Our favorite Hub Originals from 2016

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of our favorite Hub Originals from 2016. The Global Health Hub publishes original pieces from writers engaged in global Read More

Reproductive Health in Madagascar

I vividly remember the beginning of my trip to Madagascar to perform reproductive health research. At the end of providing an update to my mentor Read More

The Art of Letting Go and the Mandate of Going Further

This piece was previously published in the National Medical Journal of India, Volume 29, Number 1, 2016, pages 30-31, and reprinted with permission.   In Read More


ICT4Peace Workshop for the UN GGE Experts: Existing and Future Norms on International ICT…

Background documents (as PDFs) for ICT4Peace Workshop for the UN GGE Experts: Existing and Future Norms on International ICT Infrastructure and Data Integrity, held in Geneva on 20th February 2017. ICT4Peace Outline UN GGE workshop ICT4Peace Speaker bios ICT4Peace Outline Capacity Building 2017-02-19 ICT4Peace Book Draft Carr Attribution in International Order Carr Beyond Quasi-Norms in Cyberspace CPI GGE Sponsors 2006-2016 CPI UN GGE Members 2004-2017 CPI UN I Com National Submissions 1998-2016 CPI-Leiden Bibliography Tikk Normative Power Or download them all in one ZIP file here.

How to Help Community-Based mHealth Programs Collect High-Quality Data

As health programs are relying more on decentralized models of care, mHealth has made it easier to collect, manage and store community-level health data. This data can feed into national health information systems and be used to inform decision making for improved service delivery at the community level. But how can we ensure that our community-based mHealth programs are collecting accurate, high-quality data that will help us deliver the right services to the right places at the right time? We at MEASURE Evaluation have developed the mobile community based health information system (CBHIS) data quality assessment toolkit to allow programs and projects to rapidly assess the ability of their mobile data systems to collect, manage, and report high-quality community-based data. We recently had the opportunity to present our toolkit for the first time to a group of participants at the MERL Tech Conference.

Shaping the future of work in a digital world – why should development organisations care?

On 13th March, IDS together with the Web Foundation and Nesta, are hosting the inaugural Digital Development Summit, with the support of DFID and the DFID-ESRC Impact Initiative (FYI: I will be one of the final panel speakers). This blog post is the first in a series that will be published by organisers and participants over the coming weeks. Here IDS’s Becky Faith and Ben …

Digital security training and social media advocacy in Afghanistan

Image courtesy Linkedin Sanjana Hattotuwa, a Special Advisor at the ICT4Peace Foundation, has visited and trained activists and leading journalists in Afghanistan since 2015. Having visited the country over six times, Sanjana has worked with media to develop their capacity to report in a timely, accurate and impartial manner especially over social media.

Global health in 2017

I don’t know about you, but I am still in that weird part of the dawning year where writing the date seems like I am playing main stage in a Hollywood ‘sci-fi’ movie. Where the four numbers of 2 – 0 – 1 – 7 seem more of something I would associate with flying cars and robot servants, than the ‘here and now’. But strange as it may seem we are well into the New Year and as the pace of the world reflects the pace of passing time, I can’t help but wonder if we actually do live in the future. So to speak. We now call for a cab via west coast America using a democratized application on a globally connected device no bigger than our palm, manufactured on another continent and possessing the technological potency we could never have even dreamt of just a decade ago – linked to another billion similar devices through millions of miles of fibre-optics spanning the entire planet

What are development corridor strategies, and do they work?

Across large swaths of the developing world, a new trend is taking hold: governments are targeting public and private investments in specific geographic areas in the hopes of creating spatial “

How IoT Early Warning Systems Can Help Save People From Mudslides

Floods and mudslides regularly devastate El Salvador. Villagers can identify impending floods and mudslides, but they are unable to warn others in time. Rugged terrain, lack of power and cellular networks present a formidable communication challenge. Reacción, a team of El Salvadorian experts in electronics, community development and disaster relief, decided to do something about it.

Violent Extremism Online: ICT4Peace continues work with UN Counter-Terrorism Executive…

On 31st January 2017, ICT4Peace was invited by the United Nations in Geneva and DCAF to discuss our continuing work with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (UN CTED) regarding supporting effective public-private capacity building with respect to countering the use of the Internet and technology for terrorist purposes. The UNOG seminar focussed on “Violent Extremism Online – a Challenge to Peace and Security.”  Adam Hadley from ICT4Peace, presented interim recommendations from Phase 1 of the joint ICT4Peace-UNCTED project. To view a copy of the presentation, click here

Chinese-funded infrastructure in endangered forests: What is the data telling us?

The first Chinese-backed railway, Tazara Rail (pictured above), was funded in the 1970s. Now China has agreed to help Tanzania build a new 2,561km railway worth USD 7 billion that will run between the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam and the Great Lakes states of Rwanda and Burundi.

Leaving no one behind: can the Family Planning Estimation Tool help?

International research suggests that meeting 90% of unmet need for contraception, by averting short birth spacing, unintended pregnancy, and high fertility, could reduce poor maternal and child health outcomes and prevent 22% of maternal deaths, 22% of stillbirths, and 8% of child deaths, globally.1 Modelling projections of unmet need for contraception in subpopulations can help countries better target efforts to improve contraceptive use. At present, models are limited to national projections, but in The Lancet Global Health, Jin Rou New and colleagues2 present a new Family Planning Estimation Tool (FPET) that supports subnational geographic analysis of key family planning metrics (contraceptive prevalence, unmet need for family planning, and demand for family planning satisfied with modern methods).

Geo-demographics of gunshot wound injuries in Miami-Dade county, 2002–2012

We evaluated correlates of gunshot wound (GSW) injuries in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

How Change Happens + 3 months: how’s it going?

It’s now 3 months since How Change Happens came out (did I mention I’d published a new book?) so I dropped in at the publishers, OUP, last week to take stock. OUP took some risks with this book, notably agreeing to go Open Access from day one. That is a huge leap from the traditional publishing model of publishing only the hardback for a year, then deciding …

4 Requirements for Technology Project Sustainability

I am often called in to help when a technology project has gone awry. For example, once a partner organization gifted a network-attached storage server (NAS) to a local development organization to help them automatically backup their computers. They did a good technical installation, with all the right electrical wiring and computer configurations, but only provided brief, 1 day training to the local technical support person, whose primary role was laptop support. They were then surprised and dismayed a year later to discover the NAS sitting in a back room unplugged and unused. Why

More Than 100 Biotech Company Leaders Warn Trump Administration’s Travel Ban Could Hurt U.S….

The Hill: Drug researchers warn Trump’s travel ban will hurt anti-disease work “More than 100 leaders in the biotech community warned President Trump that his travel ban could deeply damage U.S. leadership in the development of new medicines. In a letter published in Nature Biotech, a top scientific journal, founders and leaders of biotechnology companies…More

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