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Open Broadcaster
February 16, 2018

Open Broadcaster

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"Share your stories with your community, your country, and your world!." Open Broadcaster's mission is to develop and provide products and services for community-focused broadcasters of any size, working in analog or digital environments, around ...

Technology for Development: Indo-Pacific State of Play
February 15, 2018

Technology for Development: Indo-Pacific State of Play

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"Australia’s first International Cyber Engagement Strategy lays out three simple... goals to harness the opportunities of the digital age and accelerate sustainable development in the Indo-Pacific..." From the Institute of Development Studies ...

The Future of Learning and Technology in Deprived Contexts
February 14, 2018

The Future of Learning and Technology in Deprived Contexts

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"This report addresses the future of basic education, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) use in deprived locations, and the use of ICTs in primary school learning in 2020 and 2025, especially in deprived contexts." This report from ...

Gender Equality and Big Data: Making Gender Data Visible
February 9, 2018

Gender Equality and Big Data: Making Gender Data Visible

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"The UN plays a very important role in ensuring that the data revolution for sustainable development is inclusive, not only by incorporating big data and analytics into planning and decision making, but also by working with governments, policy ...

Ending the Gender Digital Divide in Myanmar: A Problem-Driven Political Economy Assessment
February 2, 2018

Ending the Gender Digital Divide in Myanmar: A Problem-Driven Political ...

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"[I]t [is] imperative to improve understanding of how ICTs are becoming yet another barrier, enforced through policies, practices, and norms, that limits women's and girls' agency and voice." In Myanmar, women are 28% less likely than men to own ...

Equal Access to the Information Society in Myanmar
January 25, 2018

Equal Access to the Information Society in Myanmar

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"It is imperative that efforts be undertaken to equip Myanmar's citizenry, especially women, with the knowledge, skills, confidence, and other abilities to shape a democratic, trustworthy, and vibrant local information society."

Appropriating Technology for Accountability: Messages from Making All Voices Count
January 24, 2018

Appropriating Technology for Accountability: Messages from Making All Voices ...

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Between June 2013 and November 2017, the Making All Voices Count programme made grants for innovation and scaling projects that aimed to amplify the voices of citizens and enable governments to listen and respond. Conceived in an era of optimism ...

Information Not Found: The "Right to Be Forgotten" as an Emerging Threat to Media Freedom in the Digital Age
January 22, 2018

Information Not Found: The "Right to Be Forgotten" as an Emerging Threat to ...

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"[T]he media development community has a responsibility to engage in the debates, raise awareness of how the RTBF is endangering press freedom, and ensure that the tireless work and progress achieved is not undermined by unscrupulous actors vying ...

Triggering Mobile Internet Use among Men and Women in South Asia
January 22, 2018

Triggering Mobile Internet Use among Men and Women in South Asia

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Adoption and use of mobile internet is far from universal or equitable, with women, those with less education, rural residents, and the economically poor accounting for a disproportionate number of non-users. The increasing economic and social ...

National Consultation on Strengthening Community Radio in India: Working Papers and Recommendations
January 19, 2018

National Consultation on Strengthening Community Radio in India: Working ...

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On April 11 and 12 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair on Community Media and UNESCO organised the National Consultation on Strengthening Community Radio in India in order to revisit the ...

Voice, Visibility and Variety of Viciousness: A Malaysian Study on Women's Lived Realities on Social Media
January 18, 2018

Voice, Visibility and Variety of Viciousness: A Malaysian Study on Women's ...

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"Women constitute at least 40 percent of Malaysia's online population yet much is to be known about their experience in exercising their freedom of expression and participation."

Social Media in Afghanistan: Users and Engagement
January 16, 2018

Social Media in Afghanistan: Users and Engagement

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"Social media is still in its infancy in Afghanistan, with a small and mostly homogenous user base of educated, relatively wealthy, predominately male users....But while small, it holds opportunity for engagement and expression."

Digital Development and the Digital Gender Gap
January 8, 2018

Digital Development and the Digital Gender Gap

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"How does digital development change pathways to development for women and girls? What are the economic, social and political risks and opportunities?" Prepared for the United Kingdom (UK) Government's Department for International Development ...

Crop Specific Mobile Apps by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy
January 6, 2018

Crop Specific Mobile Apps by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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"The Crop Specific Mobile Apps programme has evolved over time in response to changing user needs, in both content provided and the distribution mechanism. The recent analytics component shows how low literacy users contribute to data collection ...

Medic Mobile Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy
January 5, 2018

Medic Mobile Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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"....Medic Mobile was launched in Nepal in 2013 as a mobile phone-based health monitoring solution using a simple data capture interface appropriate for community health workers (CHWs) with low levels of literacy and technical skills."

MIRA Channel Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy
January 2, 2018

MIRA Channel Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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Launched in 2012 by the Indian organisation ZMQ Development, MIRA Channel is an integrated mobile phone service providing communication and information tools for maternal and child health care to rural women in low-resource settings. "The ...

Supporting Teachers with Mobile Technology
December 18, 2017

Supporting Teachers with Mobile Technology

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"[T]eacher capacity building for mobile learning is likely to become increasingly essential as a growing number of educators and students, including those in poor countries, buy and use mobile phones." This report draws lessons from United ...

Vulnerable Youth as Prosumers in HIV Prevention: Studies Using Participatory Action Research
December 14, 2017

Vulnerable Youth as Prosumers in HIV Prevention: Studies Using Participatory ...

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Drawing on four cases of research from Africa and South East Asia, this paper discusses the possibilities for youth "prosumerism" as a participation mechanism in HIV prevention, particularly in light of new opportunities arising from a digital ...

Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy
December 12, 2017

Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy

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"In the absence of a comprehensive campaign to deal with this threat, manipulation and disinformation techniques could enable modern authoritarian regimes to expand their power and influence while permanently eroding user confidence in online ...

In Repressive Countries, Citizens Go 'Dark' to Share Independent News
December 12, 2017

In Repressive Countries, Citizens Go 'Dark' to Share Independent News

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"Dark social" refers to online and digital sharing either missing or incorrectly attributed in site traffic analytics. It describes the blind spot that originates when visitors to online news websites arrive there from links shared by email, ...

The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World
December 12, 2017

The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World

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"Making the digital space better for children requires collaboration and cooperation among governments, United Nations agencies and other international children's organizations, civil society, the private sector, academia and the technical ...

Case Study - Kilkari: A Maternal and Child Health Service in India - Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Deployment at Scale
December 7, 2017

Case Study - Kilkari: A Maternal and Child Health Service in India - Lessons ...

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"In order to persuade people to think and do things differently, you need to get inside their heads to understand the barriers to behavioral change, and the triggers that might empower people to break these barriers. This is why behavioral change ...

A Feminist Perspective on Gender, Media and Communication Rights in Digital Times - Key Issues for CSW62 and Beyond
December 4, 2017

A Feminist Perspective on Gender, Media and Communication Rights in Digital ...

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From IT for Change, this paper highlights the failure by states to incorporate a gender dimension in connectivity, the entrenchment of the gender digital divide, and the pervasiveness of gender-based violence (GBV) and its negative impact on ...

Information Needs Assessment: Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh
November 29, 2017

Information Needs Assessment: Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh

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"The refugee population is clearly a very tight one, where communication means and habits are strictly community-based, with great emphasis on personal connection and community leaders."

Promising Practices in Refugee Education: Synthesis Report
November 28, 2017

Promising Practices in Refugee Education: Synthesis Report

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"Whilst the challenges of providing education to the world's refugee children are contextual, multiple and varied, with sustained attention, sufficient political will, and a commitment to creativity and innovation, they can, and must, be overcome."

Unpacking the Disruptive Potential of Blockchain Technology for Human Development
November 28, 2017

Unpacking the Disruptive Potential of Blockchain Technology for Human ...

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"[M]any perceive blockchain technology as a platform for positive change - one that could disrupt the global economy and address many of the socio-economic and political issues that countries are facing..."

The Techno-Centric Gaze: Incorporating Citizen Participation Technologies into Participatory Governance Processes in the Philippines
November 20, 2017

The Techno-Centric Gaze: Incorporating Citizen Participation Technologies ...

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"By avoiding the techno-centric gaze and adopting the standpoint of non-users, we were able to better understand the barriers to technology access, explaining non-use as well as the power relationships embedded in these non-actions."

Advocating for Openness: Nine Ways Civil Society Groups Have Mobilized to Defend Internet Freedom
November 17, 2017

Advocating for Openness: Nine Ways Civil Society Groups Have Mobilized to ...

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"[A]ctivists are building digital rights movements from the ground up, launching national policy dialogues, and fighting to establish new norms and Internet standards. Understanding which of these efforts are successful, and sharing this ...

Evaluation of the Effects of the Smart Client Digital Health Tool
November 14, 2017

Evaluation of the Effects of the Smart Client Digital Health Tool

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"Many demand generation programs, programs that increase awareness of and demand for health products or services among an intended audience, address the information needs of clients prior to visiting a provider and encourage them to seek out FP ...

Open Data and Transparent Value Chains in Agriculture: A Review of the Literature
November 2, 2017

Open Data and Transparent Value Chains in Agriculture: A Review of the ...

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"In the context of smallholder agriculture, which contains a large and at times complicated number of value chain actors, unequal access to information leads certain actors to be on the losing end of the transactions that take place within the ...

GIS Support for the 2016 MSF Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign in Kinshasa
November 1, 2017

GIS Support for the 2016 MSF Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign in Kinshasa

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"Based on the interviews, it is possible to conclude that GIS support was a very important enabler - although not a critical factor - in the vaccination campaign. GIS support allowed MSF staff to complete their work more quickly, more safely and ...

Evolving an Open E-Governance Index for Network Societies
October 25, 2017

Evolving an Open E-Governance Index for Network Societies

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"Despite the proliferation of different ICT indices, the OeGI has unique features: (1) it measures the extent to which civil society groups utilise ICTs to ensure their participation in societal steering; and (2) it measures the extent of ...

How to Use Social Media to Better Engage People Affected by Crises
October 16, 2017

How to Use Social Media to Better Engage People Affected by Crises

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"Existing studies show that digital communications channels can be critical before, during and after natural disasters, crises and armed conflicts, to save lives and reduce suffering (e.g. by disseminating of early warning messages and safety ...

Final Project Report: Her Farm Radio in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda
October 11, 2017

Final Project Report: Her Farm Radio in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda

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“Women carry out a substantial and growing part of the work on family farms and represent 43 per cent of the global agricultural workforce....For women to have more meaningful contributions to farm management and decision-making, they must have ...

Scaling-up Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Sri Lanka
October 5, 2017

Scaling-up Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Sri Lanka

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A two-year International Development Research Centre (IDRC)-funded project identified challenges to the sustainable management of aquaculture in Sri Lanka, including poor knowledge mobilisation and low connectivity, particularly for smallholder ...

Women's Pathways to the Digital Sector: Stories of Opportunities and Challenges
October 4, 2017

Women's Pathways to the Digital Sector: Stories of Opportunities and Challenges

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"This study aims at understanding the role of ICT [information and communication technology] in realising women's rights, gender equality and women's economic empowerment in order to identify challenges and opportunities for women and girls to ...

Making Innovation and Technology Work for Women
October 4, 2017

Making Innovation and Technology Work for Women

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"From mobile banking ventures that facilitate women's entrepreneurship to e-learning platforms that take classrooms to individuals, social innovations have the potential to serve as a powerful tool to break trends and increase the awareness, ...

Gender and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Survey Toolkit
October 3, 2017

Gender and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Survey Toolkit

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The Gender and ICT Survey Toolkit provides a set of resources for obtaining a landscape assessment of gender and information and communication technology (ICT), providing organisations wanting to use mobile technology in their humanitarian and ...

Innovations in Mobile Birth Registration: Insights from Tigo Tanzania and Telenor Pakistan
September 28, 2017

Innovations in Mobile Birth Registration: Insights from Tigo Tanzania and ...

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"The ability to prove one’s identity is essential to securing a number of life-enhancing services such as healthcare, education, financial services, connectivity and social protections."  This GSMA report addresses the need of an estimated ...

Planning Tool for Developing a Digital Library of Monitoring and Evaluation Resources
September 26, 2017

Planning Tool for Developing a Digital Library of Monitoring and Evaluation ...

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This planning tool provides a checklist of tasks to be conducted and issues to be addressed prior to and during the development of an electronic or digital library of HIV monitoring and evaluation (M&E) resources. It was developed under the ...

Tools, Platforms and Mechanisms to Support Accountability to Disaster-Affected Populations in the Philippines
September 25, 2017

Tools, Platforms and Mechanisms to Support Accountability to ...

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"Active community participation was undeniably missing in the conceptualisation, implementation and monitoring of the accountability platforms developed in response to Typhoon Haiyan." This Making All Voices Count research report assesses the ...

ICT4D Research: Reflections on History and Future Agenda
September 21, 2017

ICT4D Research: Reflections on History and Future Agenda

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"[T]o what extent are ICTs contributing to development, particularly that of the relatively poor members of society? How can we extend the benefits of ICTs more widely in society and mitigate the negative effects of rich/poor divides, for ...

GSMA mHealth Gender Toolkit - Key Principles and Tips for Reaching Women
September 20, 2017

GSMA mHealth Gender Toolkit - Key Principles and Tips for Reaching Women

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“Women represent an untapped business opportunity in mHealth, with direct and indirect commercial benefits for the mobile industry.”

Voice or Chatter? Making ICTs Work for Transformative Engagement
September 20, 2017

Voice or Chatter? Making ICTs Work for Transformative Engagement

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"Digital choices for democracy can empower or disempower citizens; can present citizens with real alternatives for equality, thereby deepening democracy; or [can] prove costly for both individual citizens and the polity as a whole."

Protecting Children on the Move in Asia through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Social Media
September 18, 2017

Protecting Children on the Move in Asia through Information and ...

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"In a region with more mobile phones than people,...digital growth in Southeast Asia presents opportunities for children on the move to make informed decisions prior to migration and could help to prevent children from moving alone or being ...

Barriers and Solutions in Using M4D: Connecting Directly to Citizens for Scalable Impact
September 14, 2017

Barriers and Solutions in Using M4D: Connecting Directly to Citizens for ...

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"For a mobile engagement project to create real impact, affordable and scalable technology is a necessary starting point, but elements of culture, psychology and human design must be considered." This paper identifies four prevailing barriers to ...

Radio Distribution Module
September 11, 2017

Radio Distribution Module

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“Why is it important for people to have a radio, even if they may have access to other forms of media? What do they choose to listen to, and how does this information affect their daily lives? How do you design a radio distribution to maximize ...

Digital Tools and Improving Women's Safety and Access to Support Services
September 8, 2017

Digital Tools and Improving Women's Safety and Access to Support Services

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"The literature on (non-digital and digital) ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) and women and girls' empowerment is relatively large, but most studies focus on women's economic empowerment, and these rarely draw connections between ...

Digital Tools and Changing Behaviour in Relation to Violence against Women
September 7, 2017

Digital Tools and Changing Behaviour in Relation to Violence against Women

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What are the most effective tools developed for digital platforms (social media, mobile phone apps and websites) that have been successful in changing behaviour in relation to violence against women? Violence against women and girls (VAWG) ...

Civic Tech in the Global South: Assessing Technology for the Public Good
September 7, 2017

Civic Tech in the Global South: Assessing Technology for the Public Good

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"[I]n contrast with the deluge of blog posts and tweets praising technology’s role to promote smarter and more participatory governments, one finds limited evidence on the effects of technology on citizen engagement practices." - Tiago Carneiro ...

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