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Co-designing Ethical Interventions in Resource Constrained Environments
Speaker: Paul M Cunningham
IEEE SSIT Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the IST-Africa Institute
Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019
Time: 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Location: Main Building- Lecture Hall B
Paul M Cunningham is Director of the IST-Africa Institute (www.IST-Africa.org). Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission. IST-Africa is a strategic collaboration with ministries and national councils responsible for innovation, science and technology across Africa. A member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the IST-Africa Institute was recognized as a WSIS 2018 Prizes Champion – International and Regional Cooperation by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
As President & CEO, IIMC International Information Management Corporation, Paul leads a team providing technology, strategy, and policy expertise to international and national government organizations and internationally and nationally funded research and innovation programs in Europe and Africa.
Paul is an Adjunct/Visiting Professor, International University of Management (IUM, Namibia), focused on Social Implications of Technology, Research Ethics and sustainable and ethical technology solutions for resource constrained environments. He is also a Visiting Senior Fellow, Wrexham Glyndŵr University (Wales), focusing on Social Implications of Technology and ESGDC (Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship).
Paul is Coordinator of mHealth4Afrika (www.mHealth4Afrika.org), which is co-designing and validating a modular state-of-the-art primary healthcare delivery platform for resource constrained environments. Supported by the European Commission, mHealth4Afrika is collaborating with Ministries of Health, local universities, district health offices and clinic healthcare staff in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa.
Recognized by Enterprise Ireland as an Irish Champion of EU Research (2015, 2017), Paul’s research interests include: social implications of technology; ethics; leveraging technology to address societal challenges (including Health and Education); and entrepreneurship in Africa.
Paul is the 2018 Chair, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC), which is focused on strengthening the capacity and impact of IEEE volunteers in the global sustainable development and humanitarian technology space. IEEE HAC facilitates necessary education and training, builds strategic partnerships, provides funding for projects and events and supports multi-stakeholder collaboration through IEEE SIGHT.
Paul is the 2017 - 2018 President of IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), the 2018 Chair, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee, Member of the IEEE Global Public Policy Committee, an IEEE SSIT Distinguished Lecturer and an IEEE Access Associate Editor. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland (M Inst D.) and a former Board Director (2008 – 2012) of Meeting Professionals International.
This IEEE SSIT Distinguished Lecture focuses on social implications and ethical issues to be considered when designing interventions in resource constrained environments.
It introduces the concepts of collaborative open innovation and co-design in the context of Global Development and addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It then discusses socio-cultural differences, ethical conundrums and ethical research principles.
These concepts are then contextualized through an African case study focusing on the co-design approach taken to implementing a cross-border health oriented, research and innovation project supported by the European Commission. The DL will conclude by providing recommendations to be considered for interventions in resource constrained environments.