ICT4D

Exploring the role of ICTs and new media in development.

Re:thinking development with UCT: The choice is yours

I wrote in one of my earlier posts about the non-profit GiveDirectly, and particularly its Uncondititional Cash Transfer (UCT) programs in Kenya and Uganda. I praised these efforts because of the way they enable individuals to make their own choices. Recipients receive access to funds through mobile phones, and are …

How to tell a good story

As discussed in an earlier blog post, new media has changed the way we communicate with each other and how we consume information; our expectations of receiving information packaged in an attractive way have certainly increased. In the digital space where hundreds of stories are unfolding continually, you need to …

On the world’s first public digital meeting of female foreign ministers

“Without women there will be less development and less sustainable peace” Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström made a name for herself – and her government – when she announced, in 2014, the world’s first ‘feminist foreign policy’. Coverage of this ‘feminist government’ consistently appear on international publications, and the foreign minister is …

Retelling Africa…starting from a tweet

In the summer of 2015 Siyanda Mohutsiwa, a 22-year-old Mathematics student based in Botswana, launched a tweet which was going to become viral: “If Africa was a bar, what would your country be drinking or doing?”. Siyanda started the ball rolling and the question soon became a hashtag (#IfAfricaWasABar) and …

Redefining dating: the humanitarians of Tinder

Looking for a date? Forget dazzling them with your wits, a photo of you posing with local children in Kenya or helping to build a school in Vietnam may serve as a better tactic. Popular dating app Tinder is all about first impressions – users’ profiles contain only photos and …

Reveal yourself: the trend of anonymous blogging

“They have a following because their readers know that they are speaking the truth. But their employers could not tolerate the truth, so these bloggers have to remain in the closet.” – Dennis Whittle, Huffington Post. Blogging is popular among development professionals from a variety of backgrounds. A study by …

A few lessons from Swedish Digital Diplomacy

In my recent blog post, I complained, at some length, about the continuing use of ‘the field’ in development speak. One of the criticisms raised concerned the fact that ‘the field’ fails to describe development as a process occurring as much in the global metropolises as in rural settings. So, …

Re:change the world through a blog?

Who doesn’t dream of making the world a better place? To fight against injustice and inequalities and stand up for human rights. Unfortunately you don’t come far with only dreaming. For those who do actually decide to turn words into action, there are many options. You can work in the …

To stare at a stranger for 4 minutes

It doesn’t happen very often, but every now and then, you read a piece or see a video that really stands out of the crowd. I consider myself being an average internet user. I have my bookmarked list of news sites, blogs and other websites that I check on a …