

It is widely recognized that collaboration is the key to addressing challenges of sustainable development. It is also well understood that collaboration will be driven by data sharing, information exchange and better communication across the value-chain. However, achieving this goal has proven challenging and raises several questions
- What is the tangible business case for collaborating with my competitors?
- How can we share data in a manner that is universally comparable and useful?
- How can we reduce the competitive risks of sharing internal company data openly?
This presentation looks to the agriculture sector for ideas and examples of better collaboration and data sharing across the value chain.
UTZ is a not-for-profit organization working towards a world where sustainable farming is the norm. We are the largest program for sustainable coffee and cocoa worldwide with product labels on over 20000 products across 135 countries. UTZ sets a "code of conduct" for how coffee and cocoa must be produced and handled through the supply chain. In 2014, nearly 600,000 smallholder farms produced coffee and cocoa using the UTZ code, which provides a huge base for farm level data. Our experience shows that this data can act as a starting point for fostering collaboration and address questions raised above.
This presentation will look at how technology enables collecting data from farms in a usable form. We will explore specific use cases where sharing data across thousands of farms and supply chains creates incremental value. Finally, we will also look at how a sustainability standard like UTZ provides a natural starting point to collect data that can be easily compared on an apples-to-apples basis and in a pre-competitive, open manner.

Speakers
avatar for Kaushik Ramakrishnan

Kaushik Ramakrishnan

Director - First Mile, UTZ
Kaushik Ramakrishnan is responsible for a program that aims to deliver impact to over a million Coffee, Cocoa and Tea farmers using technology and data. He has over 15 years of experience at the intersection of technology and sustainable development. His focus has been on using internet-of-things... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 206

14:00

Delivering Cost Effective and Sustainable WASH Infrastructure Using a Comprehensive ICT Toolbox
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2015, Catholic Relief Services Ghana made significant investments in WASH infrastructure that accelerated the achievement of project results targeting improved behavior change on hygiene and sanitation, improved health outcomes and reduced poverty. Despite rigorous legal, procurement and contracting systems used to construct school latrines across 30 schools, there was widespread dissatisfaction with outcomes of construction investments due to poor quality and delayed service delivery. This resulted in reduced morale of staff, inefficient time management, and infrastructure that was unnecessary, unreliable, dangerous, and over-priced.

The solution was to use mini iPads, ArcGIS, iFormbuilder and Bartender software to develop a system to track and certify construction results in real-time. CRS' holistic approach addressed gaps in human resources, data collection, and user capacity. First, 2 Construction Quality Field Officers, who are responsible for site assessment and quality assurance were recruited; designed a questionnaire using the bill of quantities and specified in the terms of reference for vendors; trained CRS staff on the use and management of mini iPads; and systematized the exportation of data into Excel for analysis and weekly reporting conducted by the MEAL team.

Thus far, the technology solution has improved CRS Ghana's MEAL systems. For example, Project Managers and senior management can now access data on the construction statuses at any time without relying on updates through emails, and the picture documentation feature helps managers assert that proper construction is being conducted and are thus able to provide the necessary feedback to the field more quickly and efficiently.

Speakers
EY

Ewurabena Yanyi-Akofur

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Coordinator, Catholic Relief Services
Cumulatively, she has 7 years working experience in research, teaching and result based management solutions relating to policy planning, small and medium scale business management, maternal health, WASH, climate change mitigation and adaptation related projects, gender issues in... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 204

14:00

Evaluating the Health Impact of Introducing an Electronic Logistics Management Information System in Tanzania
Limited Capacity seats available

In late 2013, Tanzania invested $2.3 million introducing a national, electronic logistics management information system (eLMIS). Because this investment represents a significant investment to the public health supply chain, a baseline study was undertaken in 2013 and a further analysis in 2015 to evaluate the health impact through chain performance, cost, and cost-effectiveness of these management upgrades and return on investment on the current system.

As in many other developing countries, the management of the public health supply chain in Tanzania evolved along product lines associated with specific public health programs. The result was a fragmented, uncoordinated management system with separate structures for HIV, TB, vaccines, essential drugs, and contraceptives .These separate, and largely paper-based logistics management information systems (LMIS), did not generate accurate, quality, and timely data. The lack of data visibility contributed to poor system performance that raised costs, hampered stock availability, and made it harder to serve the millions of Tanzanians who rely on public health facilities.
To address these problems, the MOHSW facilitated the rollout of a nationwide eLMIS to consolidate existing electronic and paper-based systems; such consolidation is a challenge faced by many developing nations. The eLMIS is expected to improve data visibility by providing accurate, quality, and timely data.
The MOHSW and other stakeholders also wanted to understand the cost-effectiveness of the current system and what portions of the system might see cost savings and performance improvements after the introduction of the eLMIS.

The study had two main components: (1) a baseline and year 1 collection of information on supply chain reporting, data use, management practice, and outcomes; and (2) a cost study to provide input for cost-effectiveness analysis. Data collection for the initial analysis of the supply chain took place between August-October 2013 and year 1 data collection took place between April and May 2015.

From the quantitative analysis that was conducted, stock out rates for all product goods dropped from 32% to 23%, with the frequency of stock-outs greater than 7 days dropping from 24% to 15%. Appropriate inventory levels at health facilities slightly from 18% to 20%, while the levels of expiries at the facility decreased by about 0.1-0.4%.
With respect to cost data, the annual cost of the supply chain increased from $66million to $76million. The throughput of the supply chain also increased from $168million to $197million. Despite this increase in costs and throughput, performance of the supply chain improved from the 2014 baseline findings of 68% to 77%. The cost per value of commodities adjusted for performance shows that a decrease from 58% at baseline to 50% in year 1.


Findings from the year 1 data collection indicate that the eLMIS had a positive impact on key supply outcomes, especially stock-out rates. Similarly, stock-out durations also fell with the decrease in stock-outs is happening while inventory levels remaining relatively constant. Moreover, the implementation of the eLMIS also reduced overall expiry rates. While the supply chain system costs were higher as a result of the eLMIS, initial results also indicate that it is operating much more efficiently. Notably, eLMIS appear to have generated significant savings to the government despite the supply chain challenges that the country experienced at the same time.

Speakers
avatar for Alpha Nsaghurwe

Alpha Nsaghurwe

Senior Health Information Systems Advisor, MCSP, John Snow Inc
Alpha is a human-centered design expert with over 15 years' experience in Information Systems project management and implementation. He has contributed to state-of-the-art development and deployment of ICT systems at national levels. Alpha has successfully facilitated the deployment... Read More →



Thursday May 19, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 205

14:00

Fionet: Closing the Gap between Data and Care
Limited Capacity seats available

Information communication technology (ICT) innovations are critically needed to help make high-quality frontline health services more accessible and impactful. Health workers need real-time information and feedback to provide appropriate, effective and efficient care. Meanwhile, healthcare managers and other stakeholders need a way of knowing what's happening when services are provided in order to ensure their quality and effectively manage resources. Fio Corporation works with public and private clients and partners to address both of these needs with the help of FionetTM technology. Recognizing that ICT tools will only be adopted effectively if they assist rather than burden health workers in delivering care, Fionet software applications work with mobile companion devices for health workers - smartphones, tablets and Fio's DekiTM Reader - to provide step-by-step guidance through their activities, tailor guidance appropriate to an individual patient's needs, and simultaneously capture reliable data. This data can be exported to existing health information systems or analyzed and shared with healthcare managers and stakeholders using the Fionet web portal. This presentation will share results from the use of Fionet technology in low-resource settings in Africa and Latin America, demonstrate key features and benefits (such as automated rapid testing with the DekiTM Reader), and discuss proven strategies for deploying this technology through public-private partnerships.

Speakers
DS

Dr. Stephen Kinoti

Vice President, Clinical Solutions, Fio Corporation
Dr. Stephen N. Kinoti leads Fio's health systems strengthening programs, focusing on the improvement of infectious disease management in the public and private health sectors in sub-Saharan Africa. Stephen has four decades of experience working at national, regional and international... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 207

14:00

Integrated Project Management Information System for Partner Capacity Strengthening
Limited Capacity filling up

CRS Nigeria's SMILE project is a five-year USAID funded program designed to scale up access to basic services for 600,000 vulnerable children and their caregivers. SMILE partners with 50 local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and 55 government agencies to implement this program. Partner institutional capacity strengthening and effective program management is key to successful program implementation. Given the scale and number of partners, there was a need to use of an ICT4D solution to monitor partner capacity strengthening and program management processes. In partnership with Westat (a consortium member on SMILE), CRS developed a web based Project Management Information System (PMIS) for monitoring Institutional capacity strengthening and workplan implementation of SMILE CSO partners and government agencies. The software modules include: The Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT), Workplan monitoring, Sub-Recipient Financial Monitoring Tool (SRFMT), Grants management monitoring. For each of the modules, there is a scheduling feature that allows the Software Administrator to schedule partner assessment exercises and upload assessment results. CSOs and government staff subsequently indicate when specific activities on their improvement plans and workplans have been completed. Using the report function it is possible to generate custom reports on results of assessment exercises, workplan completion rates and trend analysis. The PMIS has helped SMILE to monitor partner capacity improvements and workplan implementation more efficiently

Speakers
avatar for Chibuzo Dangana

Chibuzo Dangana

M&E Database Manager, CRS Nigeria
Chibuzo Dangana has 10 years of experience in the delivery of IT and development projects from conception to closure under various capacities like project operations, monitoring & evaluation and data management. She has an analytical background originating from a BSc. in Statistics... Read More →



Thursday May 19, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 259

14:45

Choice Modeling in Development
Limited Capacity seats available

How can you do participatory research when you want to implement a new initiative based on activities that people have no experience of, and concepts that they have no understanding of? Discrete choice modeling is a technique that reveals underlying priorities related to the topic of interest. The technique was developed in the field of economics and commonly applied in transport and marketing. This presentation describes its use in a development research program in Kenya. The Low Cost Technologies project (funded by the UK DFID, EPSRC, and DECC) seeks to develop low-cost, energy-efficient technologies that can have a large scale impact at the bottom of the pyramid. Initial consultations with local experts identified a handful of devices that could make a difference in two contexts - domestic households, and rural health facilities. A discrete choice survey was designed to find out how important a number of design parameters would be to potential users. The use of computer assisted personal interviewing on mobile devices (tablets) was critical to the process, as making choices using paper would have been impractical. The Poimapper Plus platform was chosen on the basis that it could handle graphics in the options presented to respondents. Data has been gathered from 700 households, and 300 health professionals from across the country. The presentation will demonstrate the digital platform along with some examples of the findings.
(authors: Scott N., Cheruiyot M.)

Speakers
avatar for Mourine Chepkemoi

Mourine Chepkemoi

Research Assistant, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)
Mourine is a research assistant at African Centre for Technology Studies. At ACTS Mourine has been involved in large and small projects ranging from USD 10,000 to USD 6 million which specific duties entails project coordination (research, collect and compile information) & implementations... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 211

14:45

Collaborating through Sustainability Standards
Limited Capacity seats available

It is widely recognized that collaboration is the key to addressing challenges of sustainable development. It is also well understood that collaboration will be driven by data sharing, information exchange and better communication across the value-chain. However, achieving this goal has proven challenging and raises several questions
- What is the tangible business case for collaborating with my competitors?
- How can we share data in a manner that is universally comparable and useful?
- How can we reduce the competitive risks of sharing internal company data openly?
This presentation looks to the agriculture sector for ideas and examples of better collaboration and data sharing across the value chain.
UTZ is a not-for-profit organization working towards a world where sustainable farming is the norm. We are the largest program for sustainable coffee and cocoa worldwide with product labels on over 20000 products across 135 countries. UTZ sets a "code of conduct" for how coffee and cocoa must be produced and handled through the supply chain. In 2014, nearly 600,000 smallholder farms produced coffee and cocoa using the UTZ code, which provides a huge base for farm level data. Our experience shows that this data can act as a starting point for fostering collaboration and address questions raised above.
This presentation will look at how technology enables collecting data from farms in a usable form. We will explore specific use cases where sharing data across thousands of farms and supply chains creates incremental value. Finally, we will also look at how a sustainability standard like UTZ provides a natural starting point to collect data that can be easily compared on an apples-to-apples basis and in a pre-competitive, open manner.

Speakers
avatar for Kaushik Ramakrishnan

Kaushik Ramakrishnan

Director - First Mile, UTZ
Kaushik Ramakrishnan is responsible for a program that aims to deliver impact to over a million Coffee, Cocoa and Tea farmers using technology and data. He has over 15 years of experience at the intersection of technology and sustainable development. His focus has been on using internet-of-things... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 206

14:45

Evaluating the Health Impact of Introducing an Electronic Logistics Management Information System in Tanzania
Limited Capacity seats available

In late 2013, Tanzania invested $2.3 million introducing a national, electronic logistics management information system (eLMIS). Because this investment represents a significant investment to the public health supply chain, a baseline study was undertaken in 2013 and a further analysis in 2015 to evaluate the health impact through chain performance, cost, and cost-effectiveness of these management upgrades and return on investment on the current system.

As in many other developing countries, the management of the public health supply chain in Tanzania evolved along product lines associated with specific public health programs. The result was a fragmented, uncoordinated management system with separate structures for HIV, TB, vaccines, essential drugs, and contraceptives .These separate, and largely paper-based logistics management information systems (LMIS), did not generate accurate, quality, and timely data. The lack of data visibility contributed to poor system performance that raised costs, hampered stock availability, and made it harder to serve the millions of Tanzanians who rely on public health facilities.
To address these problems, the MOHSW facilitated the rollout of a nationwide eLMIS to consolidate existing electronic and paper-based systems; such consolidation is a challenge faced by many developing nations. The eLMIS is expected to improve data visibility by providing accurate, quality, and timely data.
The MOHSW and other stakeholders also wanted to understand the cost-effectiveness of the current system and what portions of the system might see cost savings and performance improvements after the introduction of the eLMIS.

The study had two main components: (1) a baseline and year 1 collection of information on supply chain reporting, data use, management practice, and outcomes; and (2) a cost study to provide input for cost-effectiveness analysis. Data collection for the initial analysis of the supply chain took place between August-October 2013 and year 1 data collection took place between April and May 2015.

From the quantitative analysis that was conducted, stock out rates for all product goods dropped from 32% to 23%, with the frequency of stock-outs greater than 7 days dropping from 24% to 15%. Appropriate inventory levels at health facilities slightly from 18% to 20%, while the levels of expiries at the facility decreased by about 0.1-0.4%.
With respect to cost data, the annual cost of the supply chain increased from $66million to $76million. The throughput of the supply chain also increased from $168million to $197million. Despite this increase in costs and throughput, performance of the supply chain improved from the 2014 baseline findings of 68% to 77%. The cost per value of commodities adjusted for performance shows that a decrease from 58% at baseline to 50% in year 1.


Findings from the year 1 data collection indicate that the eLMIS had a positive impact on key supply outcomes, especially stock-out rates. Similarly, stock-out durations also fell with the decrease in stock-outs is happening while inventory levels remaining relatively constant. Moreover, the implementation of the eLMIS also reduced overall expiry rates. While the supply chain system costs were higher as a result of the eLMIS, initial results also indicate that it is operating much more efficiently. Notably, eLMIS appear to have generated significant savings to the government despite the supply chain challenges that the country experienced at the same time.

Speakers
avatar for Alpha Nsaghurwe

Alpha Nsaghurwe

Senior Health Information Systems Advisor, MCSP, John Snow Inc
Alpha is a human-centered design expert with over 15 years' experience in Information Systems project management and implementation. He has contributed to state-of-the-art development and deployment of ICT systems at national levels. Alpha has successfully facilitated the deployment... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 205

14:45

Fionet: Closing the Gap between Data and Care
Limited Capacity seats available

Information communication technology (ICT) innovations are critically needed to help make high-quality frontline health services more accessible and impactful. Health workers need real-time information and feedback to provide appropriate, effective and efficient care. Meanwhile, healthcare managers and other stakeholders need a way of knowing what's happening when services are provided in order to ensure their quality and effectively manage resources. Fio Corporation works with public and private clients and partners to address both of these needs with the help of FionetTM technology. Recognizing that ICT tools will only be adopted effectively if they assist rather than burden health workers in delivering care, Fionet software applications work with mobile companion devices for health workers - smartphones, tablets and Fio's DekiTM Reader - to provide step-by-step guidance through their activities, tailor guidance appropriate to an individual patient's needs, and simultaneously capture reliable data. This data can be exported to existing health information systems or analyzed and shared with healthcare managers and stakeholders using the Fionet web portal. This presentation will share results from the use of Fionet technology in low-resource settings in Africa and Latin America, demonstrate key features and benefits (such as automated rapid testing with the DekiTM Reader), and discuss proven strategies for deploying this technology through public-private partnerships.

Speakers
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Dr. Stephen Kinoti

Vice President, Clinical Solutions, Fio Corporation
Dr. Stephen N. Kinoti leads Fio's health systems strengthening programs, focusing on the improvement of infectious disease management in the public and private health sectors in sub-Saharan Africa. Stephen has four decades of experience working at national, regional and international... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 207

14:45

GIS: Building Capacity to Improve the Environment
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Speakers
avatar for Norma Minero

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
Giraffe 204

14:45

Integrated Project Management Information System for Partner Capacity Strengthening
Limited Capacity full

CRS Nigeria's SMILE project is a five-year USAID funded program designed to scale up access to basic services for 600,000 vulnerable children and their caregivers. SMILE partners with 50 local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and 55 government agencies to implement this program. Partner institutional capacity strengthening and effective program management is key to successful program implementation. Given the scale and number of partners, there was a need to use of an ICT4D solution to monitor partner capacity strengthening and program management processes. In partnership with Westat (a consortium member on SMILE), CRS developed a web based Project Management Information System (PMIS) for monitoring Institutional capacity strengthening and workplan implementation of SMILE CSO partners and government agencies. The software modules include: The Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT), Workplan monitoring, Sub-Recipient Financial Monitoring Tool (SRFMT), Grants management monitoring. For each of the modules, there is a scheduling feature that allows the Software Administrator to schedule partner assessment exercises and upload assessment results. CSOs and government staff subsequently indicate when specific activities on their improvement plans and workplans have been completed. Using the report function it is possible to generate custom reports on results of assessment exercises, workplan completion rates and trend analysis. The PMIS has helped SMILE to monitor partner capacity improvements and workplan implementation more efficiently

Speakers
avatar for Chibuzo Dangana

Chibuzo Dangana

M&E Database Manager, CRS Nigeria
Chibuzo Dangana has 10 years of experience in the delivery of IT and development projects from conception to closure under various capacities like project operations, monitoring & evaluation and data management. She has an analytical background originating from a BSc. in Statistics... Read More →



Thursday May 19, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 259