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WHO, IHME Collaborate To Improve Quality, Use Of Global Health Data

WHO: A commitment to improve global health information The WHO announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation “…defining areas where they will work together to improve the quality and use of global health estimates to measure the world’s health challenges” (5/6).

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3D-Printed Hands, 3-Cent Maxi Pads, and More at SwitchPoint 2015

“When we talk about supporting people with technology, we tend to fetishize both the people and the technology,” said Linda Raftree today. “But the tech we develop isn’t really useful if we don’t include the end users in the process.”Raftree, cofounder of Kurante, and other experts took the stage today for the second and final day of SwitchPoint 2015, produced by IntraHealth International. And Raftree wasn’t the only one to point out that development without dialogue just doesn’t work.Lasting progress takes local partnerships, local buy-in, and local leadership. You can’t use mobile phones to share information fast if you don’t have power or reception, said Merrick Schaefer of the US Agency for International Development—even if mobile phone subscriptions do outnumber the people in the world today.And you can’t solve diarrhea with awkward, ugly water filters that no one wants to use, said Claudia Harner-Jay of PATH—no matter how well they eliminate pathogens.Real, lasting global progress takes local partnerships, local buy-in, and local leadership.Take, for instance, the three-cent maxi pad.Local, Eco-Friendly, and Yes, It Actually WorksIn Rwanda, the number of women who miss work each month leads to an estimated loss of US$215 in income per woman, per year.

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Uncovering global causes of death: turning verbal autopsy data into meaningful information

Rachael Atherton, Managing Editor | Journal of Global Health, University of Edinburgh   Most deaths in Africa and Asia are either unregistered, or registered without cause of death. Read More


ICT4D students: The world is your classroom

It seems courses in business and innovation are getting a hard time these days. First, Peter Jones, a 49-year-old serial entrepreneur in the UK, said he believed that hands-on experience was far more valuable to potential business leaders than several years studying theory in a lecture theatre. Then we had the likes of Peter Thiel, Scott Cook and Elon Musk telling us they believed business school graduates were hurting, rather than helping, innovation. If we’re overstating the role of education in entrepreneurship and innovation, are we doing the same with social innovation and ICT4D?

Why BIG Data Matters for Lower Mekong Countries

While big data represents a new era of computing, what does it mean for civil society organizations in Southeast Asia? How can nations in the Lower Mekong harvest the power of big data? These were the questions discussed during a five-day workshop, from 8–12 June, 2015, at College Of Innovation of Thammasat University Pattaya in Thailand. New Opportunities Mean New Challenges Where data in any format may be explored and utilized, the Mekong ICT Camp featured a series of workshops and panel discussions to help more than 60 participants from the region to learn open source technologies, define, and design project challenges.

July 2015 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The July 2015 WHO Bulletin includes news, research, and policy articles on various topics, as well as editorials on antimicrobial resistance, and technology, innovation and health equity (July 2015).

Independence Day: Aid and Conflict in South Sudan

AidData continues its six-part podcast series to take you past the maps and dashboards on our website to the human stories at the heart of our research. In today’s episode, we look specifically at the current civil war in South Sudan and AidData research being funded by the Minerva Initiative aimed at illuminating the aid-conflict nexus. To listen to today’s episode,

USAID Innovation Specialist Discusses Data Flow, Technology In Ebola Response

USAID’s “Impact”: Q&A: How technology is transforming Ebola response efforts Clara Wagner, a former intern for USAID’s Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs, interviews “Eric King, an innovation specialist with the Digital Development Team in the Global Development Lab, [who] worked on USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) in Liberia for two months in 2015…More

3 Steps to Implement USAID Open Data Policy ADS 579

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 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

Making a new ending

Exactly two-and-a-half years ago I sat on the Unreasonable at Sea ship, docked in Ho Chi Minh City, planning next steps in a life and career that’s taken me from programming Commodore PET computers, running primate sanctuaries and developing messaging tools to mentoring tech startups and students on a ship with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. If it’s all about the journey, then I think I’ve passed on that one. Despite all of that, as time passes the destination inevitably becomes just as important. After 25 years working in technology – 22 years of those in conservation and international development – I’ve been rewarded with some amazing friendships, many wonderful experiences and more than my fair share of (unexpected) awards and recognition.

AidData/USAID GDL Series 3: Strengthening the “Demand Side” of Data

In the previous entry of this series, we introduced a new set of innovations that leverage hyperlocal data. However, even with the most disruptive innovations, it is difficult to effect large-scale change without an enabling ecosystem of capable users and institutions.

This Week: Will There Be a Resource War?

AidData Flickr Last week, a new report, “A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks,” commissioned by members of the G7 was released. The report identifies seven “compound climate-fragility risks” that threaten the future stability of communities and states worldwide.

AidData/USAID GDL Series 2: Making Meaning Out of Data

In the first post of this blog series, we discussed how our partnership with USAID’s Global Development Lab has catalyzed a global movement to generate hyper-local data for decision-making and analysis. AidData now works with more than a dozen partner governments and various development partners to sub-nationally track the distribution of nearly $650 billion in global development finance

Working Towards a “New Normal”: AidData and the U.S. Global Development Lab’s Efforts to…

In 2006, AidData’s Co-Executive Director, Nancy McGuire Choi, was in Haiti at a meeting with an Economic Adviser to then President Preval. She remembers vividly how the President’s adviser articulated with great emotion some of the challenges facing the government of Haiti’s line ministries.

Global development R&D: Maintaining a balance

My first brush with technology-for-development, almost twenty years ago, wasn’t on the potential of the Internet, or how mobile phones were going to change, well, everything. To be honest, neither were really on the development radar in any meaningful way back then. It’s almost funny to imagine a time when that was the case. No, my first contact with what was to become a career in ICT4D started off with an essay on the failure of plough and cook stove projects across Africa. I was struck by the beauty of simple, locally appropriate solutions and amazed at how development experts just didn’t seem (or want) to get it

“Why Should We Wait?”: Mapping for the Next Disaster

Today, AidData launches the first of a six-part podcast series to take you past the maps and dashboards on our website to the human stories at the heart of our research. Today’s episode is on the data response to the devastating earthquake in Nepal and the work this summer by AidData Summer Fellows in the Philippines. To listen to today’s episode,

Who do Developing World Leaders Listen to and Why? New Evidence from the 2014 Reform Efforts…

Source: Billboard photo by Aaron Ross/The Economist; FY13 Côte d’Ivoire Scorecard from MCC Something odd happened in Côte d’Ivoire during the summer of 2013. Billboards advertising the negative effects of corruption mysteriously appeared throughout Abijdan. As a public awareness campaign, this had mixed results.

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