How Do We Break Oscar Night Syndrome in ICT4D M&E?

No one ever fails in ICT4D. Isn't that amazing! Technologies come and go quickly - bye, bye PDA's, Windows Vista, and soon Nokia - yet in ICT4D, each project has impact and we never fail. We just have lessons learned. In fact, can you name a single technology program that has publicly stated that it failed?

Four Obvious Yet Completely Wrong Assumptions About Technology Use in the Developing World

I am Patrick Meier and I’ve spent the past week at the iLab in Liberia and got what I came for: an updated reality check on the limitations of technology adoption in developing countries. Below are some of the assumptions that I took for granted.

Does your country have a National Information and Communication Infrastructure Plan?

National ICT plans, also known as National Information and Communication Infrastructure plans (NICI), are key to implementing the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) - an action framework that has been the basis for information and communication activities in Africa since 1996.

Gender Assessment of ICT Access and Usage in Africa

Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) are widely seen as having the potential to contribute positively to economic growth and development and to improve the livelihoods and quality of life of individuals and households. Several studies have sought to demonstrate the correlations between economic growth and the penetration of telephones and now Internet.

There are No Shortcuts in Technology for Development

At the TEDxIIT conference earlier this year Dr. Laura Hosman spoke about the challenges facing ICT4D and some promising methods for moving forward:

In her talk she focused on these three points with humor and precision we could all learn from:

How ICT can improve Technical and Vocational Skills Development

GESCI has recently published two papers trying to tease out key issues related to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and their integration to national education and training systems in Sub-Saharan Africa;

Let us review the non-technical considerations in ICT deployments

Gadgets are cool, right? Who can resist the newest shiny, flashy thing? We all get tech-lust that blinds us to the bigger picture.

Evaluation of Intel Teach Getting Started Program in Indonesia

The Evaluation of the Implementation and Impact of the DBE3‐Intel "Getting Started Program" presents the results of an evaluation conducted on the implementation and impact of the joint program between USAID and Intel to implement the Intel Teach Getting Started program to Junior Secondary School teachers

USAID Lessons Learned in ICT for Distribution and Supply Chain Management in sub-Saharan African Agriculture

Using ICT to manage distribution and supply chains can increase efficiency and predictability and reduce waste in value chains and have positive impacts on all market actors.

USAID Lessons Learned in Using Mobile Money to Enhance Agriculture Development

Where agriculture development projects find access to financial services a key constraint to success, m-money and m-banking services are potentially important tools to leverage. Such services can:

Modeles d'Entreprises en vue d'Ameliorer l'Access a l'Internet au Mali

La recherche montre que l’amélioration de l’accès aux technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) accélère la croissance économique. Au Mali, l’accès aux produits des TIC – en particulier l’Internet – est extrêmement limité. Selon l’Union internationale des télécommunications (UIT), seul un pour cent des Maliens y a accès, soit l’un des taux les plus faibles en Afrique.

Apply Now: Global Social Benefit Incubator 2011

Back in 2007, I was fortunate enough to attend the 5th annual Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI), a capacity-building program for up to 20 social ventures ready to scale their enterprises with the help of seasoned Silicon Valley start-up veterans and Santa Clara University faculty.

Video: Michael Joseph on his decade as Safaricom CEO

Moses Kemibaro made an amazing video of Safaricom’s departing CEO, Michael Joseph, who spoke for about 2 hours at iHub on his wildly successful and "peculiar" decade at the helm of Safaricom, Kenya’s leading mobile network.

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