The long journey to transparency and open data in the development aid sector

13-04-2010 – Filed under knowledge-managementdevelopmentopendatatransparency

What if you were in Ethiopia, walking by a school, directing your mobile’s camera to towards it and suddenly you get all the information available about the school, such as the development projects involved with it, the amount invested to build it, and the school’s drop out rate. How transparent…

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Information silos vs. open data in development organizations

30-06-2009 – Filed under knowledge-managementdevelopmentopen-dataopenness

Accurate data is key for development work. Opening data sources can enhance transparency and improve collaboration between development projects. Surprisingly, development organizations show few signs of opening up data to create new channels to link information across organizations. The age of the typewriter: Data exchange in developing organizations Information exchange…

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Micro-voluntarism a new form of international cooperation

02-04-2009 – Filed under knowledge-managementdevelopmentdonationinternational-cooperationorganizationpeer-to-peervolunteering

One of the greatest things about the Internet is that you can get in touch with people worldwide. I remember that back on the day I chatted for the first time and read from bluemoon11 that the sun was shining in Sidney. Twelve years ago that seemed breathtaking, but today…

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My take on the state of mobile phones for developments

25-01-2009 – Filed under ICT4Dafricaagriculturedevelopmentmobileopen-sourcerural-development

As an outcome from the virtual forum on mobile phones by FAO – where I experienced a great exchange with mobile phone practitioners worldwide – I was interviewed by the e-agriculture.org forum. During the interview, I tried to summarize my observations and discussions around mobile  phones for development from the…

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Flu alerts and what it says about the future power of information

26-12-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dapidevelopmentenvironmentfeedmappingmashupmobileopen-sourcerss

The other day I stumbled over this news piece: “The phone that feels the flu before you do” – a company offers a service, where one can find out how intensive the level of flu is in their area. So, basically, you can get “Open Source Intelligence” via mobile phone….

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Web2fordev one year after – a critical review

09-09-2008 – Filed under ICT4Ddevelopmentinnovationlocal-knowledgemashupnetworkorganizationweb2fordevwisdom-of-crowd

Most of my readers know how enthusiastic I am about the potential that Internet has; being this either social web, social media, web2.0 or however you want to name it. But if I look back at what has happened in the development field during the last year, I have to…

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Social media for development in the local context

19-06-2008 – Filed under knowledge-managementdevelopmentimpactlocal-knowledgesocial-media

Sorry for not having post anything recently, but I have had the opportunity to participate in the Socialcamp and KM4DEV conference, which I will shortly blog about. Thanks for the interesting comments on my blog post on local knowledge. Meryn Stol wrote a nice comment: “Every person can be a…

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Wisdom of crowd: Bottom up measuring of development results

19-05-2008 – Filed under activismICT4Ddevelopmentkenyamobileopennessorganizationweb2fordevwisdom-of-crowd

Some days ago, I had a talk with a colleague from another development organization about web2fordev. We were asking whether web2.0 can really make a difference in development work? We both agreed it can, but we were unsure whether the organizational culture has to change first or the external pressure…

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Complexity trap: Local vs. global knowledge in development work

12-05-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dknowledge-managementbiodiversitydevelopmentlocal-knowledge

The world wide web offers a growing variety of expertise on all kinds of topics. This global knowledge, such as the scientific domain, has generic character. The expertise is important, especially to tackle all sorts of challenges, but without including the local context could be quickly useless. Often, the applied…

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United Nations mashups: Visualizing world challenges

08-04-2008 – Filed under ICT4Ddevelopmentenvironmentmashupstatisticsunited-nationsweb2fordev

It is quite exciting to see that the United Nations and their different branch-organizations are slowly harnessing the potential of the web in innovative ways. I have previously blogged about the idea of a huge interesting UN aggregator project and the UNDP water wiki during the last web4dv conference. To…

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Search the web for global development topics

29-03-2008 – Filed under knowledge-managementdevelopmentrsssocial-bookmarkingweb2fordev

If you want to find decent information about development aid, Focuss.info is a good source to start from. Basically, it works with a customized Google search, which allows you to search only certain websites – in this case, within many websites relevant to development aid. Focuss.info, an initiative by the…

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A network of ideas - development 2.0

01-02-2008 – Filed under communicationICT4Dcitizen-journalismculturedevelopmentnetworkopen-sourceopennesspoverty

[Published in the Internationale Politik magazine in December 2007.] How the participative Web 2.0 challenges development cooperation - and why this is a chance for development organizations  Adyaka, a village in the heart of Uganda, needs a new trade school. None of the 4,000 inhabitants have the necessary skills to…

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Notes from the web4dev conference

03-12-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dafricaconferenceconnectivitydevelopmentweb2fordev

Continuing with the web4dev conference in Nairobi, I wanted to add some more personal perspectives. During the conference, on the second day, twenty different workshops were offered. We, Nynke and I, gave a presentation that same day, and as with most other sessions, not many people showed up. We highlighted…

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From small to big engagement - big players are entering the web2fordev field

27-10-2007 – Filed under communicationbloggingdevelopmentmicrofinancepovertyweb2fordev

This week two interesting web2.0 projects for development were released. One is a new website from Ebay called MicroPlace, and the other is a new blog called ideas 4 development. Slowly, big players such as development organizations or companies use web2.0 technology to promote discussions around development or to bundle…

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3 different conversations: blogs to fight poverty

08-10-2007 – Filed under communicationbloggingdevelopmentnetworkpovertyweb2fordev

Thanks to Tom L. and Peter Ballantayne for their very interesting remarks on my post “an overview of blogging for development.” Peter argued that there are a lot different blogs in development aid or international cooperation out there and “must be loads more, just not very visible.” And Tom had…

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Development aid 2.0

02-10-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dcivil-societydevelopmentparticipationweb2fordev

I was interviewed by the Deutsche Welle (German version) last week during the web2fordev conference. As a result from the interview, an interesting article was published (Entwicklungshilfe 2.0) in which not only the potential of web2.o in the context of development is discussed, but it is also questioned whether web2.o…

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web2fordev conference has started

25-09-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dbloggingdevelopmenttaggingweb2fordev

A great first day on the web2fordev conference lies behind me. I arrived on Sunday and already had the pleasure to sit around with my fellow bloggers - journalists from Africa. Lately they already made some very interesting podcasts and during the conference we will have video interviews, but also…

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An overview of blogging for development

19-09-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dbloggingdevelopmentmobilescience

Background As some of you might already know I work for GTZ (German Technical Cooperation), and I am of course very interested in the potential of the web towards development aid and international cooperation. Surprisingly–and correct me if I am wrong!–but to me, it seems there are not many blogs…

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Weekly links: Advocacy2.0, development2.0, knowledge worker2.0 and office2.0

18-08-2007 – Filed under activismlinksdevelopment

Advocacy2.0: Network-centric advocacy A nice presentation about new potentials for activism over the web. GlobalGiving Decision Markets GlobalGiving is a platform to initiate projects and find partners for them. In August, they started a kind of stock-market experiment to speculate about which project has the greatest chance of succeeding on…

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Can free and open source software make a difference in developing countries?

23-07-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dbusinessculturedevelopmentlearningnetworkopen-sourcesharing

I have already written before about the concept of open source, but this time I want to highlight the potential of free and open source software (FOSS). I attended a while ago an interesting presentation on free and open source software by Andrea Götzke and Balthas Seibold. What I found…

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What effects does web2.0 have on development aid?

01-07-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dcivil-societydevelopmentnetworkweb2fordev

The new web does not only offer a great potential for development in different domains, it also has its implications for traditional development aid, said Giulio Quaggiotto and Pierre Wielezynski in their recent article, “Development 2.0: A New Paradigm for the Non-Profit Sector?” The authors highlight different facets of web2.0…

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