The Talking Tech for Good podcast series evolved from discussions between the Bertha and Capacitate team as an extension of the Webinar on digital transition. It was agreed that using this innovative channel for engagement with the broader civil society community would add value; help with digital transition and complement other initiatives that both partners are involved with. There is substantial evidence, both anecdotal and empirical, that civil society organisations are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to leveraging technology effectively to improve and support development outcomes. There is a consistent need for reliable, trusted advice to help organisations navigate the technological landscape and drive innovation in the sector.

The Covid-19 pandemic has spurred organisations working in youth development to find new ways to reach their young audiences through technology, but without the basics in place, many of these solutions are doomed to remain isolated examples of excellence. Chief among these basic obstacles is a lack of access to reliable and cheap data. Well before the Covid-19 pandemic forced the hands of South African schools and universities to take their teaching and training online, some organisations had been dipping their toes in the digital waters.

To help plug this gap, the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation at the UCT GSB and Capacitate have teamed up to launch a new podcast series: the Good Tech Podcast series, to guide youth organisations through the choppy waters of digital transitioning.

The intention is to host a series of conversational podcasts that incorporate the advice of experts along with the experience of the hosts to address key issues relating to the use of technology by organisations in the development sector. These conversations would be run on a monthly basis for three months and would include the hosting of key subject matter experts. A series of subjects have been identified to provide a starting point for the discussions, but the topics would also be directed by the needs of the audience. The focus is two-fold, firstly to help organisations to address challenges that they may encounter in using technology and secondly to drive innovation through technology in the development sector.

Each podcast will be driven by Jason Bygate and Luvuyo Maseko as hosts of the podcast. Each session would then include an interview and discussion with a subject matter expert (where possible). The sessions would run for between 30 and 45 minutes, with discussion being dedicated to the particular topic and 15 minutes allocated to answering questions posed by the audience. These questions would be submitted before or after the sessions. Time will be allocated before the start of the new podcast to answer any questions from the previous podcast and any questions posed prior to the podcast will be addressed after the current session.

If you would like to explore partnership opportunities around this initiative, please do not hesitate to contact Jason Bygate or Luvuyo Maseko. The team is eager to build partnerships and would love to ensure that all podcasts and subsequent discussions are shaped by the needs of the entire sector.