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How to Use the Digital Principles to Evaluate ICT4D Solutions

How to Use the Digital Principles to Evaluate ICT4D Solutions

Published on: Apr 10 2019 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Back in 2014, I was excited to help lead the adoption efforts for the Principles for Digital Development, nine living guidelines that are designed to help integrate...
Wow! 10 Years of ICTworks in Your Inbox

Wow! 10 Years of ICTworks in Your Inbox

Published on: Apr 08 2019 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
Thank you, dear readers, for supporting ICTworks as we pass an amazing milestone. 10 years ago today – April 8th, 2009 – we launched ICTworks with a...
EduTech Surprise! SMS Beats WhatsApp for Teen Test Prep

EduTech Surprise! SMS Beats WhatsApp for Teen Test Prep

Published on: Apr 04 2019 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Secondary school students in Cameroon spend the entire last month of their final year in school preparing for their Baccalaureate. Passing it and scoring well marks...
5 Reasons Why Educational Laptops Were Doomed in Papua New Guinea

5 Reasons Why Educational Laptops Were Doomed in Papua New Guinea

Published on: Mar 28 2019 by Wayan Vota - 14 Comments
Back in the day, One Laptop Per Child promised a digital revolution in education. By handing out “$100 laptops” to children, and for the most part sidelining...
DHIRT: How Donors Will Evaluate Your Digital Health Proposal

DHIRT: How Donors Will Evaluate Your Digital Health Proposal

Published on: Mar 27 2019 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on DHIRT: How Donors Will Evaluate Your Digital Health Proposal
It’s no secret that donors like USAID, DFID, and the Gates Foundation, and national governments struggle to evaluate digital health solutions embedded in program...
Apply Now: $100,000 Grant Funding for Open Source Software Projects

Apply Now: $100,000 Grant Funding for Open Source Software Projects

Published on: Mar 25 2019 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Apply Now: $100,000 Grant Funding for Open Source Software Projects
Expensive mainstream software from advanced markets isn’t appropriate for many specialized contexts in international development. Open Source software has...
What To Do About Uganda’s Social Media and Mobile Money Taxes?

What To Do About Uganda’s Social Media and Mobile Money Taxes?

Published on: Mar 21 2019 by Wayan Vota - 15 Comments
In July 2018, the Ugandan government instituted a 200 shilling, or about $0.05 per day excise duty on Over-the-Top (OTT) social media and instant messaging services...
Apply Now: $300,000 USAID Contracts for Digital Agriculture Solutions

Apply Now: $300,000 USAID Contracts for Digital Agriculture Solutions

Published on: Mar 11 2019 by Wayan Vota - 17 Comments
Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger & food security initiative. The USAID Bureau for Food Security wants to integrate digital tools and...
Apply Now: FREE Information Technology Master’s Degree for African Policy Makers

Apply Now: FREE Information Technology Master’s Degree for African Policy Makers

Published on: Mar 04 2019 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
The African Development Institute of the African Development Bank wants to create a critical mass of global ICT experts across the African continent. They have...
Who Do You Trust More With Your DNA Data: Kenya or 23andMe?

Who Do You Trust More With Your DNA Data: Kenya or 23andMe?

Published on: Feb 28 2019 by Wayan Vota - 4 Comments
Who do you trust with your biometric data: fingerprints, retinal scans, and most of all, your DNA? Do you trust your own government? What about the government of...