Practical Insights on Government for ICT4D Projects

Which African Governments Spy on Technology Users the Most?

Which African Governments Spy on Technology Users the Most?

Published on: Sep 21 2017 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Governments can legally spy on their residents in many ways, most of them hidden from our purview. However, telecommunications companies, now often a target of...
Printed Receipts are an Underappreciated ICT4Gov Innovation

Printed Receipts are an Underappreciated ICT4Gov Innovation

Published on: Jun 29 2017 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
I often find that the overall transparency of a country can be seen in its retail transactions. The more that transactions are done using clearly marked fixed prices,...
Community Organising Technology Lessons Learned From South Africa

Community Organising Technology Lessons Learned From South Africa

Published on: Jan 05 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Community Organising Technology Lessons Learned From South Africa
South Africa has a strong history of community organising and activism. Dense, ground-up organizing helped defeat Apartheid, then atrophied after the transition...
President-Elect Trump’s USAID Briefing Book on the US Global Development Lab

President-Elect Trump’s USAID Briefing Book on the US Global Development Lab

Published on: Dec 18 2016 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on President-Elect Trump’s USAID Briefing Book on the US Global Development Lab
Whenever a new political administration ascends into power in the USA, each government agency writes a briefing book describing their efforts and aspirations. USAID...
To Celebrate or Morn Ushahidi For USA Elections?

To Celebrate or Morn Ushahidi For USA Elections?

Published on: Nov 08 2016 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Today Americans go to the polls across the country to choose the next President of the United States. Yet, leading up to this day, there was much talk of long lines,...
Wow! Universal Service Funds are Hoarding Over $12 Billion in ICT4D Funding

Wow! Universal Service Funds are Hoarding Over $12 Billion in ICT4D Funding

Published on: Oct 27 2016 by Wayan Vota - 7 Comments
The concept of Universal Service is pretty simple: telecommunications services should be accessible to the widest number of people at affordable prices. We can...
How Liberia Can Save Over $5 Million with Mobile Money Salary Payments

How Liberia Can Save Over $5 Million with Mobile Money Salary Payments

Published on: Sep 12 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on How Liberia Can Save Over $5 Million with Mobile Money Salary Payments
Liberia is a cash-based economy, and ATMs are few and far in between, restricted mainly to Monrovia hotels frequented by expats. In fact, as of 2014, some 60% of...
Congratulations to Bhutan! Now a Global ICTforAg Leader

Congratulations to Bhutan! Now a Global ICTforAg Leader

Published on: Jul 18 2016 by Josh Woodard - 1 Comment
With the recent publication of its e-RNR (renewable natural resources) masterplan, the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan has joined an exclusive club of only a handful...
Mapping a Single Version of the Truth: Liberia’s National Concessions Portal

Mapping a Single Version of the Truth: Liberia’s National Concessions Portal

Published on: Jun 22 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Mapping a Single Version of the Truth: Liberia’s National Concessions Portal
“The most important reason to manage land is to avoid conflict,” said Amadou Thera, the CIMS Implementation Specialist at USAID-GEMS. “Firstly, you have conflicts...
The Dangers of Legal Ignorance in Digital Development

The Dangers of Legal Ignorance in Digital Development

Published on: Jun 17 2016 by Josh Woodard - Comments Off on The Dangers of Legal Ignorance in Digital Development
Some time ago I was working in a country that had enacted data localization laws requiring that all personal data that originates in that country must also be hosted...