ICT4SIDS Partnership: Rapid Implementation of SDGs Through Latest Digital Innovations
Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

The primary objective of the ICT4SIDS Partnership is to fully utilize the latest digital innovations to rapidly improve the health, education, public safety (including disasters), public welfare (including economic development), and other vital services in SIDS.. Specifically, we want to use the latest digital innovations to significantly accelerate the implementation of SDGs and Samoa Pathway goals. Our approach consists of the following key capabilities: 1. A Computer Aided SDG Advisor that can help the SIDS assess their status and launch the needed services 2. A powerful computer aided planner that allows rapid implementation of over 150 services that support 12 SDG goals 3. An implementation methodology that combines the aforementioned tools with capacity building for the youth

Implementation methodologies

Our implantation methodology consists of the following key phases: 1. Project Selection and Feasibility analysis: what are the projects and are they doable? 2. Strategic planning: how will the projects be actually deployed. 3. Implementation: construction of the suggested solution : 4. Governance, monitoring and ControlsEach phase produces an output that is used in the next phase.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

One of our major partner in ICT4SIDS will be the Harrisburg University (HU) of Science and Technology. We will leverage the graduate programs in ICT, the Center for Next Generation Enterprises, and the Computer Aided Planning, Engineering and Management (PISA) being developed at HU for the underserved segments of our society, including small islands. This Online Program is intended to educate IT Officials (ITOs) in the public as well as private sectors especially in the underserved segments. The Program consists of a series of short online courses that emphasize the use of emerging technologies in eGovernment, eBusiness, eHealth, eAgriculture and eSafety. Comprehensive online resources will be used for hands-on experiments and investigations. All courses are offered completely online. The Program consists of courses that cover ICT technical as well as ICT management topics. The objective is to make sure that the students can lead all phases of the methodology discussed previously. For additional details on these courses, please contact Dr. A. Umar, email = umar@amjadumar.com. .

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

We use the following simple mechanism for coordination: 1.The partners work as a team that is headed by Mr Pierpaolo Saporito, President of OCCAM 2. Each Island identifies a "Point of Contact" (POC) who manages the local activities in the Island and also serves as the main interface between the Island and the partner team. 3. We start with small and highly focused projects that are of high value to the Island (e.g., use of ICT in Fisheries for economic development)4. We launch a one year pilot with clear objectives to start the partnership. 5. In this year, no money exchanges hands (i.e., no one pays any money to anyone else). We all donate time and expertise to help each other 6. Based on the results of the first year, we launch future projects and collaboratively seek funds, if needed. Please see the methodology below for more details.


1. Representatives from Islands (partial list from a very long list of contacts, this list with exact names needs to be updated because we have multiple contacts in most islands) - Timor-Leste (Mr Collin Yap, President of NITL Foundation) - Zanzibar,(Mr Omar Ali, President, Zanzibar Diaspora Group - Palau, Dr Caleb Otto, Ambassador of Palau and UN Permanent Representative - Solomon Islands, Peter Kenilorea, Project Manager, Smart Solomons - Jamaica, Paul Haye, Project Manager, Business Intelligence - Marshal Island, multiple contacts - Vanuatu, multiple contacts - Nauru, multiple contacts - Guyana, multiple contacts - Samoa, multiple contacts 2. OCCAM (Observatory for Cultural and Audiovisual Communication -- website (www.occam.org): one of the oldest United Nations NGO 3. Infopoverty Insitute at Oklahoma University (www.infopoverty.org)- Organizer of the annual UN Infopoverty World Conference (IWC), in collaboration with OCCAM 4. University of Oklahoma's Education and Training Institute (ETI) 5. Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU – website www.harrisburgu.edu) 6. NGE Solutions (NGES – website www.ngesolutions.com) -- a startup with main focus on using ICT to help the developing countries 7. World Hypertension Action Group, www.whag4all.org, Dr. John Kenerson, M.D, Director of Whag 8. GTG, Inc. Main Contact: Mr Robert J. Thomas, President, recently retired from IBM
ICT4SIDS Partnership - Detailed Progress Report: Focus on Smart Hubs for Rapid Implementation of SDGs
April 2015
Readout of results in the UN Infopoverty World Conference
June 2015
Publication of white papers to highlight the results produced by the projects
Sept 2015
2 projects completed per Island
At least 3 online courses taught per Island for human capacity building
Resources devoted to implementation
In-kind contribution
Free SPACE license and open access to SPACE to establish ICT consulting practices in SIDS
Financing (in USD)
Staff / Technical expertise
Technical assistance for cocreation of regional ICT centers for SIDS
Progress reports
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of completion: August 1, 2030
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Amjad Umar, Ph.D., umar@amjadumar.com

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