How to come to the aid of aid workers?

We are constantly reminded how being an aid worker can be a perilous profession. Recently more attention has also been given to the mental well-being of aid workers as well as their work-life balance. A majority of aid workers experience mental health issues for a number of reasons ranging from …

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 …

Impact on the ground of ICTs in the air

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to work for a short time with an NGO based out of Copenhagen called Refugees United. More commonly know as Refunite, this is an NGO which has technology at the heart of it’s work, it is an ICT4D organisation to the …