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Information and Communication Technologies in the World of Small Enterprise Development

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ANDE, UNCTAD, and the mHealth Working Group are partnering to host a half-day meeting in Washington, DC centered on the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in private sector development. The event will feature highlights from UNCTAD’s recent report on the subject ( and a discussion with ANDE members and partners on the implications that these findings have for organizations working on small and growing business (SGB) development in developing markets.

9:00 AM – Welcome Remarks – Randall Kempner, Executive Director, ANDE

9:30 AM – Presentation of “ICTs in Private Sector Development” – Torbjörn Fredriksson, Chief, ICT Analysis Section, UNCTAD

10:00 AM- ICTs and SGBs – Leveraging technology for small and growing business development
Panelists will discuss recent trends in the ICT field and their implication for SGBs and overall private sector development.

  • Randall Kempner, Executive Director, ANDE (moderator)
  • Xavier Faz, Senior Technology Advisor, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)
  • Thao Nguyen, Newton Fellow and CEO Star Anise Foods
  • Christine Phillpotts, Portfolio Manager, Grassroots Business Fund

11:15 AM – mHealth and Private Enterprise Development
This panel will explore trends in mobile health technologies, opportunities and challenges for private sector development, and ways in which the private sector can be leveraged to promote local capacity and sustainability in mHealth.

  • Kelly Keisling, Co-Chair, the mHealth Working Group (moderator)
  • Nate Barthel, Managing Editor,
  • James BonTempo, Thought Leader in ICT4D, Jhpiego
  • Kristin Peterson, Co-founder & CEO, Inveneo

12:15 PM – Conclusion – Randall Kempner

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE):The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. The network’s members provide critical financing and business support services to small and growing businesses that create significant economic, environmental, and social impacts in developing countries.

mHealth Working Group: Founded in August 2009, the mHealth Working Group is a collaborative forum for sharing knowledge and building best practices in mHealth. It seeks to frame mobile technology within global health strategies. By applying public health standards and practices to mHealth, it promotes approaches that are appropriate, evidence-based, scalable, sustainable and interoperable in resource-poor settings.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD): UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. As an authoritative knowledge-based institution, its work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development.

Space is limited – Please RSVP by November 11

Event information
Tue Nov 29, 2011
9:00am - 12:30pm GMT+0000
Washington, DC, United States