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Safipa Presentation

  1. 1. SAFIPASouth Africa – Finland Knowledge Partnership on ICT Presentation to ICT4RD hosted by SANGONET 2 November 2011 Wanderers Club http://safipa.com Presenter Contributor Thiru Naidoo-Swettenham Kristiina Lahde National Programme Coordinator Former Chief Technical Advisor tswettenham@csir.co.za klahde@csir.co.za
  2. 2. Overview1. Key issues in Information Society2. Overview of South Africa – Finland Bilateral Partnerships3. Implementation of SAFIPA programme4. Component 1 – Capacity Building5. Component 2- Project Portfolio -Innovative IS applications and New Solutions for End Users6. Component 3- Networking and Dissemination7. Sustainability of SAFIPA Portfolio8. Lessons learnt in ICT4D -SAFIPA Experience9. Recommendations for other ICT4D initiatives
  3. 3. 1. Key Issues in Information Society Diagram of problems DIGITAL DIVIDE Skills capacity Lack of innovations that ICT services not well ICT industry mainly constraints significantly impact the developed – lack of based on imported digital divide services to marginalized technology community Lack of Low ICT-deployment interactionCompetition for talents between industry & science Low R&D expenditure on ICT Mobility of researchers Lack of capacity building from school level to research level
  4. 4. 2. SA-Finland Bilateral Partnerships COFISA – Regional innovation •In country technical systems(20 assistance •Local Programme 07-2010) Management office •Encourage diverse participation and BIOFISA - SAFIPA – previously excluded Regional SA – Innovative •Capacity buildingProgramme in ICT for integral to all projects Finland •Replication andBiotechnology Development Bilateral (2008-2011) sustainability (2008-2011) •Encourage networks and collaborative sharing •Support local expertise •Facilitate international expertise in development INSPIRE- areas Regional ICT •Fixed term duration – 3 programme years (DoC) (2008- 2011)
  5. 5. 3. 1. Implementation of SAFIPA Programme• Key elements of SAFIPA Programme: In country technical assistance – Chief Technical Advisor and National Programme Coordinator, Project officer and Project manager Diverse project portfolio management (spanning 25 projects supported externally and 76 implementation partners) - deployment in nine provinces in SA (high representation in Gauteng and Western Cape)• Programme design: Based on National ICT R&D Policy - Focus on building the information society in a systemic way and not only project grant support• Investment: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland provided funding of €3 million and the Department of Science and Technology in South Africa provided ZAR 9 million for the three year programme.• Governance: SVB oversight and SC management of programme
  6. 6. 3.2 Key elements of SAFIPA implementation Technical assistance by CTA/NPC and other specific advisors 3.5 % Component 3: SAFIPA programme Networking and Component1: management office DisseminationCapacity Building @ CSIR Meraka Institute 8.8 % 5.6 % Component 2: Innovative IS Solutions 65.1 %
  7. 7. 4.1 Institutional Capacity BuildingKey objective: Strengthened institutional capacity• to enable the South African information society and generation of new knowledge, to perform applied research and to make information more accessible to the primary beneficiaries of SAFIPA, especially marginalized groups.Implementation activities• Mentoring• Meraka Institutional Capacity Building• Academic Knowledge Exchange• Foresight in ICT sector (ICT in Health and ICT in Education)• Leading Research and Innovation in Expert Organisations• Strategy support for Meraka Restructuring• Treasure Map Training – empowerment of Community ICT practitioners• ICT & Mobile Business Building programme
  8. 8. 4.2 SAFIPA Capacity Building and TrainingParticipants and trainers at SAFIPA hosted trainingevents (left and above) andparticipants on KEF (right)
  9. 9. 5.1 Innovative IS Applications & New Solutions for End UsersKey objective: The identification and successful implementation of projects which result in innovations for the benefit of the marginalized groups and poor rural communities.• SAFIPA provided funds for domestic innovations and the development of innovative information society applications which will serve the end users.• The funding is channelled via a number of sub-projects that include the participation of local and international institutions engaged in applied research and development.Implementation mechanisms• Grant making process and evaluation of proposals at PMO and SC.• Roadshows in inception phase, open calls for proposals, calls left open for a year. Collaboration encouraged but not forced. TA provided to strengthen proposals.• Restricted second round of funding to strengthen 12 projects in second phase.
  10. 10. 5.2 Innovative IS Applications & New Solutions for End UsersImplementation mechanisms• Projects grouped under themes and a Portfolio of projects supported in: eHealth, eLearning, Rural development, Accessiblity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship• Project support range from ZAR 125,000 to ZAR3,500 000• Stage gate review.• Mixed beneficiary base – schools, universities, CBOs, academic related NGOs, SMMEs, public and private funded research institutes, corporate sector, local public sector• Support at different stages of ICT Innovation Pipeline –from proof of concept, technology demonstrator, pilots for replication and scaling up to commercialisation locally and internationally• Participating organisations nationally 36, Estimated over 5000 individuals impacted by programme outputs
  11. 11. 5.3 SAFIPA Projects and PartnersREEDHOUSESYSTEMS XtownX®
  12. 12. 5.4. SAFIPA portfolio support in ICT4DICT and Education• Nokia Math – Large scale pilot for maths on mobile via Mxit, Positive results of 14 % improvement in Phase 1& 2 independent evaluation , proposed delivery to 10 000 learners in Dinaledi schools for mass replication in 2011, Eastern and Western Cape and North West Province• FOSS- FET – train the trainers program in Open Source at targeted FETs via workshops in nine provinces, proposed linkages with Knowledge Centre Creation Hubs (5) and E Skills Institute of DOC, strong linkage with Municipalities in KZN for ICT Entrepreneur program• YESA- mobile platform to encourage and track extramural maths and science participation – monitor pipeline of SET for tertiary education and for scholarships and bursaries, national and regional• Mathsportal.org – an open source collaborative maths teaching portal to support maths educators to create open source curriculum, support with instructional DVD and national training workshops
  13. 13. 5.5 SAFIPA portfolio support in ICT4DICT and Health• Sociotech -Development of curriculum to support E-Health, Establishment of ICT incubation hub in CPUT, Understanding ICT needs from user interface of home based health care worker, interactive website and design for mobile platform for health care workers in rural communities, precursor to Ehealth living lab, User experience skills and support• Nompilo –e health management application – administration tool for health care management – precursor to Customer Health Management Platform, training of health care practitioners and deployment of solution in Tshwane (Eesterust)Supporting mechanisms for ICT for DevelopmentLliSA – network of living labs in SAInfropreneurs – network of ICT entrepreneurs in rural communities –catalysts and implementers of ICT for Development
  14. 14. 5.6 SAFIPA portfolio support in ICT4DRural Development and Accessibility• Moveecom – Mobile Internet Café -Portable Internet solution to service underserviced urban and rural communities- potential for community based entrepreneurs to offer e-government and ICT services• ESTIMA –establishment of local software factory, production of Teleweaver middleware product -open source platform for community e services from Reed House systems (RHS)• Lift Club- web based and mobi site for matching lift clubbers nationally• Cybersecurity training for all members of community in Vhembe, as part of ICT awareness building in Communities• Municipality in a Box – free open source platform for under capacitated municipalities which complies with transparency, PFMA and information sharing with civil society• Localisation of SIM – Interactive 3D learning object design for training municipal managers, pilot of I3DO water management tool
  15. 15. 5.7 SAFIPA portfolio support in ICT4DICT and Entrepreneurship• JamiiX – commercialisation of software to manage multiple social media conversations –international launch in Europe (Portugal, Finland, UK), Asia (Malaysia), incubated within R-Labs a social enterprise which supports and empowers local grassroots ICT innovation, training and incubation• Meraka Low cost Visualisation tool for researchers in ICT to communicate research outputs and objectives – particular focus on National Recordal system – focussing on digitising indigenous knowledge• FBSA –iSpaza - Integrated ICT services and training for informal traders – formalise into mainstream economic activity• Xtown X-Mobile web pages for promoting small businesses in rural communities, training of local champions and focusing on LED• Where is my transport – Commercialisation of localised transport management system, spun out of Student project at UCT, tracking application for public transport via SMS – integrated transport tracking solution – aimed at improving efficiency
  16. 16. 5.8 SAFIPA projects in action
  17. 17. 6.1 Network Creation and DisseminationKey objective: •To share and increase knowledge for developing new projects, applications or R&D initiatives and to effectively disseminate the new knowledge. •The aim is to strengthen cooperation between research institutions both locally and globally as well as to support Public-Private partnership in the service delivery process.Implementation Mechanisms•Knowledge Exchange visits 2009-2010•Thematic workshops – ICT and Education, Mobility Futures, DisruptiveInnovation, Open Innovation -2008-2011•SAFIPA Annual Conference 2009 , 2010 (with IST Africa), 2011•Project partner meetings and outreach 2009-2011•Communications – blogging website, Finnish journalists, projects on the web•Quarterly Newsletter 2010-2011•SAFIPA Case study publication – Practical Approach to ICT for Development
  18. 18. 6.2 Fostering Collaboration Knowledge Exchange Visit SAFIPA networking & disseminationevents, SAFIPA.com home page, e-media and print media
  19. 19. 7.1 Metrics and Indicators for SAFIPACOMPONENT 1• Number of training initiatives hosted by SAFIPA = 7• Number of beneficiaries accessing training delivered by SAFIPA and partners > 400• Number of Finnish partners and technical assistance providers = 15• Number of individual courses/ workshops and training events hosted by SAFIPA: 12• Number of South African based trainers/facilitators/course presenters= 28COMPONENT 2• Number of projects supported for grant support = 25• Number of key implementing organisations =36• Number of partners and beneficiary organisations = 75• Number of South Africans engaged in project implementation = 106• Number of beneficiaries accessing mobile and web based applications = 5580• Number of beneficiaries who accessed face to face training delivered by projects > 1000
  20. 20. 7.2 Metrics and Indicators for SAFIPACOMPONENT 2 (contd.)• Number of community based organisations, universities, colleges& schools engaged with during implementation = 76• Number of postgraduates engaged in research and training = 12• Number of undergraduates engaged in research and training = 48• Number of new courses developed by project partners = 5• Number of unique workshops and training events delivered by project partners= 13• Number of technical innovations supported = 15• Number of projects delivering capacity building = 12COMPONENT 3• Attendance at the first SAFIPA Conference in 2009 =200, 2011 = 240• SAFIPA Supported partners at the IST Africa Conference in 2010 = 40• SAFIPA Projects awarded at the IST Africa Conference = 3• Newsletter distribution > 500• Site views and active engagement on discussions on SAFIPA.com > 70• Participants on the Knowledge Exchange to Finland= 24• Participants in networking events > 250
  21. 21. 7.3 Sustainability of SAFIPA Programme and PortfolioSustainability and way forward for SAFIPA programme• Meetings with potential funding partners, public and private sector agencies and organisations for possible further engagement underway since November 2011- these include DST and DoC , NACI, regional programmes and other donors and funding agencies• Sustainability review of projects initiated July 2010- and in depth external review in November 2010• As projects reach final implementation stage and are more mature, they have been afforded technical assistance to strengthen projects for replicability, document and license IP, improve market validation and market readiness, refine and improve business models, prepare themselves for venture capital financing• Regional collaboration already initiated with Finnish funded programmes- SAIS and TANZICT, STIFIMO
  22. 22. 8.1 Lessons learnt in ICT for Development ImplementationSome challenges experienced by projectsOrganisational structure, consortia , roles and responsibilitiesCritical mass within some project teams especially from marginalised communities is limited, therefore inability to deliver on large projectsNeed incentives to keep developers engaged in ICT for Development without being snapped up by private sectorLimited human resources to drive projects 100 %, and breakdown in relationships between key partners contributing to delays in progressEstablishment of trust is critical in multi partner projects for development, project delivery & rollout and monitoring & evaluationNurture networks and institutional relationships at all stages of project design and implementationProject design, monitoring and evaluation and sustainabilityLack of integral planning and monitoring of stage gate process leads to scope creep and poor implementationProject leaders have limited understanding of monitoring and evaluation framework or defining M&E parameters and metrics in planning of projectProjects to define their metrics and assessment parameters at planning stageFuture programmes should focus on marketing and monitoring and evaluationGet buy in from community based partner at the outset – more long term sustainable intervention
  23. 23. 8.2 Lessons learnt in ICT for Development ImplementationDevelopment, testing and market validation and external factorsDifficulty in developing business models for IT based enterprises, focus on basket of offerings as opposed to working on one activity and building core competency which can be commoditisedDifficulty in securing agreements with municipalities and other partners for pilot implementationDelays in implementation due to strikes and circumstances beyond their control limits reach and impedes progress – results in lost opportunitiesFuture recommendation – contingency planning essentialBusiness models and taking innovation to marketLicensing of open source applications- ‘fuzzy’ area open to interpretation by different players in this spaceDifficulty in accessing market demand for their technological innovation/s and conducting market validation – how do you commoditize service, assessing who will pay for a serviceInability to identify other potential partners for technical and advisory servicesDifficulty in moving from funder dependency mode to sustainable revenue generation modeIndividual organisations and small SMMEs lack influence in entering new markets and exploiting existing markets, current procurement policy hinders SMMEs in ICT innovation space to access potential service provision to public sector
  24. 24. 9.1 RecommendationsSelection of projects, building a portfolio and prioritisation•Projects and inititiatives should have some baseline study todocument key initiatives and outcomes either by workshop sessions orcommissioning desktop of current innovation•The funder should be open to new ideas, but not all over theplace, define categories for support quite early on in planning ofprogramme•With limited resources, would be best to focus on areas wherecritical mass exists and where there opportunities for replication –e.g.amongst provinces or accross different regions•When the scope and the goals are wide, a dose of realism is healthyin defining what actually can be achieved with the resources available•Be realistic on what can be achieved in a short time frame, oftenimpact is only evident post implementation (after 2-3 years)•Capacity building should focus on supporting and enhancingprogrammes that currently exist rather than starting from scratch
  25. 25. 9.2 RecommendationsSelection of projects, building a portfolio and prioritisation•A high level of innovative activity is present in SMMEs and NGOs andCBOs and academic institutions where community engagement is akey activity, there is a need to nurture and foster networks andsupport for soft skills and networking on a larger scale•IPR issues and goals are perceived differently in differentorganisations – IP-FRD Act does offer clarity but needs to be fullyadopted and implemented•Need consensus on how much of the programme content andactivities should be planned in advance, and how much should bedefined by the programme once it is started•Allocations of budget should be agreed to by consortium partnerswell in advance- this impacts on implementation
  26. 26. 9.3 RecommendationsImplementation lessons for management of programme and managing stakeholders• Provide implementing partners with expectations that have to be manged, expectation management with local implementation partners is important – to both sides (especially for host insititute or insitution driving the programme)• Role definition in core team is critical and role of key implementation partners needs to be defined early in the project or programme• Qualitative goals and definitions can be difficult to fulfil simultaneously. Prioritising can be difficult, but it helps to avoid conflicting expectations from different partners. (new innovation vs. geographical spread)• Cultural differences can make simple things difficult. (what does ”ready” mean?)• Networking and information sharing is not natural to many South African institutional actors – but can be learned and facilitated within the innovation ecosystem
  27. 27. 9.4 RecommendationsMonitoring, Impact Evaluation and Sustainability• Need to establish key metrics and indicators and exit strategies for the funders early in the inception phase, open ended agreements do not clarify the expectations and outcomes for partners• Need for continual assessment: It is possible to re-plan and re-budget if things change• Encourage projects to look at opportunities outside immediate network and engage with prospective partners• Encourage projects to define value and business model of their innovations (especially coming out of academia and research and community based innovations)• Grant management office• Defined roles and responsibilities• Quality management framework for contracts, IP management, procurement, project evaluation guidelines, metrics, monitoring and evaluation, management of implementation partners, reporting framework and knowledge management
  28. 28. 9.5 Possible activities for replicationKnowledge exchange visits, both academic and networks - helped in developing local collaboration, sharing of local and international expertise and provided new opportunitiesNetworking and collaboration and communication Facilitate collaboration and networking via face to face and virtual networks – engage frequently with supportive information and opportunities for collaborationMultipronged communications strategy is important in reaching different stakeholders and audiences - use of social media, website and newsletter feedback and print and e-mediaICT Innovation Training -Replicable training course is available to be implemented in a sponsored programme Accredited Treasure Map community empowerment trainers available in four provinces and willing to be deployedICT4D forum and network Network that is multifocussed and multisectoral focussing on ICT for Development- champion Keith Maree kmaree@email.com

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