How Do You Define “Farmer” in Data-Driven Agriculture?

How Do You Define “Farmer” in Data-Driven Agriculture?

Published on: Apr 03 2019 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
Who’s your farmer? This sounds like a simple question for any agricultural intervention, but it is fraught with complexity, especially for those of us who are trying to support women through agricultural programs. Why...
Breaking News: USAID Launches $4.1 Million Artificial Intelligence Initiative

Breaking News: USAID Launches $4.1 Million Artificial Intelligence Initiative

Published on: Apr 01 2019 by Bertie Heliograf - 13 Comments
Washington, D.C. – For Immediate Release, April 1, 2019: Today the United States Agency for International Development launches a groundbreaking initiative to harness the power of artificial intelligence to improve...
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 teachers, the organizers believed that children would...
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 - Leave a Comment
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 proposals and project workplans. Technology innovations...
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 proven to be an interesting model to leverage collaboration,...
5 Problems with 4th Industrial Revolution – Your Weekend Long Reads

5 Problems with 4th Industrial Revolution – Your Weekend Long Reads

Published on: Mar 23 2019 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 5 Problems with 4th Industrial Revolution – Your Weekend Long Reads
Watching a video at UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week produced by Huawaei on the Fourth Industrial Revolution reminded me of everything that is problematic and wrong with the notion: it was heroic, it was glitzy, women...
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 including Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram,...
What Southeast Asian ICTforAg Solution Providers Need for Success

What Southeast Asian ICTforAg Solution Providers Need for Success

Published on: Mar 20 2019 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on What Southeast Asian ICTforAg Solution Providers Need for Success
The Digital Solutions Directory is a comprehensive list of over 60 innovative ICTforAg providers for smallholder value chains in Southeast Asian Nations. Between them, the directory solutions reach some 2.5 million farmers...
Please Submit Your Session Ideas for MERL Tech DC 2019

Please Submit Your Session Ideas for MERL Tech DC 2019

Published on: Mar 18 2019 by Linda Raftree - Comments Off on Please Submit Your Session Ideas for MERL Tech DC 2019
We gathered at the first MERL Tech Conference in 2014 to discuss how technology was enabling the field of monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL). Since then, rapid advances in technology and data have altered...