UNICEF Barbados/ Anthony Asael/ 2014

Barbados & the Eastern Caribbean Activate Talk: Using Technology to Influence Policies for Children

Barbados | October 07, 2014

A full recording of the event will be available soon. 

With high internet penetration and mobile phones per capita being among the highest in the world, Eastern Caribbean countries, including Trinidad are moving to embrace technology and use new platforms to help influence policies for children and young people. Trinidad and Tobago is a prime example of a country where both the government and private sector is increasingly turning to technology to help create better societies.

 

Jamir Nazar, the Director Policy, Strategy and Government Performance Management Division in the Office of the Prime Minister demonstrated how government is using technology to drive youth and citizen and engagement.

Asia Jutla, also a public servant showed how an interactive Integrated Performance Management System is allowing ministries to keep tabs on social policies, especially those related to children and other special interest populations.

Kenfield Griffith, is an entrepreneur who is changing the game for data collection in the Caribbean. His mobile SMS-based survey service is putting real-time data in the hands of policymakers while empowering youth to use the technology they are comfortable with to help influence polices being designed for them.

Sixteen-year-old secondary school student Jermaine Cox is a self-confessed “tekkie” who showed how his generation is navigating through the multiple platforms available to keep issues critical to children on the public agenda.

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