Development Marketplace 2009 – Aftermath

Today was the final day of Development Marketplace 2009, a competitive grant program hosted by the World Bank and supported by them and several other partners.

There were 100 finalists projects with “ideas to save the planet” surrounding the topic climate adaptaion. On the last four days these finalists were competing for 26 grants of up to $ 200 000 to realize their project.

A very striking feature of all the projects was that the solutions offered were brought forward by local people. A lot of projects fostered indigenous, ancestral knowledge to prepare for climate adaptation. As Ed Canton from MIT stated in his interview – many projects are not high tech, but appropriate to the local circumstances.

Some projects also used ICT to achieve their goal. In the following the three winning projects using ICTs are presented:

Strengthening Disaster Preparedness of Southern Leyte with SMS Technology, Philippines

African Pastoralists to Play Out Climate Drama on the Airwaves, Nigeria

Women and Youth Use Reality-Show Format to Tell of Climate Options, India

All 26 winners of Development Marketplace 2009

The organizers of the event put a very strong emphasis to promote the event via web 2.0 and created possibilities for the project teams to take and upload videos, pictures and to stay connected via social networks. There was also a live webcast several hours every day with interviews of participants and experts on climate change.

There was also broadcasted one panel discussion on Thursday which was really interesting to see. Former winners of Development Marketplace competitions described their projects and focused on the aspect of “scaling up” a solution. In the following discussion the participants suggested a different kind of support from donors, which would encourage more people to come up and get started with their ideas – a bigger number of grants with less money, but therefore more training, capacity building and networking.

Other interesting statements in the course of the event included:

  • Valeria D’Costa – Program Manager infoDev: the rate of access to ICT is growing, but the content doesn’t grow fast enough – infoDev will try to tackle that
  • Wayan Vota – Inveneo: ICTs are not expensive, people make conscious decisions to use these tools because they are valuable to them
  • Valeria Merino – Vice President, Ashoka: marketing & dissemination is a central element of scaling up – selling the idea to others
  • Marianne Fay – Chief Economist, SDN: to be effective, innovation has to tap local knowledge – that’s a big challenge for projects
  • Mara Bun – Green Cross: we are already globally adapting to climate change, we just have to find these ways and promote them

All in all Development Marketplace was a great opportunity to get a peek on what future strategies to adapt for climate change may look like.

If you want to have a look yourself, all the videos of the live webcast are online. For further video material check out the DM 2009 Youtube channel.

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was published on 13.11.2009 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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  1. Martin Konzett Says:

    nice summary! thx florian! MK