This week we looked critically at the Millienium Development Goals and the role ICT can play in achieving these goals. Our reading, by Richard Heeks identified the most common mistake when implementing ITC4D strategies. He critiques both MDGs and “e-development” (pp. 1, 2005) goals and strategies and challenges development professionals to reevaluate priorities.
Based on our readings and class discussions, it is clear that MDGs and ICTs can and need to work together, but I thought it would be interesting to look closer at the logistics of what ICTs can be used for which MDG and how.
Thanks to Google, I found a paper by Professor Dzidonu commissioned by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Dizidonu uses African countries as a case study to identify challenges and opportunities of using ICT4D, focusing specifically on achieving the MDGs. It is not an evaluation of projects, but rather carefully exploring the links between “deployment and exploitation od ICTs… and the achievement of these development goals” (pp. 4, 2010)
This paper is a great tool for further understanding what we conceptualized in class. Dzidonu does a wonderful job of using analysis, charts, tables, and case studies to explain his points. I especially appreciate that broke each MDG down into targets and examined each one through an ICT framework. I also found it helpful and meaningful that he included the lessons we’ve learned from successes and failures and how to move forward.
If you’re interested in how we can better improve policy making and ICT4D, this is a great and tangible resource.