http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/promoted-by-category/307/rss.xml?tid=2686 en Connecting ICTs to Development: The IDRC Experience http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/connecting-icts-development-idrc-experience <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/senegal_farmers_using_gpscidrc_600.jpg" alt="" title="Connecting ICTs to Development: The IDRC Experience" width="100" height="58" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Laurent Elder (ed.) </div> <div class="field-item even"> Heloise Emdon (ed.) </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Richard Fuchs (ed.) </div> <div class="field-item even"> Ben Petrazzini (ed.) </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-year"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2013 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Affiliation:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>International Development Research Centre (IDRC)</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>"Engaging developing-world universities, NGOs [non-governmental organisations], national policy activists and others in research about ICTs in development was the special IDRC niche."</em></p> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/node/268324">International Development Research Centre (IDRC)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Email from Kelly Haggart to The Communication Initiative on July 11 2014; and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Resources/Publications/Collections/ICT4D/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Connecting ICTs to Development: The IDRC Experience website</a>, July 17 2014. <em>Image credit:</em> IDRC/Djibril Sy</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/connecting-icts-development-idrc-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/connecting-icts-development-idrc-experience#comments Global Strategic Thinking Access Digital Featured Network Voice Governance and Democracy Interpersonal Phone/Mobile News/Information MDG 8. Global Partnership Research Health NGOs New Technologies Global ICT for Development Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:44:19 +0000 kdevries 9349778 at http://www.comminit.com Gender Equality Mainstreaming - Technology (GEM-TECH) Award http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/gender-equality-mainstreaming-technology-gem-tech-award <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/27-01-2012-women-computer_0.jpg" alt="" title="Gender Equality Mainstreaming - Technology (GEM-TECH) Award" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>"The initiative comes in the wake of the disclosure of 'diversity' figures by major tech companies, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo and LinkedIn, which reveal that, across the board, the number of women in tech jobs is well under 20 per cent, with the percentage of women in leadership roles not much better - reflecting a global lack of women coming into the ICT field."</em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Deadline Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-label">Deadline Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, September 5, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-3"> <div class="field-label">Application Info:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.itu.int/en/action/women/gem/Pages/nominee-form.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Click here to propose an organisation or an individual prior to 11:59 p.m. CEST on September 5 2014.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/oisika-chakrabarti-un-women">Oisika Chakrabarti - UN Women</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/ict-4-development/node/323593">Sarah Parkes - ITU</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/7/itu-awards-for-gender-equality" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Press release</a> sent from UN Women to The Communication Initiative on July 14 2014; and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.itu.int/en/action/women/gem/Pages/award.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">GEM-TECH Awards 2014 website</a>, accessed July 17 2014. <em>Image credit</em>: UN</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/gender-equality-mainstreaming-technology-gem-tech-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/gender-equality-mainstreaming-technology-gem-tech-award#comments Global Awards 2014 Sept Access Digital Featured MDG 3. Gender Equality Voice Phone/Mobile Economic Development News/Information Radio Television Gender New Technology Company New Technologies United Nations Women Global ICT for Development Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:35:15 +0000 kdevries 9349773 at http://www.comminit.com Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC) http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/exploring-emerging-impacts-open-data-developing-countries-oddc <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/oddc.jpg" alt="" title="Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC)" width="100" height="78" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>"The open data movement holds out the promise of improving transparency, accountability, citizen participation and economic opportunity across developing countries...Nevertheless, it is not yet clear if open data initiatives are truly delivering on their promises."</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From March 2013 to June 2014, 17 developing-country-based research partners were supported with funding, mentoring, and networking (via the <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.opendataresearch.org" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Open Data Research Network website</a>) opportunities to explore emerging supply, use, and impacts of open data in specific settings. This first phase focused on qualitative case-study-led research. The <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.opendataresearch.org/emergingimpacts" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">case studies</a>, each designed by local partners and informed by Network and regional meetings held around the world, cover issues ranging from budget and aid data to higher education statistics and local government transparency. These case studies examine initiatives, the governance challenges they propose to address, and emerging outcomes and impacts from the application of open data in these contexts. One overriding finding: "Although in some settings researchers have found evidence that open data is being used, and has led to outputs in the form of applications being built or new analysis carried out, in general, examples of, and outcomes from, the direct use of open data are limited. However, open data interventions are not without effects and developing country interest in using open data approaches to address governance and development challenges was evident."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to these case studies, the project is developing cross-cutting data collection instruments and analysis approaches to help explain if and how open data is bringing change to developing countries. For example, the project posted on its website <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.opendataresearch.org/content/2014/638/sharing-and-dissemination-research-data-some-useful-methods-and-tools" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"Sharing and Dissemination of Research Data: Some Useful Methods and Tools"</a>, which shares the results from a monthly web meeting hosted by the Web Foundation along with the research partners on April 15 2014. Sample insight: "It's important for researchers to consider when publishing whether the journals they are submitting research to might restrict access to the publications, through claiming copyright and only making articles available for a fee. Sometimes it is important for researchers to publish in high-ranked journals that are not open access, but in these cases, researchers should still look for 'hybrids': journals where the article would be open access upon payment of an author fee, or where the author has rights to archive pre-print copies of the papers. A number of tools exist to help researchers locate journals to publish in..."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Finally, ODDC is engaging with global and local policymaking and practice in an effort to improve developmental outcomes of the initiatives described in the case studies. For details on these activities, visit the <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.opendataresearch.org/emergingimpacts" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ODDC website</a> and/or see the contact information, below, to request more information.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Right to Information</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In outlining its research agenda, ODDC defines open data as data that is:</p> <ul> <li>Generally accessible online, as evidenced by, for example, its inclusion in a national data portal or the fact that it is being widely accessed by a range of actors operating independently of one another;</li> <li>Machine readable, as evidenced by the use of non-proprietary digital formats, with the data being structured in ways that allow it to be filtered, sorted, reshaped, and manipulated without copying/pasting or re-typing in data; and</li> <li>Practically/legally re-useable, which may involve the availability of an open license that grants explicit permissions or that may involve the existence of wider legal or cultural frameworks that enables the practical re-use of the data.</li> </ul> <p>ODDC states that these definitions are not specific to government data but recognise that the data in use in developing countries (and, for that matter, developed countries) in processes of transparency and accountability, inclusion and empowerment, and innovation and economic development "may not only come from government. International agencies, local civil society and the private sector can all form an important part of the data landscape; and in exploring the emerging impacts of open data it is important to adopt definitions that do not exclude this data from focus."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/tim-davies-open-data-research-network">Tim Davies - Open Data Research Network</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-youtube"><div id="media-youtube-1" class="media-youtube"> <div id="media-youtube-default-external-1"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="355" width="425" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/eNCjCk3Ba_s&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" id="media-youtube-default-external-object-1"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/eNCjCk3Ba_s&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" /> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain"/> <param name="quality" value="best"/> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"/> <param name="scale" value="noScale"/> <param name="salign" value="TL"/> <param name="FlashVars" value="playerMode=embedded" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <!-- Fallback content --> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNCjCk3Ba_s"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/eNCjCk3Ba_s/0.jpg" alt="See video" title="See video" width="425" height="355" /></a> </object> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Email from Kelly Haggart to The Communication Initiative on July 11 2014; <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.opendataresearch.org" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Open Data Research Network website</a>, July 16 2014; <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.opendataresearch.org/sites/default/files/posts/Researching%20the%20emerging%20impacts%20of%20open%20data.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"Researching the Emerging Impacts of Open Data - ODDC Conceptual Framework" [PDF]</a>, by Tim Davies, Fernando Perini Fernando, and José M. Alonso, July 2013; and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.opendataresearch.org/sites/default/files/publications/Phase%201%20-%20Synthesis%20-%20Full%20Report-print.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"Open Data in Developing Countries: Emerging Insights from Phase I" [PDF]</a>, by Tim Davies, July 15 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/exploring-emerging-impacts-open-data-developing-countries-oddc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/exploring-emerging-impacts-open-data-developing-countries-oddc#comments Africa Latin America South Asia South East and East Asia Experiences Access Digital Featured Person-to-Person Governance and Democracy News/Information Research New Technology Company Rights Global Democracy and Governance ICT for Development Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:51:53 +0000 kdevries 9349746 at http://www.comminit.com Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting Poverty with Technology http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/information-lives-poor-fighting-poverty-technology <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/poverty.jpg" alt="" title="Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting Poverty with Technology" width="100" height="82" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Laurent Elder </div> <div class="field-item even"> Rohan Samarajiva </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Alison Gillwald </div> <div class="field-item even"> Hernán Galperín </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-year"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2013 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Affiliation:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>International Development Research Centre (IDRC)</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>"Information and communication have always opened opportunities for the poor to earn income, reduce isolation, and respond resiliently to emergencies. With mobile phone use exploding across the developing world, even marginalized communities are now benefiting from modern communication tools."</em></p> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/node/268324">International Development Research Centre (IDRC)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Email from Kelly Haggart to The Communication Initiative on July 11 2014; and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Resources/Publications/Pages/ArticleDetails.aspx?PublicationID=1250" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">IDRC website</a>, July 16 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/information-lives-poor-fighting-poverty-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/information-lives-poor-fighting-poverty-technology#comments Africa Latin America South Asia South East and East Asia Strategic Thinking Trends Access Advocacy Country Trends Digital MDG 1. Poverty and Hunger Regional Trends Interpersonal Phone/Mobile Economic Development News/Information Research New Technology Company NGOs New Technologies Global ICT for Development Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:59:11 +0000 kdevries 9349738 at http://www.comminit.com mHealth Resources to Strengthen Health Programs http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/mhealth-resources-strengthen-health-programs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/k-for_health.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kelly L&#039;Engle </div> <div class="field-item even"> Laura Raney </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Margaret D&#039;Adamo </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tuesday, February 11, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Affiliation:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>FHI 360 (L'Engle), FHI 360 for the Knowledge for Health Project (Raney), Unites States Agency for International Development - USAID (D'Adamo)</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>This article describes a suite of resources that provides implementation guidance for mHealth initiatives, particularly in less developed countries. The suite includes an "eLearning course, online guide, evidence database, and a High-Impact Practices brief, along with the mHealth Working Group and website."</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.ghspjournal.org/content/2/1/130.full" target="_blank">Click here to access this document online.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/kelly-lengle-fhi-360">Kelly L&#039;Engle - FHI 360</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.ghspjournal.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Global Health: Science and Practice Journal</a></em>, L'Engle K, Raney L, D'Adamo M. mHealth resources to strengthen health programs. Glob Health Sci Pact. 2014;2(1):130-131, accessed June 16 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/mhealth-resources-strengthen-health-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/mhealth-resources-strengthen-health-programs#comments Global Materials Strategic Thinking Access Featured Bilaterals Network Phone/Mobile Development Assistance News/Information Foundations Research Health NGOs USAID Global HIV/AIDS - Africa Health ICT for Development Africa Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:28:04 +0000 jlevy 9315567 at http://www.comminit.com Health Communication Using Mobile Technology in Afghanistan http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/health-communication-using-mobile-technology-afghanistan <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/bbc_media_action_maternal_health.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sunday, September 1, 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>"BBC Media Action's qualitative research explored the maternal and child health information that is available and needed [in Afghanistan], and analysed which people in households and the community have significant influence over pregnant women."</p> <p>This research summary describes BBC Media Action's scoping study of the potential of maternal and child health communication initiatives using mobile technology in Afghanistan.</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaaction/publicationsandpress/research_summary_mobile_technology_health_afghanistan.html" target="_blank">Click here to read the full text of this document online.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/node/266147">BBC Media Action</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/clickthru/f93f9b34f1a9179b940cee2d09cfd255?node=9315442" target="_blank">BBC Media Action website</a>, June 11 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/health-communication-using-mobile-technology-afghanistan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/health-communication-using-mobile-technology-afghanistan#comments Afghanistan Evaluations Access Featured MDG 4. Child Mortality Community Groups MDG 5. Maternal Health Phone/Mobile Situation Analysis Question News/Information Television Research Health News Media NGOs Religious Groups Reproductive Health Women BBC Media Action Global Health ICT for Development Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:07:27 +0000 jlevy 9315474 at http://www.comminit.com Manthan Award South West India http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/manthan-award-south-west-india <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/manthansw2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="32" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Manthan Award was created to recognise best practices in the areas of e-content, creativity, innovation, and development in internet content in India. This specific competition is a regional award for eleven states of southwest India. The core objective of the Manthan Award process is "giving visibility to the already existing content and thus demonstrating the richness and diversity of digital innovations" to those interested in information and communication technology (ICT) for development.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Deadline Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-label">Deadline Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sunday, June 15, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-3"> <div class="field-label">Application Info:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://southwestindia.manthanaward.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Click here</a> for more information.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/node/281047">Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Press release from the Digital Empowerment Foundation on May 24 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/manthan-award-south-west-india" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/manthan-award-south-west-india#comments India Awards 2014 June Access Digital Featured Voice Governance and Democracy Community Media Entertainment Orgs Education Foundations Recognition/Awards New Technology Company Health News Media Women ICT for Development Wed, 28 May 2014 14:09:17 +0000 jlevy 9314921 at http://www.comminit.com Mapping Election Coverage in Afghanistan http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/mapping-election-coverage-afghanistan <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/map_2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wednesday, April 2, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>"This collaboration presents the opportunity to link citizen journalism, official elections monitoring, and traditional media coverage with a single platform that can provide a much more comprehensive picture of the election process than any of three could independently."</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://internews.org/mapping-election-coverage-afghanistan" target="_blank">Click here to read about this document online.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/node/283048">Internews Network - Washington Office</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://internews.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Internews website</a>, May 22 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/mapping-election-coverage-afghanistan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/mapping-election-coverage-afghanistan#comments Afghanistan Strategic Thinking Access Digital Featured Community Participation Inclusive Politics Network Public Expectations Civil Society Community Groups Governance and Democracy Phone/Mobile Community Media News/Information News Media NGOs by Specific Theme Site Codes USAID Global Democracy and Governance Fragile Contexts ICT for Development Media Development Thu, 22 May 2014 18:29:12 +0000 jlevy 9314825 at http://www.comminit.com Open Development Cambodia (ODC) http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/open-development-cambodia-odc-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/img_1096.jpeg" alt="" title="Open Development Cambodia (ODC)" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>"Cambodian government information technology policy has encouraged the use of open source programs and the uncensored transmission of information, resulting in an energetic IT community that has produced Khmer Unicode and indigenized software. ODC continues this tradition."</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All data published on <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.opendevelopmentcambodia.net" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ODC</a> is publicly available and collected from a variety of sources. These data are organised into categories including: briefings (e.g., briefings about Cambodia's forest cover), maps (e.g., maps showing plantations, mines, and dams), company profiles (e.g., of the oil and gas sector), laws and regulations (e.g., those related to social development), natural resources (e.g., resources focused on protected areas), and census data (searchable by province, district, and/or commune). There is also a searchable digital library that is freely accessible to the public. "With over 1,000 articles, reports, and other resources in our collection, the library ensures researchers have access to up-to-date development information in Cambodia." ODC's policy is to ensure that all data shared on the website has clear sources. Any copyrighted material is cited and featured according to internationally recognised "fair use" standards. Users are welcome to download and use information, including ODC original materials, in keeping with its Creative Commons license.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The project is implemented by a young Cambodian staff and "a web of partnerships that are contributing to collaborative information sharing and engaging students and others in contributing to the site and increasing their skills through volunteer opportunities." For instance, as the video below illustrates (and as detailed on the <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.opendevelopmentcambodia.net/blog_page/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ODC blog</a>), in April 2014, a dozen young Cambodians and expatriates gathered to translate the 9,752-word <em>Open Data Handbook</em> from English to Khmer. The event arose from discussions between ODC and the local Open Knowledge chapter. The Open Data Handbook was first written in English by members of the Open Knowledge Foundation. Since 2010, volunteers around the world have organised to translate it into 18 other languages. A volunteer university student said: "I'm excited to see the open data movement in Cambodia. I think the open data movement, including this event, and Wikipedia are a great source of knowledge for Cambodia." None of the participants - non-governmental organisation (NGO) workers, university students, and journalists among them - claimed any expertise in the subject matter. According to ODC, this resulted in "a collaborative atmosphere, where questions such as 'what is a 'wholesale data platform' or a 'sui generis database right' and 'can we translate technical terms into Khmer and should we?' were hashed out....Then begins the process of review and polishing, where we will seek the support of local university professors versed in law, technology, and media."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.opendevelopmentcambodia.net/blog_page/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ODC blog</a> also provides details about other ODC team activities, such as a February 2014 presentation on "How to Improve English &amp; Stay Current with National and International Events through Online News Media". Most of the attendees were college students living in Kampot province. The presentation discussed ways to improve English comprehension through news media. Alternative news sources, emerging media platforms, and Google Translate were demonstrated as effective tools to facilitate the learning process. In addition to being a place to go for monitoring development trends and obtaining data for research, the ODC website was presented as a free resource for learning English. In particular, the ODC presenters used pages from the website focused on forest cover and elections, both available in Khmer and English, to demonstrate how these pages could be used to improve users' language skills.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Right to Information, Natural Resource Management</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the consultants who worked on developing ODC said: "In fact, the silo'd government ministries have come to rely upon it [ODC] along with the advocacy groups, lawyers, journalists and researchers it is meant to support. It employs a very interesting methodology that splits objective data from advocacy. It works well in quasi-democratic environments where freedom of information is technically protected, but in practice self-censorship and overt censorship prevails, particularly if the data does not follow the official line and is seen as being politically motivated or biased. Using this methodology, even if an individual advocacy group is targeted for suppression because for its position, the data itself remains available for others to use, as opposed to when the two are tied together in the same project and a supressed advocacy group may very well also mean its data is suppressed as well. In 2014, the plan is to expand what has been a very successful initiative in Cambodia to the other five countries along the Mekong Delta so better resource decision making can occur along a waterway supporting the livelihoods of 65 million people."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-partner-text"> <div class="field-label">Partner Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>ODC was conceived by East-West Management Institute in consultation with local and international partners. ODC is supported by donors such as the United States Agency for Internaional Development (USAID), the Spider Foundation, American Jewish World Service, and the Open Society Foundations (OSF).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/open-development-cambodia-odc">Open Development Cambodia (ODC)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-youtube"><div id="media-youtube-2" class="media-youtube"> <div id="media-youtube-default-external-2"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="355" width="425" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/tEKBYQQfAk8&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" id="media-youtube-default-external-object-2"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/tEKBYQQfAk8&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" /> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain"/> <param name="quality" value="best"/> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"/> <param name="scale" value="noScale"/> <param name="salign" value="TL"/> <param name="FlashVars" value="playerMode=embedded" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <!-- Fallback content --> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEKBYQQfAk8"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/tEKBYQQfAk8/0.jpg" alt="See video" title="See video" width="425" height="355" /></a> </object> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Email from Jonathan Peizer to The Communication Initiative on January 14 2014; and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.opendevelopmentcambodia.net" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Open Development Cambodia (ODC) website</a>, May 21 2014. <em>Image credit:</em> Emanuel Feld (CC BY-SA)</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/open-development-cambodia-odc-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/open-development-cambodia-odc-0#comments Cambodia Experiences Materials Access Agriculture Digital Featured Livelihoods Bilaterals Person-to-Person Voice Governance and Democracy News/Information Foundations NGOs Natural Resources Management Rights Open Society Foundation USAID Global ICT for Development Natural Resource Management Wed, 21 May 2014 12:53:44 +0000 kdevries 9314763 at http://www.comminit.com Re-imagining Learning and Play http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/re-imagining-learning-and-play <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/idea-conf-708x300.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="42" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Author: Lisa Jordan, crossposted on May 14 2014: Over the past two days I have had the pleasure of re-imagining learning and play - with a group of 250 school teachers, digital designers, and play advocates brought together by the LEGO foundation.</p> <p>&nbsp;In the meantime, however, in the back of my mind I had that slight unease that every parent has who is away from their children. These days, that unease manifests in my household as ‘’is he playing Minecraft all day?’’ My youngest son is obsessed with Minecraft like many 10 year olds.</p> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/re-imagining-learning-and-play" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/re-imagining-learning-and-play#comments Global Academic Institutions Access Advocacy Digital Basic Education for All Children MDG 2. Universal Primary Education Quality Early Learning to Scale Entertainment Education Foundations New Technology Company School Curricula NGOs New Technologies Bernard van Leer Foundation Global Children, Equity and Development Policy Blogs Early Child Development ICT for Development Wed, 14 May 2014 16:03:44 +0000 Lisa_Jordan 9314609 at http://www.comminit.com