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.

Partner(s)

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
Deliverables
2017-May19
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
Sept2015
At least 3 online courses taught per Island for human capacity building
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 1
1.4 - By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
Goal 2
2.3 - By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
2.4 - By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
Goal 3
3.1 - By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births
3.2 - By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births
3.4 - By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being
3.5 - Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol
3.8 - Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all
3.b - Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and non-communicable diseases that primarily affect developing countries, provide access to affordable essential medicines and vaccines, in accordance with the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, which affirms the right of developing countries to use to the full the provisions in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights regarding flexibilities to protect public health, and, in particular, provide access to medicines for all
3.d - Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks
Goal 4
4.1 - By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes
4.2 - By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education
4.3 - By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university
4.4 - By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
4.5 - By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
4.a - Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all
4.c - By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States
Goal 5
5.1 - End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
5.2 - Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
5.4 - Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
5.5 - Ensure womens full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
5.6 - Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences
5.b - Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
Goal 6
6.4 - By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity
6.b - Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
Goal 7
7.1 - By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
7.2 - By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
7.3 - By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
7.b - By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States, and land-locked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support
Goal 8
8.2 - Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors
8.7 - Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms
8.9 - By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products
8.b - By 2020, develop and operationalize a global strategy for youth employment and implement the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour Organization
Goal 11
11.1 - By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
11.2 - By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons
11.b - By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels
11.c - Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials
Goal 13
13.1 - Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
Goal 14
14.1 - By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
14.3 - Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
14.7 - By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Goal 15
15.6 - Promote fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and promote appropriate access to such resources, as internationally agreed
Goal 17
17.2 - Developed countries to implement fully their official development assistance commitments, including the commitment by many developed countries to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent of ODA/GNI to developing countries and 0.15 to 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries; ODA providers are encouraged to consider setting a target to provide at least 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries
Technology -
17.16 - Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
17.17 - Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Data, monitoring and accountability
17.18 - By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts
17.19 - By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries
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)
USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Technical assistance for cocreation of regional ICT centers for SIDS
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
SMART
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
SDGs
Information
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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