Dr Jabiri Kuwe Bakari (Ph.D) is a Tanzanian pracademic: his experience spans both the academic and practical realms. He is a researcher, trainer, analyst and advisor of repute with over twenty years of experience in ICT Planning, Management and ICT Security Management. He is the CEO of the e-Government Agency, Tanzania, since its inception in 2012.
Dr. Bakari holds a Ph.D in Computer and Systems Sciences from Stockholm University in Sweden (2007), a MSc. (Eng.) Data Communication Degree from Sheffield University in UK (1999), and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania (1996).
His main research is in the field of ICT security management on which he has published and presented a number of papers and articles at the ISSA, IFIP, and IEEE International Conferences.
More details of his publications and citations can be found at: https://www.semanticscholar.org/author/Jabiri-Kuwe-Bakari/3251798
Keynote: Power of Home Grown ICT Solutions in Developing Countries
This talk will explore how Developing countries are realizing the power that home-grown ICT solutions have in solving many existing challenges of these countries. Particularly in ICT sector, these solutions are revolutionizing how we think and undertake delivery of public services, commercial, agricultural and managerial (governance) activities. For a long time developing countries have been relying on ICT solutions from developed counties to carry out their business functions. This high dependence has compounded challenges of the developing countries since our problems are not the same as the problems of developed countries. Due to modest automations in developing countries, our problems are not so complex and don’t need complex solutions either, but we have been complicating them by using solutions that were not made with our requirements in mind. We are therefore, forced to spend a lot of resources such as money, time, human capital, and even unnecessary high capacity infrastructure to adapt and fit these solutions to our requirements and environments, for solutions which are vendor driven instead of our demand/requirement driven. Unfortunately, when we are about to complete this painful and long customisation process, another version with quite incompatible requirements comes around and the support for the previous version we have been trying to customise is being phased out. Therefore, we end up stuck being in a cycle of adapting foreign solutions necessitated by technological advancements, which could barely address challenges of our socio-economic environment, leave alone, high ownership cost incurred on such solutions.
The talk is expected to raise awareness for the policy makers, researchers, innovators, implementers and even consumers of ICT solutions on the potential that home-grown ICT solutions have in solving the challenges of developing countries, by using internally developed human capital capacities and novelties propounded by research and innovation in ICT field. I will also share my thoughts on the implications of these solutions on south-south development, and finally will show with examples, how the home grown ICT solutions are the best for addressing developing countries challenges and that they may be used as tools for advancing southern-driven cooperation, since their socio-economic environments have a lot of similarities. We can’t afford to be left behind in this race, in particular during this fourth Industrial Revolution era, in which the main driver is the brain power.