A decade after information and communication technologies revolutionized the developed-world economies, the perception of ICT has changed in international development – it’s no longer a question of investing in penicillin vs. Pentiums, but how do we use ICT to deliver all development initiatives better? This question is multifaceted, nuanced, and the answers are still in their formative stages.
Over the last several years, Inveneo has organized and curated a global discussion to help the international development community explore the many answers to the question, “How do we use ICT to deliver foreign assistance better?” This discussion is both virtual and in-person, spanning four initiatives that reinforce each other across the technology and international development disciplines, driving a vibrant conversations on best practices to improve sustainability and community impact:
- ICTworks: a broad virtual conversation with ICT practitioners worldwide, with a focus on what works and doesn’t in field-level technology implementations
- Technology Salon: an intimate, in-person discussion with key technology and development thought leaders in Washington, DC, New York City, and San Francisco
- Fail Faire: a celebration of failure as a mark of leadership, innovation, and risk-taking in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in scaling ideas from pilots to global programs, held in Washington, DC, London, UK, and across Africa.
Individually and collectively, these initiatives are engaging several thousand technology thought leaders, ICT practitioners and international development experts on a weekly basis. By doing so, Inveneo has created an ICT4D community — a global in-person and virtual society committed to using information and communications technologies to increase the social and economic advancement of the developing world.
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