ICT for Development

2010 ICT4D Conference

Conference Resources:

1. Conference Photos @ Flickr

2. Conference Video Interviews @ Youtube

3. Online discussion forum @ e-agriculture Nov 24

4.  Final discussion @ ICTD2010 conference London Dec 13

Organized by GTZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the conference participants debated e-agriculture, ICT business innovation, ICT-backed financial service development, and universal access to ICT infrastructures.  They shared project practice and experiences, analysed the impact of ICT policies and regulations, the benefits of ICT for local communities, investigated innovative business models as well as the impact of new technologies.
Summaries of the different sessions were posted as Blog posts. You are invited to contribute to the discussion or comment on the posted summaries. To do so, please register on the blog page.  Registration is open to all.
The agenda below gives you an overview of the differnet sessions and provides you with links to the conference documents and presentations.
For more information on the speakers of the conference, see the following document: Speakers’ Information (pdf_0,5MB)

THURSDAY, November 18, 2010

Moderator: Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair ICT for Development

09:00 am     Welcome

Maren Kneller, Policy Advisor Division for Rural Development and Global Food Security, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Corinna Küsel, Head of Section Economic Policy and Private Sector Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH

09:20 am     Introduction

Anton Mangstl, Director of the Office of Knowledge Exchange, Research and Extension, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Valerie D’Costa, Program Manager, Information for Development Program (infoDev), World Bank (pdf_0,4MB)

10:40 am     Project Practice and Experiences

Daniel Annerose, CEO Manobi (GTZ project partner): ICTs to Improve Vulnerable Farmer – Market Linkages and Rural Household Well‑being (pdf_1,5MB)

Salome Ganibe, Executive Director, Asian Women in Co-operative Development Forum (AWCF) (InWEnt project partner): Empowering Women and Co-operatives in Rural Asia through ICT (pdf_1,5MB)

Roxanna Samii, Manager, Web, Knowledge and Internal Communications, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD): Development 2.0: Putting ICT4D Lessons into Action to Make M-Development a Reality (pdf_0,5MB)

12:10 pm     Panel discussion: The Role of Mobile Phones for Rural Economic Development
Moderator: Pierre Lucante, GTZ
Torbjörn Fredriksson, Chief  ICT Analysis Section, UNCTAD;
Fiona Smith, Senior Programme Manager, GSMA;
Jenny Aker, Assistant Professor of Economics, Tufts University;
Premprakash Saboo, Chief Finance Officer & VP – Institutional Business, Thomson Reuters;
Udo Gärtner, Teamleader, GTZ Cambodia

02:00 pm     Working groups on different aspects of ICT for rural economic development
(parallel sessions):

Working Group 1:
ICT Policy and Regulation – How can ICT Policy and Regulation promote rural economic development?
Coordination: Thorsten Scherf, Anja Kiefer
Moderator: Helani Galpaya, Chief Operating Officer, LIRNEasia
Input speech: Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, CEO, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (pdf_0,4MB);
Olaf Nielinger
, Consultant, Detecon (pdf_0,6 MB);
Nancy Sundberg, Regulatory Officer, International Telecommunications Union,
Sonja Oestmann, Partner, Intelecon Research & Consultancy Ldt

Working Group 2:
Benefits for Local Producers – How can ICT support rural producers?
Coordination: Peter Rave, Caroline Bothe-Tews
Moderator: Dr. Christian Henckes, Head of Section Agriculture, Fish and Forrest, GTZ
Input Speech: Michael Riggs, Knowledge and Information Management Officer, FAO;
Christian Merz, Research Project Manager, SAP (pdf_2,9MB);
Márton Kocsev, Manager on e-Capacity Development, GTZ Ethiopia (pdf_5,2MB)

Working Group 3:
Innovative Business Models – Which innovative business models can enable the provision of ICT services in rural areas?
Coordination: Susanne Hartmann, Stephanie Hartmann
Moderator: Balthas Seibold, Senior Project Manager ICT for Development, InWEnt
Input Speech: Md. Arafat Hossain, Principal Business Consultant, Katalyst Bangladesh (pdf_0,3 MB);
Udo Gaertner, Teamleader, GOPA/GTZ Cambodia (pdf_0,7 MB)

Working Group 4:
Access to Financial Services – How can ICT improve access to financial services in rural areas?
Coordination: Achim Deuchert, Pierre Lucante
Moderator: Johannes Majewski, Advisor, GTZ
Input Speech: Karl von Klitzing, Sector Economist, KfW (pdf_0,2MB);
Ashok Malkarnekar, Principal Advisor, Promotion of Small Financial Institutions, GTZ Indonesia; (pdf_1,4 MB)
Yadab Pradhan, MicroBanker, Nepal (pdf_0,9MB)

FRIDAY, November 19, 2010

09:00 am     Findings of the four working groups

09:30 am     Making ICT Work for Development – Solutions and Impact

Karl Jonas, Director Competence Center Network Research, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (Fraunhofer FOKUS.NET): Communication Technologies for Rural Development – Challenges and Solutions (pdf 1,2 MB)

Md. Arafat Hossain, Principal Business Consultant, Service Group, Katalyst Bangladesh: Performance, Process Monitoring and Results Measurement in ICT4D Projects: Katalyst experience in Bangladesh (pdf 0,2MB, excel_0,3MB)

Jenny C. Aker, Assistant Professor of Economics, Economics Department and Fletcher School, Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA:  ICT4D – Hope or Hype? Figuring out what works in ICT4D projects (pdf_3MB)

11:30 pm     Panel discussion: What Role can Development Cooperation Play in ICT for Rural Economic Development?
Moderator: Corinna Kuesel, Head of Section for Private Sector Development, GTZ
Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, CEO, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation,
Anton Mangstl, Director of the Office of Knowledge Exchange, FAO;
Susanne Dorasil, Head of Division Economic Policy, Financial sector BMZ;
Ilari Lindy, Advisor, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland;
David Grimshaw, Head of International Programme: New Technologies with Practical Action and Senior Research Fellow, DFID
Giacomo Rambaldi, Senior Programme Coordinator, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU ( CTA)

12.45 pm     Closing remarks
Susanne Dorasil, Head of Division Economic Policy; Financial Sector, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

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    I would like to request the working group member of Group 2 to have look at the initiatives taken by eKutir along with Grameen Intel in the field of Agriculture ( a research paper which is available on or a PPT which is available on Infodev Portal).The need of the rural producer is identified and an appropriate application is designed for provding the value added service to the Rural agri producers.Pl visit Grameen-Intel Social

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