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The new transparency in development economics: lessons from the Millennium Villages controversy

The Millennium Villages Project is a high profile, multi-country development project that has aimed to serve as a model for ending rural poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. The project became the subject of controversy when the methodological basis of early claims of success was questioned.

Using Mobile Phones for Nutrition Surveillance: A Review of Evidence

Nutrition surveillance is expensive and logistically laborious and therefore often non-existent in resource-low countries. Surveillance systems are also constrained by time-consuming and error-prone paper-based data collection followed by manual data entry. Consequently, monitoring of nutrition outcomes in real time and timely response to nutritional crises is often impossible.

Harnessing collaborative technologies: helping funders work together better

Many funders have begun to use technology to explore new ways of working together, from casual peer learning to joint funding and strategy development. This report is a story about how new tools - social networking sites, file sharing tools, crowdsourcing systems, data visualisation, wikis, and many others - are changing the way funders collaborate.

Mapping your online media strategy - a guide for nonprofits

This ebook offers a guide through the process of choosing social media platforms and developing an effective online media strategy. It provides an overview of few popular social media channels in South Africa and how they work, so that organisation can learn about the potential benefits of these networks. It also shows how to develop a content calendar for web and social media work.

Emerging implications of open and linked data for knowledge sharing in development

Movements towards open data involve the publication of datasets (from metadata on publications, to research, to operational project statistics) online in standard formats and without restrictions on reuse. A number of open datasets are published as linked data, creating a web of connected 

Evolution and future of the knowledge commons: Emerging opportunities and challenges for less developed societies

This article addresses the emerging field of the knowledge commons in relation to the challenges of international development. It reviews the history of academic knowledge since the Enlightenment, its evolution and current trends, with the purpose of exploring the future of the knowledge commons.

The state of broadband 2013: universalizing broadband

Affordable broadband connectivity,services and applications are essential to modern society, offering widely recognized social and economic benefits. With this Report, the Broadband Commission expands awareness and understanding of the importance of broadband networks, services, and applications for generating economic growth, and for achieving social progress.

Understanding what is happening in ICT in South Africa: a supply- and demand-side analysis of the ICT sector

While the South African information and communication technology (ICT) sector continues to demonstrate dynamic growth, particularly as driven by the mobile sector, the growth has not met the national objective of affordable access to the full range of communication services.

Doubling digital opportunities: enhancing the inclusion of women & girls in the information society

ICT policy development is often seen merely as a technical issue with little relationship to other development areas. At the same time, many national gender-centered policies do not take into consideration the use of ICTs or broadband as key enablers to expand the reach of those policies to accelerate progress.

Empowering women through ICTs

Following a 2008 gender, ICT, and development workshop organised by The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER), applications were encouraged from partner universities for concept submissions in collaboration with partners in developing regions.