A View to AKIL #1

Hello and welcome to the first issue of our monthly updates, A View to AKIL.

If you continue reading you will find out more about Asia Knowledge and Innovation Lab (AKIL) and several ICT innovations being explored and implemented successfully in development projects, including some challenging aspects, such as govt. adoption and sanctions left out.

Let’s focus on the easy part. The AKIL group is an open collective of development oriented individuals interested in promoting and supporting existing ICT initiatives and accelerate new innovations for development, out of the cave and into the light. We plan to officially launch AKIL in July 2013 so signup here to actively participate, contribute and collaborate.

What kind of light bending things will we do?

AKILs objective is to straddle the gap between tech hype and tech reality while providing direction as to how best to advance development goals to

  1. Publish useful data in open data formats for broad use and accountability
  2. Better utilize mobile solutions to strengthen monitoring and information sharing
  3. Seek innovations outside of our regular comfort zone via private sector and developer community.

Fancy to say, so how are we going to do it? AKIL will work through:

Forming a small team and networked group to take stock and learning of existing applications for frontline service delivery in health such as MOTECH Ghana, Mama and creating data analysis dashboards to further explore data from the field and coupled sources.

We know these ICT innovations don’t just use themselves. People have to press buttons and remember things. So, we are also are working on training modules for the ICT tools themselves as well as for standard learning via open source tools.

AKIL group is exploring IDN Open Data Clouds for Govt. & Development Data taking learnings from countries such as Kenya, Italy, and int. development agencies such as UNDPWB Finance and the private/public sector, such as CKANMicrosoft – and Socrata. In these and other platforms the trend is to encourage informed feedback on development projects – these are being tested through Citizen Feedback Platforms in Indonesia such as LaporSupportmySchool – and in other countries Ureport.

Let’s take a step back. How do we know what development data people want or are interested in? Can they respond to development data and information? AKIL will work on this through Offline Data Demand Research at the local level of the village in Indonesia.

So, what if AKIL does help to find some demand for data and make it widely available? Fortunately, AKIL taps into nontraditional development experts via Developer groups who have an arsenal of developers that are familiar with development AND experts in data use. They begin to help development with ideas challenges around data and identifying what Govt. wants in such applications, such as the developer competition during the National Congress linking local developers.

What do we have now? Open data, data demand, ideas around what people would like to see with the data along with developer guidance. Let’s see what is already built and piggyback on those innovations, as well build some applications that may not be available yet -AKIL’s objective is to strengthen Government of Indonesia and wider regional efforts to reduce poverty and vulnerability by promoting and supporting existing ICT initiatives and accelerate new innovations for development and poverty reduction.

Oh, and there is also the trendy stuff like mobile financial services in ASIA that AKIL wants to explore around financial inclusion for the poor.

If you want more detailed and less informal information on AKIL, please see the 2 pager attached – mission report and powerpoint.AKIL_2pager AKIL_pres5_21

If you read this far you might be have the right level of curiosity and believe that AKIL is a relevant initiative and we look forward to work with you.

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