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The added value of ICT in partnerships

Title: The added value of ICT in partnerships

Author: Carlo Bakker

Function of author:  Director

Institution: IMPEC

Abstract

Partnership between governments, universities and corporate organisations is an underestimated process in achieving sustainable development. Getting government officials, academics and entrepreneurs to work together can be tough, but once achieved can be the difference between an organisation’s success or failure. Achieving partnerships in sustainable development needs a combination of the right people working with reliable technology. One where academics, government officials and private sector professionals can all contribute on a personal/individual level and, at the same time, together make an impact as a whole.

IMPEC developed an online Knowledge Improvement Tool (KIT) that has been successfully used in different international environments. The KIT is implemented at South Africa’s Department for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME). The DPME’s mission is to facilitate, influence and support effective planning monitoring and evaluation of government programmes aimed at improving service delivery, outcomes and impact on society. The KIT can be seen as a compass for different stakeholders to plan and achieve their common goals by sharing data and content on:

  • Strategic planning
  • Implementation
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Monitoring and evaluation.

Regardless the subject or policy area the KIT links learning routes and learning content to M&E results, resulting in a platform where all partners can find and share information on:

  • Where does our partnership stand?
  • Where do we want to go? (Goals)
  • And how do we achieve those goals? (Routes) 

The presentation will include a brief overview of the success of the South African Department for Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) and the methodology they use to collect data. Followed by an understanding of the different partners whom are involved in- and outside the DPME (Private Sector, Universities, National- Provincial and local governments). This will be followed by a demonstration on how the KIT works in practice and finish with questions and input from the audience.