Malawi

Yes, Farmers Do Use Mobile Phones for Market Prices

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In Malawi, problems as symptoms

When I started out in development I had no idea what I’d be able to do to help solve some of the huge, complex problems out there. But that lack of certainty – and an absence of obvious answers – turned out to be a far better starting point than I ever imagined. 

Malawi Leaps Ahead With White Spaces Pilot

Malawi is not a country that often makes the international news, particularly not in the realm of connectivity. Economically poor and landlocked, it faces significant challenges in achieving affordable access for all.

ICTworks Interview with Clement Nyirenda, a Malawian ICT Blogger in Japan

Now what could be more surprising than a Malawian blogging about ICT in his country while studying in Japan? How about the high quality of Clement Nyirenda's ICT Blog posts? As a frequent reader, I've always had a few questions I wanted to ask him, and recently got the chance to quiz Clement on his life and work.

Clement Nthambazale Nyirenda in Japan

1. So how does a Malawian wind up in Tokyo? How did you get a Japanese Government Scholarship?

ICTworks Interview: Clement Nyirenda, a Malawian ICT Blogger in Japan

Now what could be more surprising than a Malawian blogging about ICT in his country while studying in Japan? How about the high quality of Clement Nyirenda's ICT Blog posts? As a frequent reader, I've always had a few questions I wanted to ask him, and recently got the chance to quiz Clement on his life and work.

Clement Nthambazale Nyirenda in Japan

1. So how does a Malawian wind up in Tokyo? How did you get a Japanese Government Scholarship?

$100 Million USAID Opportunity for mHealth in Malawi

Check out this 5-year, $100 Million RFA released by USAID, "Malawi Support for Integrated Service Delivery."

Reading this RFA I couldn't help but think about recent Technology Salons that showcased how SMS text messaging can empower healthcare implementers and patient beneficiaries to communicate better and faster, and an earlier Salon with Baobab Health about healthcare in Malawi:

$100 Million USAID Opportunity for mHealth in Malawi

Check out this 5-year, $100 Million RFA released by USAID, "Malawi Support for Integrated Service Delivery."

Reading this RFA I couldn't help but think about recent Technology Salons that showcased how SMS text messaging can empower healthcare implementers and patient beneficiaries to communicate better and faster, and an earlier Salon with Baobab Health about healthcare in Malawi:

6 Lessons ICT4D Practitioners Can Learn From PlayPumps Failure

Children playing on merry-go-rounds can pump ground water to a storage tank, and ads on that tank can pay for pump maintenance. That's the simple idea behind PlayPumps International, which went from a small South African effort to a multi-donor cause célèbre to most recently, a poster child for good intentions gone bad in Africa.
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6 Lessons ICT4D Practitioners Can Learn From PlayPumps Failure

Children playing on merry-go-rounds can pump ground water to a storage tank, and ads on that tank can pay for pump maintenance. That's the simple idea behind PlayPumps International, which went from a small South African effort to a multi-donor cause célèbre to most recently, a poster child for good intentions gone bad in Africa.
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BBC: Lessons from microfinance…

Nils Blythe
Business Correspondent, BBC News
It is hard to imagine that a £12 loan can be life-changing.
But for Margaret Chunga, living in the tiny village of Chipepete in central Malawi, a tiny loan has made a huge difference.
She used the loan to buy wheat flour, salt and sugar in order to set up a road-side [...]

Mapping medicine availability via SMS

Medicine stock-outs are a potentially lethal problem in a number of African countries, yet governments insist they don’t occur. What could be more powerful than a map which contradicts this claim?
Last week activists in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia started surveying clinics in their respective countries, checking stock levels of essential medicines, including:

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