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ICT4D Conference Podcast: Global Tech, Local Good

Short 15-minute interviews with data and technology experts at non-profit, government, multi-lateral, research or private sector organizations on the application of digital innovations to tackle global development and humanitarian challenges.


Karl Lowe: High Five Focus areas for IT road mapping at CRS
Karl Lowe, CIO at Catholic Relief Services, shares insights on their agency-wide ICT priorities and strategy, or as he refers to as his “High Five Focus Areas”
19:01 9/29/20
Rosa Cortada: digital transformation at Oxfam
Rosa Maria Cortada, CIO at Oxfam Intermón, talks us through their digital transformation progress so far; which tools they use to support staff work better remotely and gain more control during these times of general uncertainty. 
16:30 10/9/20
Imogen Wall: stress management during the pandemic
Imogen Wall, Frontline Aid Worker, Therapist & Mental Health First Aid Instructor, talks about stress management during the pandemic, and the benefits and challenges of providing mental health support via digital tech. For example discover why we are suffering from Zoom fatigue. 
16:27 10/9/20
Chris Houston: Humanitarian Grand Challenge Request for Proposals
Chris Houston, Director of Humanitarian Innovation at Humanitarian Grand Challenge Canada, talks about innovations for humanitarian response, investing in local leadership and solutions, and the upcoming Request for Proposals at 
11:22 10/9/20
Sreeni Narayanan: digital skills and partnerships in the Philippines
Sreeni Narayanan, Group Managing Director at ASSIST Asia, addresses how in the Philippines digital skills and literacy as well as partnerships to support those have developed over the past years and especially in the past months during the pandemic. 
18:39 10/9/20
Deepak Pareek: Supporting Farmers with Digital Tech During COVID-19
Deepak Pareek, Founder of Digi Agri, Director at HnyB Tech Incubations and Tech Pioneer at World Economic Forum, shares digital trends in agriculture during the pandemic - like a 18-20% rise of WhatsApp use -, emerging technologies that truly support farmers and what role NGOs play. 
15:56 10/16/20
Anthony Makumbi: Digital transformation and digital skills in Uganda
Anthony Makumbi, Chief Technology Officer and Senior IT Director Solutions at Shared Action Africa, shares insights on digital transformation and digital skill trends and gaps in Uganda, especially during the pandemic. 
10:04 10/23/20
Mala Kumar: Opportunities, barriers, and trends in open source solutions
Mala Kumar, Senior Program Manager for Tech for Social Good at GitHub, Inc. on  opportunities and barriers of open source adoption in the development and humanitarian sector.   More info in the recent report Open Source in the Social Sector 
15:38 10/31/20
Bobby Jefferson: Digital Transformation Trends & Risks in Global Healthcare
Bobby Jefferson, VP and CTO at DAI Global Health, on emerging technologies in global health and associated risk, especially cyber security. 
16:12 11/6/20
Sebastian Manhart: Adapting digital health innovations in response to Covid-19
Sebastian Manhart (Chief Partnerships Officer, Simprints) on emerging eHealth trends and adapting digital health innovations and services in response to Covid-19. 
12:47 11/13/20
Priscilla Chomba-Kinywa: Covid-19 accelerated digital transformation & strategic changes
Priscilla Chomba-Kinywa (Head of Digital and Technology, ActionAid) on Covid-19 accelerated digital transformation, strategic changes, and need for more collaboration. 
15:34 11/20/20
Dr Ronda Zelezny-Green: digital literacy and diversity, equity, and inclusion
Dr. Ronda Zelezny-Green (Global Head of Training and Learning, The Internet Society; Co-Founder & Director, Panoply Digital) on digital literacy and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
13:40 11/27/20
Thomas Rubatscher: digital transformation, technology trends, and ICT priorities
Thomas Rubatscher (Intl. Director ICT at SOS Children's Villages International) on digital transformation, technology trends such as chat-bots, and ICT priorities for the coming year. 
13:05 12/7/20
Marco van den Berg: digitization trends, cyber risk and interoperability concerns
Marco van den Berg (Chief Information Officer, Information & Knowledge Systems, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on digitization trends, and associated cyber risk and interoperability concerns. 
14:52 12/18/20
Michael Johnson: Digital Transformation at The Global Fund & ICT Priorities for 2021
Michael Johnson (CIO, The Global Fund) on their digital transformation journey so far, and IT priorities for 2021 including effective remote operations, continuous operational improvements, supporting in country partners, and collaborative tech innovations. 
13:12 1/22/21
Special Episode: IT Priorities & Trends 2021
This special podcast edition is a summary of IT priorities and trends for 2021 mentioned in the interviews with CIOs and IT Directors, including resource mobilization, IT security, optimizing remote operations and digital work-spaces, strategic changes. Featuring Karl Lowe (CIO, Catholic Relief Services), Rosa Maria Cortada (CIO, Oxfam Intermón), Thomas Rubatscher (Intl. Director ICT at SOS Children’s Villages International), Michael Johnson (CIO, The Global Fund), Priscilla Chomba-Kinywa (Head of Digital and Technology, ActionAid), Marco van den Berg (CIO, Information & Knowledge Systems, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Bobby Jefferson (VP and CTO at DAI Global Health)
16:33 2/16/21
Jocelyn Williams: Role of digital tech in empowering women
Jocelyn Williams (Director of Business Development, Every1Mobile) on the role of digital tech in empowering women and addressing digital diversity and inclusion. 
12:05 3/5/21
CRS Gambia: Youth Engagement in Data Collection for Health Programs
Ousman Njie, Head of Office, and Alieu Bah, Project Officer Malaria, at Catholic Relief Services Gambia, on engaging youth in data collection for health programs and building digital capacity in the Gambia.  
14:20 3/27/21
Claire Sibthorpe at GSMA: Digital inclusion barriers and actions
Claire Sibthorpe (Head of Connected Women, Connected Society and Assistive Tech, GSMA) on delivering digital inclusion and connecting the unconnected.Resources mentioned:  The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity Report: 
14:16 4/6/21
Revi Sterling: Stategies to Close the Gender Digital Divide
Revi Sterling (Gender and Technology Specialist, DAI Global; Director, USAID WomenConnect Challenge) shares five proven strategies to close the gen­der digital divide and increase women’s economic empowerment.
14:50 5/19/21
Bonnie Chiu: grassroots approaches to the gender digital gap
Bonnie Chiu (Managing Director of The Social Investment Consultancy, Founder of  Lensational) on grassroots and entrepreneurial approaches to digital capacity building of marginalized women. 
13:45 6/2/21
UNCDF's SPRINT4Women: a unique approach to HCD with rural women in Zambia
Kilyelyani Kanjo, Digital Financial Services Consultant, and Nandini Harihareswara, Senior Advisor for Inclusive Digital Economies & Women's Economic Empowerment, at United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) on SPRINT4Women, a unique design sprint engaging private sector in human-centred design for financial inclusion of rural women in Zambia.
16:43 6/10/21
ICT4D for Malaria Elimination
Dr. John Reeder,  Director of TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Disease, based at the World Health Organization, gives an overview of digital technologies used globally to help fight malaria, their benefits and potential, as well as challenges or barriers to overcome. 
09:36 4/25/22
What is peace tech? How is it used by civil society?
Dr. Lisa Schirch, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and Research Fellow at the Toda Peace Institute, introduces us to peace tech, its history, trends, current examples, and their impact - including Ushahidi, Build Up, Polis, and the “Angry Uncle” Chatbot.More about Lisa’s work at and 
15:48 9/14/22
Social media & conflict: Global framework, local context
Adrienne Brooks, Senior Advisor for the Technology for Development team at Mercy Corps, specializes in addressing the weaponization of social media as it relates to peacebuilding. She introduces Mercy Corps’ global framework for understanding risks and resilience of social media and conflict and how it is applied in local context. 
15:42 9/28/22
Training youth social media activists
Jomari Guillermo, Communications Manager at Catholic Relief Services in the Philippines, shares lessons learned from social media training of youth activists for strengthening their peace agendas and increase influence.  
10:29 10/5/22
Civil society's role in fighting hate speech
Alice Nderitu, the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide at the United Nations, explains how civil society organizations can join the collaborative flight against hate speech and contribute to the prevention of atrocity crimes.  For more information visit 
14:48 10/12/22
Guidance for NGOs on using social media for peace building
Dr. Sanjana Hattotuwa, Special Advisor at the ICT4Peace Foundation, offers advice for civil society organization to better use their online presence and social media for peace building efforts.  
15:43 12/21/22
Role of ICT and data to improve food systems
Thembani Malapela, Knowledge and Information Management Officer at FAO e-agriculture, explains what impact digital technologies and data have to improve global food systems and address the current food crisis. 
15:18 1/20/23
Lessons learned using digital agri innovations in Africa
Nixon Mageka Gecheo, Senior Program Officer, Digital Systems & Solutions for Agriculture at AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa), shares lessons learned and examples of using digital agriculture innovations in Africa.  
14:28 1/25/23