In an effort to support and advance learning and knowledge about T4D in the region, the Regional T4D team is beginning to share articles and links on a weekly basis to stimulate discussion and thinking.
To begin, here is a link to a blog post that talks about the challenges within the T4D community. http://www.kiwanja.net/blog/?s=ICT4D+challenges.
I am also including a link to an article outlining some of the opportunities that T4D can offer the humanitarian world. http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2012/jan/04/technology-make-difference-2012 .
These two links highlight some important points when thinking about the opportunities, as well as challenges, when integrating T4D into programme delivery. Applying T4D tools and strategies is much less about the technology and much more about the programming, and some even venture to say that T4D is only 5% technology and 95% programme. Therefore, thinking through all the stages of programme planning is necessary to design, implement and scale a successful project.
The Kiwanja blog outlines some important questions to think about in their post “ICT4D Challenges”:
- How do we replicate and scale?
- How do we measure impact?
- How do we stop the reinventing of wheels?
- How do we avoid being “technology lead?”
- How do we break out of silos?
- What is the business/sustainability model?
- How do we make sense of the countless pilots?
Some of these questions are easier than others to answer. But, as ESAR becomes more comfortable with T4D, we should continually refer back to some of these larger issues and challenges to help inform how we move forward.
Stay tuned for more weekly insights and updates!