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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 ...

World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends
August 30, 2017

World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends

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This World Bank report explores the impact of the internet, mobile phones, and related technologies on economic development. Its statistics and analysis show that, while digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world, digital ...

Scaling Digital Health in Developing Markets: Opportunities and Recommendations for Mobile Operators
August 15, 2017

Scaling Digital Health in Developing Markets: Opportunities and ...

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"Digital health is taking its first steps in some African, Asian and Latin American markets, with a widespread view that greater use of technology and digital solutions can help address key healthcare issues: expanding healthcare coverage ...

ICT in Agriculture: Connecting Smallholders to Knowledge, Networks, and Institutions (Updated Edition)
July 27, 2017

ICT in Agriculture: Connecting Smallholders to Knowledge, Networks, and ...

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“Information and communication technology (ICT) has always mattered in agriculture. Ever since people have grown crops, raised livestock, and caught fish, they have sought information from one another. Today, ICT represents a tremendous ...

Local Radio in Afghanistan: A Sustainability Assessment
July 26, 2017

Local Radio in Afghanistan: A Sustainability Assessment

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"[T]he historical resilience of radio and its future prospects within Afghanistan’s fluid media landscape, and in particular the viability of local radio stations’ efforts to guarantee a minimum level of access to information for even the most ...

The 12 Essentials for System Change
June 30, 2017

The 12 Essentials for System Change

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"To imagine that meaningful interaction can be retrofitted into the existing, well-established systems and structures falls short of a 'revolution'. Revolutions denote a change in power dynamics, which is happening as people affected by disaster ...

Vaccination Resilience: Building and Sustaining Confidence in and Demand for Vaccination
June 30, 2017

Vaccination Resilience: Building and Sustaining Confidence in and Demand for ...

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"In our noisy social media and peer advice overwhelming environment filled with conflicting vaccine narratives, building vaccination resilience is key to minimizing the development of hesitancy and ensuring that immunization programs are not ...

Zika in Twitter: Temporal Variations of Locations, Actors, and Concepts
June 14, 2017

Zika in Twitter: Temporal Variations of Locations, Actors, and Concepts

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This paper presents a study of recent discourse in Twitter among different communities across the globe regarding a public health emergency of international concern: the Zika outbreak. This analysis demonstrates the significance of 3 types of ...

Digital Technologies for Resilience Inventory
June 12, 2017

Digital Technologies for Resilience Inventory

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"Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities and systems to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of stress and shocks, and even transform when conditions require it. Building resilience is about making people, communities and systems ...

Tech Age Girls (TAG)
June 7, 2017

Tech Age Girls (TAG)

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"[E]fforts to improve girls' potential must go beyond training and start creating an ecosystem in which skills can be maximized. This means addressing leadership and self-confidence, creating support networks, developing allies and advocates, and ...

From a Refugee Perspective: Discourse of Arabic Speaking and Afghan Refugees and Migrants on Social Media from March to December 2016
May 16, 2017

From a Refugee Perspective: Discourse of Arabic Speaking and Afghan Refugees ...

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"During the large influx of asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants to Europe in 2015, it became apparent that most people started their journey without a clear understanding of what lay ahead of them....It was a mixed migration movement that ...

Grounding Innovation in Pacific Media and Communication for Development Projects
May 10, 2017

Grounding Innovation in Pacific Media and Communication for Development Projects

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"The communicative ecologies approach grounds our analysis of innovation, sustainability, and strategy in local contexts, enabling us to explore how the spread of digital technologies is being integrated into Pacific media and communication ...

Organizational Guide to ICT4D: Leveraging Technology for International Development
May 5, 2017

Organizational Guide to ICT4D: Leveraging Technology for International ...

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"The world faces many challenges that require academic understanding, technological application, and program implementation to address. This guide is intended for internal change leaders and lays out an approach to using technology to improve ...

Partnership Guidelines: Building Effective Relationships between MNOs and NGOs in Complex Environments and Crises
May 2, 2017

Partnership Guidelines: Building Effective Relationships between MNOs and ...

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"Mobile technology is increasingly seen as a channel for information sharing, and humanitarian organisations are looking to how informative materials can be shared in digital form. As work continues in the space of mobile identity, here too we ...

Enabling Environment National Assessments: Civil Society Response Strategies
May 2, 2017

Enabling Environment National Assessments: Civil Society Response Strategies

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Featuring reflections on civil society strategies to create a more enabling environment, this paper draws on the findings of the Enabling Environment National Assessments (EENA), held in 22 countries between 2013 and 2016 (Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, ...

Communications, Power and Governance in Democratisation Conflicts
April 12, 2017

Communications, Power and Governance in Democratisation Conflicts

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"[W]e question a characterisation that often contrasts vertical mainstream media with more horizontal and inclusive social media, arguing that a more nuanced view of the political significance of both spaces of communication is required, and one ...

Social Media: Shaping the Future of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services
April 10, 2017

Social Media: Shaping the Future of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services

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"The society - the rural people, the field level extensionists, farmers - do not read journals; they read blogs, watch YouTube and use Facebook and Twitter and these are the mediums that reach them effectively. These platforms provide incentives ...

The Use of Mobile Technology for Humanitarian Programming in Syria: Potential and Constraints
April 10, 2017

The Use of Mobile Technology for Humanitarian Programming in Syria: ...

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"Everyone is reliant on mobile technology for communication ... Even a grandmother in Syria might now be using applications such as WhatsApp ... these tools have become central." (Field researcher interviewee) This report presents the findings ...

Tuning In To Community Radio
April 7, 2017

Tuning In To Community Radio

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"While we acknowledge there is a tyranny of distance between Pacific countries...we have the opportunity to strengthen existing information and communication exchange models which amplify voices and brings visibility to the desire for equality, ...

Technology Innovation Hubs and Policy Engagement
March 24, 2017

Technology Innovation Hubs and Policy Engagement

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"There is latent, but recognised, potential for tech innovation hubs in the global South to play a more overt role in promoting social change through contributing to the 'thickening' of local democratic space and policy co-creation. ...

Managing Knowledge During Partnerships: A Case of Intermediaries in Agricultural Innovation System
March 23, 2017

Managing Knowledge During Partnerships: A Case of Intermediaries in ...

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"The advent of the Internet and its emerging collaborative web-based tools has assumed a crucial role in both inter- and intra-organizational knowledge management systems."

Media Development in the Digital Age: Five Ways to Engage in Internet Governance
March 23, 2017

Media Development in the Digital Age: Five Ways to Engage in Internet Governance

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"This report makes the case to this community that they can, and must, engage in the decision-making bodies that are shaping Internet governance (IG) to ensure that the Internet - and the growing media sphere it sustains - remains open, ...

Guidebook for Online Facilitators: Sharing Experiences from Climate Change and Agriculture Communities of Practice
March 16, 2017

Guidebook for Online Facilitators: Sharing Experiences from Climate Change ...

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"The impacts of climate change have required wide scale adaptation, especially in sectors like agriculture directly impacted by weather and climatic conditions. Therefore there is a need to transform agriculture sectors quickly and efficiently. ...

AidDrops
February 23, 2017

AidDrops

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"Connectivity is the lifeblood of migration." - Deidre McKay, interviewee on an AidDrops podcast This resource is a series of podcasts on SoundCloud featuring interviews conducted by Martin Dawes, a former BBC foreign correspondent and United ...

Women in Agriculture: A Toolkit for Mobile Services Practitioners
February 16, 2017

Women in Agriculture: A Toolkit for Mobile Services Practitioners

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Created by GSMA mWomen in partnership with GSMA mAgri, this is a resource for mobile network operators (MNOs) and members of the wider mobile ecosystem who are thinking about developing mobile-enabled agricultural services (mAgri services) for ...

A Developer First. Pursuing a Career in Programming as a Woman from the Eastern Cape
February 8, 2017

A Developer First. Pursuing a Career in Programming as a Woman from the ...

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Author: Praekelt's Mitso Qalaba, originally posted February 8 2017 - Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, I grew up in a rural widowed single-parent household. My upbringing is not unique for the country. I did not have ...

Shrinking Spaces: Online Freedom of Assembly and of Association in Pakistan
January 31, 2017

Shrinking Spaces: Online Freedom of Assembly and of Association in Pakistan

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The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) asserts that rights to freedom of assembly and of association (FoAA) are fundamental human rights, enshrined in the domestic law of Pakistan and the International Bill of Human Rights. These ...

Mobile Phones for Social Change and Behavioural Change: A Compendium of 100+ Initiatives in India
January 31, 2017

Mobile Phones for Social Change and Behavioural Change: A Compendium of 100+ ...

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"The bigger thinking of compiling over 100 projects is to explore how mobiles can drive desired social and behavioural changes among millions of Indians."

ICTs for a Sustainable World #ICT4SDG
January 30, 2017

ICTs for a Sustainable World #ICT4SDG

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"Promoting the most practical and efficient use of information communication technology #ICT for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals #SDGs..."

Keystones to Foster Inclusive Knowledge Societies: Access to Information and Knowledge, Freedom of Expression, Privacy and Ethics on a Global Internet
January 27, 2017

Keystones to Foster Inclusive Knowledge Societies: Access to Information and ...

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"UNESCO's vision of universal Knowledge Societies builds on a free, open and trusted Internet that enables people to not only have the ability to access information resources from around the world, but to also contribute information and knowledge ...

Digital Development: What Is the Role of International NGOs? ICT for Development Programmes and Opportunities in the Horn, East and Central Africa
February 27, 2017

Digital Development: What Is the Role of International NGOs? ICT for ...

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“Trends in international development point to increasing investment in new technologies and a more significant role for information communication technologies (ICT) in the work of NGOs.” This discussion paper reports on the results of research ...

Embracing Web 2.0 and Social Media: A Life-Changing Pathway for Agricultural Development Actors
December 14, 2016

Embracing Web 2.0 and Social Media: A Life-Changing Pathway for Agricultural ...

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“Web 2.0 and social media have become part of everyday life for most people in the developed world. But they represent a life-changing encounter for many in developing countries.” Michael Hailu, CTA Director

Youth Voices Count (YVC)
December 5, 2016

Youth Voices Count (YVC)

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Led by young men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender (TG) people, Youth Voices Count (YVC) brings together young community leaders in Asia and the Pacific to address issues related to HIV, health, and human rights through capacity ...

Managing Disaster Response through Mobile: Asia Pacific
December 1, 2016

Managing Disaster Response through Mobile: Asia Pacific

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"Mobile networks and the connectivity they provide can be a lifeline for those affected by natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies. They are vital to facilitating access to information and coordinating assistance within affected ...

eHealth Conversations: Using Information Management, Dialogue, and Knowledge Exchange to Move Toward Universal Access to Health
November 10, 2016

eHealth Conversations: Using Information Management, Dialogue, and Knowledge ...

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"Due to the variety and timeliness of the topics addressed, this work is useful for health professionals, decision makers, political leaders, developers of health-related programs, and other players interested in the broad field of eHealth."

Communication, Participation, & Social Change: A Review of Communication Initiatives Addressing Gender-Based Violence, Gender Norms, and Harmful Traditional Practices in Crisis-Affected Settings
October 25, 2016

Communication, Participation, & Social Change: A Review of Communication ...

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"Participatory communication activities can spur discussion and engagement, empower individuals and groups, strengthen leadership and advocacy skills, and promote alternatives to norms and practices that propagate gender inequities and ...

Smarter Crowdsourcing for Zika
October 5, 2016

Smarter Crowdsourcing for Zika

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"Would you like to lend your skills to tackle a public health emergency? Deliberate with diverse innovators and professionals to refine good ideas into actionable projects? Join a conversation with government partners interested in implementing ...

Strengthening Information Society Research Capacity Alliance (SIRCA) White Paper Series
September 16, 2016

Strengthening Information Society Research Capacity Alliance (SIRCA) White ...

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Digitally enabled openness is characterised by greater transparency and collaboration made possible through digital technologies such as the internet. It has recently emerged as an organising concept across socio-economic sectors, including ...

Information Networks and Social Inclusion in Latin America
September 15, 2016

Information Networks and Social Inclusion in Latin America

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Rapid changes in information networks throughout Latin America may provide new opportunities to address inequalities in the region. With International Development Research Centre (IDRC) support, the Diálogo Regional sobre Sociedad de la ...

Growing Women-Owned Businesses: WEConnect
September 12, 2016

Growing Women-Owned Businesses: WEConnect

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This research project is working to help women-owned businesses connect to global markets and enhance their growth prospects to support socioeconomic development and gender equality. WEConnect International, an international non-profit ...

New Phone Tool in South Africa Helps Groups Mobilise around Important Issues, from Burial Societies to Protest Groups
September 8, 2016

New Phone Tool in South Africa Helps Groups Mobilise around Important ...

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Author Julie Taylor, September 8 2016: Grassroot is a free mobile phone tool that helps groups of people in South Africa interact and exchange information, ranging from small social groups to massive community organisations. Grassroot allows ...

Digital Innovation Library
September 1, 2016

Digital Innovation Library

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Launched in 2016, the Digital Innovation Library is an interactive platform designed to showcase the wide range of digital activities that are taking place across the Global South to explore some of the issues prominent in media development, such ...

Guidebook Internet Governance
August 29, 2016

Guidebook Internet Governance

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Written for, and by, stakeholders in the Global South, this guidebook from the international media development organisation DW Akademie, together with iRights, seeks to contribute to a greater understanding of internet governance - an issue that ...

Mobile Information Literacy Curriculum
August 24, 2016

Mobile Information Literacy Curriculum

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"Mobile information literacy is necessary to help people learn how to find and evaluate the quality and credibility of information obtained online, understand how to create and share online information effectively, and participate safely and ...

Privacy, Anonymity, Visibility: Dilemmas in Tech Use by Marginalised Communities
August 17, 2016

Privacy, Anonymity, Visibility: Dilemmas in Tech Use by Marginalised Communities

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“LGBTQ activists in Kenya and low-income black and mixed-race housing activists in South Africa are marginalised and criminalised. The facts of their marginalisation and lack of rights cannot be ignored, and perhaps have to be the primary subject ...

Understanding Immunisation Awareness and Sentiment Through Social and Mainstream Media
August 2, 2016

Understanding Immunisation Awareness and Sentiment Through Social and ...

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"As immunisation uptake is mediated by socio-cultural and political influences, locally appropriate communication responses are required to meet and sustain coverage goals." This brief describes a multi-country study by United Nations (UN) ...

E-Agriculture Strategy Guide
July 14, 2016

E-Agriculture Strategy Guide

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Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), this guide provides a framework for countries in developing their national e-agriculture strategies in alignment ...

Information and Communications Technologies: Engaging the Private Sector and Communities in HIV Programmes with Gay Men and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men
June 28, 2016

Information and Communications Technologies: Engaging the Private Sector and ...

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"Discussions throughout the meeting highlighted how creating meaningful and effective partnerships among everyone involved in using ICT for the health and well-being of gay men and other men who have sex with men..."

Connected Society: Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT)
June 21, 2016

Connected Society: Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT)

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This GSMA toolkit is for mobile network operators (MNOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), development organisations, and governments who want to provide training to improve people's basic knowledge and understanding of the mobile internet. ...

Mapping A Response: Using Satellite Images to Aid Humanitarian Action
June 14, 2016

Mapping A Response: Using Satellite Images to Aid Humanitarian Action

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"Today, aerial imagery is available from a variety of sources, including traditional satellites, nano satellites, manned and unmanned aircrafts, balloons and kites. This imagery can benefit humanitarian organisations in their response to ...

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