People are at the heart of our work in development - their needs – their involvement – and their future. Using ICT to empower people, enabling them to improve their living standards and quality of life, is one of IICD’s main objectives.
Technology is not the prime objective; it is merely an essential link to the benefits that can be gained via information and communication. As most developing countries have limited or low connectivity, IICD looks for the best ways to connect people and create new opportunities. These may include mobile solutions or combinations of modern and traditional media – like radio and TV with computers and the Internet.
We use ICT as an effective tool to support existing and new development activities. We focus on 'traditional' development sectors, such as education, governance, health, livelihood opportunities (especially in agriculture) and the environment. ICT is a way to empower people, enabling them to improve their living standards and quality of life.
In 2006, IICD celebrated ten years of innovative approaches to using ICT for development. Over the years, we have accumulated valuable experience in supporting projects, programmes and policy processes, clearly linking these to poverty alleviation and the wider Millennium Development Goals.
Our evidence base has grown over the years, including valuable feedback from project partners, and direct and indirect beneficiaries. Our evidence base continues to grow, providing valuable learning experiences, and enabling us to increase our accountability. We continuously reinvest the knowledge gained, using it to enhance our existing work and identify future opportunities.