How can we better design ICT programs for development and evaluate their impact on improving peoples’ well-being? A new approach, the Alternative Evaluation Framework (AEF) takes into account multiple dimensions of peoples’ economic, social and political lives rather than simply focusing on access, expenditure and infrastructure of ICT tools. This new approach is presented in How-To Notes, Valuing Information: A Framework for Evaluating the Impact of ICT Programs, authored by Bjorn-Soren Gigler, a Senior Governance Specialist at the World Bank Institute’s Innovation Practice.
Croissants, coffee, and foreign dignitaries lined the spacious conference halls this morning as I walked in (or rather, bounced in with excitement.) As the giant wall-mount proclaimed to me, this year’s World Bank-OECD Annual Bank Conference for Development Economics in Paris is vaguely themed, “Broadening Opportunities for Development.”
If you’re visiting the Youthink! blog, you probably have an interest in development. It’s the buzzword for all the work going on related to poverty reduction, better health, education and infrastructure. But do you ever think about what development really means?
Our good friend Amartya Sen checks-in recently with an essay in the New York Review of Books (March 26, which I am just getting to). Our good friend, because as a leading economist he is also a serious and long standing student of development challenges given his work on poverty, income distribution, famine, and so on. The occasion of this particular NYRB essay is the ongoing financial crisis. In it, he addresses recent calls for a “new economics,” as exemplified in the "New World, New Capitalism" symposium held in Paris in January, hosted by Nicolas Sarkozy and Tony Blair. The idea, as Blair proposed, is to call for a new financial order based on “values other than the maximum short-term profit.”