DENR and USAID's B+WISER join "Digital Development 201" training

B+WISER Chief of Party Efrain Laureano reports the results of their "master class" group's assessment of the digital inclusion ecosystem of a case study in Uganda.(Photo credit: USAID/B+WISER)

A delegation from the Philippines representing the USAID/Philippines Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Project that was among the five winners of USAID’s 2017 Digi Awards took part in a training on applying digital tools and data-driven approaches for development in Virginia, USA from March 5 to 8. Apart from representatives from USAID/Philippines and USAID/B+WISER, the Systems Administrator for the Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System Data Management of DENR's Forest Management Bureau joined the delegation. Through an experiential learning approach, the training included topics on digital inclusion and finance, development informatics, and GIS. Through case studies, the participants learned how to assess and address the digital inclusion ecosystem, design projects, and use digital tools and put data-driven approaches to practice, among others. On March 9, the delegation joined a forum titled "Digital Development: The Next 10 Years" in Washington DC. The one-day forum brought together industry and thought leaders to explore how to effectively catalyze organizational change, incentivize new approaches, and take smart risks to tackle continued challenges and barriers to development. The work of the five winners of 2017 USAID’s Digi Awards were presented during the forum.