Development Marketplace 2009

From tomorrow until Friday the Development Marketplace 2009, hosted by the World Bank Group in Washington takes place. The event is the final date for the Development Marketplace competition – dealing with the topic of Climate Adaption this year. Over 1700 projects tackling climate change were handed in and 100 of them were chosen to reach the final selection stage. Up to 25 of the projects will win – and be funded with a $ 200 000 grant – funded by the World Bank Group, the Global Environment Facility, the International Fund for Agriculture Development, Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other partners.

The whole event will be covered fully on social media – including a DM2009 FlickR group, DM2009 Twitter account, DM2009 Youtube channel, DM 2009 Facebook and DM2009 LinkedIn event. It will also be broadcasted live (DM2009 live webcast) – starting tomorrow at 3 PM Austrian time.

Looking through the projects, there are several ICT4D-related ones there. What’s interesting though, is that the ICT used most in the projects is radio. There is only one project using SMS.

As the finalists are getting a small training how to use social media and ICT (they can borrow a camera and shoot videos with them) during the event, I am curious if they will find it useful and maybe even pick it up for the future development of their projects.

Three of the teams with ICT-related projects will even be interiewed tomorrow during the live webcast:

If you are interested in them – check their projects at the DM2009 project repository, watch the webcast tomorrow and post your questions and comments on Twitter – with the hashtag #dm2009.

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Development Marketplace 2009
was published on 10.11.2009 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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  1. Wayan Says:

    As a broadcast medium, radio still rules. Its low-cost to produce, even lower cost to consume, and everyone can connect to the sound of the human voice.