This group is primarily but not exclusively aimed at BOND (www.bond.org.uk) T4D group members. The meetup group is a supplement to the T4D group section on the myBond platform (http://my.bond.org.uk/group/technology-development). Non-BOND members are welcome, in particular academics, bloggers/journalists and private sector partners. The groups purpose is described below:
The speed of technological change is rapid, opening up new opportunities and capabilities but also creating new challenges. It is important to understand the impact that such technologies can have on peoples’ lives and on the work of development agencies. Meetings planned with the following goals:
• To discuss developments related to Technology for Development
• To provide information on emerging trends in technological innovation (eg. Machine-to-machine technology)
• To share best practice and worst practice (why projects don’t work) including case studiesTo provide information on funding and projects/initiatives being undertaken so as to avoid duplication and foster partnerships.
• To maximise Bond members’ reach with stakeholders such as universities and corporations.
To foster relationships with funders of technology-related projects
The next Bond Tech4Dev group meeting will take place on Wednesday 17th July at Bond (8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL) between 15:00 - 17:00.
It will be led by Dr. Becky Faith and Dr. Tony Roberts, who together co-lead the Digital & Technology research team at IDS.
This practical session will draw on the research that the Digital & Technology research team have carried out into womens' under-representation, discrimination and disadvantage in STEM education, in technology workplaces, and in technology for development initiatives around the world.
The session will briefly review the causes of this problem and the reasons for wanting to increase women’s participation and the benefits that accrue from it. We will then discuss the myriad of development interventions that exist to improve women’s involvement in technology and provide practical tools for assessing their relative merits. We will use an interactive session to provide participants with a practical but powerful means to analyse and strategize across development programmes in order to enhance women’s ability to cope with, reform and transform the genderdered nature of technology and development.
We will be drawing upon this DIAL report on women working in open source: