Faculty/Staff Development Workshops


2014 Workshop

Building Resilience in Poor Communities through Information and Communications Technology for Development  (ICT4D)

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.

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             
9:30 – 9:40 a.m.    
  Welcome, Introductions
9:40 – 10:10 a.m.   Overview - Stephen Hellen
10:10 – 10:20 a.m.   Break
11:25 – 10:55 a.m.   Health Applications: Marianna Hensley (India via Skype) 
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.   Business Applications - Shaun Ferris
11:35 – 11:40 a.m.   Break
11:40– 12:10 p.m.   Faculty Panel: Bette Mariani (Nursing) & Pritipal Singh (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Francis Galgano (Geography & the Environment), Frank Klassner (Computing Sciences)
12:20– 1:05 p.m.   Working lunch: 2 interest groups
1:10 – 1:30 p.m.   Wrap Up
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.   Discussion: Possible Collaboration

Workshop Downloads

* 2014 Workshop.pdf
Building Resilience in Poor Communities through Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D)
* 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