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, Wehubit 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.

Ninth session: May 18th 2pm CET - Equality (in digitalisation)

During this session, we will cover some aspects of equality in digitalisation. Digital technology has changed many things in our lives, but how is it affecting gender equality? Digitalisation has transformed the character of the labour market, changed the way we interact with our friends, shaped political participation, is impacting the future of work and also carries the risk of cyber violence. All of the above present new challenges, but also offer opportunities to address inequalities that affect both women and men, albeit often in different ways. 

The session will feature 2 speakers presenting on how equality in digitalisation can be addressed, along with a Q&A session in which they will answer further queries.

As this Digital Session will conclude our series before the summer break, we will also introduce a new initiative in light of the program proposals for 2022-2026. Mid-June, we will organize coaching sessions with D4D experts, where organizations have the opportunity to get constructive feedback on the digitalisation aspects of their program proposals. We will briefly introduce the concept during this Digital Session on Equality in digitalisation.

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

 

TBD (after summer break) - 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.

TBD (after summer break) - 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 & recordings

You can find more information about the session on the D4D platform, where we also offer contact details for the speakers and edited recordings for 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:

You can watch the recording of this session here.

Second Session: January 19th: Connectivity Solutions

During this 45-minute session, we explored 3 cases of connectivity solutions/approaches and discussed how to introduce these or similar initiatives in your field of work. We addressed open questions raised through the registration link prior to the session, as well as questions that came up during the session.

The following speakers presented their connectivity solutions or approaches

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  • BRCK - Mark Kamau, Director of User Experience
  • Enabel Uganda - Bart Cornille, Institutional Development Expert
  • GSM Connected Women - Phoebe Kiboi, Market Engagement Manager – Connected Society

You can watch the recording of this session here.

Third session: February 2nd 2pm CET - Payment systems

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

The following speakers presented their expertise during the session:

  • Akaboxi - Sarah Atuhaire, Founder and Managing Director
  • Brick by Brick - stella Nalubowa - Program Coordinator Mama Rescue
  • Vitalite - Frédérique Sheridan - General Manager Vitalite Senegal

You can watch the recording of this session here.

Fourth session: February 16th 2pm CET - 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.

The following speakers presented their expertise during the session:

  • Humasol - Lise Van Der Beke - Vice President
  • GOGLA - Rebecca Rhodes, Project Manager Circularity & E-waste
  • Solarly - Julien Riat, Director & Co-Founder

You can watch the recording of this session here.

Fifth Session: March 2nd 2pm CET - 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.

The following speakers presented their expertise during the session:

You can watch the recording of this session here.

Sixth Session: March 16th 2pm CET - 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.

The following speakers presented their expertise during the session:

You can watch the recording of this session here.

Seventh Session: March 30th 2pm CET - Data Collection & Analysis

Data collection tools are important assets for information gathering, which allow you to make well informed decisions about your intervention strategy. Furthermore, they offer you the opportunity to measure the impact that you are trying to create and to communicate the resulting findings internally as well as externally. Data collection and analysis tools are widespread in development cooperation projects and we're taking a look at some examples during this session.

The following speakers presented their expertise during the session:

You can watch the recording of this session here.

Eighth Session: April 27th 2pm CET - Crowdsourcing & Citizen Science

Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science initiatives are gaining popularity in development cooperation projects. Crowdsourcing is a sourcing model in which individuals or organizations obtain goods or services, from a large, relatively open and often rapidly evolving group of participants. Citizen science on the other hand is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur (or nonprofessional) scientists.

The following speakers presented their expertise during the session:

You can watch the recording of this session here.