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ICT4D Meetup: Integrating Low-Cost Video into Development Projects

From: Usha V.
Sent on: Monday, June 18, 2012 11:35 AM

USAID's FACET project has recently released 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.

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; and nutrition & food security sectors.

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



  • 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
    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.
  • 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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  • Appropriate IT

    ICT4D Washington DC meetup is sponsored by Appropriate IT (AI).

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