Using a Learning Agenda to Address Knowledge Gaps in Blockchain for Development

Using a Learning Agenda to Address Knowledge Gaps in Blockchain for Development

Published on: Dec 10 2018 by Guest Writer - 6 Comments
We attended the MERL Tech DC 2018 conference held on Sept. 7, 2018 and led a session related to the creation of a learning agenda to help MERL practitioners gauge the value of blockchain technology for development programming. As...
We Have A Moral Imperative to Use the Data We Collect

We Have A Moral Imperative to Use the Data We Collect

Published on: Dec 06 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
And not just to use it, but to use it well. Too often in development work, there is an expectation that people will supply you with their data but no feeling of obligation to supply something useful from the data in return. When...
Oops! Satellite Imagery Cannot Predict Human Development Indicators

Oops! Satellite Imagery Cannot Predict Human Development Indicators

Published on: Dec 05 2018 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
In many developing country environments, it is difficult or impossible to obtain recent, reliable estimates of human development. Nationally representative household surveys, which are the standard instrument for determining...
What Drives Myanmar’s Gender Digital Divide?

What Drives Myanmar’s Gender Digital Divide?

Published on: Dec 03 2018 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
Myanmar is currently undergoing a technological revolution concurrent with systemic political and economic change. As the country transitions to a democratic, market-based economy, there has been a great deal of optimism...
New DHIS2 Community Health Information Systems Guidelines

New DHIS2 Community Health Information Systems Guidelines

Published on: Nov 28 2018 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
The DHIS2 Community Health Information Systems Guidelines aim to serve as a practical guide for national and local-decision makers involved in the design, planning, deployment, governance and scale up of successful DHIS2...
6 Ways Educational Technology Projects Can Improve Children’s Literacy

6 Ways Educational Technology Projects Can Improve Children’s Literacy

Published on: Nov 26 2018 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
Families and communities have a tremendous role to play in improving educational and reading outcomes for children around the globe. Recognizing the power of this holistic approach to child literacy, All Children Reading:...
Giving Thanks to Ten Digital Development Leaders

Giving Thanks to Ten Digital Development Leaders

Published on: Nov 22 2018 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
Today in the USA it is Thanksgiving, which used to be a day we gave thanks for a bountiful harvest and successful preparations for winter, but now usually means too much food, shopping, and (American) football. I’d...
The Definitive Guide to Mobile Data Collection in International Development

The Definitive Guide to Mobile Data Collection in International Development

Published on: Nov 21 2018 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
Are you mobile data collection curious? Do you have colleagues who always ask you how to collect qualitative and quantitative data using mobile devices? Or do you want to convince your country teams to finally give up paper?...
Ethiopia’s Surprising Progress in Digital Financial Inclusion

Ethiopia’s Surprising Progress in Digital Financial Inclusion

Published on: Nov 19 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
Ethiopia’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy, released by the National Bank of Ethiopia in 2017, sets a broad government vision and aggressive targets for increasing financial inclusion. Achieving these goals will...