Emma de Villiers (South Africa Country Office) and Massimilliano Sani (Mozambique Country Office) brainstorm during the ESAR T4D Capacity Building workshop. Photo credit: David Simon from ThoughtWorks
Emma de Villiers (South Africa Country Office) and Massimilliano Sani (Mozambique Country Office) brainstorm during the ESAR T4D Capacity Building workshop. Photo credit: David Simon from ThoughtWorks

I’ve recently joined UNICEF as the Capacity Building Consultant for Technology for Development (T4D) and innovations in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office. In October, I helped coordinate the first regional workshop on T4D, which brought together staff from 19 country offices who are working on some exciting projects that integrate technology or other innovative solutions into their programmes.

Being a part of this workshop was a great experience for me. It helped me understand some of the challenges faced by large organizations that are rapidly adapting new approaches and integrating new technologies, but it also made me very excited about the prospects for increasing our impact on the lives of children. We have a lot of work ahead of us to ensure that we are working together, and being smart about how we integrate technology into our programs (Step 1: don’t focus on the technology solution alone). But I’m looking forward to continuing to work with this talented group of people to accomplish our goals.

Check out the workshop report to learn more about some of the challenges we’re facing with organizational change, some tools we discussed to improve project management of our T4D and innovation projects, and some of the successes (and honest failures) in our region. We know our region and UNICEF as an organization aren’t the only ones going through these changes, so we hope others will find this useful, and will get in touch if you have similar stories.

Jessica Tribbe
T4D Consultant
UNICEF Eastern and Southern Regional Office, Nairobi, Kenya
jtribbe(at)unicef.org

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UNICEF on the business of empowering children through technology

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Technology – Integrating appropriate and sustainable technology into systems helps UNICEF overcome barriers of time, distance and lack of information.

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