Practical Insights on Lessons Learned

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...
Four Lessons Learned Launching Blockchain Financial Services for NGOs

Four Lessons Learned Launching Blockchain Financial Services for NGOs

Published on: Jun 25 2018 by Guest Writer - 8 Comments
Much has been written about blockchain technology, but much of it is impenetrable to outsiders. Aid organisations are therefore dependent on the honesty and clarity...
9 Lessons Learned From Failed ICTforAg Interventions

9 Lessons Learned From Failed ICTforAg Interventions

Published on: Jun 06 2018 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on 9 Lessons Learned From Failed ICTforAg Interventions
The potential for ICTs in agricultural development is almost endless and numerous applications are being developed and deployed. However, whilst everyone would...
10 Lessons Learned from Deploying a Malnutrition mHealth Solution in 5 Countries

10 Lessons Learned from Deploying a Malnutrition mHealth Solution in 5 Countries

Published on: May 07 2018 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 10 Lessons Learned from Deploying a Malnutrition mHealth Solution in 5 Countries
Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) is a proven high-impact and cost-effective approach in the treatment of acute malnutrition in developing...