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How Can We Use ICT to
Engage Marginalized Adolescent Girls?

November 8th NYC Salon - RSVP Now

Communications for Development (C4D) practitioners have always used multiple platforms to interact with their constituents, and they are increasingly integrating new media tools and mobile ICTs to help marginalized populations engage more widely in a range development activities.

ICT and Adolescent GirlsThrough ICT-enhanced C4D approaches, organizations are helping adolescents to amplify their voices and ideas, build social networks, and connect with peers.

ICTs are also supporting efforts to improve service delivery, hold decision makers accountable, and build more enabling environments for children and adolescents to realize their rights.

However, can ICTs really reach the most marginalized adolescent girls? Young people are often seen as the drivers of ICT expansion and use, yet a host of issues – from violence to discrimination to lack of resources – prevents girls in many contexts from accessing, using and benefiting from the potential of ICTs.

Please RSVP now to join John Zoltner, FHI 360; Kerida McDonald, UNICEF; and Katarzyna Pawelczyk, UNICEF; and your peers at the next Technology Salon NYC for a discussion on the role of ICTs in supporting C4D approaches with the most marginalized adolescent girls.

Building on UNICEF's new report Integrating ICT into C4D Strategies to Support and Empower Marginalized Adolescent Girls, we will have a lively conversation around questions like:
  • What do we mean by “marginalized” and is lack of access to ICTs an indicator of marginalization?
  • Where can we find data on adolescent girls’ access to and use of digital tools?
  • What are some existing programs that show potential?
  • What elements help ICT-enabled C4D initiatives succeed?
  • What are some of the privacy and protection concerns to be especially aware of when working with adolescent girls?
  • What can organizations do to better integrate ICTs into their C4D toolbox?
We’ll have hot coffee and fresh bagels 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.

  ICTs for Marginalized Girls
  1st November Technology Salon NYC
  9 - 11 a.m., Thursday, November 8th
  Unicef Headquarters
  New York, NY, 10038

Are Mobile Money Cash Grants
the Future of Development?


November 21st NYC Salon - RSVP Now

GiveDirectlyRecently Chris Blattman of Columbia University caused a stir when he released a study that showed that unconditional direct cash grants to poor Ugandans increased their employment hours by 17% and their earnings by nearly 50%, especially women.

Rather than "wasting" the grants on consumption items, Ugandans invested in new skilled trades like metalworking or tailoring. Other studies show that existing farmers or businesspeople have seen returns of 40 to 80% a year on cash grants.

With studies like this as a basis, Paul Niehaus of UC San Diego co-founded GiveDirectly to collect donations in the USA and give out $1,000 unconditional cash grants to Kenyans living in homes made out of mud, wood, and grass. His innovation: using mPesa mobile money to reach poor households, reducing transaction costs to just 2.6%.
  • Does Blattman's study and Niehaus' innovation point to a new paradigm in development?
  • Should we abandon the high overhead and huge expense required for capacity building or even conditional cash transfers?
  • And should we move from a high-touch, human-driven process to simply sending mobile money?
If this is true, what about global remittances?
  • Do those that send $540 billion a year, which is 2.5x greater than all Official Development Assistance, know more than we do about development?
  • Could this mean that mobile money remittances and unconditional cash transfers are the better way to send aid?
  • Is our future to be over-glorified mPesa agents?
Please RSVP now to join Chris Blattman, Paul Niehaus, and your peers in technology and development for the next Technology Salon on cash transfer efficacy, how technology can facilitate them, and if both are the future of development.

  Mobile Money Cash Transfers
  2nd Nov Technology Salon NYC
  Thursday, November 21st
  8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  New York, NY 10030

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.

About the Technology Salon

subscribeThe Technology Salonâ„¢ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 30 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!

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