In December 2009, Michael Roberts of Groupsia International was asked to collaborate on a project called The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI): a new initiative of the international development community aimed at making information about aid spending easier to access, use and understand, particularly for those in developing countries. Working alongside an international multi-stakeholder technical advisory group lead by members of the OECD-DAC, the project’s objective is to build an online database based on existing international standards and definitions.
On Sunday, December 6th, the city of Ottawa hosted its first TEDx Talk: a local, self-organized event that brings together people from different communities and disciplines to be inspired by local speakers who take the stage to share their life experiences, passions and knowledge for the sake of collaboration and community.
In December 2008, Groupsia was appointed by the Global Knowledge Partnership’s (GKP) Executive Committee to lead a small task force in conducting a consultative evaluation and visioning process for the future and role of this international organization.
On March 3rd & 4th, Costa Rica was the meeting point for Central American organizations that develop or promote telecenters in the region. Several organizations from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama met to share their experiences, lessons learned and coordinate future actions together.
During our five years as one of the Bellanet´s regional offices, when Bellanet was an IDRC secretariat, Sulá Batsú identified the need of capacity building for facilitators and networking leaders in the areas of knowledge sharing and ICT for collaboration in Latin America.