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Surprise! Esoko’s Agricultural Market Prices Are Private Sector Failures

Surprise! Esoko’s Agricultural Market Prices Are Private Sector Failures

Published on: Jan 04 2018 by Wayan Vota - 15 Comments
We’ve all heard of Esoko, the ICTforAg company specializing in market prices for farmers. Starting in Ghana in 2007, then expanding across West Africa and...
Avoid These Three Mistakes That Can Kill Your Agent Network

Avoid These Three Mistakes That Can Kill Your Agent Network

Published on: Dec 20 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Avoid These Three Mistakes That Can Kill Your Agent Network
When I started a mobile payments business in East Africa, I was surprised by how seemingly insignificant details could grow into project-killing mistakes, if no...
Thank You For Complaining About Our ICT4D Intervention

Thank You For Complaining About Our ICT4D Intervention

Published on: Nov 09 2017 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Recently, I received a strong complaint about an ICT4D intervention I was working on. At first my colleagues who were helping me with this project and I were angry...
Five Lessons Learned from Applying Design Thinking to Data Visualization

Five Lessons Learned from Applying Design Thinking to Data Visualization

Published on: Oct 09 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Five Lessons Learned from Applying Design Thinking to Data Visualization
Human centered design isn’t a new concept. We’ve heard engineers, from aerospace to software, quietly snicker as they’ve seen the enthusiasm for design thinking...
5 Fantastic Guides to Developing Project Monitoring and Evaluation Programs

5 Fantastic Guides to Developing Project Monitoring and Evaluation Programs

Published on: Mar 29 2017 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
Development professionals work to make positive change happen through their programs and initiatives. However, it is very hard for them to measure their projects’...
8 ICT4D Recommendations for iNGOs Working in Eastern Africa

8 ICT4D Recommendations for iNGOs Working in Eastern Africa

Published on: Feb 27 2017 by Matt Haikin - Comments Off on 8 ICT4D Recommendations for iNGOs Working in Eastern Africa
Transformative successes have been achieved by those harnessing information and communication technologies (ICT) for development (ICT4D), and yet many people still...
How to Hire Local National ICT4D Staff

How to Hire Local National ICT4D Staff

Published on: Feb 22 2017 by Kristen Roggemann - 10 Comments
Kabul, 2016. I’d been here before: a cold cup of Nescafe and stack of overly formatted CVs on the table next to me, an over-worked HR officer slow-blinking at...
How to Apply Agile Principles to International Development M&E

How to Apply Agile Principles to International Development M&E

Published on: Dec 05 2016 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
We all want to be good at our jobs. We want to accomplish the things we set out to do. If we aren’t accomplishing them, we want to figure out why or try new solutions. The...
Lessons From a MERL Tech Confessional: It’s All About Assumptions

Lessons From a MERL Tech Confessional: It’s All About Assumptions

Published on: Oct 31 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Lessons From a MERL Tech Confessional: It’s All About Assumptions
It’s been said that good science is the art of getting less wrong over time. Maybe the same principle applies to the use of technology for monitoring, evaluation,...
Process Improvements: The Forgotten Big Wins in Digital Development

Process Improvements: The Forgotten Big Wins in Digital Development

Published on: Jul 06 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Process Improvements: The Forgotten Big Wins in Digital Development
Working with ICT, we often get myopically focused on trying solving big problems, not even thinking about where technology has proven benefit: improving systems...