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D.Net Presentation my Masum Billah

  1. 1. D.Net Development Research Network
  2. 2. About D.Net <ul><li>D.Net is a non-profit research organization </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing research and action programmes in the areas, where information and knowledge can contribute to poverty alleviation, economic growth and peace. </li></ul><ul><li>Started in January 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge generation and sharing for broader constituency </li></ul><ul><li>Thriving to play a visible role in ICT and development policy </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing Best practices in South Asia and beyond </li></ul>
  3. 3. Young and horizontal organization <ul><li>D.Net has an unwritten policy to keep the organization young. We try to keep average age of our colleagues within 35 years. </li></ul><ul><li>We follow a horizontal project management structure to optimum opportunities and keep the organization dynamic. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Research and Programme <ul><li>D.Net works with 6 themes </li></ul><ul><li>Theme 1: Access to Information and Knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding impact of ICTs on poverty and piloting appropriate ICTs for improving livelihood and employment generation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Theme 2: Enhancing Business Competitiveness for Economic Growth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding the role of information in business competitiveness; Analysis of markets for promoting domestic business and export </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Theme 3: Governance and Human Rights </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promoting human rights through establishment of rights to information for all citizens including poor and marginalised </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Theme 4: Human Capacity Building for Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promoting capacity building at the grassroots level particularly for the youth and women </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Theme 5: Institutional Capacity Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promoting access to information at the grassroots level through support towards mainstream institutions; develop institutional capacity of the organizations willing to focus research on various issues including on ICD4D issues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Theme 6: Economic and Development Policy Research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contributing to economic and development policy making through research </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. P A L L I T A T H Y A (www.pallitathya.org.bd) Exchange of livelihood information for sustainable rural livelihood to contribute to the efforts of poverty alleviation Why? Under the theme of ‘Access to Information and Knowledge’
  6. 6. Pallitathya (Let livelihood information reach every door step) Pallitathya Model
  7. 7. Information and other need identification The research was conducted in 2003 Funded by Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB) Participation of grassroots researchers Developed a taxonomy of livelihood content Identified other need in the community Pallitathya (Let livelihood information reach every door step)
  8. 8. Local Content Content development Started in 2004 Identified 10 main categories Combination of text and picture Regular update Internet connection is not required Funded by Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB) Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Pallitathya (Let livelihood information reach every door step)
  9. 9. Multimedia content
  10. 10. Offline channels Multiple delivery channels PC or TV based video CD based Jeeon Information and Knowledge Base Pallitathya (Let livelihood information reach every door step)
  11. 11. Mobile phone based Helpline Helpdesk Multiple delivery channels Experimented in 2004 Funded by Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) Pallitathya (Let livelihood information reach every door step)
  12. 12. Multiple delivery channels Online channel Pallitathya (Let livelihood information reach every door step)
  13. 13. Multiple delivery channels Face-to-face discussion (issue based camp) Pallitathya (Let livelihood information reach every door step)
  14. 14. Multiple delivery channels Printed materials Pallitathya (Let livelihood information reach every door step)
  15. 15. Infomediary Pallitathya (Let livelihood information reach every door step)
  16. 16. Ownership <ul><li>Year of 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership tested in model </li></ul><ul><li>Local organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Union Parishad </li></ul><ul><li>Community management </li></ul><ul><li>Central management </li></ul>Pallitathya (Let livelihood information reach every door step) Charbata, Noakhali October 23, 2005 September 17, 2005 Mongla,Bagerhat Rouha, Netrokona October 16, 2005 Babrijhar, Nilphamari November 26, 2005
  17. 17. Evaluation: BOI Concept Benefit on Investment concept <ul><li>Traditional evaluation system like ROI or cost benefit analysis focuses on the return entrepreneur get against an investment </li></ul><ul><li>But in case of social enterprise like information centre the benefit goes to the community people not the entrepreneur </li></ul><ul><li>To asses this initiative we introduced Benefit on Investment (BOI), which monetize the benefit community people get and consider during calculation. </li></ul><ul><li>D.Net evaluated its 4 telecentres using this concept and found that the total benefit was 4.64 times higher. Which means if you invest £1 the community will get benefit of £ 4.64. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Statistics since September 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Total beneficiaries from Pallitathya Kendra: 145,008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Female 48 per cent & Male: 52 per cent </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Livelihood Information recipients: 73 per cent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Health: 43 per cent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agriculture: 18 per cent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education: 17 per cent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Law and human rights: 10 per cent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government service: 4 per cent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-farm activities: 4 per cent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awareness: 2 per cent </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A number of cases have been developed by the Pallitathya initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Poor farmers are able to save huge loss of crops </li></ul><ul><li>Students benefited from timely delivered education information </li></ul><ul><li>Women benefited from law and rights related information services </li></ul><ul><li>Woman and physically challenged people benefited from the door step services. </li></ul><ul><li>In the recent study, it was found that the benefit to the community people is 18.33 times higher than the investment made for setup and operation of PK (Benefit on Investment exercise). </li></ul>Pallitathya (Let livelihood information reach every door step) Visit www.pallitathya.org.bd
  19. 19. Pallitathya (Let livelihood information reach every door step) Expansion of Pallitathya Model <ul><li>36 Pallitathya Kendras are operating in collaboration with grassroots organisations </li></ul><ul><li>25 PKs are operating with the financial support of Manusher Jonno Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>13 PKs were established with the financial and software support of Microsoft </li></ul><ul><li>RDRS Bangladesh is replicating PK model in 25 locations named JonoTathya Kendra </li></ul><ul><li>CARE is replicating PK model in Hoar area (Boat based Telecentre) </li></ul>
  20. 20. Pallitathya (Let livelihood information reach every door step) Current Activities with under Pallitathya program <ul><li>D.Net is not implementing Pallitathya Kendra (information centre) directly now. </li></ul><ul><li>Helping interested organizations to replicate the model with training, content and other capacity building activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Setting up hub and spoke model for capacity building. </li></ul>
  21. 21. BORN: Bangladesh Online Research Network (www.bdresearch.org.bd) Research Information on Bangladesh Now at a Click <ul><li>Facilitating research on Bangladesh by creating an online warehouse of research information on Bangladesh. </li></ul><ul><li>Providing user requested information promptly and effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Providing information about upcoming publications and events relevant to Bangladesh </li></ul><ul><li>Serving as a platform for information-givers and information-seekers to interact </li></ul>Under the theme of ‘Access to Information and Knowledge’
  22. 22. Gunijan: Building a proud heritage (www.gunijan.org.bd) Largest electronic journal of Bangladeshi eminent personalities Information on our best people will inspire the new generations to show their best as patriots of Bangladesh Under the theme of ‘Access to Information and Knowledge’
  23. 23. Empowering People through Access to Information on Governance and Human Rights Abolombon: Law and Human Rights content website Abolombon Under the theme of ‘Governance & Human Rights’
  24. 24. <ul><li>Global Impact Study </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To understand and map the variety of public access landscapes and models around the world. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To identify and understand the main social and economic impacts of public access to ICT. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To deliver preliminary evidence on the magnitude of social and economic benefits of public access, and the costs involved in providing public access. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To develop a set of rigorous methodologies and test these through focused field studies in three countries to prepare for the longitudinal study. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To coordinate research activities with the impact assessment teams in Global Libraries countries and develop a strategy that makes optimal use of these researchers in relation to this project. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Detail on http://www.globalimpactstudy.org/about/ </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Research Questions: </li></ul><ul><li>What is, if any, the relationship between access to ICTs and community empowerment? </li></ul><ul><li>How and to what extent does the use of ICTs affect community empowerment? What are the determining factors for such impact? </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives: </li></ul><ul><li>To understand relationship between access to ICTs and community empowerment, </li></ul><ul><li>To analyze how and to what extent does the use of ICTs affect community empowerment </li></ul><ul><li>To understand the determining factors for such effect. </li></ul><ul><li>To draw policy lessons for future interventions in building linkage between ICTs and community empowerment. </li></ul>Community Empowerment through ICTs: Evidences from Grassroots in Bangladesh and India
  26. 26. <ul><li>An integrated planning, monitoring and evaluation system that looks at both development results and internal performance </li></ul><ul><li>It helps a programme to clarify what it wants to accomplish, with whom, and how </li></ul><ul><li>It offers a method for monitoring changes in the boundary partners and in the programme as an organization </li></ul><ul><li>It encourages the programme to look regularly at how it can improve its performance </li></ul><ul><li>It helps evaluate intended and unexpected results </li></ul>Evaluation using OM
  27. 27. <ul><li>GEM is a guide to integrating a gender analysis into evaluations of initiatives that use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for social change. </li></ul><ul><li>GEM provides a means for determining whether ICTs are really improving women's lives and gender relations as well as promoting positive change at the individual, institutional, community and broader social levels. </li></ul><ul><li>The guide provides users with an overview of the evaluation process (including links to general evaluation resources) and outlines suggested strategies and methodologies for incorporating a gender analysis throughout the evaluation process. GEM does not contain step-by-step instructions to conducting evaluations. </li></ul><ul><li>GEM is not simply an evaluation tool. It can also be used to ensure that a gender concerns are integrated into a project planning process. </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, GEM is an evolving guide! In its practical use we encourage critical thoughts and creative adaptations. Throughout this web site you will find forms where you can submit your comments, suggestions, stories, strategies, or resources. </li></ul>Evaluation using GEM
  28. 28. Localization of ICTs <ul><li>D.Net is working with localization of ICTs. By localization we also mean contextualization of ICTs </li></ul><ul><li>D.Net localized Joomla CMS and developed livelihood content portal which has more tham 30,000 pages of content in Bangla. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Localization of ICTs <ul><li>D.Net is running Bangla blog portal for telecenter operators to offer a peer communication platform at grassroots level. </li></ul><ul><li>This portal now has about 180 members and most of them are regular writer </li></ul>
  30. 30. Activities to keep ICTs live <ul><li>Citi Financial IT case competition is an initiative to link ICT industry to the academics. </li></ul><ul><li>It provides an opportunity to young talented students to know the demand and develop solutions for them. </li></ul>http://www.dnet.org.bd/ficc <ul><li>E-content and ICT for Development Award is an initiative to find and encourage best e-content initiatives in Bangladesh. Visit www.eaward.com.bd for detail. </li></ul>
  31. 31. URLs you might be interested to visit 1. More about Pallitahtya: www.pallitathya.org.bd 2. Video on telecentre activity Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnvjJnscPPs Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3IyuCPyjoA 3. School based Computer Learning Program: www.clp.net.bd 4. E-Content award initiative: www.eaward.org.bd 5. Moni, The mobile lady CD1(demo): http://dnet.org.bd/KP_Files/KP_Moni_Trailor_Land_Reg.wmv 6. Moni, The mobile lady CD2(demo): http://dnet.org.bd/KP_Files/KP_Agri_Animation_-1.wmv 7. Moni, The mobile lady CD3(demo): http://dnet.org.bd/KP_Files/KP_Agri_Animation_-2.wmv 8. Bangla content portal: www.jeeon.com.bd 9. More about D.Net: www.dnet.org.bd
  32. 32. THANK YOU