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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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Dr. Benjamin Piper

RTI International
Chief of Party, Tusome
Kenya
Benjamin Piper EdD, is the Chief of Party of the USAID- and DFID-funded Tusome Early Grade
Reading Activity in Kenya. Tusome is Kenya’s national literacy programme, supporting more than
22,600 public primary schools and 1,000 complementary schools in the slum areas to improve literacy outcomes in primary school. Dr. Piper was previously the Chief of Party of the Primary Math and Reading (PRIMR) Initiative programmes in Kenya, serving 1,385 schools and undertaking research on methods to improve student learning. His previous work investigated the impact of a variety of language of instruction educational policies on student outcomes, with particular focus on how pedagogical differences relate to literacy acquisition and the transfer of reading skills between the first language and the second language. Dr. Piper is passionate about sub-Saharan Africa’s future, holds a Doctorate of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and has worked for RTI International for the past seven years.