ICTs refer to any product that will store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit or receive information, such as personal computers, television, radio, email and mobile phones. Our approach is deeply embedded in the context of programming and we see certain opportunities for the applications of ICTs within core thematic areas.
Oxfam is exploring applications of ICTs across all stages in the humanitarian project cycle, from registering communities digitally to conducting assessments and monitoring activities using mobile devices. In fragile contexts, where access can be difficult, we have been exploring applications of ICTs to support remote public health promotion and management of distributions. Oxfam are utilising mobile money, e-vouchers and e-cash tools to transfer cash and we are utilising the widespread use of mobile phones to offering new mechanisms for feedback and complaints from communities
with whom we work.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Not only have we been exploring ways to use ICTs for monitoring and evaluation processes by digitalising surveys and using participatory multimedia, we are also keen to increase our learning on the contribution which ICTs offer in programme contexts. By effectively planning, monitoring and evaluating we can learn from our work to refine programmes for increased impact, sustainability and accountability.
Citizen agency and influencing
The increasingly widespread adoption of ICTs are opening new opportunities for citizens to create, lead and take part in civic activism and civic spaces. More than ever, people all over the world are exploring ways to use ICT-enabled processes to hold governments to account or to demand the right to transparency in electoral processes, budget decision and service delivery. Access to information and evidence based reports are essential for citizen action and influencing processes, and ICTs can not only contribute to improve transparency, but can also to create feedback loops that can
Oxfam has adopted ICTs for strengthening its livelihoods markets-based programmes, particularly in agriculture. ICTs have the potential to help rural farmers access information that can improve their livelihood and resilience by providing timely information on finding the best prices for inputs and products, locating transportation, accommodating for weather forecasts and mobile-facilitated payment, credit or insurance. See our page on Grow.Sell.Thrive.