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Building A Knowledge Society for Development

Building A Knowledge Society for Development

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Course Description

This course is an overview of the fundamental concepts of Knowledge Economy, illustrated with data and figures of practical applications where the concept is being used to successfully tackle development challenges. The course is a primer for development practitioners wishing to understand the potential of this tool to enhance the effectiveness of their efforts, as well as for government decision-makers exploring new and effective alternative development strategies. This course is also a quick and practical guide for students who are looking for promising new fields where to focus their career. Finally, the course is an opportunity for the general public to get facts and figures on this complex subject in a bullet-size, accessible presentation, which will enrich their understanding of the world we live in


After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • Incorporate the subject of ICT in your development programs.
  • Facilitate your understanding of the role of ICT in development
  • Broaden the spectrum of your job opportunities, given the "cross-sectors" character of ICT4DEV

This course is for those within the following business functions:

  • Students, professionals and practitioners who want to pursue a professional career in deploying ICT and innovation as a tool to boost international development
  • People fueled by a will to excel in their respective academic contexts, and willing to engage in an innovative process that will use all the benefits of existing technology to develop what could be a new development model for academic design and implementation.

    1. Instructions

      1. Course Instructions
    2. Introduction

      1. Building a Knowledge Society for Development main page
      2. Instructor Bio
      3. Quiz 1
    3. Lesson 1: Global Development

      1. An Interconnected, Globalized World
      2. Global Development
    4. Lesson 2: Knowledge Society

      1. From Knowledge Society to Knowledge Economy
    5. Lesson 3: ICT Role in Development

      1. ICT potential, use and examples
    6. Conclusion

      1. Quiz 2
      2. Final Remarks
    7. Full Course

      1. Building A Knowledge Society for Development Course

    About the Expert

    Danilo Piaggesi

    Danilo Piaggesi

    Recognized global development manager with expertise in business, international development and non-for-profit sectors, focused on achieving faster and more inclusive economic growth, with 30 years of experience managing large development projects, impact investments, fundraising and technical cooperation funds to promote ICT and innovation in support of poverty reduction, education and social inclusion. His range of experience involves progressively more complex functions: project work for the development sector (United Nations FAO, 1981-1991); business development for the private sector (Telecom Italia/Telespazio, 1991-1998); program evaluation (European Union, 1997-1998); projects and policy development, strategic advice, thematic funds creation, fundraising, impact investments and brokerage of high profile institutional and sector agreements (Inter-American Development Bank, 1998-2011); management and fundraising in the non-profit sector (FRAmericas, 2011 to present). Has well developed diplomatic and negotiation skills and a strong international background, having lived and worked in the field in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA. Favors multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural approaches to tackle the difficult problems faced by the present Knowledge Economy, in the effort to contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mr Piaggesi believes firmly there is great potential in innovation and technology to bring people –particularly those at greatest risk and in greatest need—closer to a better living standard. His leadership and entrepreneurship qualities have resulted in high visibility for the organizations he has worked for, and his well-developed funding negotiation skills have added a multiplier effect to his assigned core funding.
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