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Information Systems: the Secret to Solving Uganda’s Health Problems

It’s interesting how so many ideas have been documented and visualized about improving the health sector in Uganda, while ignoring the fact that an improved health sector starts with health providers being able to work more efficiently and effectively. This involves proper documentation of patient records, proper data storage, and proper feedback mechanisms in order to create a smooth information flow. Most of the current processes are often manual and more laborious than they need to be. This causes greater inefficiencies, longer turn-around time, loss of revenue due to inaccurate compilations, inability to archive data for future use, and poor allocation of resources. Well developed health information systems that are based on the idea of sharing critical information can assist areas of operation in the health sector

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7 Aspirations for Better ICT4D in 2015

Technology Salon NYC had another banner year of great discussions. To cap it off and start the 2015 series of events, we had a unique Salon. We shared our hopes and fears for 2015, with three amazing lead discussants to guide the conversation: Felicity Ruby, long-time activist and currently ThoughtWorks’ Director of Global Internet Policy; Abi Weaver, Director of the Global Technology Program at the American Red Cross; and Laura Walker Hudson, CEO of Social Impact Lab (SIMLab). Below I’ve organized the Tech Salon discussion into 7 aspirations for our sector in 2015. Keep an eye on these themes, and if you have ideas that weren’t mentioned at the Salon, go ahead and add them to the comments section!

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Why Bill and Melinda’s Annual Letter is both exciting and disappointing

Judging by his latest annual letter, if you could bottle and sell Bill Gates’ optimism, you’d probably make even more money than he has from software. In what they call a ‘big bet’ (actually, more like a prediction), the letter sets out Bill and Melinda’s personal version of some post-MDG goals for …


Serving As Guest Editor For The Verge, Bill Gates Explores Disease Eradication Efforts

The Verge: Can we eradicate some of the world’s worst diseases by 2030? “We’re excited to have Bill Gates as our guest editor in February. Throughout the month, Bill will be sharing his vision of how technology will revolutionize life for the world’s poor by 2030 by narrating episodes of the Big Future, our animated…More

Launching a Geospatial Data Revolution

In part 1 of this series, we took stock of progress made and missing pieces to flesh fully the data revolution. With that in mind, what are some of the major challenges for the development community in launching a Geospatial Data Revolution? 1) Matching data to Government needs

Washington Post Examines Long Road To Feasible Single-Use Syringe

Washington Post: Why it took so long for the world to start using ‘smart,’ self-destructing syringes “The World Health Organization called Monday for the worldwide use of needle syringes that self-destruct after a single injection. … The WHO has been hunting for solutions for nearly 25 years. Only recently has the technology become feasible —…More

The Cost of SMS (is a feature, not a bug)

Nothing is free. Whether it’s our time or money or attention or data, every interaction that we have with the world around us costs something.

Liberating 35 Years of USAID Experience

Since the introduction of a US Open Data Policy in 2013, domestic agencies – particularly in the foreign assistance sector – have made great strides in opening up their financial, programmatic, and evaluation information. As recently highlighted by the Center for Global Development

This Week: Fostering A Data Driven Culture Post-2015

The United States made a big move on Thursday as it announced DJ Patil as the First US Chief Data Scientist. Patil was at the Strata + Hadoop World Conference when Barack Obama announced the decision via video call before Patil spoke to the audience about Data Science: Where Are We Going. The video can be found here and it is definitely worth watching the 13 minutes as he explains the im

Global Development: Investors in People?

We hear it all the time. Investors invest in people, not products or ideas. Marty Zwilling, a veteran start-up mentor, describes people as the great competitive advantage. I wonder what the non-profit world might learn from people like him? The vast majority, if not all, non-profit foundations and donors are project-focused

Trust Funds: DAC Donors Contribute, Most Non-DAC Donors Don’t

In late 2014, we hosted a series of blogs highlighting the changing landscape of development assistance, complete with shifting definitions and the emergence of new actors. Vera Eichenauer from Heidelberg University discusses how DAC & non-DAC countries differ in their approach towards trust funds.

If Effective, Experimental Hookworm Vaccine Could Help Lower Morbidity, Mortality From…

Health Affairs Blog: Vaccinating Against Iron-Deficiency Anemia: A New Technology For Maternal And Child Health Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and Remko van Leeuwen, HOOKVAC project director at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, discuss morbidity…More

Staging a Geospatial Data Revolution

(This is part 1 of a two-part series originally posted on our partner Development Gateway’s blog on the role of sub-national data and country systems in the Data Revolution. Part 1 discusses the progress made during the MDG process and what challenges are ahead over the next 15 years of the SDGs.

This Week: Discovering the New Data

It was Valentine’s Day this weekend, and what better way to celebrate it than reading about one of the loves of our life: transparency. From governments to think-tanks and international organizations, a lot of actors of the transparency world worked this past week to bring us bigger transparency.

New Automated Mapping System Will Help Speed Earthquake Disaster Response

Reuters: New digital maps speed up aid response after earthquakes “…The Automatic Disaster Analysis and Mapping system (ADAM) pulls information from the U.S. Geological Survey, World Bank, and World Food Programme databases, getting aid workers vital facts from earthquake zones within minutes of a quake, as opposed to the old, manual search system which took…More

National-level differences in the adoption of environmental health technologies: a cross-border…

Environmental health problems such as malaria, respiratory infections, diarrhoea and malnutrition pose very high burdens on the poor rural people in much of the tropics.

A 5 Minute Dive Into Our New Geocoded World Bank Data

In the spring of 2010, AidData and the World Bank Institute embarked on an ambitious effort to shed new light on investments to end poverty in over 70 countries. Over the course of 6 weeks, AidData and the Mapping for Results project combed through copious documentation for 1,200 World Bank funded projects,

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