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Revealing inside stories of social innovation

It all started as a casual conversation about a new book idea over coffee last March. Despite being self-published with no marketing budget, my first book, “The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator“, had gone down particularly well and I had been encouraged by how well it had been received, particularly in academia.

What Will You Discover with Open Data?

Open data is valuable to everyone. Visit OpenDataPhilly, the city's community open data portal, to find a data set that interests you.

How the WDR16 Policy Framework is applied in the Union of Comoros

The 2016 World Development Report: Digital Dividends, the World Bank’s flagship report launched on 14 January 2016, presents a policy framework to assist governments in makin

United Nations Statistical Commission 2016

(UN Headquarters, New York) The 47th session of the Statistical Commission, to be held at the United Nations Headquarters, brings together the Chief Statisticians from member states from around the world.

Africa Telecoms Infrastructure in 2015

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Annual Review

Welcome to the 2nd annual review of telecommunications infrastructure development in Africa.

Mobile World Summit

(Barcelona, Spain) The Mobile World Summit is the premier event at Mobile World Congress 2016.

World Humanitarian Summit

(Istanbul, Turkey) An initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, managed by UN OCHA, the first World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul on 23 and 24 May 2016 and will bring together governments, humanitarian organizations, people affected by hum

Fighting Climate Change: The Ultimate Data Challenge

The Paris Agreement on climate change announced on December 12 has been hailed as a triumph of diplomacy and international cooperation. It was all that - and it was also proof of the power of data. Decades of data on global temperature change, melting glaciers, and rising carbon dioxide levels have become too compelling to ignore.

Synthesis report: Big data for climate change and disaster resilience: realising the benefits for developing countries

Despite some promising results, there are barriers, gaps and risks associated with the application and use of Big Data in supporting resilience in developing countries. Many of these challenges are similar to those that have emerged in related areas– notably in the ICT for Development (ICT4D) and Participatory GIS (PGIS) field.

R/T ≠ Endorsement

For pretty-much eight years now I’ve been tweeting about international development, technology, social change, innovation, technology, my work, and how we can all help make the world a better place. Some of it is pretty serious stuff. And sometimes it gets the odd retweet, too.
So it’s funny that my most popular tweet so far – posted exactly a year ago today – covered none of those.

Big Data and International Development: Impacts, Scenarios and Policy Options

Many people are excited about data, particularly when those data are big. Big data, we are told, will be the fuel that drives the next industrial revolution, radically reshaping economic structures, employment patterns and reaching into every aspect of economic and social life.

Ensuring Developing Countries Benefit from Big Data

Big data is already creating a big impact. Some herald it as the new data revolution, others worry it is a tool for manipulation, while many in development cite it as key to successfully implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Building the Voter Registration for the Myanmar Elections

Myanmar's first free and fair elections in 25 years were held Sunday, November 8th. From 1962 to 2011 Myanmar was under military control, but elections were held in 2010 and 2012 (a by-election for small number of seats). These elections lead to the transition of a full military rule to a military backed peoples government in 2011.

Learning from the use of technology in showcase schools

just 'act natural' and pretend we're not here

just 'act natural' and pretend we're not here

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Le pouvoir de la cartographie participative en 3D chez les Saramacas du Suriname (video)

Il y a cinquante ans, quelque 5000 individus du peuple Saramaccan du Suriname ont d quitter leurs terres traditionnelles, le long de la Rivire Suriname en raison de la construction d'un grand barrage. Les blessures de cette transmigration se font encore sentir aujourd'hui.

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