USAID Guide: How to Use Machine Learning in International Development

USAID Guide: How to Use Machine Learning in International Development

Published on: Sep 24 2018 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Emerging machine learning and artificial intelligence applications promise to reshape healthcare, agriculture, and democracy in the developing world, and show tremendous potential for helping to achieve sustainable development...
Beware the Mobile Phone Hardware Quality Divide for Rural African Women

Beware the Mobile Phone Hardware Quality Divide for Rural African Women

Published on: Sep 20 2018 by Wayan Vota - 12 Comments
We all can celebrate the massive adoption of mobile phones across the African continent, and be astonished at the rapid uptake of smartphones in countries like Kenya. 90% of Kenyans have a mobile phone, 65% have a smartphone, 99%...
7 Transformative Digital Health Trends in International Development

7 Transformative Digital Health Trends in International Development

Published on: Sep 19 2018 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
At the recent OpenHIE Community Meeting, I was able to meet with a wide range of digital health practitioners working for governments, donors, and implementing partners, and through my conversations, seven transformative...
Apply Now: USAID Grant Funding for Development Innovation Ventures

Apply Now: USAID Grant Funding for Development Innovation Ventures

Published on: Sep 17 2018 by Wayan Vota - 100 Comments
USAID has relaunched its open innovation program, Development Innovation Ventures (DIV), and is now accepting grant applications for products, technologies, services, or applications that can scale breakthrough solutions...
Pop Quiz: What Does It Really Cost to Run an ICT for Education Program?

Pop Quiz: What Does It Really Cost to Run an ICT for Education Program?

Published on: Sep 13 2018 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Pop Quiz: What Does It Really Cost to Run an ICT for Education Program?
As part of USAID’s Education Strategy and its goal of improved reading skills for 100 million children in primary grades, USAID mission staff wanted to know what it might cost to take an evidence-based early grade...
Three Ways to Improve the Impact of ICT4D Research on International Development

Three Ways to Improve the Impact of ICT4D Research on International Development

Published on: Sep 12 2018 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Three Ways to Improve the Impact of ICT4D Research on International Development
A primary objective of any research field, and ICT4D is no exception, is to have a significant research impact on their domain of interest. The thrust of In ICT4D Research: Reflections on History and Future Agenda by Geoff...
5 Guidelines for Using Mobile Messaging Applications in International Development

5 Guidelines for Using Mobile Messaging Applications in International Development

Published on: Sep 10 2018 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on 5 Guidelines for Using Mobile Messaging Applications in International Development
By 2018, 3.6 billion people were using mobile messaging applications – nearly half of humanity. This has been both a driver and a result of increased connectivity in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, which...
New GSMA Toolkit: How to Research Women’s Internet Access and Use

New GSMA Toolkit: How to Research Women’s Internet Access and Use

Published on: Sep 06 2018 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Internet access and use has grown rapidly, however, internet growth has been unequal; the ITU estimates that, globally, women are 12% less likely than men to use the internet, and in two-thirds of countries, there is a higher...
6 Ways to Be Data Efficient When Developing Mobile Apps for African ICT4D Projects

6 Ways to Be Data Efficient When Developing Mobile Apps for African ICT4D Projects

Published on: Sep 05 2018 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 6 Ways to Be Data Efficient When Developing Mobile Apps for African ICT4D Projects
Here is what I’ve learned about being data efficient when developing mobile phone applications. The first and foremost thing, is to please the user by reducing as much as possible the amount of data our mobile apps...