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ICT4D

ICT4D (Information and Communications Technologies for Development) is an initiative aimed at bridging the digital divide (the disparity between technological “have” and “have not” geographic locations or demographic groups) and aiding economic development by ensuring equitable access to up-to-date communications technologies.

The ever-growing digital world is constantly creating new risks of exploitation, abuse, and harassment of adults and children; however, this world also offers many new opportunities for organizations to improve their safeguarding efforts and practices. This program is a monthly series, a discussion on how digital technology can support the protection of vulnerable people, children, and staff. We focus on tools and practical advice for securing and maintaining a robust safeguarding culture. Our experts share guidelines and good practice for leveraging digital platforms to create safe networks and engagement channels.

We spark discussions on components of Safeguarding & Lessons Learned for a successful safeguarding operating model. Whilst many CSOs realize they need to do something regarding Safeguarding, we noticed that there isn’t a common understanding or alignment in the sector on what all the functions are, to ensure they are truly Safeguarding staff and beneficiaries.

Usually, the request for help by a CSO is made by asking IT to develop or buy a system to help address a problem.  However, there aren’t many systems that offer what the sector requires, and this goes back to the fact that fundamentally, the ways of programming, handling cases (internally or externally), are not clear.

Internal to most CSOs, many do not understand what the full capability for safeguarding is.  This means that IT departments are often at a loss to provide a system, when the core functions are not clear.

This monthly program brings to light the best practices in suing ICT for development and addresses questions on safeguarding and privacy.

SEPT
22
PROGRAM YOUR FUTURE WITH STEM (PUF-STEM)
Through Program Your Future, We aim to raise greater awareness for women and other underrepresented minorities in technology, through specific educational programs that enables inclusive hands-on learning opportunities with the aim of bridging the current achievement gap between underrepresented populations (i.e. low-income, students of colour, internally displaced people, etc) and more advantaged students in academia especially STEM fields
JUNE
15
NEXGEN COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
The NexGen Community Leadership Program is a flagship program of COMPSUDEV (Community Participation in Sustainable Development) Cameroon, a youth-led community based organization with a mission to contribute to the growth, use and security of the Internet. To bridge the digital divide to ensure equal access to information and knowledge, as well as foster innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship by encouraging digital literacy and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) for girls and the use of Digital tools to solve local community problems (SDG 9)
FEB
22
HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOM
The main beneficiaries if this program includes: Human rights defenders, Human rights organizations, Local and indigenous communities, Communities-based organizations, Faith-based organizations, People living with HIV, People living with disability, Women and youths groups and networks, Traditional rulers and faith leaders, Trade unions, Small farmers and pastoralists cooperatives