About ICTworks

Published on: Mar 27 2009 by Wayan Vota

about ictworks

ICTworks™ is the premier community for international development professionals committed to utilizing new and emerging technologies to magnify the intent of communities to accelerate their social and economic development.

ICTworks focuses on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and the implementation processes that can make them sustainable in rural and underserved communities across the developing world (ICT4D).

ICTworks is a community supported effort. A wide variety of writers contribute to the discussion, moderated by Wayan Vota. If you want to add your voice to the conversation, please see our Guest Post guidelines.

For over 10 years, we’ve published insights 3x a week to over 17,000 Twitter followers, 18,000 email subscribers, 25,000 Facebook friends, and 5,000 weekly website visitors, and our vibrant readership has these characteristics:

  • We have awesome email engagement rates, with 75% of our subscribers regularly opening our emails, and over 3,800 subscribers opening any given email.
  •  A little over half of ICTworks readers are from North America with the remainder spread around the world.
  • There’s a very even spread of readers across all organization sizes, from small organizations focused on specific issues to large international organizations with global reach.
  • Almost 70% of our readers are either mid-level staff (5-10 years experience) or senior staff (10+ years experience).
  • Just over 60% of our readers self-identify as primarily development professionals, 20% responded as technologists, and 20% choose academia or government.

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ICTworks History

In 2009, ICTworks was founded by Inveneo, a social enterprise that creates highly sustainable and affordable ICT infrastructure technologies designed specifically for organizations that provide vital services — education, healthcare, economic development — in rural and underserved areas in the developing world.

In 2015, ICTworks became a partnership between Inveneo and FHI 360’s TechLab. FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. The TechLab is FHI 360’s development technology unit, which designs, adapts, and implements scalable technology solutions that increase the efficiency, reach, and impact of the organization’s initiatives.

In 2016, TechChange joined as a third supporting partner. TechChange provides online professional development in technology and social change for implementers in public health, emergency response, and monitoring and evaluation. TechChange connects them with relevant content, experts, and certification using their facilitated learning platform.

In 2018, IntraHealth International joined as a forth supporting partner. IntraHealth partners with local communities to make sure health workers are present where they’re needed most, ready to do the job, connected to the technology they need, and safe to do their very best work.

In 2019, we celebrated our 10-year anniversary with our 1,631st post detailing the best and worst practices for using technology in healthcare, education, agriculture, and other development sectors.

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