While researching ICT4D this morning, i came across 7 interesting ICT4D projects in Africa listed on the website of iConnect Online:
One of the most remarkable is Uganda's District Net initiative, began in 2002 to address "a need for transparent governance in the Ministry of Local Government.” The full story of the project, covering the organizational aspects, impact assessment and lessons learned can be found at iConnect Online. And the most important lessons learned? “Think big but begin small. Piloting is the way!”
For those who might not be aware, iConnect Online is an initiative of the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD). It focuses on the application of knowledge and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for sustainable development. In my view, they are right on the mark when they argue here that:
Finding other people and institutions and interacting with them, face to face or by e-mail, is one of the most powerful tools to improve development. Beyond web sites, portals, databases, and other 'discovery' applications, the Internet can be used to foster discussion, dialogue, collaboration, and two-way communication...
iConnect seems to be walking this talk. They provide a simple yet practical tool for facilitating interaction and learning: a simple calendar (screen shot below) that informs and implicitly invites participating in a series of knowledge-sharing events.
What might be even better is to include other ICT4D events besides those sponsored by IICD on a single calendar. This would be a huge undertaking for any one organization, but certainly possible if done in a participatory way that allows anyone with a planned activity to simply include it on the same calendar.
For example google calendar has an option that allows a calendar of events to be made public and also allows updates by anyone with keyword access.
If you know of such an open calendar of ICT4D events already existing, please send me the link!