How ICTs are creating a Quantum Leap

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Leon Strous, IFIP President

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How ICTs are creating a Quantum Leap

  1. 1. How ICT is creating Africa’s quantum leap Leon Strous IFIP Computer Society of Zimbabwe, Summerschool 2013 ifip 1
  2. 2. Your speaker ifip 2
  3. 3. the International Federation for Information Processing 3
  4. 4.  A federation of IT societies  50+ countries  Incl   13 Technical Committees  100+ working groups  ifip 800.000+ members in IFIP’s member societies 3000+ volunteers  80+ events annually  60+ publications annually 4
  5. 5. IFIP provides a global platform to: ifip • Advance information and communication technologies (ICT) • Advance the responsible application of ICT • Advance the role, position and effectiveness of professional ICT societies • Advance professionalism in ICT • Advance digital equity 5
  6. 6. ifip 6
  7. 7. How ICT is creating Africa’s quantum leap ifip 7
  8. 8. Thank you Google and Wikipedia Or not? ifip 8
  9. 9. • Quantum physics / mechanics • Quantum computing • Quantum city / town • Quantum energy wellness / biofeedback • etc ifip • Quantum leap 9
  10. 10. ifip 10
  11. 11. quantum leap • quantum leap: An abrupt change or step, especially in method, information, or knowledge (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language) ifip • quantum leap: A sudden highly significant advance; breakthrough [from its use in physics meaning the sudden jump of an electron, atom, etc. from one energy 11 level to another]
  12. 12. Inaugural ICT Indaba, 4-7 June 2012 Cape Town, SA African ICT Ministerial Declaration In supporting the outcomes of the ICT INDABA 2012, underpinning the 2020 goals we commit to: 2. Set Africa on a quantum leap growth curve by enhancing GDP growth through lessons learnt and applying innovation within the African context; ifip 12
  13. 13. How ICT is creating Africa’s quantum leap • Reaching out to communities • Providing economic opportunities • Eliminating / decreasing social and geographical boundaries ifip • ….. 13
  14. 14. Examples from WITFOR 2007 • Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECEX), International Food Policy Research Institute, Ethiopia • Using ICTs for Managing Genebanks: Experience of SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre, SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre, Zambia ifip 14
  15. 15. Examples from WITFOR 2007 • The e-Agricultural Initiative: a Community of Expertise for Sharing Innovative Experiences, FAO Regional Office for Africa, Ghana • The Pan African e-Network project, Ambassador of India in Ethiopia ifip 15
  16. 16. Examples from WITFOR 2007 ifip • The BorgouNET Project, BorgouNET NGO, Benin • The use of ICT for increasing access to and improving quality in higher education in Africa, IAU / UNESCO, Africa Committee of the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge, Mauritius 16
  17. 17. Examples from WITFOR 2007 ifip • Village ICT Project at Lugoba in Tanzania, Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), Tanzania • Opportunities and Challenges of ICT for Youth Development in Ghana for the Ghana ICT4AD Policy, Youth Development Foundation (YDF), Ghana 17
  18. 18. Examples from WITFOR 2007 • Knowledge Transfer Beyond Boundaries (NABU) - Cameroon Project: Empowering rural communities to use ICT in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Cameroon • Best practices in Community Media Centres, Microsoft Public Sector Group, South Africa ifip 18
  19. 19. Cooperation Why the list of examples? To show it is a multi stakeholder effort African proverb: If you want to go fast go alone If you want to go far go together ifip 19
  20. 20. Cooperation Who (type of organizations) • Government • Industry • Academia • UN – IGO’s – NGO’s • Societies of professionals ifip 20
  21. 21. Cooperation ifip Who (functions / roles) • Politicians • Policy makers • Regulators • Developers of standards • Developers of products and systems • Researchers • Practitioners (professionals and21
  22. 22. IFIP WITFOR ifip Goals: • To share and discuss experiences in drafting and implementing ICT policies; • To share and discuss experiences in initiating and implementing ICT projects; • To present and discuss research concerning the overall goal 22
  23. 23. IFIP WITFOR The concept of WITFOR is to bring together politicians, policymakers, researchers and practitioners from developed, emerging and developing countries with the aim of discussing together ICT policies and practical experiences. ifip 23
  24. 24. IFIP WITFOR Focussed on areas / topics: • Agriculture • Building the infrastructure • Economic opportunity • Education ifip 24
  25. 25. IFIP WITFOR Focussed on areas / topics: • E-government • Environment • Health • Social, ethical and legal aspects ifip 25
  26. 26. IFIP WITFOR Link with Summerschool themes • Education • (Use of) new technology • Professionalism ifip 26
  27. 27. IFIP WITFOR ifip Approach succesful because: • Host country involved on highest government level • Participation as intended mix of high level policy makers (up to ministers), researchers and practitioners • Mix of stakeholders as presented earlier 27
  28. 28. IFIP WITFOR Approach succesful because: • Willingness to not only talk high level and UN declaration style but to also talk about implementation and practice ifip 28
  29. 29. Challenges: • Follow up on policies and projects • Adapt examples for own situation • Finding partners • Lack of policies and / or regulation • Lack of harmonization of policies / regulation ifip 29
  30. 30. ifip But there is hope: • Involvement in UNESCO and ITU events, incl WSIS follow up shows the same trend / direction as the WITFOR approach • Increasing willingness to cooperate • Need for public – private partnerships is clear 30
  31. 31. Personal view / appeal Keep renewing and updating good intentions and commitments in the form of declarations and statements BUT ALSO MAKE SURE TO ifip Transform these good intentions and commitments into practical, manageable implementations 31
  32. 32. Personal view / appeal AND ifip • Keep learning from each other, from successes and from failures • Don’t re-invent the wheel too often • Don’t let prestige and single-sided interests prevail above effectiveness and common interests 32
  33. 33. Thank you ifip 33

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