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Health Supply Chain Capacity Development: A Must for the Sustainable Development Goals and Health Equity

Though it is 2016, one-third of the world’s population is still without access to essential life-saving medicines.

Let's design social media that drives real change

Wael Ghonim helped touch off the Arab Spring in his home of Egypt ... by setting up a simple Facebook page. As he reveals, once the revolution spilled onto the streets, it turned from hopeful to messy, then ugly and heartbreaking. And social media followed suit. What was once a place for crowdsourcing, engaging and sharing became a polarized battleground.

How Tech Hubs are Helping to Drive Economic Growth in Africa

Digital technologies have spread rapidly. Digital dividendsthe broader development benefits from using these technologieshave not.

How Can We Harness the Internet of Things for Global Development?

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Remaining Hopeful for Civil Society in the Middle East

Since the Arab Spring, civil society in the Middle East has faced strong opposition, threatening to undermine citizen voices and the free flow of information amidst a tumultuous political atmosphere.

Standards Are Crucial to Successful Open Data Policies

Simple words can take on significantly different meanings to different people, and if a standard definition for these words is not set, collaboration is stifled by miscommunication.

Why Open Government Data is Vitally Important

Open Government Data (OGD) acts an umbrella term for many different ideas and concepts. The core issues of OGD consist of transparency, participation and collaboration of the state towards third actors like the economy or the citizenship. Most often, Open Government Data is equated with E-Government and the usage of information and communication technologies.

Moez Chakchouk at Arab IGF 2015: “People need to know that their rights are protected online”

BEIRUT
15 January 2016
(Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

“It is all about education, which Arab states don’t always care about. It is a matter of culture, educating the younger and also the older generations.”

Can e-governance reduce capture of public programmes? Experimental evidence from India’s employment guarantee scheme in Bihar

Low administrative capacity and pervasive corruption constrain the performance of social insurance programs in many low-income settings. The increasing availability of e-governance, i.e., the application of information and communication technology for delivering public services,

International Data Responsibility Conference

(The Hague, The Netherlands) This meeting brings together experts and practitioners working with data for crisis-affected communities and the most at-risk populations worldwide.

Holding the Door Open for Civil Society in Closing Spaces

With more than 20 years’ experience strengthening civil society, IREX has helped promote partnerships between government, media, and communities to foster accountability, elevate citizen voices, and address public needs.

Training toolkit: the monitoring and evaluation for information literacy training initiatives in Africa: a journey approach

Information literacy is the ability to acquire information, to interpret it and to treat it in an intelligent and critical manner. This toolkit isaimed at those who design and/or run information literacy training. The toolkit refers to measuring the competencies (knowledge, skills, attitudes, confidence and behaviours) of information literate individuals.

Operationalizing the WDR

In the last decade or so, mobile phones have been appearing in the least likely of places: in the hands of a Masai warrior in the middle of the Kenyan bush, on a fishing boat off the coast of Vanuatu’s Malekula Island, and even on top of Mount Everest.

Digital Dividends: the World Development Report 2016

The 2016 World Development Report from the World Bank looks at the impacts of digital expansion on global development and finds that while the internet, mobile phones and other digital technologies are spreading rapidly, the anticipated digital dividends of higher growth, more jobs, and better public services have fallen short of expectations.

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