Huawei recognizes the urgent need to reduce the deepening digital divide between those who benefit from connectivity and the internet, and those who don’t. Our new White Paper, Digital Enablement: Bridging the Digital Divide to Connect People and Society, released recently, shows that sustainable business models which create value extend the benefits of connectivity to more people more effectively than traditional models that give away services free of charge. We also recognize that finding sustainable business models can be a challenge. We suggest two changes to current development thinking to make the processes easier and the business models more effective: We need to rethink how we (and others) value connectivity and its benefits. This requires accepting the premise that a project is unsustainable unless it provides services that are valuable enough for someone to pay for
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Sensors promise rapid insights into development programs. Exciting and quickly evolving technologies are expanding the range of what can be measured, while the precision, accuracy and frequency of measurement are continually improving as well. An evaluator’s dream! But what have we learned from our use of sensors to date?
The world has made several commitments to water and sanitation, starting as far back as the 1970s, and leading up to the recent Sustainable Development Goals. Also over the past few decades, the development of the internet and cool data collection tools has enabled more and more organizations to share their evaluations and monitoring data publicly. But is anyone actually learning from them? Four years ago, I founded Improve International to address sustainability issues in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
The Ebola crisis revealed that a dearth of ICT capacity in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone prevented or greatly impeded access to and the exchange of information, real-time case management and contact tracing, outbreak mapping, community mobilization, supply and logistics management, and the day-to-day operations of relief organizations. In May 2015, Inveneo, in partnership with Facebook, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Cisco, EveryLayer, and NetHope, successfully completed its efforts to deliver 100 new high-speed Internet connections to government and non-governmental organizations in Sierra Leone and Liberia as part of the joint Ebola Response Connectivity Initiative (ERCI). The purpose of this article is to describe Inveneo’s approach to expanding Internet connectivity during emergencies using the ERCI project as a case study.
Are SMS projects still relevant? Are toll-free phone numbers still needed? As more and more people in developing countries have access to cheap smartphones and third generation (3G) network coverage, should we still be utilizing text messaging and voice calls in development programs? Having completed a coordinated program of cross-sectoral mobile phone projects in Papua New Guinea, funded by the Government of Australia, I came up with seven guiding principles for the use of mobile phones in development efforts in Papua New Guinea and similar contexts.
As promised, here is an overview of the steps needed to create an open data plan in order to be compliant with USAID’s new Open Data Policy It is really easy to get lost in the weeds on this stuff, so I am only outlining the top-level steps; please note that every step may have many questions, decision points, and additional tasks included. Remember, ALL projects and cooperative agreements will need to submit their data captured to the DDL during the period of performance of their award. And of course, as this is a brand new policy with still many questions, the following is a set of suggested steps based on current understanding of USAID’s requirements. You can ask specific questions of USAID at https://opendata.stackexchange.com/questions/ask?tags=USAIDopen. During the Proposal Stage Budget: Make sure your budget includes (either implicitly or explicitly) the time, effort and expertise to create and implement an open data plan, as well as the IT systems required to generate and store open data, and submit it to the Development Data Library