Edison, New Jersey. Trigyn Technologies announced today that it has successfully implemented its Sustainable Development model as part of its delivery of a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) aid program providing technical assistance to Intellectual Property (IP) offices based in Africa.
A major challenge faced by aid organizations working in developing countries is sustainability. Sustainability is especially challenging in the area of aid programs involving Technology. Without a proactive sustainability strategy, Technology investments in developing countries can foster long term dependence on out-of-country suppliers or outright abandonment due to the lack of more affordable local support options.
The WIPO initiative sought to establish a standardized global database of intellectual property records, including digitization of old paper records, on a common platform to support compliance with global agreements. The program included the software and support services needed to implement the platform. To be successful, program sustainability was essential.
To tackle this challenge, Trigyn applied its Sustainable Development model. According to Homiyar Panday, President of Trigyn Technologies, “We made it a priority to maximize the utilization of local African IT professionals. Our project plan included a significant amount of ongoing skills enhancement and solution training designed to equip the local professionals to operate and maintain the program after delivery.” The program is also designed to build leadership. According to Mr. Panday, “Select professionals from our project in Nigeria were mentored to help lead our next project in Tanzania. This approach allowed us to leave each country with a highly capable labor pool to support the project after our role ended.”
Trigyn’s Sustainable Development approach not only maximized local employment and elevated the skills of the local labor force in developing African countries, but also allowed Trigyn to decrease overall program costs to WIPO, retain most of the economic benefit of the WIPO investment in the local economy and ensure a durable legacy for the WIPO initiative.