[2nd part of 2]
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Impressions on the IV Conferencia TecnologÃa para el Desarrollo (IV Conference on Technology for Human Development), organized by IngenierÃa Sin Fronteras (Engineers Without Borders).
Pilar VÃ©lez and Antonio CÃ¡ceres (DiputaciÃ³n de Huelva) presented ADITAL, a project to give ICT based services to â€œfarmers, ranchers and technicians of the agricultural sector throughout the world and especially the partner countries, Spain, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Denmark and Swedenâ€. Main services are:
- Virtual community
- e-Learning platform: digital literacy, specific training, etc.
- On-line traceability application for agricultural products
- On-line on-time information platform with: market prices, product characteristics, etc.
I really laughed when Michel Menou, talking about e-government, said â€œwhen designing e-government projects, if you do not know what to do, just upload it to the Internetâ€.
They gave some hints on ICT4D project design:
How to surely fail:
- No participation of beneficiaries in the design
- Projects based in cooperation agencies agendas (instead of target agendas)
- Support isolated unities instead of already established networks
- Short term economic profit
- Contact vs. foster
- Do not keep in mind that technology will evolve
- Publicity vs. results
How to ease success:
- Long run
- Minimum bureaucracy
- Networked local partners
- Stress in training
- Lower Internet costs
Mairiana Morales (ISF) presented the Cuadernos Internacionales de TecnologÃa para el Desarrollo Humano (Technology for Human Development International Papers). Number 2 has just seen the light and its subject is Information and Communication Technologies.
Very, very interestingâ€¦ for those who can read Spanish ;)
Manuel Acevedo, talking about ICT4D and ICT related to Cooperation for Development reminded me of some great resources:
- ICT Forum 4-5 March 2003
Development Co-operation Directorate (DAC)
- UN ICT Task Force
- United Nations Development Programme
- Millennium Development Goals
Elena Vuolo (ISF) talked also about ICT and Cooperation for development and pointed to the following institutions and their projects:
- Bellanet and their assessment to institutions, studies and information
- ELDIS, Gateway to Development Information, with research, guidesâ€¦
- IICD, the International Institute for Communication and Development, and Building Digital Opportunities: ICT Case Studies
- GKP, Global Knowledge Partnership
- UNITeS, and their OnlineVolunteering
During the closing session, Christian Blanquart (ITU), talked about the right of ICT access in quite a pessimistic way (â€œan optimistic well informedâ€ he defined himself ;) and ended saying:
Weâ€™ve got everything. Weâ€™ve got convergence in technology, in content and in services. Thereâ€™s just the lack of a convergence in policy.”
IV Conference on Technology for Human Development (2004)
If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:
Peña-López, I. (2004) “IV Conference on Technology for Human Development: impressions (part II)” In ICTlogy,
#15, December 2004. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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