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What is the Role of ICTs in Youth Migration?

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January 16th NYC Salon - RSVP Now

Migration is central to the current political debate as well as to the development discussion, especially in conversations about the “post 2015” agenda, the ‘youth bulge’, and youth employment. And prevention work is not likely to end migration, regardless of the many organizations working to improve the well-being of children and youth in their home communities.

However, civil society organizations, together with children and youth, government, community members, and other stakeholders can help make migration safer and more productive for those young people who do end up on the move through access to and use of ICTs, which are expanding exponentially around the globe.

Modern Mobility ReportPlease RSVP now to join Ravi Karkara, United Nations Inter-agency Network on Youth Development; Lucas Codognolla, Lead Coordinator, Connecticut Students for a DREAM; and Michael Boampong, Migration and Development Consultant, UNDP (TBC); to discuss the role of ICTs in child and youth migration, ways ICTs are influencing migration, and ideas for mobile applications that would be useful for child and youth migrants.

We’ll discuss questions like:
  • Why should we be thinking about migration as a key development issue and what role can and does ICT play?
  • How are children and youth already using ICTs pre-, during and post-migration to connect with family and friends, access and share information, and access services?
  • How are different organizations using ICTs to collect and manage data, improve communications and outreach in their programs, and organize and advocate for and with child and youth migrants?
  • How can organizations use ICTs to reach mobile or migrant children and youth with information and services so that they are not left out of more general programming?
  • What might we expect to see in the future as ICT access and services such as mobile money expand to more and more migrating populations?
  • What mobile applications might be most useful for child, youth and adult migrants?

We will also share a recent study on ICTs and child and youth migration conducted by Plan International USA and supported by the Oak Foundation.

  Youth Modern Mobility
  January 16th Technology Salon NYC
  Thursday, January 16th
  9 - 11 a.m.
  99 Madison Ave
  New York, NY 10030 (map)

We’ll have hot coffee and catered breakfast for a morning rush, but seating is limited. So please RSVP now to be confirmed for attendance: once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list.

How to Bring ICT4D to Your Development Organization?


February 6th NYC Salon - RSVP Now

Bringing innovative uses of new technologies into an international development organization can be a struggle. Not only is it a process of managing change, but those with the responsibility for designing, supporting and implementing programs that use new ICTs or other innovative approaches require a combination of skills that are not commonly taught at universities or in on-line courses or INGO training courses.
A number of innovation theories exist, yet these do not always play out as hoped within the confines of global organizations with their myriad of cultures, varying levels of expertise, difficulties in sharing and communicating successes and failures, resistance to change, and conservative environments where risk-taking is not rewarded.

Please RSVP now to join Chris Fabian, Advisor to the Executive Director: Innovation and Co-Lead of the Innovation Unit at UNICEF; Jessica Heinzelman, Senior ICT Specialist at DAI; and Mika Valitalo, Program Manager for ICT4D at Plan Finland; for a discussion on challenges and successful approaches and tactics for bringing innovative ICT4D approaches more fully into development organizations.
We’ll cover areas like:
  • What do we mean by “innovation” and why is innovation so often used interchangeably with “ICT4D” and “technology”?
  • What are some of the common challenges that organizations face when trying to integrate ICTs into their programs and operations. How can we overcome some of the challenges?
  • How can we better scale and integrate ICT4D within development organizations? What are the benefits of "mainstreaming" vs "sidestreaming" ICT4D?
  • How do we know what is effective and worth putting organizational effort into? What metrics can help us better determine this?
  • What are some concrete strategies for working on ICT4D across an organization (leadership, programs, fundraising, communications) in order to ensure that we are not scaling bad practice or being asked to implement unsustainable programs due to donor pressure?
  • What are successful ways to support and highlight local capacity in ICT4D, to engage country offices, and to support global staff in peer-peer learning? How can headquarters learn from staff who are implementing innovative ICT-enabled programs at grassroots levels?
  • What approaches work to engage and train staff to strengthen capacities for innovation and integration of new ICTs in programming?
We’ll also share examples of existing guides, tools, and resources that can help NGOs integrate ICTs into their programming and operations.

  Bringing ICTs to your Development Organization
  February Technology Salon NYC
  Thursday, February 6, 2014
  99 Madison Ave, 15th Floor (map)
  New York, NY 10016

We’ll have hot coffee and a light breakfast. Seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP quickly to be confirmed for attendance. Once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list.


Upcoming NYC Technology Salons

  • Feb 28 Big Data and Development

  • March 11 Mobiles and Youth Financial Inclusion

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