1. Spider ICT4D Seminar: "Youth, Media & Democracy - Engaging Cambodian Youth in Democratic Processes through ICT"

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    Presenter: Colin Spurway, BBC Media Action Discussants: Per Helgesson, Head of Media Development Office, Swedish Radio; Katja Sarajeva, PhD, Project Manager, Spider. Abstract: Colin Spurway will present the project Loy9 by BBC Media Action in Cambodia, the project focuses on using ICT to engage youth in debate and democratic participation by mixing entertainment and education, using engaging and interactive media formats. Topics to be discussed include: - experience of blending entertainment and education - the findings of our recent trial of mobile content - lessons from combining old and new media - shifts in the media landscape in Cambodia The development of the Interactive Voice Response system Verboice used in the project was supported by Spider. The project Loy9 is supported by Sida and UNDP.

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    • Spider ICT4D Seminar: ICT4MPOWER - Improving health care in Uganda through transparency, performance management and innovative h

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      Imroving health care in Uganda through transparency, performance management and innovative health service delivery models. ICT4MPOWER is an integrated healthcare information management system providing the backbone for the delivery of public healthcare at the point of need. The development project, which is collaboration between stakeholders in Uganda and Sweden, targets critical challenges in information management, continuity of care, work processes, outpatient management, transparency, as well as priority cases; child and maternal healthcare and HIV/AIDS (chronic disease management). Focus is on improving transparency and management of scarce resources: technical, human, and drugs supply. Rustam Nabiev, coordinator, will talk about some of the innovations that were developed considering local circumstances; the system itself, the health app developer enabling local management and further development of the system, the community outreach program utilizing time freed up from the clinicians higher up in the health care chain to supply professional health care services at the point of need (including cool bag which enables last mile transport of vaccines) and HIV/ AIDS patient management system. Presenter: Rustam Nabiev, Karolinska Institutet Discussant: Maria Kvist, Department of Computer and System Science, Stocholm University

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      • Spider ICT4D Seminar: Social Engagement at the Intersection of Arts, Cultural Heritage and New Media

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        Presenters: Ylva Ekström, PhD Media Studies, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University Anders Høg Hansen, PhD Cultural Studies, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University Discussant: Dr. Paul Msemwa, Director House of Culture, Dar es Salaam Tanzania Abstract: In December 2011, the House of Culture was opened on the grounds of the National Museum of Tanzania in the city centre of Dar es Salaam. The aim is to connect to as well as to expand the National Museum's activities of documenting, exposing and educating about cultural heritage and contemporary culture of Tanzania. In the process of transforming the National Museum - originating from the British colonial era - into a National Museum and House of Culture, new media and communication technologies are intended to play a role, primarily through the project 'ICT for public access to cultural resources', funded by Spider and including a recording studio and multimedia centre. This research project investigates and analyses practices initiated by and related to this project at different stages of the House of Culture's opening year, with a certain focus on how in particular children and youth engage with media technologies and facilities. The analysis is solidly contextualized in the National Museum and House of Culture's activities in particular, and in media, youth and educational discourse and practices in general. This paper will discuss findings from the first field study conducted in February and March 2012.

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        • Spider ICT4D seminar: Johan Hellström on The role of mobile technology in transparency, accountability and participation

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          Presenter: Johan Hellström, PhD Student at DSV, Spider advisor in M4D Discussant: Dr. Paula Uimonen There is a growing body of evidence (although scattered and occasionally anecdotal) showing how mobile phones can be instrumental in giving insight into state affairs, helping in holding governments accountable, influence the political decision making process and open up for a deepened democracy through citizen participation. However, despite these seemingly “successful” nitiatives, the real impact are under debate and a number of risks and challenges have been identified. The aim of this research is to fill some critical gaps in the knowledge about mobile enabled interventions to further our common understanding of what works, why and in what circumstances. Johan Hellström is a M4D (mobile technology for development) advisor at Spider and a PhD student at DSV, University of Stockholm, where he is researching how ICT and in particular mobile phones, may have an impact on transparency, accountability and participation. Prior to beginning his PhD studies, Johan worked as an ICT advisor at Sida and as an ICT4D coordinator at the Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development. Johan has studied and worked in East Africa for more than nine years but is currently based in Stockholm, Sweden.

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          • Spider ICT4D Seminar: Change management in education in developing contexts - lessons learnt in how not to do it!

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            David is an international development consultant, specialising in education and the effective use of technology. He has eight years of experience working across Africa in partnership with governments, private sector and civil society organisations. He is a founding director of Jigsaw Consult and an associate fellow of Education Impact. He has undertaken consultancy work for a range of organisations such as Save the Children, IDRC, Microsoft, eLearning Africa and UNRWA. David also holds a PhD from the University of London. His thesis research focused on developing rigorous and innovative approaches for monitoring and evaluating the impact of technology on education in Ethiopia and Malawi. He has organised numerous international workshops and conferences. He also teaches Development Geography at postgraduate level at the University of London. Alongside this, David is engaged in the charitable sector in the UK as Chair of the Trustees for Refugee Support Network.

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            • Spider ICT4D Seminar: Anders G Nilsson on Global Development and ICT4D

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              Global development has the mission to promote social change and renewal in developing countries on a scientific basis. The leading idea is to combine social changes in civil societies with economic growth and environmental (ecological) issues in order to achieve better life conditions for poor people.

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              • Spider ICT4D Seminar: Technologies of Choice? by Dorothea Kleine, Royal Holloway University of London

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                Presenter: Dr. Dorothea Kleine, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography & Director, ICT4D Centre Royal Holloway, University of London Discussant: Assoc. Prof. Paula Uimonen, Director Spider Abstract: Dorothea Kleine (PhD) will present her book Technologies of Choice? where she discusses ICT4D from the perspective of the capabilities approach. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) - especially the Internet and the mobile phone - have changed the lives of people all over the world. These changes affect not just the affluent populations of income-rich countries but also disadvantaged people in both global North and South, who may use free Internet access in telecenters and public libraries, chat in cybercafes with distant family members, and receive information by text message or email on their mobile phones. The book proposes a conceptual framework, the Choice Framework, that can be used to analyze the role of technologies in development processes. Kleine applies the Choice Framework to a case study of microentrepreneurs in a rural community in Chile. Combining ethnographic research at the local level with interviews with national policy makers, to contrast the high ambitions of Chile’s pioneering ICT policies with the country’s complex social and economic realities Kleine examines three key policies of Chile’s groundbreaking Agenda Digital: public access, digital literacy, and an online procurement system. The policy lesson we can learn from Chile’s experience, Kleine concludes, is the necessity of measuring ICT policies against a people-centered understanding of development that has individual and collective choice at its heart.

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                • Spider ICT4D Seminar: David Isaksson on Development assistance

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                  Development aid is changing, but can that change the world? Greater demands for results, increased focus on ICT and private actors. Development assistance is undergoing changes, but what does that ultimately mean for global development? And why is a long-time Swedish partner country, Ethiopia, imprisoning Swedish journalists? Presenter: David Isaksson journalist and writer at Global Reporting and Spider board member. Discussant: Henrik Hansson, associate professor the Unit for Flexible Learning, DSV. (The seminar was held 2 Feb 2012 at DSV in Kista)

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                  • Spider ICT4D seminar: Learning Lessons and Moving Forward in ICT4D Projects - Laura Hosman, PhD

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                    Presenter: Dr. Laura Hosman, Illinois Institute of Technology, Spider Board member Discussant: Dr. Iskra Popova Abstract: Even technologies that look and sound great for the developing world, when actually put to the test under resource-constrained conditions, frequently fail to catch on, or achieve the higher goal of bringing about development. Many of the reasons for this have far more to do with the human, social, and political realities in emerging regions than with the technologies themselves. This talk draws from Professor Hosman’s in-the-field experience with such challenges, and discusses lessons learned and ways to move forward. Dr. Laura Hosman’s work focuses on two main areas: Public-Private Partnerships and ICT-in-education, both with a focus on the developing world. Her current research focuses on the role for information and communications technology (ICT) in developing countries, particularly in terms of its potential effects on socio-cultural factors, human development, and economic growth. Dr. Hosman is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Associate Chair in the Department of Social Sciences at Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to IIT, Dr. Hosman held postdoctoral research fellow positions at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Southern California.

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                    • Spider ICT4D Seminar: Women´s Digital Baskets in Rwanda

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                      Presenter: Dr. Pirjo Elovaara, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden Discussant: Dr. Caroline Wamala, Spider and Post Doc Karlstad University, Sweden I will take my point of departure from “Women´s Digital Baskets in Rwanda” project conducted 2008-2010. As the first part of my presentation I will provide a short description of the project goals, partners and activities. The second part of my presentation will focus on trying to identify and understand different layers of the project, such as themes concerning a women only project, technology transfer, different materialities of the project, and a reflection upon the success of the project.

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