The ICT4D Collective hosted a workshop at the WSIS Forum in Geneva today on the key factors colleagues considered to be necessary to overcome four of the most important problems in delivering effective ICT4D partnerships. The idea for the workshop stemmed from the systematic review of the impact of ICT4D partnerships completed by Marije Geldof, David Grimshaw, Dorothea Kleine and myself for DFID earlier this year. This highlighted four main areas where further thought was required:
- How can we best ensure that local communities and interests are involved in partnership implementation?
- How to ensure that intended development outcomes are really addressed?
- How to build sustainability and scalability into ICT4D partnerships from the very beginning?
- What mechanisms can be used to ensure trust, honesty, openness, mutual understanding and respect?
Following an opening presentation by David Grimshaw (Practical Action, and Royal Holloway, University of London), we divided up into four groups (chaired by Paola Uimonen from SPIDER, Peter Drury from Cisco, and Dorothea Kleine and myself from Royal Holloway, University of London), each discussing one of these themes, and the outcome was the following mind map (click on image for larger version) that reflected the collected views of the 30 or so people present, as well as those who joined by WebEx video conferencing services kindly provided by Cisco.
A more detailed .pdf file of the mind-map is available here: WSIS Forum 2011
Thanks to everyone who participated, and helped to make the discussions so interesting.