Please Stop Asking for Equipment Donations. There is NO Hardware Santa Claus

Please Stop Asking for Equipment Donations. There is NO Hardware Santa Claus

Published on: Jul 24 2015 by Wayan Vota - 6 Comments
Recently, I was asked to help find a donor that would give a program several hundred Android tablets to support a new ICT4D initiative. I was a little surprised by the request as I thought we all moved beyond the hardware...
VAS Vendors: The M4D Partners You Did Not Know You Were Missing

VAS Vendors: The M4D Partners You Did Not Know You Were Missing

Published on: Jul 22 2015 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
Imagine gaining 200K subscribers in two weeks in Zimbabwe or reaching 11 million subscribers in Bihar, India through a mobile for development program. Either would be a crowning achievement in international development,...
3 Ways to Improve Farmer Information Systems

3 Ways to Improve Farmer Information Systems

Published on: Jul 20 2015 by Guest Writer - 8 Comments
Farmer Information Systems have found solid footing in development, and are now fine-tuning their strategy and approach in communicating market prices, weather forecasts, and farming techniques. Yet participants at the...
Where Are the International Education Program Principles?

Where Are the International Education Program Principles?

Published on: Jul 17 2015 by Wayan Vota - 4 Comments
Recently, I was preparing for an education conference session and I was struck by the lack of design principles international education projects. Now I’m not talking about outcome standards like EGRA, but the actual...
Is ICT4D Dooming Poor People to Greater Income Inequality?

Is ICT4D Dooming Poor People to Greater Income Inequality?

Published on: Jul 15 2015 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
I firmly believe in Kentaro Toyama’s maxim that technology magnifies human intent (read his book Geek Heresy?), and since I am an optimist, I therefore believe that information and communication technology can improve...
3 Reasons Why Your Next Online Community Idea Will Fail

3 Reasons Why Your Next Online Community Idea Will Fail

Published on: Jul 13 2015 by Wayan Vota - 10 Comments
As the initiator of three successful websites, EduTechDebate, OLPC News, and ICTworks, I am often asked to help others create online communities. Now they can be communities of practice, user communities, or constituent...
Stop Reinventing the Flat Tire with Custom Software Development

Stop Reinventing the Flat Tire with Custom Software Development

Published on: Jul 10 2015 by Guest Writer - 9 Comments
News flash: most nonprofits are terrible at software development, open-sourcing is not a sustainability plan, and constantly re-inventing the wheel is a poor way to spend limited resources. So why don’t international development...
The ICT4D Opportunities and Challenges in Child-Centric Development

The ICT4D Opportunities and Challenges in Child-Centric Development

Published on: Jul 08 2015 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
Children, ICT and Development, a report for the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, by the ICT4D Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London and Jigsaw Consult, explores the ways in which information and communication...
3 Ways to Build Successful Partnerships with Mobile Network Operators

3 Ways to Build Successful Partnerships with Mobile Network Operators

Published on: Jul 06 2015 by Guest Writer - Leave a Comment
It can seem obvious, but mobile network operators (MNOs) are businesses that, at the end of the day, are motivated by their need to generate revenue. Yet a relationship between a development implementer and MNO can lead...
Why BIG Data Matters for Lower Mekong Countries

Why BIG Data Matters for Lower Mekong Countries

Published on: Jul 03 2015 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
While big data represents a new era of computing, what does it mean for civil society organizations in Southeast Asia? How can nations in the Lower Mekong harvest the power of big data? These were the questions discussed...