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ICT4D Conference Podcast: Global Tech, Local Good

Technology Podcasts

Short 15-minute interviews with data and technology experts at non-profit, government, multi-lateral, research or private sector organizations on the application of digital innovations to tackle global development and humanitarian challenges.


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Short 15-minute interviews with data and technology experts at non-profit, government, multi-lateral, research or private sector organizations on the application of digital innovations to tackle global development and humanitarian challenges.




Using AI to detect pests in crops in Tanzania

Benedicto Hosea, CEO at Mboni ya Vijana, partnering with Plant Village, explains how have implemented a global AI app to help farmers in Tanzania with detecting pests in staple crops, and further improve their knowledge for resilience.


Digitization & farmer's behavioral change

Worlali Senyo, Head of Corporate Services at Farmerline, explores how to encourage (small-holder) farmers to digitize and inspire social behavioral change for more resilience and agricultural productivity.


Setting up a market monitoring dashboard for food security

Sonja Perakis, Senior Market Monitoring Advisor, and Janeen Cayetano, Data and Geospatial Analyst, at Catholic Relief Services discuss the importance of data-driven response to food security and explain how to get started with a market monitoring dashboard.


AI for climate adaptation

Leila Toplic, Head of Emerging Technologies Initiative at NetHope, demonstrates how AI can assist vulnerable communities in adapting to the effects of climate change. She shares three examples on anticipatory action, climate-smart agriculture, and AI for environmental protection. [Publication referenced ‘Digital for Climate Adaptation and Resilience’]


Improving livestock farming with big data

Anthony Whitbread, Principal Scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), demonstrates how big data is being used to support livestock farming.


Scaling agri extension apps

Franziska Atwii, Team Lead of the Innovation Lab in Kampala at Welthungerhilfe, shares how they are scaling and customizing agriculture extension apps for each country to better support small holder farmers.


Lessons learned using digital agri innovations in Africa

Nixon Mageka Gecheo, Senior Program Officer, Digital Systems & Solutions for Agriculture at AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa), shares lessons learned and examples of using digital agriculture innovations in Africa.


Role of ICT and data to improve food systems

Thembani Malapela, Knowledge and Information Management Officer at FAO e-agriculture, explains what impact digital technologies and data have to improve global food systems and address the current food crisis.


Guidance for NGOs on using social media for peace building

Dr. Sanjana Hattotuwa, Special Advisor at the ICT4Peace Foundation, offers advice for civil society organization to better use their online presence and social media for peace building efforts.


Civil society's role in fighting hate speech

Alice Nderitu, the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide at the United Nations, explains how civil society organizations can join the collaborative flight against hate speech and contribute to the prevention of atrocity crimes. For more information visit https://www.un.org/en/genocideprevention/


Training youth social media activists

Jomari Guillermo, Communications Manager at Catholic Relief Services in the Philippines, shares lessons learned from social media training of youth activists for strengthening their peace agendas and increase influence.


Social media & conflict: Global framework, local context

Adrienne Brooks, Senior Advisor for the Technology for Development team at Mercy Corps, specializes in addressing the weaponization of social media as it relates to peacebuilding. She introduces Mercy Corps’ global framework for understanding risks and resilience of social media and conflict and how it is applied in local context.


What is peace tech? How is it used by civil society?

Dr. Lisa Schirch, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and Research Fellow at the Toda Peace Institute, introduces us to peace tech, its history, trends, current examples, and their impact - including Ushahidi, Build Up, Polis, and the “Angry Uncle” Chatbot. More about Lisa’s work at www.toda.org and https://kroc.nd.edu/faculty-and-staff/lisa-schirch/


ICT4D for Malaria Elimination

Dr. John Reeder, Director of TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Disease, based at the World Health Organization, gives an overview of digital technologies used globally to help fight malaria, their benefits and potential, as well as challenges or barriers to overcome.


UNCDF's SPRINT4Women: a unique approach to HCD with rural women in Zambia

Kilyelyani Kanjo, Digital Financial Services Consultant, and Nandini Harihareswara, Senior Advisor for Inclusive Digital Economies & Women's Economic Empowerment, at United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) on SPRINT4Women, a unique design sprint engaging private sector in human-centred design for financial inclusion of rural women in Zambia.


Bonnie Chiu: grassroots approaches to the gender digital gap

Bonnie Chiu (Managing Director of The Social Investment Consultancy, Founder of Lensational) on grassroots and entrepreneurial approaches to digital capacity building of marginalized women.


Revi Sterling: Stategies to Close the Gender Digital Divide

Revi Sterling (Gender and Technology Specialist, DAI Global; Director, USAID WomenConnect Challenge) shares five proven strategies to close the gen­der digital divide and increase women’s economic empowerment.


Claire Sibthorpe at GSMA: Digital inclusion barriers and actions

Claire Sibthorpe (Head of Connected Women, Connected Society and Assistive Tech, GSMA) on delivering digital inclusion and connecting the unconnected. Resources mentioned: https://www.gsma.com/mobilefordevelopment/ The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity Report: https://www.gsma.com/r/somic/


CRS Gambia: Youth Engagement in Data Collection for Health Programs

Ousman Njie, Head of Office, and Alieu Bah, Project Officer Malaria, at Catholic Relief Services Gambia, on engaging youth in data collection for health programs and building digital capacity in the Gambia.


Jocelyn Williams: Role of digital tech in empowering women

Jocelyn Williams (Director of Business Development, Every1Mobile) on the role of digital tech in empowering women and addressing digital diversity and inclusion.