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What Have We Learned About Developing an Organizational ICT4D Strategy?

New York City - November 18th - RSVP Now

At first, no one in your organization was using ICTs for anything other than email or writing proposals. Now everyone is testing and trying new ICT tools and new ideas. To what degree is this desirable? At what point is a more strategic and structured approach needed? How can staff manage and learn from their ICT4D programming experiences?

As more organizations begin integrating ICTs into their work, questions like these increasingly arise about how to structure and govern ICT-related work.

ICT is expanding from organizational communication and finance support to a whole suite of tools and devices used in research; community- and country-level programs; data collection and visualization for management and programmatic decision-making; and monitoring, evaluation and feedback.
  • Should ICTs be mainstreamed into organizational operations?
  • Should an organization create a separate team or unit, striving for a fully operational ICT and Programs team or department?
  • Or should an organization find its core ICT expertise through external partners and consultants or a combination of staff and consultants?
  • Where should the ICT lead sit? On the Program team? On the IT team? Somewhere else? Should there be separate leads for different ICT functions?
  • How can the necessary capacity be developed so that an organization can manage the myriad of ICT-enabled processes that are happening simultaneously?
Different models have been employed, depending on scope, focus, and size of an organization as well as its culture and personality; and there are various experiences that we can learn from.

One size does not fit all when it comes to an ICT4D Strategy, but there are key aspects to consider when designing one, and tools and documentation are increasingly available to help those who are embarking on this task.

Please RSVP now to join us for a lively and informative discussion with these noted experts: Please RSVP now to join in the discussion. We will all share our different approaches to governance and structures for managing ICT efforts in ways that best complement and support our missions and organizational structures.

We’ll have snacks for a morning rush, but seating is limited. Once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list!
ICT4D Strategy NYC Salon
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
9:00 - 11:00am
Population Council
1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (map)
(Enter on 47th Street)
New York, NY 10017
Contact 401-440-5432 if you can’t find your way!
RSVP is required for attendance

About the Technology Salon

The 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.
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