Proposal

Names of the team members:
Annia Aleman, Phil Spencer, Usha Chandna

Problem statement:
Cost of acquiring, maintaining and using ICTs have been limiting the adoption of ICT in developing and less developed countries. ICT projects are partially funded till the end of their pilot phase. Once the pilot phase is over, donors withdraw their support. The inadequate funding option makes the project highly sustainable and does not let the developers of the technology see the desired development impacts in long run.

Solution Statement:
As a part of the project our group would be exploring multiple options of funding ICT projects. We will conduct SWOT analysis of each of these options and then based on the result of analysis we will recommend most promising funding option. Towards the end we would develop a model to make the recommended funding option effective and sustainable.
In addition, we would also be exploring the feasibility of use of few technology options like cloud computing in bringing down the cost of ICT projects in emerging market like India.

Time Break Down Per Group Member:
  1. Initial Research: 4 Hours (Usha, Annia)
  2. Brainstorming innovative ideas for corporations to contribute and benefit: 9 hours (all members)
  3. Group Meetings: 4 hours (all members)
  4. SWOT analysis: 12 hours (Phil)
  5. White Paper Writing: 5 hours (all members)
  6. Presentation Compilation: 5 hours (all members)

A preliminary literature review.
Julie Harrod in Farmer organizations work better with ICT have expressed his concerns for the lack of funding options to scale up the ICT projects and to sustain it use. Many of the ICT projects have demonstrated addressing specific development issues during their pilot phase that are funded by public agencies and donors. However once the pilot phase is over, donors and funders withdraw as their objective of demonstrating the use of technology is accomplished. He necessitated the need of a partnership model that can ensure sustainability of ICT projects. Along similar lines, CK Prahalad in his article Serving the poor profitably in Harvard Business Review, enlightens the readers of how by addressing the development challenges at the Base of economic Pyramid( BoP), innovative companies are reaping benefits in form of strong revenue, greater operating efficiency and entry into the emerging market.

Expected outcomes:
White paper would help Hi-tech companies in Silicon Valley to understand the issue, realize their role in addressing this issue and would help in strategizing their plan to address the issue at BoP.

Initial bibliography:
Prahalad, CK. "September 2002." Serving the World’s Poor, Profitably. Harvard Business Review, 09 Sept. 2002. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. <http://hbr.org/2002/09/serving-the-worlds-poor-profitably/ar/1>.
Harrod, Julie. "Farmer Organizations Work Better with ICT." Enhancing Productivity on Farm. N.p.: World Bank, 2011. N. pag. ICT in Agriculture. World Bank, Nov. 2011. Web. <http://issuu.com/world.bank.publications/docs/final_book_ict_agriculture?e=1107022/2642619>.