University and ICT4D

Notes from the the II Encuentro Internacional TIC para la Cooperación al Desarrollo (Development Cooperation 2.0: II International Meeting on ICT for Development Cooperation) held in Gijón, Spain, on February 10-12th, 2009. More notes on this event: cooperacion2.0_2009. More notes on this series of events: cooperacion2.0.

From one unit to another.University. Open Source and Cooperation
Santiago Palacios Navarro, Universidad del País Vasco

There’s no intensive use of free software neither in development cooperation institutions nor in developing countries. Its use would help to cut down on costs and spare money for other things.

Examples of easy to use applications to be implemented in development cooperation: Moodle, Joomla, WordPress and Public Knowledge Project.

University Observatory for Development Cooperation (OCUD): Results of the 1ª Phase.
Nuria Castejón Silvo. Conferencia de Rectores de las Universidades Españolas

Goals of the OCUD: promote quality in university development cooperation.

It’s a portal with information about best practices, materials… in the field of University Development Cooperation.

There is a participative section where universities publish their development cooperation activities. It manages institutions, people and projects.

Monitoring Information Systems
Jon Legarrea Oteiza. Universidad Pública de Navarra.

End of degree projects within the Degree in Computer Science, helping the Red Cross to manage and share information between staff, volunteers, expatriates, etc. Worsened by the fact that in many places connectivity is expensive or inexistent.

System to transmit information, sending smallest packages, and with nodes of the network that can either operate isolated or networked when connected one to the other or to a central server.

End of Degree Projects and other ways of integrating Cooperation for Development in Universities
Sandra Pérez Martínez. Ingeniería Sin Fronteras-Asturias.

Project in Tindouf (Argelia, refugee camp for saharaui people). The project is a diagnosis of communication systems in refugee camps.

Also projects about technology transfer on water management.

Try and combine both technologies: radio communication between water management installations.

Same between health institutions to detect needs for pharmaceuticals.

Communications are done by using radio taxis.

Conclusions: awareness raising at the university, useful knowledge transfer and a platform to boost nonprofit activity in the developing cooperation sector. Technolgy can be reused, saving duplication of efforts, wasting resources, saving time, going straight to the technology that has been already tested.


Development Cooperation 2.0 (2009)

If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:

Peña-López, I. (2009) “University and ICT4D” In ICTlogy, #65, February 2009. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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