[SE14-ICT] Connecting Research to Practice: ICT4D Project Results Follow-Up

DAY 2 – Tuesday 3 May – 11:00-12:30
Swiss Tech | Room 1A | Level Garden

DAY 2 – Tuesday 3 May – 10:45-12:30

Swiss Tech | Room 1A | Level Garden
 
Session Leaders
Caroline Wamala Larsson,
SPIDER Centre/Stockholm University, Sweden; caroline@spidercenter.org
 
Caroline Wamala Larsson is head of research at the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER). SPIDER is a resource centre located at Stockholm University’s Department of Computer and Systems Sciences. Caroline earned her PhD in Gender and Technology in 2010 at the Institute of Human Works Sciences at Luleå Technical University in Sweden. She focuses on digital connectivity, development studies and gender areas in which she has published extensively.
 
Edgar Napoleon Asiimwe,
SPIDER / Stockholm University, Sweden;
edgar@SPIDERcenter.org
 
Edgar is an information technologist and ICT4D researcher. He holds a PhD in informatics from Örebro University School of Business, Sweden. For the past 9years he has been doing ICT4D research and implementing ICT4D projects with a focus on e-governance, e-learning, e-health, and transparency and accountability. He has international experience regarding implementation of ICT4D projects having worked on research and development projects in more than 10 countries in Africa, Asia and South America. Edgar is the current programme manager for research at SPIDER – The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions.
 
Summary
 
The 2030 Agenda enhances the role that science plays in sustainable development. However, there is a need for new models of science-policy interface that can shape national agendas more strongly and help evidence-based policy advance the SDGs. This session brings together several stakeholders who will present programmes and practices that have reinforced science and policy interconnections and research focused on the SDGs. By identifying main obstacles and enablers in the production and implementation of policy-oriented research towards the 2030 Agenda, we will see how different actors are addressing this challenge. We welcome contributions based on experiences from researchers, policy makers, funding agencies, international organizations and civil society.
 
There will be a particular focus on successful multi-stakeholder partnerships that have effectively worked towards the 2030 Agenda and on the role that research-funding agencies have played in backstopping science connected to the SDGs and the integration of the findings into policy action.
Panelists and Abstracts
 
Linking Science to Famers’ Decision Making Processes in a Changing Climate in Latin America
 
Ana Maria Loboguerrero1, Deissy Martinez-Baron2
1CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
2International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
Presenting author’s email address: d.m.baron@cgiar.org
 
Biography of Presenting Author: Deissy Martinez-Baron works as Latin America science officer for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). She supports the implementation of the CCAFS Latin America strategy, as well as scaling and engagement processes of climate smart agriculture in CCAFS priority countries. She holds bachelor degrees in Economics and International Affairs and a MSc on Rural Development. She has experience working with Colombian government at the National Planning Department in the Study of Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Colombia supporting public policy formulation.
Abstract
This paper presents the case and explores the benefits of generating and sharing with relevant stakeholders, agro-climatic information at a local level in Colombia. Major successes have been achieved in terms of promoting the use of seasonal agro-climatic forecasts through “Local Technical Agro-climatic Committees” which have helped to facilitate knowledge exchange and promote the implementation of adaptation actions according to seasonal forecasts which can enhance productivity in pilot sites. These adaptation actions include decisions on best planting dates for each agricultural season, more favorable seeds, and amount of irrigation and fertilizer desirable. The establishment of Local Technical Agro-climatic Committees in Colombia is linking science with local knowledge through the analysis of agro-climatic information based on context-specific conditions achieving, as a result, monthly Local Agro-climatic Bulletins authored by the group members.This initiative has helped to create, strengthen, and organize local capacities to improve climate risk management in Colombia.
 
 
Using Formative Research Feedback to Improve Information and Communication Technology for Development Project Implementation
Paul Kimumwe1,
1 Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), Kampala, Uganda
 
Presenting author’s email address: kimumwe@gmail.com or kimumwe@yahoo.com
Biography of Presenting Author: Paul Kimumwe is a media trainer and researcher based in Uganda, with over 15 years’ experience in journalism, media development, and human rights advocacy. His professional interests include media policy and regulation, freedom of expression, and digital rights. He is the author of Media Regulation and Practice in Uganda: A Journalists Handbook, and Djibouti: Media and the Law. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Abstract
The project sought to document and provide sufficient data and feedback to be used in the implementation and evaluating the impact of the “Media for Transparency and Accountability (T&A) in Uganda” project being implemented by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA). As part of the activities, we conducted baseline surveys including; a content analysis on the state of media coverage of T&A in Uganda; an analysis of state of online/digital presence of selected target beneficiary civil society organisations working on T&A issues in Uganda; and training needs assessment of the selected trainees to identify their priority knowledge and skills gaps to inform the development of the respective curricular as well as end of training evaluations. Preliminary results show that baseline surveys and training needs assessments are very useful in informing the design, delivery and evaluation of planned project activities.
 
Reflecting on the Development of Open Access Policies for Increasing Digital Scholarly Content in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
Anne Salim1, Angela Okune2, Leonida Mutuku1
1 Intellipro
2 University of California – Irvine
 
Presenting author’s email address: salim.w@gmail.com
Biography of Presenting Author: Anne specialises in ICT for Education, Research Consulting in Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Management and Product development. As an ICT for Education Specialist, Anne studies the growth and management of ICT Education implementation in the areas of mobile, eLearning and offline learning. Anne currently works as a product specialist designing programs at the iHub and as a research consultant for Intellipro, evaluating the Open Access project in East Africa. She was previously the COO at Eneza Education.
Abstract
Several development projects flag poor or non-existent monitoring and evaluation (M&E) as primary constraints to project effectiveness. As a result, most funding organisations deploy the use of evaluation procedures and methods, embedded at different stages of the development projects, to improve project effectiveness. EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) in partnership with library consortiums in East Africa is running a project reviewing the ecosystem of open access in East Africa, enabling and disabling factors promoting open access adoption, approach used to implement the project as well as how to scale and sustain the project. This paper seeks to reflect on how embedding research investigation simultaneously with the execution of implementation activities and programming has influenced the conduct of the project activities, if at all; describes some initial insights from the research work itself and explores possible implications for the uptake and spread of evaluation of development projects in East Africa.