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


Blog Post Examines Carbon Financing As Method To Help Improved Cook Stove Suppliers Sell More…

Brookings Institution: New finance for old (technology) problems? Saving the planet with better cook stoves Lauren Masatsugu, a research associate with the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and Subhrendu K. Pattanayak, a professor of public policy and environmental economics with Duke University and faculty director of Duke’s Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative, write,…More

In celebration of an approach less travelled

I’m in San Francisco this week on a surprise trip to collect an award for a product I designed and built over a decade ago. The fact the early work of FrontlineSMS is still being recognised twelve years on speaks volumes to the approach, and the impact it had – not only in the hands of users themselves, but also in the minds of others looking to apply technology for social good. It struck a chord with an emerging narrative that said we should build appropriate tools that genuinely empowered the people closest to the problem, and that our job was, if anything, to build those tools, hand them over and then get the hell out of the way. If you look at the tweets from the many ICT4D and social innovation conferences today, this remains an approach popular within our sector. But while tweeting and speaking are one thing, doing is another

Bipartisan Group Of U.S. Lawmakers Request Army Hold Public Hearings On Zika Vaccine Licensing

Miami Herald: Florida congressional members want U.S. Army to hold public hearings on Zika vaccine “A bipartisan group of members of Congress from Florida has asked the acting secretary of the U.S. Army to hold public hearings before awarding exclusive rights to a French pharmaceutical manufacturer to develop a Zika vaccine using technology invented by…More

Congressional Hearings On Foreign Aid Set To Shed Light On Republican Members’ Views On Trump…

Devex: Mapping Republican views on aid as budget discussions kick off in Congress “Several hearings on foreign aid this week could offer the development community a hint of where members of Congress stand vis-a-vis the United States President Donald Trump administration’s proposed cuts to aid spending. Aid watchers are particularly interested in how Republican members…More

AidData-Afrobarometer partnership produces geocoded public-attitude survey data for 37 African…

For more than a decade, Afrobarometer and AidData have independently provided policymakers, practitioners, and researchers with granular data about what is happening on the ground in Africa. Two years ago, our organizations recognized that a broad array of new insights would be discoverable if we could combine our data on development investments with data on local governance,

From Williamsburg to the world: AidData Summer Fellows launch their journey

Bon voyage and congratulations to the 2017 AidData Summer Fellows! Earlier this month the Fellows scattered out to NGOs across the globe. Photo by Morgan Goad for AidData.This June, ten host organizations around the world welcomed twelve undergraduate and graduate students to serve as AidData Summer Fellows for 2017.

What About Facebook Messenger Chatbots for Development?

Bolsa Familia is the Brazilian Government program for conditional income-transfers serving 14 million families living in poverty throughout the country. However, families have to consult the program manager at their city hall to see if they are eligible for the program. Any Brazilian poor enough to be eligible for Bolsa Familia could be discouraged from applying due to the long travel and wait times involved. I do not mean to pick on Brazil – the problem of servicing poor and often rural constituents is not unique to that country, and delays are all too familiar to anyone who has spent any time dealing with any bureaucracy. The question for us then becomes: Can we use instant messaging platforms and chatbots to increase convenience for everyone, especially poor people who cannot afford to waste time on tasks that can literally mean the difference between life and death?’ The Role of Chatbots What if we could just let people find out how much they are entitled to on the Bolsa Familia by using a chat messenger

Coming soon: Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2017

Development Initiatives’ Global Humanitarian Assistance report provides a comprehensive overview of humanitarian financing and related aid flows, based on independent analysis of the latest data. The 2017 report will include new analysis on: where resources are coming from, where they are going to, and how they get there the links between poverty and crisis, risk and resilience – contributing to efforts to strengthen the humanitarian–development nexus and ‘leave no one behind’ Grand Bargain commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit, including those on transparency, localisation, earmarking and multi-year funding the wider set of financing instruments to address the causes and consequences of conflict and disasters. Check back here on Wednesday 21 June to download the report and explore the findings. The post Coming soon: Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2017 appeared first on Development Initiatives.

ICT4Peace presents Tech Against Terrorism project at OSCE in Vienna

ICT4Peace Foundation introduces the UN CTED-ICT4Peace Tech Against Terrorism Project at 2017 OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference On 23-24 May 2017 David Cliff and Daniel Stauffacher of ICT4Peace were invited to participate in the 2017 OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference on “Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism”. Hundreds of representatives of governments, civil society, and academia attended the Hofburg Palace in the heart of the Austrian capital. David Cliff spoke on the first day and introduced the UN CTED-ICT4Peace – Tech Against Terrorism project (, explaining to the hall that there are currently three main strands of the newly created project underway: In 2017 UN CTED and ICT4Peace are organising workshops especially for tech startup companies in London in partnership with Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and others and plan to extend this work beyond the UK in due course including other locations in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, to address the issue of preventing the use of ICTs for terrorist purposes; The project will also facilitate the provision of operational support to technology startups on both the technical and legal aspects (e.g

Uber for Tractors is Really a Thing in Developing Countries

You’ve probably taken an Uber, Lyft, or Grab Taxi. You may have used AirBnb. You could’ve even used Task Rabbit. I know I have. I’ve taken Uber in India, Kenya, and the Philippines, and found it to be easier and more transparent than taxis in all three countries, and Airbnb is now my go-to for short-term housing from Finland to Myanmar

Your Fancy Android App Needs an Offline Mode

You’ve done your user-centered design, you’ve assessed your constituents, and you’ve determined that an Android application is the best way to deliver your intervention, using technology. Congratulations! Yet before you hire the Android development team in celebration, make sure your fancy application is designed to be used fully offline too. All Weather is Local With all the talk about cloud-based services for development, and all the promise of Android applications that leverage big data and cloud infrastructure, the reality in almost every country is that all weather is extremely local. Many areas will have enough Internet bandwidth to handle Android applications that need an always-on connection, yet most rural and underserved areas, will not – by definition

Cloud Computing for Development: A Four-Stage Analysis of Public, Private, and Hybrid Solutions

The idea of using the cloud for development is gaining popularity. In a 2013 assessment of “The Cloud Economy and Developing Countries” United Nations Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon lauded the cloud’s potential for fostering economic and social development and furthering Millennium Development Goals. A 2016 World Economic Forum report said with help from cloud provided services, “… the financial barriers to new business entry have fallen significantly,” providing both startups and small to medium enterprises the ability to scale and remain resilient. Once an organization decides to switch from its dog-eared, paper-based field data collection system to mobile devices, it should ask itself two questions: Where will the data be stored and what level of data analysis needs to be done? What type of backend storage and computing system best supports our organization’s work

Donors Pledge More Than $200M For 2nd Phase Of Global Health Innovative Technology Fund

Global Health Innovative Technology Fund: GHIT Fund Secures Commitments of Over US$200 Million to its Replenishment for the Acceleration of Japanese Innovation for Infectious Diseases of the Developing World “…GHIT’s funding partners, including the Government of Japan (GOJ), private companies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust have committed over US$200 million…More

Can you make a #Loop4Dev? Join our cities boomerang challenge!

Ever notice how cities can really encapsulate many of the things that make life enjoyable? Green spaces to enjoy the outdoors, access to jobs, affordable housing for all, a well-connected public transportation system, access to healthy food, schools for all children, and so on. Some cities achieve this better than others, but creating a city that works for all of its citizens can be a challenge for governments and communities alike. Why? Let’s look at some numbers: Up to 1 billion people living in slums in the cities of the world are in need of better services; Cities consume 2/3 of the world’s energy and account for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions; 66 out of 100 people will live in cities by 2050, which tells us the global population is becoming increasingly urban

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