Digital Sessions

Online informative sessions on digitalization and how to implement it in your programmes and projects

As part of the Digital for Development programme, Close the Gap and Enabel join forces to organize a series of digital sessions on D4D topics. Each online session will evolve around a specific D4D technology, presented for different fields, and discussed among participants and experts. The goal is twofold: (1) to help program writers and NGO professionals working on digitalization to include D4D initiatives in their programmes (e.g. DGD 2022-2026) and (2) to inspire practitioners who want to increase their digitalization efforts.

Second Session: January 19th 2pm CET: Connectivity Solutions

 

During this 45-minute session, we will explore 3 cases of connectivity solutions/approaches and discuss how to introduce these or similar initiatives in your field of work. We will address open questions raised through the registration link prior to the session, as well as questions that arise during the session. We aim to make this as participatory as possible, and invite you to actively contribute to the discussion.

The following speakers will present their connectivity solutions or approaches

    • BRCK - Mark Kamau, Director of User Experience

    • Enabel Uganda - Bart Cornille, Institutional Development Expert

    • GSMA Connected Women - Phoebe Kiboi, Market Engagement Manager – Connected Society

 

How to participate?

Register here.

Ideas for topics or speakers? Contact marnick.vanlee@close-the-gap.org or jan.kennis@enabel.be

 

More information about the Digital Sessions

The Digital for Development platform wants to support actors in the Belgian development cooperation to include digitalisation aspects in their programmes. We offer a series of interactive digital sessions to inspire participants and facilitate mutual learning. Digitalisation is a key element in the Belgian policy and is only increasing in relevance given the current health crisis.

Who is this for?

Everyone interested in digitalisation topics, and especially participants from NGOs and fourth pillar organisations who are preparing or implementing digitalisation topics. Each session in the series will be conducted in English and cover a specific digital technology applicable in different fields.

Why should I participate?

1) Digitalisation is supposed to be an important overarching subject in the next DGD program cycle 2022-2026 and in every project going forward. We offer concrete ideas to better implement digital aspects and openly discuss the possible pitfalls when preparing for the new program cycle.

2) You will have the opportunity to exchange with peers on common issues and find solutions together. In each session, D4D experts will be available to answer your questions.

3) After each session, participating organisations will receive a one pager highlighting possible pitfalls and solutions for the discussed technology.

4) In the month of May, a coaching day for your programmes and projects will be organized. During that day, a panel of D4D experts will support you in improving the digitalisation aspects of your programme. Organizations that participate in at least one of the digital sessions are invited to the coaching day.

5) Continue to exchange on digital topics on the D4D platform, where you will also find the recordings of the digital sessions for later reference.

 

Next session topics

2/2- Payment systems

Digital payment systems are more common in the South as compared to Europe. During this session, we will explore the potential of digital payment systems and applications, such as mobile money and pay-as-you-go systems, for your projects.

16/2 - Energy & Sustainability 

Digital projects contribute to climate change because of their energy needs (and manufacturing processes) and to the growing problem of electronic waste. During this session, we explore sustainable energy solutions to support digital applications in challenging contexts and discuss other sustainability issues arising from digitalisation.

2/3 - Digital communication for development

The digitalisation of communication for development, including with our target groups, has been ongoing for more than a decade through the social media revolution. During this session, we explore how to integrate digital communications in your development workflow, focusing on the communication with beneficiaries and to some extent partners.

16/3 - Skills for the 21st century

Becoming and remaining digitally competent is a task for every 21st-century citizen. During this session, we focus on how to define 21st century skills in a digitalisation context (e.g. media literacy, basic ICT skills, …) and how to integrate digital skills building in your projects.

30/3 - Data collection and analysis

Understanding our target population’s needs is sometimes neglected for lack of efficient means to gather and analyse this crucial information. During this session, we focus on digital data collection and analysis tools, including in offline environments.

13/4 - Crowdsourcing information and (action) research

Bottom-up knowledge and input are one of the most important factors for successful project definitions and implementations. During this session, we focus on citizen participation through crowdsourcing initiatives and citizen science.

27/4 - Equality

Digitalization can help people gain access to certain services and information, but it can also create new forms of exclusion. During this session, we focus on how to ensure the right to equality in digital projects.

11/5 - ICT labs & fablabs

Often regarded as the first step in digitalisation, building ICT labs and fablabs is in itself a complex activity with many possible failure factors especially for sustainability. During this session, we focus on the planning, implementation and exit phases of ICT centers and/or classrooms and makerspaces/fablabs.

25/5 - Information management systems

Before we can even speak of ‘big data’, we first need to collect day-to-day information on the (health, education, government, …) systems that govern our daily lives. During this session, we will focus on the benefits of proper information management systems and learn about important long-term success factors, such as change management and human-centric design.

Ideas for topics or speakers? Contact marnick.vanlee@close-the-gap.org or jan.kennis@enabel.be

 

Previous sessions

First session: December 15th: E-learning and Blended Learning

During this 45-minute session, we explored and discussed how actors in development cooperation can use e-learning and blended learning approaches in various fields. 

During the session, three speakers did a presentation. These presentations were followed by a participatory discussion. The following speakers presented during this first session:

  • Red Cross Flanders Arjan Keijser, Project Manager Commercial First-Aid
  • Access Agriculture Dr. Paul van Mele, Director International Development
  • VVOB Rwanda 

You can watch the recording of this session here.