Development Cooperation 2.0 (I): Manuel Acevedo: The challenges of the integration of ICTs in a networked cooperation

Live notes at Cooperación al Desarrollo 2.0: I Encuentro Internacional de las Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación para la Cooperación al Desarrollo [Development Cooperation 2.0: I International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Cooperation for Development], in Gijón, Spain, 30 and 31 January 2008.

Keynote speech: Manuel Acevedo
The challenges of the integration of ICTs in a networked cooperation

How do we integrate ICTs in Development Cooperation? What does “networked cooperation” exactly means?

Human Development and Network Society

Human Development according to Amartya Sen: not only “physical” development, possibilities, but also capabilities, entitlements.

Network Society according to Manuel Castells: everything (society) is structured in networks, which are indeed different from hierarchical, vertical structures.

ICTs for Development

Denning: we can describe knowledge ecosystems, using the metaphor of a garden: Knowledge cannot be extracted, we have to make it grow

Labelle: ICTs for Development:

  • making access easy
  • helping countries to reach knowledge economy
  • enabling people

Digital Divide

  • access
  • capacity
  • relevant content

Fostering the Information Society:

  • Infrastructure
  • Capacity
  • Services
    • Content
    • Education
    • Health
    • Work
    • Commerce
    • e-Government
    • Other Services
  • Legal Framework
  • Policies
Mainstreaming ICTs in Development Cooperation

Use it in each and every aspect of the daily work in a cooperation agency or nonprofit: design, planning, project implementation and management, communication, etc.

It, hence, implies and extensive adoption of ICTs within the organization.

Issues: special attention towards ICT integration, corporate strategies about ICT4D, specialized departments about ICT4D, ICT4D project funding, etc.

Reasons to: increase efficacy; more control about performance and autonomy; stimulator and catalytic effect, using the own organization as a sandbox; to share knowledge and good practices.

Networks for Development

1-D networks: much alike hierarchies

2-D networks: coordinated; norms very important; action is mostly planned; access to information is the priority

3-D networks: nodes are to dynamize the network; no coordinators; the functioning is ad-hoc; monitoring is periodic; knowledge creation is the priority

Development networks

  • corporate
  • about knowledge or thematic
  • around projects
  • networked projects
  • open source
  • created by “diaspora”

3-D networks, enabling networks, are the best fit for development cooperation

Development Cooperation needs a redesign in its architecture, shifting towards networked collaboration. And same stands for projects, not only for organizations. A shift towards putting knowledge at the center would be a must. It is important to state that the network creates a network capital, which emerges from the fact of the mere existence (and intensive use, of course) of the network.

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Peña-López, I. (2008) “Development Cooperation 2.0 (I): Manuel Acevedo: The challenges of the integration of ICTs in a networked cooperation” In ICTlogy, #52, January 2008. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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2 Comments to “Development Cooperation 2.0 (I): Manuel Acevedo: The challenges of the integration of ICTs in a networked cooperation” »

  1. Great post.. thanks for sharing. Totally agree on the need for the development sector to shift towards a new architecture and “business model”. You might also be interested in a series of related resources on “development 2.0” which you can find on delicious
    (http://del.icio.us/tag/development2.0). Sean McClawry has also an interesting approach on Sustainable Development 2.0 –> http://www.slideshare.net/sean.mcclowry/sustainable-development-20

    Cheers,

    Giulio

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