Voices 2.0 – The Arab awakening and practical lessons learned for development practitioners

As part of the 50 year celebration of Swiss Development Cooperation, the North-South Centre of the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Zurich dedicated its Annual conference in 2011 to the theme “ICT4d- The Development Impact of Information and Communication Technologies” that included challenges for education, research and policy in ICT4D.

My role was to present lessons learned from the work with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in the realm of strategically integrating ICTs into development programms with specific focus on social and political change witnessed by the so-called Arab Awakening / Arab Spring.

The presentation with policy and research recommendations was titled “Voices 2.0- The Arab awakening and practical lessons learned for development practitioners”.

Deepening Participation and Enhancing Aid Effectiveness through ICTs and Media

This working paper coined “Deepening Participation and Enhancing Aid Effectiveness through ICTs and Media” examines why and how development practitioners can adopt ICTs and media for increased participation and better results into their daily practice.
Taking a critical look back over 10 years of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) program support within ICTs for Development, findings include:
  • Start thinking about information and communication needs, channels and media throughout the Project Cycle but most importantly in the planning stages for policy and project intervention
  • ICT-enhanced “Communication for Development Methodologies” are worth revisiting
  • Link ICTs and media to the organizational DNA of donor agencies in their standard operating procedures or instruments (i.e. Project Cycle Management, Sustainable Livelihood approaches)
  • Develop the capacity of implementing agencies and partner organizations on “strategically using” ICTs to leverage their programs