Creating prosperity through innovation - ICT at work in development
Practical Action co-hosts international ICT conference
Practical Action co-hosted the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) international forum on "Creating Prosperity through innovation - ICT at work in Development" held in Colombo on May 8th and 9th 2006.
GKP is a network of organizations whose interest is in exploring the potential of ICT for sustainable and equitable development. GKP brings together governments, NGO's and private enterprises from around the world to share knowledge, experiences and discuss ideas. The two day program discussed a variety of topics including ICT in Sri Lanka, looking at new methods of disseminating local content, innovations in technology and role of ICT post Tsunami.
The forum was opened by the Hon. Professor Tissa Vitharana, Minister for Science & Technology and attended by over 200 delegates from around the world.
Practical Action both participated in the forum discussions and advocated its belief of "People first than the technology" at its exhibition stand, which was frequented by delegates during session breaks.
Read more about the work that was featured at the Practical Action stand:
The invisible link between women and technology
Women are often overlooked as technological innovators. Looking for the most effective and productive ways of reaching the women at the grassroots level, Practical Action South Asia's communication team decided upon broadcasting a comedy drama series based on the Do It Herself research.
Harnessing technology for empowerment: podcasts
In Peru, Practical Action is testing the potential of podcasting to disseminate knowledge and information for poverty reduction, using a mixture of new and old technology.
When few steps at a time matter more than a leap: Katepola library
Reaching out to a community, residing in a remote isolated village, sans proper approach road network and electricity and then not only making them realize their development & information needs, but also empowering them to fulfill those requirements is what this simple case study signifies.
ICT as a tool to improve market access for poor rural producers
The Rural Enterprise Network (REN) is an organization that is working with treacle, juggery, medicinal herb, and dehydrated vegetable small-scale rural producers to improve their market access. By helping to identify market needs, improve product quality, and collectively brand products for urban and international markets, REN's goal is to positively impact rural poverty in Sri Lanka.