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Innovations in Big Data and Analytics for Development

My colleagues and I have been thinking and talking about the relevance of big data analytics from the international development point of view for some time now. We have been inspired by the work of the United Nations Global Pulse initiative and wondered whether and how the World Bank Group should engage.

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Simple But Impactful: Transforming Nigeria’s Vaccine Supply Chain

Vaccine supplies and logistics are a fundamental component of any immunization system. In Nigeria, any hope of achieving the goal of 87 percent vaccine coverage Read More

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“Coordinate or Perish”: Can Cell Phones Help Farmers Grow Perishable Crops?

This is the fifteenth post in our series by students on the job market this year The main theme of my job market paper can be summed in a comment that a farmer made during my primary data collection field trips.”Before I had a cell phone I harvested my crop and then had to wait for a trader to buy my crops; now I talk to the trader and harvest my crops when he will buy it.”-Farmer in rural Pakistan  

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New IHME Data Visualizations Released w/ 2013 GBD Study

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This week, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington released a series of incredible new data visualizations. These tools Read More


Innovations in Big Data and Analytics for Development

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My colleagues and I have been thinking and talking about the relevance of big data analytics from the international development point of view for some time now. We have been inspired by the work of the United Nations Global Pulse initiative and wondered whether and how the World Bank Group should engage.


Simple But Impactful: Transforming Nigeria’s Vaccine Supply Chain

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Vaccine supplies and logistics are a fundamental component of any immunization system. In Nigeria, any hope of achieving the goal of 87 percent vaccine coverage Read More


“Coordinate or Perish”: Can Cell Phones Help Farmers Grow Perishable Crops?

Flickr - whiteafrican

This is the fifteenth post in our series by students on the job market this year The main theme of my job market paper can be summed in a comment that a farmer made during my primary data collection field trips.”Before I had a cell phone I harvested my crop and then had to wait for a trader to buy my crops; now I talk to the trader and harvest my crops when he will buy it.”-Farmer in rural Pakistan  


USAID ‘Grand Challenges’ To Find Innovative Solutions To Global Crises

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Devex: USAID’s grand challenges — a model for speeding up the pipeline in global crises “…The U.S. aid agency’s grand challenges approach represent[s] organizationwide and lately even governmentwide efforts to institutionalize innovation, part of what USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah called in a statement on Friday a ‘new model of development — bringing together the world’s…More


Re/Launch of FrontlineCloud

Beta is like high school – it’s the first step to becoming adult you, you learn a lot about who you are, and, hopefully, it ends. Today, we’re proud to announce Frontline’s graduation from beta. We’re releasing brand new versions of FrontlineCloud, FrontlineSMS, and FrontlineSync


Rich and poor nations should link up to recycle e-waste

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A global system can tackle e-waste until developing countries can do so themselves, say Ruediger Kuehr and Feng Wang.


When 500km becomes an Easy Day

Before we left Nairobi, 2 weeks ago, I though that a 500km day on a motorcycle was a long time. Now I just ask, “well, what will we do in the afternoon then?” We left Harare, where the Arensen’s had hosted us for two nights in their lovely home, for a bit of a long […]


Electronic data collection in an Ebola Treatment Unit, part 2

We’ve successfully completed the next phase of testing electronic data collection at the Lunsar ETC (Ebola Treatment Center) in Sierra Leone. The purpose of this second phase  was simply to determine if mobile device touchscreens would be readable through the fogged googles, and operable with the double-gloved fingers, that are part of the use of the […] The post Electronic data collection in an Ebola Treatment Unit, part 2 appeared first on Magpi.


Frontline Honored by Nominet 100 2014

Last week, the Nominet Trust included us in their top 100 social innovations list. A little over a month before, Frontline celebrated its 9th birthday, making us one of the older initiatives to receive recognition. But you know what


The Road to Harare, and the Zimbabwe Tech Hubs

We made it into Harare, Zimbabwe last night after a long 17-hours traveling. Due to the rainstorm in South Africa we were forced to sleep 230km from the Beit Bridge border crossing, well shy of the 30km we had planned. The wind was blowing and gusting so hard we were forced to ride at odd […]


Mbadika – teaching kids about circuits

I met Netia McCray at Maker Fair Africa yesterday. She’s an MIT grad who’s working on a project called Mbadika (it means “idea” in the North Angolan language of Kimbundu), which is about teaching kids the basics of electronic prototyping. She does this using some very inexpensive solar-charging kits, designed to be put together and […]


ANIMAL: the Custom-Built Denim Car from South Africa

One of the most ambitions items at Maker Faire Africa this year in Johannesburg, South Africa is Samuel Ngobeni’s “art car”. He’s a designer from Germinston, who has spent the last three years building his ANIMAL car, from the ground up, that means the frame and all. It’s a work in progress, though starting in […]


Transforming rural health care through information technology: an interventional study in China

This article estimates the impacts of health information technology (HIT) on health-care delivery in the Wenchuan County of China, where the devastation of the 2008 Great Wenchuan Earthquake and the subsequent large-scale HIT implementation (the Healthy Wenchuan Program) offers a ‘natural experiment’ opportunity, enabling us to conduct a difference-in-difference evaluation of the potential benefits of HIT on accessibility, affordability and appropriateness of health-care services in the underdeveloped rural area.


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