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GHDonline Project Spotlight: ORB & Open Deliver

Join GHDonline this week (July 25-29) for a Project Spotlight on ORB & Open Deliver. Open Deliver is a process for creating, adapting, and delivering digital Read More

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New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Swiping right or tapping on a mobile phone are not typical ways of helping poor communities, but a new app launched by a medical charity on Friday aims to use technology to help aid workers map areas at risk of conflict, disasters and disease. Using the latest

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Thoughts After 22 Years of Consumption and Organizing a Food System Symposium

Sarah Dwyer is passionate about developing a multidisciplinary understanding of the ways that food affects health through her work with a community-led nutrition education program Read More

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The Future Is Now: How to Write About ICT4Edu Accurately in 2016

After a year of conferences and education trade shows, I am convinced that my fellow technologists and development experts are not fully realizing the radical change that innovation, by which I mean technology, and of that, just digital communications, is metamorphosing education. We MUST radically change the way we report on ICT4Edu to mirror this metamorphosis! In today’s world, technology is everywhere and enables everything – except education. For the most part, education is still shackled by the 19th century sausage machine that at its best takes in children and spits out adults trained to work in factories, obediently following orders and never thinking for themselves. Or as we know, in many parts of the world, not even doing that, but failing every child in every school – just look at all the iNGOs photos of poor children in dilapidated village schools.


Internet in Greek migrant camps as important as food and water, aid groups say

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — One of the first questions aid worker Isaac Kwamy was asked in Greece’s camps for refugees and migrants was not whether there was food or water, but whether there was internet access. “Very few of them (migrants) said, ‘We are hungry, we need food. Or we are


GMO Technology Integral To Studying Disease Threats

The Conversation: GMOs lead the fight against Zika, Ebola, and the next unknown pandemic Jeff Bessen, PhD candidate at Harvard University “…Most modern biomedical advances, especially the vaccines used to eradicate disease and protect against pandemics such as Zika, Ebola, and the flu, rely on the same molecular biology tools that are used to create…More


How satellites and social media help us anticipate the needs of conflict-affected countries

About this series More blog posts The World Bank Group plays a major role in recovery and reconstruction efforts in conflict-affected countries. Therefore, it is important for us, in collaboration with international partners, to engage in assessing the needs and planning for recovery and reconstruction as much ahead of time as possible. In recent times, we have been conducting broad-brush damage assessments in active conflict situations using innovative remote-based techniques like satellite imagery or social media analytics to provide not only damage numbers and trends but also qualitative information on the status of various services. These new approaches have helped us maintain situational awareness of and be ready for recovery when the situation allows.


Preparing for the next UN GGE: ICT4Peace at Cybersecurity Workshop in Beijing

Preparing for the next UN GGE: ICT4Peace at Cybersecurity Workshop in Beijing ICT4Peace’s Daniel Stauffacher was invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), to moderate a panel at an International Workshop on Cyber Security, in Beijing, China, on 11-12 July 2016. The theme of the two-day long workshop was “ Building norms, rules or principles for cyberspace: promoting an open, secure, stable, accessible and peaceful ICT environment”. The workshop included presentations by countries, UN agencies, NGOs and academics on various topics, and presented an opportunity for senior-level officials and experts to exchange views on matters of pressing concern related to the issue of cyber security


How can rethinking innovation achieve Technology Justice?

Amber Meikle of Practical Action, introduces ‘Rethink, Retool, Reboot Technology as if people and planet mattered’, a new book on a massively neglected topic The history of mankind’s development has long featured technology – from early cultivation techniques, fire, and the wheel, all the way to 3D printing and nanotechnology. Today, technology underpins all aspects of everyday life: from how our food is produced and …


GHDonline Project Spotlight: ORB & Open Deliver

ORB Spotlight_Nigeria

Join GHDonline this week (July 25-29) for a Project Spotlight on ORB & Open Deliver. Open Deliver is a process for creating, adapting, and delivering digital Read More


Visualising uncertainty: Examining women’s views on the role of Magnetic Resonance Imaging…

Publication date: September 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 164 Author(s): Kate Reed, Inna Kochetkova, Elspeth Whitby Prenatal screening occupies a prominent role within sociological debates on medical uncertainty.


Bringing good things to life? GE in Africa

When I am looking for information about health in developing countries that is not available in the usual media outlets, covering stories less spectacular than the outbreak of the latest infectious threat, I have sometimes turned to AllAfrica.com. Certainly in the past, you could find issues related to bioethics of regional and local concern, say nurses strikes or clean water insecurity. Turning to AllAfrica.com for the first time in awhile, and wandering over to the fancier-looking Health webpage, my eye fell on an article entitled “Our Generation Will See Healthcare in Africa on a Par With the Rest of the World.” This is global bioethics click-bait.Turns out the article is written by the President and CEO of GE Healthcare. GE, or General Electric, is one of the biggest multinational corporations in the world in terms of gross revenue and profitability.


4 Secrets to ICTforAg Social and Behavior Change Communication

Most ICTforAg projects have specific behavior change goals. For example, the goal may be for farmers to change their practices to improve soil quality. Or for farmers to adopt a new ICT technology to understand weather patterns. How do you ensure this new behavior change will be successfully adopted?


PEPFAR Innovation Challenge to reduce HIV/AIDS in Africa awards AidData two year project

July 20, 2016– On Monday, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR),  announced the provisional winners of its $85 million DREAMS innovation challenge to reduce HIV/AIDS rates among adolescent girls and women in sub-Saharan African countries.


New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

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By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Swiping right or tapping on a mobile phone are not typical ways of helping poor communities, but a new app launched by a medical charity on Friday aims to use technology to help aid workers map areas at risk of conflict, disasters and disease. Using the latest


Study Aims To Enable USAID, Other Organizations To Make Data-Driven Decisions Around Food Aid

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: Inside a Data-Driven Attempt to Fight Spoilage in U.S. Food Aid Mark Brennan, a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology Center for Transportation and Logistics and the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation, discusses a study examining the trial procurement of new packaging options…More


Well-regulated financial technology boosts inclusion, fights cyber crime

Financial technology — or FinTech — is changing the financial sector on a global scale. It is also enabling the expansion of financial services to low-income families who have been unable to afford or access them. The possibilities and impact are vast, as is the potential to improve lives in developing countries. The financial sector is beginning to operate differently; there are new ways to collect, process, and use information, which is the main currency in this sector.


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