Practical Insights on Lessons Learned

MERL Tech Lessons Not Learned in International Development

MERL Tech Lessons Not Learned in International Development

Published on: Oct 26 2015 by Guest Writer - 4 Comments
The world has made several commitments to water and sanitation, starting as far back as the 1970s, and leading up to the recent Sustainable Development Goals. Also...
The Role of Connectivity in Emergencies: A Case Study of Ebola

The Role of Connectivity in Emergencies: A Case Study of Ebola

Published on: Oct 23 2015 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
The Ebola crisis revealed that a dearth of ICT capacity in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone prevented or greatly impeded access to and the exchange of information,...
Throwing an ICT4D BRCK at Hard Education Problems

Throwing an ICT4D BRCK at Hard Education Problems

Published on: Sep 23 2015 by Wayan Vota - 19 Comments
Congratulations to BRCK on their launch of BRCK Education yesterday. The Kio Kit is certainly a very cool hardware solution that has key innovations for educational...
3 Reasons Why Your Next Online Community Idea Will Fail

3 Reasons Why Your Next Online Community Idea Will Fail

Published on: Jul 13 2015 by Wayan Vota - 10 Comments
As the initiator of three successful websites, EduTechDebate, OLPC News, and ICTworks, I am often asked to help others create online communities. Now they can be...
Fail Festival 2014: Failure Happens and Flowers Grow From It

Fail Festival 2014: Failure Happens and Flowers Grow From It

Published on: Dec 15 2014 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Fail Festival 2014: Failure Happens and Flowers Grow From It
At a typical development meeting, the person responsible for an epic fail would slip into a trapdoor and be consumed by sharks with freakin’ lasers. Yet at...
8 Recommendations for Successful Development and Technology Organization Partnerships

8 Recommendations for Successful Development and Technology Organization Partnerships

Published on: Jul 25 2014 by Anahi Ayala Iacucci - Comments Off on 8 Recommendations for Successful Development and Technology Organization Partnerships
In the ICT4D world we all talk often about working with the private sector, collaboration and partnership with technology companies. The truth is that beside the...
Please RSVP: What Can We Learn From ICT4Education Evidence?

Please RSVP: What Can We Learn From ICT4Education Evidence?

Published on: Jul 17 2014 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
July 25 Tech Salon London – RSVP Now In August, the Department for International Development (DFID) will publish a new evidence paper exploring the relationship...
4 Reasons Why MTN’s $235,000 Internet Bus is Reinventing a Flat ICT4D Tire

4 Reasons Why MTN’s $235,000 Internet Bus is Reinventing a Flat ICT4D Tire

Published on: Jun 20 2014 by Wayan Vota - 7 Comments
TechMoran reports that MTN Uganda has spent $235,000(!) on an “Internet bus,” a mobile telecentre where a computer lab is installed in a bus to be driven...
Learning from Failure in International Development

Learning from Failure in International Development

Published on: May 16 2014 by Neelley Hicks - 4 Comments
Neelley Hicks presenting at the Fail Faire DC conference. A few years ago I traveled to Angola to provide technology training and tools to a local community. Things...
Dear USAID: What Were You Thinking With Cuban Twitter?

Dear USAID: What Were You Thinking With Cuban Twitter?

Published on: Apr 04 2014 by Wayan Vota - 4 Comments
Imagine the scene: a stale conference room off Barcelona’s lively La Rambla, an assortment of techies, government bureaucrats, and development contractors...