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 …

From humanitarian response to sustainable development?

Response to humanitarian disasters is a field that is being revolutionised by communication and information technologies. From hundreds of digital volunteers creating a crisis map during the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, to responses during the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Meier (2015) has analysed how ICTs have …

Voices from war zones

Can information and communication technologies (ICTs) allow for a more direct, participatory communication of people affected by humanitarian crisis or war and give the ‘voiceless’ a platform to share their stories on their own terms? Humanitarian communication is often as complex as its subject matter, and sometimes stories are spun …

Can ICTs be the key for improving coordination when an emergency strikes?

When emergencies as the tsunami in 2004, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 or the one in Ecuador in 2016 strike, how prepared and equipped are local communities, agencies and governments for effective response? This question lies in the essence of the new innovative pilot project ‘ALERT’ whose purpose is …