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Where to Find ICT4D Funding Opportunities?

Washington, DC - Sept 17 - RSVP Now
Many of us celebrated last year, when USAID released a Request for Proposals to Support the Electronic Health Information Systems of Ethiopia. This was one of the rare RFPs explicitly focused on Digital Health. Usually, USAID releases solicitations that only have a passing mention of ICT4D, if any mention at all.

This year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had $5 million in digital health grants, yet each grant itself was just $100,000. And DFID is aware that it is doing development in a digital world, yet it is only funding small ICT4D pilots.

Where to Find Ongoing ICT4D Program Funding?

ICTworks publishes ICT4D funding opportunities that are great to launch small programs, but they are often too small and too infrequent to form the core support of a serious digital development effort. We all need to find ongoing funding as part of larger donor programs.

We need to be able to read donor RFPs that focus on sectoral outcomes in health, education, agriculture, civil society and the like and see where ICT4D can play a positive role. Then we need to create solutions that by aligning with DHIRT, make it past the proposal edits and help win the solicitation. Only then can we go to scale with ICT4D interventions.

At the same time, donors are under their own pressure to make better digital development investments. They often seek our guidance to make sure they're not contributing to pilotitis or fragmentation. Then there are other funding sources like Silicon Valley companies, mobile network operators, and impact investors.

Please RSVP now to join the next Technology Salon DC to explore funding opportunities for digital development programs. We'll seek answers to questions like:
  • Where are the Requests for Proposals that are focused on ICT4D?
  • When do we use the Digital Health Investment Review Tool?
  • What services can the DIAL Open Source Center provide?
  • Where does Digital Square fit into a fundraising plan?
  • How do we find ICT4D opportunities in sector-specific RFPs?
  • When should we pitch our ideas to non-traditional funders?
  • Who is winning major donor funding and what are they learning?
Please RSVP now to join your peers and these thought leaders to explore the where and how of digital development funding: We’ll have coffee and snacks for a morning rush, but seating is limited. Please RSVP Now. Once we reach our 35-person capacity there will be a waiting list!

ICT4D Funding Opportunities
Technology Salon DC
8:30 – 10:30am
September 17th, 2019
Downtown Washington, DC
RSVP is required for attendance

How to Safeguard Our Constituents
in Digital Development?

London, UK - Sept 24 - RSVP Now
Digital innovation has immense potential to open up access to vital services and provide limitless opportunities for our constituents. Digital innovation also has the potential to worsen existing divides, amplify inequalities, and put users at risk of persecution or exploitation.
How can the ICT4D community protect those it works with, and not get carried away with the potential of digital tech to the point where we put people at risk?
One way is to practice digital Safeguarding - protecting people from unintended harm of technology interventions. By following digital principles such as designing with the user, understanding the ecosystem, and focusing on privacy and security, we can explore the unintended consequences might come out of our digital technology. This could include online abuse, sexual exploitation, harassment or bullying.
For instance, DAI’s Frontier Insights research in Sierra Leone found that women using mobile phones are often suspected of having an affair. Therefore, DAI needed to raise awareness of positive mobile phone uses to reduce negative consequences for the safety of the women they sought to help.
How can we truly understand the plethora of possible consequences of our technology?
Please RSVP now for the next Technology Salon London to better understand new technology consequences, and explore questions, including:
  • Who holds the responsibility for safeguarding?
  • What due diligence needs to be done to recognize threats and mitigations?
  • What are new challenges for safeguarding in a world where all our interactions and data are online?
  • What frameworks are in place for us to understand and protect our users?
  • How can we ensure that content provided doesn’t put users at risk?
  • What questions do we need to ask partners, donors, vendors before partnering?
  • Who is innovating and what are they learning?
Please RSVP now to join an intimate, curated group of leading voices from across the aid and telecoms sector, including these thought leaders:
  • Max Baiden, Innovation & Collaboration Adviser, Save the Children
  • Clara Barnett, Digital Inclusion Advisor, DFID
  • Hans van Hooff, Digital & Innovation Manager, Accenture Development Partnerships
  • Sarah Maguire, Director, Technical Services, Governance, DAI
We'll have hot coffee and catered breakfast treats for a morning rush but seating is limited so please RSVP now. Once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list!
Collaborating with MNOs
Technology Salon London
8.30 – 10.30am
Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
Accenture London
30 Fenchurch St (map)
London, EC3M 3BD
RSVP is required for attendance, and you will need to bring photo ID for access to the premises.

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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