A View to AKIL #2

Welcome All –A View to AKIL- Asia Knowledge and Innovation Lab – Regular Monthly Info on what we are up to….NUMBER 2!

In the James Bond movie A VIEW TO A KILL, 007 breaks into the Zorin’s laboratory learning that Zorin is implanting adrenaline-releasing devices in his horses. We are glad to share with you that AKIL serves to be an adrenaline-releasing agent for the development in terms of Data, Information and ICT, due to backing from various agents putting their experience, skills and charisma into it.

The AKIL team made some investigations into a development laboratory and released a Nano-Survey to the PNPM online community in Indonesia. We also performed an offline community-level implant to seek information on the demand for open financial data, an ongoing research project to share data relating to development projects with an ‘offline community’ in Indonesia and elsewhere. The outcome is an innovative, collaborative, and passive collection approach to identify preferences and to prioritize sets of available information. It also proposes suggestions for offering more relevant development data and effective methods for communicating this data in a local context.

We know that financial information from government and international organizations are dissecting the nano survey to better understand results and to tap into a possible new agent. See more on the Open Data demand research study

To debrief, AKIL team attended the Indonesia Cellular Convention to look at some cool and affordable mobile technologies and to hear from the Indonesia Cloud Forum about future of ICT challenges ahead in IDN. The Gender Gap in ICT, the lack of educating and engaging women in ICT was identified as one of the most critical challenge. Our nano-survey also caught this trend with 73% of respondents (internet users) male and only 27% female (n=4384).

As Bond always goes for the damsel in distress we too had to take action. We assisted the World Wide Web Foundation in bringing together gender related civil society groups that engage in advocacy on ICT and/or social and economic development issues to strengthen gender related data contained in the IDN Web Index. This will result in many sequels!


IDN Web Index

AKIL, deployed to the frontline, is now preparing a strategy of attack on the poverty bête noire. The team is coordinating with Generasi on Health and Education applications, tools and systems to help collect more critical data. AusAid, WB Health, Education, and other donors want to integrate ICT learnings from AFR, SAR and the private sector and NGO community.
We are also convening actors (CSO/NGOs, ICT groups, dev. agencies) and assisting in drafting joint proposals on interesting new initiatives like Indonesia physical ICT hubs to tackle government and development issues; and also setting the stage to develop Open Data publishing Platforms, citizen feedback mechanisms, and offline mobile technologies such as Taroworks for specific projects that operate in challenging rural environments designed to be used by those who have little or no experience.

We also have set up an external website. Currently, this site will be used to enable people to sign up to our newsletter and log our news. Soon, we will also post more than the newsletter archive too.. You can suggest your network whom you think will be interested in AKIL to subscribe to this newsletter here.

Now for the tricky part- recalling memory! Its said that after After 21 days, 18% of any subject matter is remembered, repeat what you wish to learn until you overlearn it. So just to retain what AKIL is:

AKIL is part of a larger effort to build applications that can be used across development programs and agencies. Incubated from the PSF PNPM Support Facility, AusAid and WB, is the Asia Knowledge and Innovation Lab (AKIL). The objective is to strengthen Government of Indonesia efforts to reduce poverty and vulnerability by promoting and supporting existing ICT initiatives and accelerate new innovations for development and poverty reduction.

The intermediate outcomes expected of the program include:

  1. Improved accessibility of development data owned by government and donors, and enhanced publishing in ‘open data’ formats for broad use and accountability.
  2. Mobile and other rapid forms of government data collection to allow for real-time monitoring and information sharing are developed or strengthened;
  3. A developer community working with the public and private sectors to apply technical skills to develop ICT applications for social development purposes in Indonesia is created.

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