Crisis Management Initiative and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland to cooperate in ICT initiative concerning developing countries
VTT and Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), an organisation specialised in
peace processes and conflict resolution, are to cooperate in a project
utilising information and communications technology in developing countries.
VTT will carry out a midway evaluation of the CMI project, which aims to apply
information and communications technology in communities and societies
recovering from crises.
CMI’s GooB initiative (Governance out of a box – population registration in
Liberia) is developing a system of mobile phone-based birth registration in
Liberia. Registration of birth is a prerequisite for the fulfilment of
numerous civil rights. In a country with rough, difficult-to-cross terrain and
weak governance structures, registering a birth is often a challenge for both
the parents of the child and the public sector.
via mobile phone makes it possible for an increasing number of children to
appear on official birth registers. The initiative will support the capacity
of Liberia’s central government to deliver the basic services its citizens
need, and thus consolidate the development of peace in Liberia.
which is recovering from a protracted and brutal civil war, is one of the
world’s poorest states. Child mortality is as high as 100 in every 1,000
newborn children, and life expectancy is 58 years. The new technology could
play a significant role in reducing poverty and facilitating the emergence of
stabler social structures in the country.
In carrying out a
midway evaluation, VTT’s task is to scrutinise the development of the new
technology as well as the challenges and opportunities presented by its
exploitation. VTT will carry out the midway evaluation of the project in
cooperation with the University of Helsinki. The GooB initiative is funded by
the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Alfred Kordelin
Foundation. The project will be realised in cooperation with the Liberian
state and Nokia Oyj.
Midway evaluation of the CMI initiative
is part of VTT’s growing activity in Africa. Over the course of this year, VTT
has carried out projects with partners such as the African Union and the UN’s
Economic Commission for Africa.
Initiative (CMI) is an independent, non-profit organisation that produces both
information and practical solutions for advancing peace and resolving
conflicts. CMI runs initiatives and carries out commissions in several crisis
areas, including Africa, the Middle East, the Black Sea area and Southeast
Asia. CMI’s activities are based on extensive international networks and
combine research, operations and influence. President Martti Ahtisaari founded
CMI in 2000 following the end of his term as President, and continues to serve
as chairman of the organisation.