Over the last 5 years, the Connect4Change (C4C) consortium has focused on the integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in programmes and organisations to increase the quality, effectiveness and relevance of development interventions in economic development, education and health in 11 countries in Africa and Latin America. In this final
report, the consortium describes implementation, results and lessons of not just the final year, but the collected outcomes of the entire 2011-2015 implementation period.
Consortium members collaborated in three sub-sector programmes (Health, Economic Development and Education) based on the complementarities between consortium members:
• The sector-specific knowledge and expertise of Edukans, Cordaid and ICCO in education, health and economic development respectively.
• The knowledge and expertise on how to integrate ICTs sustainably in programmes, institutions and development processes using proven methodologies, facilitation and strategic advice by IICD.
• The innovative approach of Akvo in public reporting conducted by partner organisations, contributing to transparency in development cooperation and the development of new mobile information gathering.
• The set up and implementation of the mobile (bulk texting) component in C4C programmes by preferred partner TTC Mobile.
The main approach used by C4C is the Social Innovation Process, an approach tried and tested by IICD over the past decade, which works from the core problem, looking at the people, their organisations, and the ICT-enabled solution – in that order. This way, ICT is not a standalone intervention, but rather it fits existing organisational structures and socio-cultural and
psychological needs of the end users.
Over the last 5 years, the C4C alliance aimed to improve income and employment opportunities for small-scale producers and entrepreneurs, improve quality and equity of education systems and improve effectiveness and efficiency of health care systems using ICTs. This report explains how C4C tried to accomplish this, what happened and what lessons we took away.