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This is an "ignite style" presentation I gave about Plan's work with ICTs and mobiles on September 23, 2010, and a Mobile Active mWomen event. …

This is an "ignite style" presentation I gave about Plan's work with ICTs and mobiles on September 23, 2010, and a Mobile Active mWomen event.

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    1. Title
    I’m Linda Raftree, I work at Plan International. I focus on social media and ICTs in our grassroots programs with youth. That includes ICTs is in child rights, youth engagement, youth participation, child protection and gender-based violence work. I also support the global organization to integrate ICTs in our work in general.

    2. Who is Plan?
    We’re a child rights organization. That means that we work to 1) Identify and monitor those persons and institutions responsible for ensuring children’s rights (the ‘duty bearers’); and 2) we help children and adolescents (the ‘rights holders’ in this case), to empower themselves by knowing their rights, and together with supportive adults and institutions, holding duty bearers accountable for ensuring children’s rights. We support children to participate fully in the process.

    3. Where we work
    We work in about 50 developing countries (orange), with about 99% local staff. We fundraise and engage the public in 17 other countries (green) such as the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, etc. We work at community, district, national and global levels.

    4. Why children and youth?
    An engaged and active population is a key ingredient for good development. Children and youth have valuable ideas and energy to offer. They make up around half the population in many countries that are lagging behind in terms of development. Children’s participation leads to better outcomes and policies. Involving children early in their lives helps them develop skills and attitudes that lead to a better society in the short and long-term. Engaging in community development and developing good leadership skills at a young age helps them become better leaders in the future.

    5. Why girls?
    Without fundamental investment in girls and young women and a genuine desire to encourage their participation, they will be both at a disadvantage in the economy and at personal risk. We are working to ensure that girls are equipped with the skills they need to seize the opportunities that the digital world offers them, and not simply stand by as old forms of abuse are perpetuated and exacerbated

    6. Research
    In 2009 we did research to start looking at how we could incorporate mobiles into our work. This research looked at how we were using mobiles, how other organizations were using them, and suggested ways that we could look at using mobiles and other ICTs in our work.


    7. 3 ways to integrate ICTs
    So the research suggests 3 ways:

    Direct: Providing direct access to ICTs and advocating governments to do the same
    Strategic: Using ICTs as tools to support the development process
    Indirect: Using ICTs to improve efficiency and communication within the organization

    I’ll talk about ICTs broadly since we are working with a variety of tools, not only mobile. We look first at the goals we want to achieve and the local context and then see what are the best tools – ICT or no. Underlying the ICTs are many other things, ICTs are icing on the cake.

    8. Research
    Every year we put out a report on the State of the World’s Girls. This year the report covers Girls in Cities and Girls and ICTs. It includes original research, outside research, and case studies.

    9. Why girls and ICTs?
    ICTs offer tremendous potential for girls to learn, grow, develop, socialize and earn a living. ICTs also offer avenues for girls to be exploited. We need to see how to enable girls’ equal access to ICTs and how to help girls protect themselves when using them.

    10. What prevents girls from using ICTs?
    Some of the things that prevent girls from using ICTs are the same things that hold girls back in other arenas: Discrimination, lack of confidence, language barriers, lack of free time, lack of money and resources, lack of freedom.

    11. Report’s recommendations
    o Increase girls’ access and control over IT hardware
    o Invest in maths science and vocational education for girls,
    o Expand and improve online protection mechanisms
    o Stop violence against girls online
    o Implement international legislation and increase collaboration
    o Teach girls how to protect themselves

    12. 7 areas we are using mobiles and ICTs
    I’ll just briefly share 7 things I’m involved in which have an ICT or mobile component:
    • youth and local development
    • girls making media
    • community led total sanitation
    • youth and governance
    • violence prevention and response
    • community led birth registration
    • mobile data gathering by staff

    I’ll be around to explain more if anyone has any questions after the presentation.

    13. Youth and local development
    ICTs and the arts spark young people’s interest in community development and are excellent advocacy tools. Youth use arts, media and ICTs, including mobiles to discuss, research and build their agendas and also as tools for stimulating dialogue with their communities and decision makers to make change happen. Filming positive youth actions helps spread messages and motivate youth in neighboring communities to get involved as well. Youth participation in community meetings has increased due to the project.

    14. Girls Making Media
    ICTs and some basic training enable girls to tell their own stories. What we want to do is to put ICT tools and communication skills in the hands of young people, especially girls, and get out of the way. We’re working with female journalists as role models, and offering girls internships to promote future jobs and to get more women in to balance the profession. Girls learn different journalistic skills, including mobile reporting.

    15. Community total led sanitation
    We’re working to enable local staff, communities, and municipalities to create digital maps of their communities; for example, using digital maps to track resources, government funding projects. Mapping has proven useful for decision making and behavior change for example tracking where people shit, and where their food and water sources are.

    16. Youth and governance
    One way that we are encouraging youth to pressure local and national authorities for accountability, transparency and to help build a case for the youth’s agenda is via mapping and better information sharing. We’re working with Map Kibera and other local partners to train youth on digital mapping and mobile tools to access government budget information, and use the exercise to compare what government says it’s spending and what it’s actually spending. This same tool can be turned around on NGOs as well. And should be.

    17. Violence prevention and response
    We are developing an SMS based reporting system using FrontlineSMS and Ushahidi, in collaboration with communities, youth and local child protection agencies. It allows people to report child abuses and violence against children for response and also to build up an evidence base to advocate for more resources for prevention and treatment.

    18. Community led birth registration
    A birth certificate is key in accessing many other rights like healthcare and education, and for preventing child marriages. We are working with the Kwale Municipality in Kenya to develop a digitized civil registry system, including mobiles outreach and service for the population.

    19. Mobile data gathering by staff
    Our Kenya staff are working with PAJAT, a private company in Finland, the University of Nairobi and Plan Finland to build a mobile mapping application that works on lower cost mobile phones to collect and track information which can help better manage programs.

    20. More information
    Download the 2010 Because I am a Girl Report, at www.plan-international.org/girls
    For more information on any of these projects, please look for my blog, Wait… What? At http://lindaraftree.wordpress.com or email me at linda.raftree@plan-international.org.
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  • I’m Linda Raftree, I work at Plan International. I focus on social media and ICTs in our grassroots programs with youth. That includes ICTs is in child rights, youth engagement, youth participation, child protection and gender-based violence work. I also support the global organization to integrate ICTs in our work in general.
  • We’re a child rights organization. That means that we work to 1) Identify and monitor those persons and institutions responsible for ensuring children’s rights (the ‘duty bearers’); and 2) we help children and adolescents (the ‘rights holders’ in this case), to empower themselves by knowing their rights, and together with supportive adults and institutions, holding duty bearers accountable for ensuring children’s rights. We support children to participate fully in the process.
  • We work in about 50 developing countries (orange), with about 99% local staff. We fundraise and engage the public in 17 other countries (green) such as the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, etc. We work at community, district, national and global levels.
  • An engaged and active population is a key ingredient for good development. Children and youth have valuable ideas and energy to offer. They make up around half the population in many countries that are lagging behind in terms of development. Children’s participation leads to better outcomes and policies. Involving children early in their lives helps them develop skills and attitudes that lead to a better society in the short and long-term. Engaging in community development and developing good leadership skills at a young age helps them become better leaders in the future.
  • Without fundamental investment in girls and young women and a genuine desire to encourage their participation, they will be both at a disadvantage in the economy and at personal risk. We are working to ensure that girls are equipped with the skills they need to seize the opportunities that the digital world offers them, and not simply stand by as old forms of abuse are perpetuated and exacerbated
  • In 2009 we did research to start looking at how we could incorporate mobiles into our work. This research looked at how we were using mobiles, how other organizations were using them, and suggested ways that we could look at using mobiles and other ICTs in our work.
  • So the research suggests 3 ways:   Direct : Providing direct access to ICTs and advocating governments to do the same Strategic : Using ICTs as tools to support the development process Indirect : Using ICTs to improve efficiency and communication within the organization   I’ll talk about ICTs broadly since we are working with a variety of tools, not only mobile. We look first at the goals we want to achieve and the local context and then see what are the best tools – ICT or no. Underlying the ICTs are many other things, ICTs are icing on the cake.
  • Every year we put out a report on the State of the World’s Girls. This year the report covers Girls in Cities and Girls and ICTs. It includes original research, outside research, and case studies.
  • ICTs offer tremendous potential for girls to learn, grow, develop, socialize and earn a living. ICTs also offer avenues for girls to be exploited. We need to see how to enable girls’ equal access to ICTs and how to help girls protect themselves when using them.
  • Some of the things that prevent girls from using ICTs are the same things that hold girls back in other arenas: Discrimination, lack of confidence, language barriers, lack of free time, lack of money and resources, lack of freedom.
  • Increase girls’ access and control over IT hardware Invest in maths science and vocational education for girls, Expand and improve online protection mechanisms Stop violence against girls online Implement international legislation and increase collaboration Teach girls how to protect themselves
  • I’ll just briefly share 7 things I’m involved in which have an ICT or mobile component: youth and local development girls making media community led total sanitation youth and governance violence prevention and response community led birth registration mobile data gathering by staff
  • ICTs and the arts spark young people’s interest in community development and are excellent advocacy tools. Youth use arts, media and ICTs, including mobiles to discuss, research and build their agendas and also as tools for stimulating dialogue with their communities and decision makers to make change happen. Filming positive youth actions helps spread messages and motivate youth in neighboring communities to get involved as well. Youth participation in community meetings has increased due to the project.  
  • ICTs and some basic training enable girls to tell their own stories. What we want to do is to put ICT tools and communication skills in the hands of young people, especially girls, and get out of the way. We’re working with female journalists as role models, and offering girls internships to promote future jobs and to get more women in to balance the profession. Girls learn different journalistic skills, including mobile reporting.
  • We’re working to enable local staff, communities, and municipalities to create digital maps of their communities; for example, using digital maps to track resources, government funding projects. Mapping has proven useful for decision making and behavior change for example tracking where people shit, and where their food and water sources are.
  • One way that we are encouraging youth to pressure local and national authorities for accountability, transparency and to help build a case for the youth’s agenda is via mapping and better information sharing. We’re working with Map Kibera and other local partners to train youth on digital mapping and mobile tools to access government budget information, and use the exercise to compare what government says it’s spending and what it’s actually spending. This same tool can be turned around on NGOs as well. And should be.
  • We are developing an SMS based reporting system using FrontlineSMS and Ushahidi, in collaboration with communities, youth and local child protection agencies. It allows people to report child abuses and violence against children for response and also to build up an evidence base to advocate for more resources for prevention and treatment.
  • A birth certificate is key in accessing many other rights like healthcare and education, and for preventing child marriages. We are working with the Kwale Municipality in Kenya to develop a digitized civil registry system, including mobiles outreach and service for the population.
  • Our Kenya staff are working with PAJAT, a private company in Finland, the University of Nairobi and Plan Finland to build a mobile mapping application that works on lower cost mobile phones to collect and track information which can help better manage programs.
  • Download the 2010 Because I am a Girl Report, at www.plan-international.org/girls For more information on any of these projects, please look for my blog, Wait… What? At http://lindaraftree.wordpress.com or email me at [email_address] .

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  • 1. ICTs at Plan Linda Raftree, Plan Advisor, Social Media and New Technology
  • 2. Girls and ICTs
  • 3. Where we work
  • 4. Why children and youth?
  • 5. Why girls?
  • 6. Mobiles for Development 2009 How mobile technologies can enhance Plan and partners’ work in Africa by Hannah Beardon New report coming soon: ‘ICT enabled development’ Research
  • 7. 3 ways to integrate ICTs Directly: connectivity, capacity, access Strategically: enhance impact of development programs Indirectly: improve efficiency, effectiveness of development programs
  • 8. Because I am a Girl State of the World’s Girls 2010 Digital and Urban Frontiers: Girls in a Changing Landscape Research 2007: state of the world’s girls 2008: girls in the shadow of war 2009: girls in the global economy
  • 9. Why girls and ICTs?
  • 10. What prevents girls from using ICTs?
  • 11. Report recommendations…
  • 12.
    • youth and local development
    • girls making media
    • community led total sanitation
    • youth and governance
    • violence prevention and response
    • community led birth registration
    • mobile data gathering by staff
    7 areas we are using mobiles & other ICTs
  • 13. Youth and local development
  • 14. Girls making media
  • 15. Community total led sanitation
  • 16. Youth and governance
  • 17. Violence prevention and response
  • 18. Community-led birth registration
  • 19. Data gathering by staff (mGESA)
  • 20. Download the Girl report at www.plan-international.org/girl Contact info: http://lindaraftree.wordpress.com [email_address]