Practical Insights on Lessons Learned

10 Lessons for Designing Effective Health Financing Products

10 Lessons for Designing Effective Health Financing Products

Published on: Dec 12 2019 by Guest Writer - Leave a Comment
Health shocks are the most prominent idiosyncratic shocks and stresses that low-income households face, particularly when they affect primary income earners as...
Two Blind Spots that Threaten Your ICT4D Project Success

Two Blind Spots that Threaten Your ICT4D Project Success

Published on: Oct 31 2019 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
One of the basic assumptions within the dominant development discourse is that new information and communication technology have a great potential for boosting...
10 Lessons Learned in Scaling Mobile Data Collection Processes

10 Lessons Learned in Scaling Mobile Data Collection Processes

Published on: Oct 03 2019 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 10 Lessons Learned in Scaling Mobile Data Collection Processes
In the last decade, Mobile Data Collection has been used more and more by humanitarian and development organizations for situation analyses, project monitoring,...
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...
Fail Festival DC is Dead. Long Live Failure!

Fail Festival DC is Dead. Long Live Failure!

Published on: Nov 08 2018 by Wayan Vota - 18 Comments
Way back in 2009, we organized a Twitter Chat on Failure with Michael Downey moderating the freewheeling discussion. Born from that conversation was Fail Faire,...
3 Lessons Learned using Machine Learning to Measure Media Quality

3 Lessons Learned using Machine Learning to Measure Media Quality

Published on: Nov 07 2018 by Guest Writer - 5 Comments
Moving from hype to practice is an important but challenging step for ICT4D practitioners. As the technical adviser for digital development at IREX, a global development...
9 Lessons Learned in Rolling Out Dimagi’s Mobile Device Management Pilot

9 Lessons Learned in Rolling Out Dimagi’s Mobile Device Management Pilot

Published on: Nov 01 2018 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 9 Lessons Learned in Rolling Out Dimagi’s Mobile Device Management Pilot
Enumerators, who are people like you and I, like to download Candy Crush, Facebook, YouTube videos, mobile screen savers, to their mobile phones, and use up significant...
4 Lessons Learned Implementing the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action Programs

4 Lessons Learned Implementing the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action Programs

Published on: Oct 15 2018 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) approach uses age- and stage-based messaging directed toward pregnant women, new mothers and families to foster behavior...
USAID Managers Guide to Microcomputers in Development

USAID Managers Guide to Microcomputers in Development

Published on: Sep 03 2018 by Wayan Vota - 4 Comments
Today we continue our ICT4D flashback with the 1983 USAID Managers Guide to Microcomputers in Development, which contains the first use of the phrase “artificial...
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective ICT4D Initiatives in Africa

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective ICT4D Initiatives in Africa

Published on: Aug 30 2018 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Way back in 2001, the SATELLIFE PDA Project demonstrated the viability of cutting-edge handheld computers at the time – Personal Digital Assistants or PDAs...