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 …

Children as development candy

From time to time the discussion about whether or not Facebook can do what they like with your photos arises (Belam, 2016). I know a lot of people who are a little concerned, especially when it comes to pictures of children. Last month, it was rerported that an 18 year old Austrian girl …

Visualising data for a better Georgia

It is just before lunch time on October 9th 2016, the day after the parliamentary election in Georgia. In the offices of local NGO JumpStart, in a noisy junction in the centre of capital Tbilisi, a group of volunteers have been busy since 2 a.m. digitalizing the election results and visualizing them in …

ICTs – Changing the game, changing the players

In my last blog, I attempted to rouse optimism in the ongoing surge of ICTs in development. Who am I trying to convince? Myself, for starters. And this is because it is imperative that these tools produce impact, that they are inclusive and, most importantly, that they do no harm. …