Faculty/Staff Development Workshops

technology

2014 Workshop

Building Resilience in Poor Communities through Innovation

A CRS Workshop for Villanova Faculty, Staff and Students (by invitation)

Falvey room 205
Friday, October 3, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is a leader in the INGO community in the use of technology for poverty reduction and development.  In this special workshop, CRS’ Shaun Ferris, Director of Agricultural Livelihoods; Stephen Hellen, Director of ICT Architecture Design; and Marianna Hensley, Regional Technical Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation, Accountability and Learning for CRS’ East and South Asia Region; will share some of the highlights from CRS’ 6th Annual Innovation and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) conference in Nairobi last March.  http://ict4dconference.crs.org/

Ferris, Hellen, and Hensley (via Skype in India) will offer an exciting overview and specific examples of how the agency is using ICT cutting-edge innovations to creatively meet agricultural, market, financial, and health needs and build resilience in very poor communities.  The presenters will provide useful information on leading industry providers, public-private partnerships (PPP), and the ethical framework that governs agency decisions.  Time will be built in for faculty to share their own innovative research, teaching and work overseas using ICT technology and for exchanging information, resources, and insights.

History:
In March CRS held its 6th Annual Conference on ICT4D bringing together 400 Non-governmental staff, donors, educators, government representatives and technology providers from across the world to Nairobi to discuss how ICT driven innovation is building resilience in developing communities. The conference sessions focused on ICT innovations (GIS, GPRS. mobile technology, Cloud Computing and “Big Data”) in monitoring, mapping and coordinating, accessing information, providing service, and planning for:

• Small holder farmers (from weather information to market information to training field agents)
• Livelihoods, Commerce, and Financial Stability (for the unbanked: financial transactions via cell phone technology)
• Health  (community health workers access immediate, reliable information to diagnose, treat, and educate – available in searchable text-based phone databases)

Industry Providers:
Finding new jobs: Jobs Souktel, iMerit
Mapping: ESRI, Poi mapper
Monitoring and Evaluation: Kimetrica, e-valuate, T-works
Weather alerts: Grameen, e-extension
Market information: Esoko, IFDC
Knowledge sharing: Iformbuilder
Learning by Video: Digital Green
Analytics: Zoho, Salesforce reports
Financial services: MPESA
Medical support: Dimagi, Datadyne

 

Workshop Schedule   TBD           
   
9:30 – 9:40 a.m.    
 -  Welcome, Introductions
9:40 – 11:10 a.m. -  
11:10 – 11:20 a.m. - Break
11:20 – 11:50 a.m. - Surfacing Issues: Small Groups
11:50 – 12:05 p.m. -  
12:05 – 12:20 p.m. - Pick up Lunch
12:20 – 1:00 p.m. -  
1:00 – 1:15 p.m. - Outcomes – Large Group
1:15 – 1:30 p.m. -  

Workshop Downloads

* 2013 workshop.pdf
Taking Overseas Poverty-related Immersion Experiences to the Next Level: A Conversation with Catholic Relief Services
* 2012_Workshop.pdf
After the Disaster: The Roles and Potential of NGOs, the Media, the Military, Governments and Universities
* 2011_Workshop.pdf
"On Teaching the Arab Spring"
* 2010_Workshop.pdf
"Haiti: Building Back Better"
* 2009_Workshop.pdf
"The Economic Crisis: Truth and Consequences"
* 2008_Workshop.pdf
Peace Building: Principles and Strategies - Integrating Peace Building into Courses and Research
* 2007_Workshop.pdf
The CRS Partnership