Using information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance knowledge exchange with Red TIC Bolivia
Red TIC Bolivia, part of the Connect4Change consortium, is a network of 25 organizations from around Bolivia that use information and communications technology (ICT) for sustainable human development in the fields of education, governance, gender and agriculture. Working to strengthen, integrate and expand the use of ICT to improve the flow of information about technological and commercial innovations to farmers, Red TIC Bolivia used Akvo RSR on its website in the form of Akvo Sites to share knowledge and content from its partners across its network and with other organisations.
Above: Gladys Mamani (left) and Arminda Cargas, agricultural promotors for Red TIC Bolivia affiliate PROINPA, in front of Arminda’s house in Romer Kota community, close to Lahuachaca, Bolivia, 2013. Photo by Jaime Cisneros.
All Connect4Change projects share the underlying aim of accelerating development through intelligent use of technology. Red TIC Bolivia seeks to improve the lives of small producers and decrease the gap between urban and rural areas. This required an online tool that would facilitate the sharing of information with different organisations across multiple locations. What’s more, the people using the tool needed technical training and support in order to ensure the sustained exchange of knowledge across communities.
One of Red TIC Bolivia’s local partners, PROINPA, is an organization that aims to improve agricultural practices and food security by promoting the sustainable use of resources, competitiveness of agricultural products, and ICT innovations. PROINPA collaborates with other organisations in the area, working to improve the flow of information about technological and commercial innovations to farmers. It uses Akvo RSR on its website in the form of Akvo RSR Pages to share knowledge and content from its partners across its network and with other organisations.
Akvo ran an RSR training course for all local partners in Bolivia. During the workshop, partners learned how to conduct short video interviews with a flip camera and how to post updates online to show the progress of their projects. In coordination with Red TIC, the participants also did some field visits to practice capturing good information for their updates.
Besides using Akvo RSR and Akvo Sites to easily share information with other farmers in the region and across the country, the technical training provided by Akvo has enabled members of the community to make and edit short videos detailing successful agricultural techniques and technical innovations. These short videos are then shown in community cinemas. This is one example of the many teaching tools used by the local communities to spread knowledge.