5 mHealth Innovations Using Mobile Phone Extensions and Wearables

5 mHealth Innovations Using Mobile Phone Extensions and Wearables

Published on: Jul 31 2015 by Guest Writer - Leave a Comment
When we interviewed Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus, at the 2013 mHealth Summit, he said that mobile phones are the “Aladdin’s lamp for healthcare”, a statement that still rings true today. Two years after...
Libraries Increase Access to Online Services in Myanmar

Libraries Increase Access to Online Services in Myanmar

Published on: Jul 29 2015 by Guest Writer - Leave a Comment
As Myanmar’s government ministries offer more comprehensive e-government services, rural communities have the most to gain because of their geographic isolation and limited resources. But those communities tend to...
Bring Your Innovative Workforce Ideas to USAID Indonesia

Bring Your Innovative Workforce Ideas to USAID Indonesia

Published on: Jul 27 2015 by Jana Melpolder - Leave a Comment
On June 24, 2015, USAID/Indonesia announced a call for creative ideas on how to develop an inclusive and vibrant workforce that harnesses the skills and talents of poor and vulnerable Indonesians and gives them the opportunity...
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 - 5 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 - 6 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...