Inveneo Technology Salon Archives

How Can We Strengthen Local Capacity for ICTs in M&E?

  1. Posted by Inveneo on August 27, 2012 in the categories: Events, News

New technologies are changing the nature of monitoring and evaluation, as seen in our previous Salon on the use of ICTs in M&E. However, the use of new technologies in M&E efforts can seem daunting or irrelevant to those working in low resource settings, especially if there is little experience or low existing capacity with these new tools and approaches.

What is the role of donors and other intermediaries in building local capacity for communities and development partners to use new technologies to enhance monitoring and evaluation efforts.?

M & E

This August 30, join the Rockefeller Foundation, the Community Systems Foundation, and your friends at the Technology Salon for the second of three Salon discussions around the use of new technologies for monitoring and evaluating development outcomes. Some aspects we will be discussing, include:

  1. How are smaller organizations, development agencies and communities incorporating these tools in sustainable ways? Are there any well-documented case studies?
  2. What examples exist of blending new ICT tools and traditional M&E approaches to adapt to local contexts?
  3. What local or regional intermediaries exist who can support this process?
  4. How can donors and other intermediaries help encourage and strengthen M&E capacity in local organizations, institutions and individuals?

We will have 3 thought leaders joining us for the session:

  1. The World Bank's Innovation and Governance team (discussant name TBC) will share how the Bank has worked with intermediaries on open data and open government and the potential role of Technology Hubs
  2. Tom O'Connell, UNICEF Health Specialist, will discuss capacity strengthening on local health systems
  3. Revati Prasad, Senior Program Officer at Internews, will talk about how the organization goes about strengthening local capacity with their partners and in local communities.

As always, we hope you will bring your experiences to the Salon as well for a lively and engaging round-table discussion on the ways that new technologies are changing how we work.

   Strengthening Local Capacity for ICTs in M&E
   August Technology Salon New York City
   9-10:30am, Thursday, August 30, 2012
   The Rockefeller Foundation
   420 Fifth Avenue
   New York City, NY (map)

We’ll have coffee, tea and light breakfast for a morning rush, but seating is limited so RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance or you will end up on the waitlist.

For those attending, please arrive 15 minutes early to clear security and be sure to bring photo ID.



About the Technology Salon™

Our subscribersThe Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:

  1. technology’s impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  2. private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.

Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 20 people – and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged.  It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!

How Can We Strengthen Local Capacity for ICTs in M&E?

  1. Posted by sguser on August 27, 2012 in the categories: Events, News

New technologies are changing the nature of monitoring and evaluation, as seen in our previous Salon on the use of ICTs in M&E. However, the use of new technologies in M&E efforts can seem daunting or irrelevant to those working in low resource settings, especially if there is little experience or low existing capacity with these new tools and approaches.

What is the role of donors and other intermediaries in building local capacity for communities and development partners to use new technologies to enhance monitoring and evaluation efforts.?

M & E

This August 30, join the Rockefeller Foundation, the Community Systems Foundation, and your friends at the Technology Salon for the second of three Salon discussions around the use of new technologies for monitoring and evaluating development outcomes. Some aspects we will be discussing, include:

  1. How are smaller organizations, development agencies and communities incorporating these tools in sustainable ways? Are there any well-documented case studies?
  2. What examples exist of blending new ICT tools and traditional M&E approaches to adapt to local contexts?
  3. What local or regional intermediaries exist who can support this process?
  4. How can donors and other intermediaries help encourage and strengthen M&E capacity in local organizations, institutions and individuals?

We will have 3 thought leaders joining us for the session:

  1. The World Bank's Innovation and Governance team (discussant name TBC) will share how the Bank has worked with intermediaries on open data and open government and the potential role of Technology Hubs
  2. Tom O'Connell, UNICEF Health Specialist, will discuss capacity strengthening on local health systems
  3. Revati Prasad, Senior Program Officer at Internews, will talk about how the organization goes about strengthening local capacity with their partners and in local communities.

As always, we hope you will bring your experiences to the Salon as well for a lively and engaging round-table discussion on the ways that new technologies are changing how we work.

   Strengthening Local Capacity for ICTs in M&E
   August Technology Salon New York City
   9-10:30am, Thursday, August 30, 2012
   The Rockefeller Foundation
   420 Fifth Avenue
   New York City, NY (map)

We’ll have coffee, tea and light breakfast for a morning rush, but seating is limited so RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance or you will end up on the waitlist.

For those attending, please arrive 15 minutes early to clear security and be sure to bring photo ID.



About the Technology Salon™

Our subscribersThe Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:

  1. technology’s impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  2. private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.

Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 20 people – and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged.  It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!

Every African Woman Should Have Access to Broadband – But How?

  1. Posted by Inveneo on March 9, 2012 in the categories: Economic Development, Events, News

If we are serious about ICT as an accelerant for social and economic development, and we know that a) women are the key to investments in family health and education, and b) broadband connectivity is a major ICT catalyst for both, then we should be working towards a world where every African woman can have access to broadband Internet.

Broadband for Women

But what does “broadband” or “access” really mean? And how can we accelerate connectivity? Yes, mobile operators will play a role, as will ISPs, national backbones, sea cable operators, and the private ICT ecosystem. In fact, its a policy, regulatory, financial, and cultural challenge, which will take many actors working together to achieve impact.

How do we start? What advice do you have for the technologists? The technocrats? The ICT4D community as a whole? Or the whole US government foreign assistance framework? What levers and leverage can make broadband ubiquitous?

Come to the next Technology Salon for a lively discussion at the intersection of technology and development, boosted with broadband. We’ll be joined by Priya Jaisinghani of USAID, Ann Mei Chang of State via Google, and your peers – so please RSVP early – we will reach capacity fast.

Broadband Access for Africa
March Technology Salon
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
IREX
2121 K Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC (map)

We’ll have hot coffee and Krispe Kreme donuts for a morning rush, but seating is limited at IREX’s headquarters. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance – once we reach our 20-person capacity there will be a waitlist.


About the Technology Salon™

Our subscribersThe Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:

  1. technology’s impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  2. private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.

Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 20 people – and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged.  It’s also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!

How Mobile Financial Services are Transforming the Economics of International Development

  1. Posted by Inveneo on December 1, 2011 in the categories: Economic Development, Events, News

Terms like mobile money, mPayments, and M-PESA are all the rage in International development these days, but what do they really mean for the national development of countries we attempt to help?

Menekse Gencer of mPay Connect will lead us in a discussion of mobile financial services, the full gamut of finance that is now taking place on mobile phones: mobile payments, mobile microfinance, and mobile banking.

m-PESA She will showcase ways in which mobile financial services are (and will be) radically changing emerging economies, shifting the economic landscape in ways we are just now starting to see but as yet cannot fully understand. Here is one example of that shift:

  • mPay Connect research shows M-PESA saves 3 hours per day for every Kenyan subscriber in reduced shoe leather costs – the cost of walking money from place to place. If we multiply 3 hours per day, by 13.2 million subscribers, by 365 days, that’s 14.4 BILLION hours saved per year. Add in the average wage per hour in Kenya, and the time savings start to make you gasp in savings shock.

Priya Jaisinghani of the Mobile Solutions Office at USAID wants to bring savings like that to both the host country governments that USAID works with and to the USAID system itself. She’ll continue with Menekse’s theme and bring the discussion home:

  • How can USAID and its implementing partners also leverage mobile financial services to increase the efficiency of foreign assistance? Two simple suggestion to start: contractors using mPayments to pay host country national staff and national pensions paying through mobiles.

Of course there are many more, and more ways in which mobile financial services are radically changing the world in which we work. Join your fellow Technology Salon professionals in a deep dive on the impact all of this will have at the next Salon:

Mobile Financial Services in USAID Programming
December Technology Salon
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
RTI International
701 13th Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC (map)

We’ll have hot coffee and Krispe Kreme donuts for a morning rush, but seating is limited and the UN Foundation is in a secure building. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance or you are on the waitlist.


About the Technology Salon™

Our subscribersThe Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:

  1. technology’s impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  2. private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.

Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 20 people – and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged.  It’s also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!