“Don’t rely on donors for ICT”

A senior Mozambican minister has said Africa will lag behind in the development of science and technology if the continent continues to rely on donors as major funders of the sector. Mr Venancio Simao Massingue, Mozambican minister for Science and Technology, said Africa can support development of ICTs out of its own resources as long as the right strategies and policies are put in place.

Mr Massingue was talking on the sideline of 14th ordinary session of the assembly of Africa heads of state taking place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Mozambique for instance,  has launched an ambitious $25 million Science and Technology Park to be devoted to research and business incubators for ICT related sub-sectors. He said the move is part of the larger decade and half long Africa Information Society Initiative (AISI) championed by the AU, aimed at integrating ICTs to catalyze Africa’s socio-economic development.

The Mozambican government has recently won an award for spearheading e-government, that is, deployment of ICTs on its governance structures in order to improve service delivery. Identity cards in the country can now be obtained electronically using biometrics, and the country would soon issue passports online once the national database is substantially improved. He said its funding mechanism is set to be sustainable, as it hinges on public/private partnership model (PPP).

via The Citizen (Dar es Salaam), 3 Feb 2010

IHP+Results site monitors health aid effectiveness

IHP+Results is an excellent site leading the way in transparent reporting on aid effectiveness in the health sector. It is maintained by an independent consortium contracted to monitor the progress of the  International Health Partnership and Related Initiatives (IHP+).

Launched in September 2007, the IHP+ aims to better harmonize donor funding commitments, and improve the way international agencies, donors and developing countries work together to develop and implement national health plans. It has four main objectives consistent with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness:

  • Develop ‘country compacts’ that commit development partners to provide sustained and predictable funding and increase harmonization and alignment in support of results orientated national plans and strategies that also tackle health system constraints.
  • Generate and disseminate knowledge, guidance, and tools in specific technical areas related to strengthening health systems and services.
  • Enhance coordination and efficiency as well as leverage predictable and sustained aid delivery for health.
  • Ensure mutual accountability and monitoring of performance

The IHP+Results process covers the second phase of the IHP+ from 2009 to 2011.  It will focus primarily on monitoring and evaluating the implementation of commitments set out in IHP+ global compact and in IHP+ country compacts.  The IHP+Results process will be run through an independent North-South Consortium (the IHP+Results Consortium) of research and advocacy organizations, led by Responsible Action, part of the Human|Scale Development Group.

The site currently reports on developments in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria and Zambia. It also tracks the performance of development partners and provides commentary and discussions on the Results Areas it uses to monitor commitments.

Mozambique: Presidential campaign online

via Janet Gunter at Global Voices Online

Mozambique will vote to elect a President on October 28. Even before this year’s Presidential campaign officially began in Mozambique, new opposition party Movimento Democrático de Moçambique (Democratic Movement of Mozambique, or MDM) signaled it would take from the “Obama” model of online mobilization. The party set up a Wiki site and a tweet, began putting videos on Youtube, and began using the Hi-5 social network.

Then ruling party Frelimo joined in, creating a group on Facebook, using Youtube, and creating a tweet. (Frelimo also has a Hi-5 group.)