Sustainable Development Goal 17.8 emphasises the importance of technology for sustainable and equitable development, urging nations to ‘enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology’ for least developed countries by 2017.
This course will provide those working in development planning with a clear understanding of the way technological innovation acts as an enabler of sustainable economic growth.
Interactive learning will support participants’ understanding of the key themes around technology for development, such as regulatory frameworks and new trends to incentivise the use of technology within and by governments, as well as the private sector. By examining technological innovations, best practice models and the role of international agreements, participants will leave equipped to implement large-scale change in their organisations, supported by strategic thinking, precise monitoring and evaluation, and stakeholder engagement.
A comprehensive analysis of the principles and dynamics of technology and development will be provided, with subjects to be discussed including:
Information and communication as drivers of development
World technology uptake: the state of play
Overview of technical aspects of ICT
Responsible innovation for technology and development
Mobile phones, social media and rural empowerment
Making strategic choices for technology and development
Experts in the field will lead this training through interactive workshops, lectures and best practice case studies, fostering innovation, creative learning and networking amongst peers.
By the end of the course the delegates will be able to:
Lead effective organisational change
Apply the key principles of technology and development to their organisation
Improve technology uptake and responsible innovation whilst reducing social inequality
Monitor, evaluate and enhance performance
Deliver services that more equitably meet stakeholder needs
Delegates’ introductions and discussion
Experience and lesson sharing
Finding common ground: what is Technology and Development and what are we aiming for?
Links with agriculture, education, health and social development, and poverty reduction
Sharing knowledge, developing citizenship improving transparency
Technology leapfrogging and development for the bottom of the pyramid
The developing world, the internet, telecommunications and connectivity
Beyond access – speed in the developed world
The spread of mobile phones, links with entrepreneurship, e-commerce, apps, micro-work and business models
Understanding bandwidth and how it is delivered
Richness vs reach
Role of international regulations on ICT
Role of standardisation, proprietary vs open source
International bodies responsible for telecommunications
Agreements and initiatives to improve access
Integrating international initiatives into planning for technology and development
The process of design and user engagement
Beyond the pilot study
Challenges of working at scale
Building in evaluation at the design stage
Approaches to evaluation in theory and practice
Opportunity to apply evaluation and monitoring to a case
What is responsible innovation?
Traditional innovation and IPR
Engaging with Science: Nanotechnology and SynBio
From science to technology
Challenges of engagement
Engagement of scientists with local community groups
How mobile phones, Smart devices and social media being used for the rural community empowerment in developing countries
Purpose, values, behaviour standards leading to strategy choice
Understanding of vision, mission, value and behaviours
Their correlation in supporting strategy
Exercise in strategic thinking around technology and development
Understanding the context
Who makes the strategic choice?
What influences strategic choice?
How are strategic choices made?
Strategic criteria, weighting and option analysis
Integrating strategic planning and technology and development
Delineating responsibilities between state and industry
Regulatory arrangements: state directed, industry controlled, and others
Limiting markets and actors within those
Roles of purchasing, supply, policy and delivery
Costing and control of a
Best practice in stakeholder engagement
Getting stakeholders to work together
Generating action plans for implementing technology and development in delegate’s organisations
Structuring a written piece of work for assessment - generic overview and principles
Structuring these two specific pieces of work to demonstrate all the assessment criteria
Wrapping up the week: key messages
What is important in telecommunications development?
Key take away points