Nigeria is rich in resources yet quality of life is low, lagging far behind in critical areas of development. The status-quo is unsustainable. Let’s get strategic. Technology matters, but it is always about people. Well thought through, innovative ICT enabled approaches are needed. How far can Nigeria go with lost dreams, unfulfilled potentials and squandered hopes? Growing poverty, hunger, diseases and insecurity threaten lives, livelihoods and the future of the country. Should we cry, give up and go home? No More Lost Dreams! Creative Strategic thinking, Capacity building, and Deliberate follow-through are answers – Development Advisory Support and Consulting (DASC) services provide a new route that works.
Innovative focus includes: Capacity Building, Programme Research and Design, ICT Driven Governance and Public Sector Management, ICT Policy and Strategy, ICT4D Monitoring and Evaluation, ICT Skills Development, Girls in ICT/Women in ICT, Youth Innovation, Private sector development through ICT, Child Online Protection.
An inclusive, prosperous, information technology-based and knowledge-driven Nigeria
New approaches based on realities and deep insights must be employed to facilitate future growth and opportunities. Advancement and relevance in today’s knowledge economy is dependent on the ability to enable growth and innovation. In this regard, the important developmental role and crosscutting impact that information and communication technologies (ICTs) can have on all areas of life cannot be ignored. Nigeria and the rest of Africa have a responsibility to treat ICT as a priority area that must be harnessed to change the face of Africa and drive social and economic development and growth.
Jidaw, a stakeholder in ICT with strong commitment to Nigeria’s progress now and in future, offers Development Advisory Support and Consulting (DASC) services as an innovative and strategic intervention. DASC services are offered in line with Jidaw’s vision of an inclusive, prosperous, information technology-based and knowledge-driven Nigeria.
Services are offered working with partners and stakeholders who share a similar vision. Jidaw is dedicated in its employment of innovative approaches through policy intervention, public advocacy and capacity building programmes. DASC are top notch professional services in ICT and Development provided to governments, development partners, professional associations, civil society organizations and other forward looking stakeholders. Jidaw is committed to driving positive change and facilitating long-term solutions for ICT for Development (ICT4D) in Nigeria and Africa.
The ICT4D DASC Innovative Focus
Jidaw provides leadership in innovation in ICT4D DASC Innovative Focus in all sectors of society in areas that include:
Programme Research and Design
This involves the research and design of programmes that address the efficient and effective leverage on ICT to overcome specific developmental issues. DASC works with stakeholders to determine priorities, formulate strategies and build institutions, capacity and resources to achieve programme objectives.
ICT Driven Governance and Public Sector Management
Formulate strategies and interventions that use ICT to enhance accountability and transparency in public service, improved public sector service delivery, public sector information management and enhanced citizen participation in governance, especially in how public resources are utilized.
ICT Policy and Strategy
ICT Policy Formulation, Implementation, stakeholder management, research and policy analysis, policy advocacy and promotion as well as other strategic issues required to ensure efficient and effective pro-people deployment of ICT for development.
ICT4D Monitoring and Evaluation
ICT activities and investments are assessed to measure effectiveness, implementation impact and indicators of progress. This includes determining future action and implementation of recommendations. Drawing on a foundation of professionalism, independence and integrity DASC assesses for Value for ICT investment. The aim is to establish utility derived and adherence to best practices especially regarding efficiency and effectiveness and alignment with programme objectives.
Individual and organizational capacity building is required to fulfill potential and mission. DASC designs programmes to strengthen the capacities of public sector organizations, civil society and private organizations for the effective exploitation of knowledge management, ICT and other 21st century opportunities to address their needs and concerns. Jidaw not only trains the staff and management of these organizations in critical areas of capacity building. Jidaw also offers capacity building services beyond human resource and technical assistance through the provision of extensive organizational appraisal and assessment services geared towards improved organizational performance.
ICT Skills Development
People are Nigeria’s most important resource. Empowerment of people is therefore a national priority.
Appropriate skill development programmes are designed to get the most out of people and organizations while contributing towards establishing a more inclusive and prosperous knowledge based society.
Work based skills development includes customized training programmes, including those based on globally recognized training and certification standards. Jidaw is an acknowledged authority in human capital development and career improvement with an established track record in training and certification.
Girls in ICT/Women in ICT
DASC develops programmes to encourage girls and young women to seize opportunities in the ICT sector, celebrate the achievement of women in ICT, to inform and encourage women and men about the impact women have in ICT and to promote the advancement and empowerment of women through ICTs. Jidaw has produced significant content and organized events to address and highlight issues faced by girls and young women in ICT.
Programmes are designed to equip young people who are the future them with ICT skills to realize their dreams, develop their talents, improve their opportunities and enable full participation in the development of Nigeria’s knowledge society.
Youth capacity building programmes are seminars, training and other interventions designed to address to empowerment for innovation and entrepreneurship. Jidaw speaks at youth gatherings and educational institutions on issues of Youth innovation, IT career empowerment and entrepreneurship. Jidaw also engages with the Nigerian Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS) and other youth groups.
Private sector development through ICT
Considerable private sector development is essential for social and economic growth in Nigeria. Programmes and strategies are designed and implemented that encourages the ICT sector, SMEs, enterprises to invest, create jobs, innovate and make significant impact in the economy. Practical ways of addressing poverty and unemployment are developed. If the people are thriving, Nigeria is thriving. Programmes are designed to strengthen the competitiveness of the private sector and empower players to enable optimal contribution to building a better more sustainable Nigeria
Child Online Protection
Purpose driven efforts led to the founding of the African Information Security Association (AISA) and African Children Cyber Safety Initiative, (ACCSI).
Programmes are designed to promote child online protection in the community and amongst key stakeholders that include children, teachers, parents, educational institutions, security agencies and service providers. Several Child Online protection events have been organized in schools.
The Team @ Jidaw
Quality and credible services are provided through the wealth of experience and specialized expertise of Jidaw’s team, who are experienced ICT4D consultants, leading development experts and proven advocacy champions. Commitment to development and the improvement of lives, Jidaw and its team have established a reputation distinguished for its passion, values, knowledge and practical solutions. Our strength is our team.
The team’s expertise, local experience and knowledge of the social and economic realities individuals and organizations face in Nigeria stands DASC out. The team’s capabilities and understanding of the diverse issues are used in effectively handling ICT development programmes and projects.
Jide Awe is a founder of Jidaw’s DASC. He is Fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), member of the Computer Professionals Registrations Council of Nigeria (CPN) and a member of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE). He is Chairman, Publicity, Events and Trade Services of the NCS. He was educated at Government College, Ibadan and Loughborough University, England.
With over 25 years experience, he has been an ICT professional and Entrepreneur providing ICT training and capacity building as well as online content provision services. His experience includes ICT policy development, ICT sector advocacy ICT SME development and ICT Career empowerment.
He is published extensively on ICT Development and human capital issues.
He worked with ICT and development experts to develop the National ICT Policy for Nigeria. He actively promotes ICT4D through speaking engagements at various forums and the provision of content online.
People come First
Better ICT access can improve economic and social opportunities as well as improved participation in governance. Purpose, strategy, planning, deliberate follow through and reviews are essential. DASC stands out with its deep understanding both of ICT capabilities and development agenda and needs. It is credible, result-oriented and passionate about an inclusive, prosperous and digitally enabled Nigeria that values and fosters the potential of all. ICT4D only makes sense when the action plan includes us all. As a stakeholder in involved in building the Nigeria that Nigerians deserve, DASC is committed to ensuring strategic leverage on ICT to meet the real needs of the people of Nigeria and Africa now and in future.
Technology matters, but it is always about people.
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