Fwd: ICT4D Meetup: Integrating Low-Cost Video into Development Projects (Thursday, June 28th, 4:30-6:30pm)

From: Deepa M.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 9:55 AM
ICT4D meetup this Thursday is on the topic of low-cost video for international development projects, a topic that may of interest to members of this list.

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USAID's FACET project has recently released the toolkit, Integrating Low-Cost Video into Agricultural Development Projects: A Toolkit for Practitioners. While the toolkit was developed for agriculture extension work, low-cost video has applicability in many other development projects.

The June ICT4D meetup will showcase the toolkit and create an interesting cross-sector conversation on how low-cost video can be incorporated into anti-corruption & transparency, health, education, nutrition and food security sectors. The June ICT4D meetup is co-organized by the USAID's FACET project, which is being implemented by FHI 360, and Appropriate IT.


Integrating Low-Cost Video into Development Projects

When: Thursday June 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm
Where: FHI 360 Greeley Hall (3rd Floor), 1875 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC

Please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/intlrel-76/events/69260982/


4:30 – 5:00 pm: Networking

5:00 – 5:20 pm: Low-Cost Video Toolkit for Agriculture Extension Services
Presentation by Josh Woodard, FHI 360

5:20 – 5:40 pm: Applicability to Other Sectors
Anti-Corruption & Transparency: Colby Pacheco, Partnership for Transparency Fund
Health: Soma Ghoshal, Results for Development
Nutrition & Food Security: Anuradha Narayan, Helen Keller International
Education: Jarret Guajardo (Save the Children)

Moderated by Usha Venkatachallam, Appropriate IT

5:40 – 6:30 pm: Open Floor
Q&A, Thoughts, and Comments


  • Soma Ghoshal (Results for Development) focuses on communications as part of the Global Health R&D Policy Assessment team. Before joining R4D, Soma worked for the United Nations Foundation, managing Health Unbound (HUB), the mHealth Alliance’s interactive network and online knowledge resource center. She also worked for AMRI Hospital in Calcutta, India as a research assistant, and served as a project manager for Royal Seed Needy Home in Ofaakor, Ghana.  Her main interests are in public health and international development, particularly in evaluation.
  • Jarret Guajardo (Save the Children), Basic Education & Literacy Research Specialist, where he conducts impact evaluations of SC's international early-grade literacy program, Literacy Boost. Previously, Jarret served as a Labor Markets Research Consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank. A former Peace Corps Jordan volunteer, Jarret holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and a Masters of Arts in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). He speaks English, Arabic, Spanish, and Farsi.
  • Anuradha Narayan (Helen Keller International), Deputy Director of USAID funded Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally Project (SPRING), has over 14 years of experience working with NGOs and academia on nutrition and food security in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Her areas of expertise include: management, strategic planning, program design, capacity building and partnership development. One of her strengths is utilizing strategic partnerships and local capacity building to address gaps in regional nutrition environments.
  • Colby Pacheco (Partnership for Transparency Fund), as Program Officer, manages information and finances for PTF's portfolio of programs and contributes analytical assessments on project design, implementation and impact. He also facilitates PTF’s communications and heads the organization’s online presence. He is interested in the design of democratic institutions and the interplay between citizens and their elected officials. Driving his work is a motivation to channel civil society action into policy change.
  • Moderator: Usha Venkatachallam (Appropriate IT) is Founder & CEO of Appropriate IT, a technology consultancy that specializes in web and mobile application development for international development projects. She leads Appropriate IT's efforts to create sustainable technology solutions and build the information and communication technology (ICT) capacity of communities in the Global South.
  • Josh Woodard (FHI 360) is a program officer in FHI 360’s Information Technology Applications Center and has managed the FACET project since its inception in 2009. He has been experimenting with video and other forms of low-cost ICT tools for more than a decade. Josh has facilitated workshops on the subject for organizations in several African countries, rural schools in Indonesia, local project staff in Macedonia, and high school students in Washington, DC.

Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) meetup is a learning network of and for practitioners to share knowledge, information, experiences, and projects in this field.

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