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  1. Gerard McCarthy
    Gerard McCarthy August 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Hey Ada,

    Thanks for your comments- and great work on an awesome and relevant pseudonym!

    I absolutely agree – technology is only a tool, albiet one that can significantly magnify the impact of the work aid agencies and workers do!

    It’s fairly unarguable that AusAID has some catching-up to do in this area though. Whilst a strategy should only ever be the first step and has to set the right framework – the USAID experience is a good example! – the bigger point is that more attention needs to be payed to this area to ensure we are using the most efficient and productive tools possible to achieve our aid and development objectives.

    Happy to continue the debate on Twitter- I’m on gerardtmccarthy.

    Cheers,
    Gerard McCarthy
    Director (Asia-Pacific)
    TechChange
    http://www.techchange.org

    1. Stuart Gill
      Stuart Gill August 14, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Technology is a tool, that is true, however what some of the DIFID, USAID and World Bank programs are beginning to recognise is that technology strategies also represent a different approach to solving problems. The web and communications technology have enabled mass participation like never before. The culture within technology communities i.e. Open Source communities is one of collaboration. As such you see a number of these ‘technology strategies’ focus on ‘participatory development’ over an above the tool its self. Participatory development recognises that we have a shared problem and that we need to collaborate to solve that problem. For the most part this is the attitude of many technologists and the deep important strategic imperative they bring to the table.

  2. Ada Lovelace
    Ada Lovelace August 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Technology is a tool, not an end unto itself. Aid agencies no more need a technology for development strategy than they do a manufacturing for development strategy, or a marketing for development strategy. There are enough useless strategies in aid agencies – the utility of yet another one is unclear.

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