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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...
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...
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...
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...
Could OER Improve Community Health Worker Training?

Could OER Improve Community Health Worker Training?

Published on: Jun 24 2015 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
Billions of dollars are being invested in finding solutions to Africa’s most pressing health needs. In particular there is a focus on the role of frontline health...
Please RSVP Now for ICT4D Principle 9: Be Collaborative

Please RSVP Now for ICT4D Principle 9: Be Collaborative

Published on: Jun 16 2015 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
FHI 360 and USAID invite you to RSVP now for ICT4D Principle 9: Be Collaborative to join your colleagues and peers thinking about the new digital development principles...
What Should We Be Teaching ICT4D Students?

What Should We Be Teaching ICT4D Students?

Published on: Jun 11 2015 by Wayan Vota - 24 Comments
Every year, waves of excited young professionals graduate with university degrees in international development and become our colleagues and co-workers. I would...
New USAID Handbook: How to Implement Electronic Payments in Development Programs

New USAID Handbook: How to Implement Electronic Payments in Development Programs

Published on: Jun 03 2015 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
Have you read the USAID Procurement Executive Bulletin NO. 2014-06 that promotes the use of electronic payments at the procurement/assistance planning and award...
The Number 1 Reason Why You Do Not Encrypt Email

The Number 1 Reason Why You Do Not Encrypt Email

Published on: May 22 2015 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
Two new Pew Research Center studies are very enlightening around the American public’s perception of privacy, security, and surveillance. While both reports...
How Women Benefit from Mobile Money Cash Transfer Programs for Disaster Response

How Women Benefit from Mobile Money Cash Transfer Programs for Disaster Response

Published on: May 13 2015 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
With the Nepal Earthquake response in full swing, humanitarian relief organizations will be using cash as a form of humanitarian assistance, either as an alternative...