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Technology Salon DC

What Does Constituent-Driven Development Mean for ICT4D?

Online Worldwide - Dec 15 - RSVP Now
We all like to think that international development activities are demand-driven. That our efforts are desired in the communities where we work, and our constituents welcome our interventions. However, when we must pay things like workshop per diems to get people to participate in our programs, it’s clear that our activities are not always what constituents want from development programs.
Recently, USAID Administrator Samantha Power crystalized this need by calling on us to put local voices at the center of everything we do in international development. She made the commitment that by 2030, 50% of USAID programming will place local communities in the lead to either co-design a project, set priorities, drive implementation, or evaluate the impact of our programs.
This move to locally-led, constituent-driven development is an exciting shift in traditional power dynamics of donor-driven development that promises to amplify the local voices of those who too often have been left out of the conversation.
What does constituent-driven development mean for ICT4D?
When many technology platforms originate in Silicon Valley and pay little respect to national boundaries, when technologists are often the global elite regardless of their nationality, and when digital solutions are designed for tech-literate users, how can we shift the narrative to promote local approaches and inclusive applications?
Especially when digital consumers are already voting for local solutions with their downloads and clicks. And when we can use technology platforms to listen to constituent needs across all development sectors (health, education, agriculture, economic development, etc).
Please RSVP Now for the next Technology Salon to discuss the idea of constituent-driven development, what it means for digital development, and how you can respond to this effort by exploring answers to questions like:
  • Where can we shift digital tool design to be locally led?
  • What are the principles and processes that we can follow?
  • When do we listen to, or better yet promote, local leadership?
  • How can we change our approaches to include local voices?
  • Who is leading this shift and what are they learning?
Please RSVP Now to share your ideas and insights with key thought leaders, decision makers and these lead discussants: Even online, space is limited to foster intimate conversations, so please RSVP now and be sure to note the Relevance section in your application to attend. Once we reach our discussion capacity there will be a waiting list!

Constituent-Driven Development
Technology Salon DC
8:30 – 10:00am Eastern Time
December 15, 2021
Online around the world
RSVP is required for attendance

About the Technology Salon

The 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:
  • 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 35 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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