Digital ComDev

Digital ComDev

Information and Communications Technologies in Humanitarian Aid

Can we go that far with the help of Twitter?

When the earthquake hit Nepal in 2015, Action Against Hunger (ACF)-UK raised 50.000 pounds with a word published on Twitter. In that opportunity, ACF fundraising department decided to go beyond the traditional methods for raising money and use their network of restaurant and chef supporters on social-media channels. They approached …

Making ICTs work in spite of hegemony

This will be my last entry for the time being in, what I hope, has been a series of blogs that somehow follows a linear path in my understanding of the expansive role information and communication technologies (ICTs) play in ‘doing development’. Moving from intent, to influence and finally impact, …

The innovative use of technology – The case of Digital Green

Digital Green (DG) is a technology-based non-profit development organization, grounding its interventions on two main premises: 1- the outreach limitation of the formal channels of the agricultural extension programs aiming at promoting effective farming practices; and 2- farmers’ reliance on informal channels of knowledge-sharing (peers-to-peers) within their communities (SPRING Digital …

Development photography – mission impossible

Yesterday I wrote about Oxfam’s use of photographs of children in war-torn areas for social media posts. That made me think about when I worked for a Northern development organisation in a developing country, and was asked to collect some photos of a specific vulnerable group that could be used in the Global …