Digital ComDev

Digital ComDev

Information and Communications Technologies in Humanitarian Aid
References
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Contributors
Emma After 10 years of working with communication for Swedish NGOs, I have taken professional leave to broaden and deepen my theoretical knowledge of how communication can be used for international development and social change. I am currently based partly...
Background
We are a group of Communication for Development (ComDev) students from Malmö University who wish to discuss how information communication technologies (ICTs) and new media play a role in enhancing participatory development and improving the efficiency...

References

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ACF INTERNATIONAL. (2015). Learning Review2015. Retrieved September 16, 2016 from Action Against Hunger UK Web site:  https://www.actionagainsthunger.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/acf_learning_review_2015.pdf

Artime, M, Hershey, M. (2014). Narratives of Africa in a Digital World: Kony 2012 and Student Perceptions of Conflict and Agency in Sub-Saharan Africa, PS: Political Science & Politics 47: 636-641

Belam, M. (2016, October 18). No, Facebook isn’t going to make all your private photos public tomorrow. The Guardian. Retrieved November 11, 2016 from https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/18/facebook-hoax-private-photos-public-tomorrow

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DuBois, M. (2016). Making development work for humanitarian response – and vice versa. In WhyDev (ed.), Getting development right: Fresh and frank voices in ending poverty (pp. 35-39). Gordon, NSW: WhyDev. Retrieved October 15, 2016 from: https://issuu.com/whydev/docs/whydev_ebook_vol_01_2016

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Contributors

Emma

skarmavbild-2016-10-15-kl-13-21-08After 10 years of working with communication for Swedish NGOs, I have taken professional leave to broaden and deepen my theoretical knowledge of how communication can be used for international development and social change. I am currently based partly in Tbilisi, Georgia, where I have found it extremely interesting to apply my skills in a South Caucasus context and learn from local colleagues. My academic background is a Master of Science in Media Technology and Engineering.

Sisil

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I am Sisil, 30 years old Syrian, living in Sweden.

My interest in development studies was sparked by my working experience with Action Against Hunger – an INGO based in Spain.

I am enthusiastic about delving into the world of development and humanitarian aid to enrich my knowledge and professional skills. I perceive ComDev studies as an interesting lens to see development through, as well as a promising area to bring a positive contribution to society.

Steven Slade

profile-pic My name is Steve and I am an Englishman who has been living in Malmö, Sweden for the past five years.

I have a background in Peace and Conflict Studies and Political Science and am particularly interested in conflict transformation and development through education, of which communication plays a big part.

Digital and new media forms of communication have almost unlimited potential in contributing to benefits for (what is still archaically called) the ‘developing world’ and to understand how these tools are applied and practiced is of great interest to me. I believe that how aid agencies and NGOs work with them needs to be approached critically but with a positive outlook in mind.

Manuela

Filmmaker. Writer-director. Creative producer.

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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...
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Sharing the pain of others: to what end?
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Making ICTs work in spite of hegemony
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Background

We are a group of Communication for Development (ComDev) students from Malmö University who wish to discuss how information communication technologies (ICTs) and new media play a role in enhancing participatory development and improving the efficiency of humanitarian work. Digital ComDev is our collaborative blog aimed at furthering an understanding of how NGO’s and practitioners use and produce development strategies via this means of communication. Who is in charge? How is the message affected by the medium in which it is sent? Can the audience participate in their own ‘development’? What is the impact of ICTs on developing countries?

A combination of experience and academia will be transmitted in the opinions, insights and personal views of what we ourselves produce.

See who we are..

‘Comment is free, but facts are sacred’
– CP Scott (A Hundred Years)

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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 …