Watch us present this blog live!

by Ahnna G on March 20, 2014

At 10.30am (UCT) today we will be presenting this blog to our teachers and peers at the ComDev programme in Malmo University.

You can follow our presentation live from the Bambuser stream below. Tune in already at 9.00am if you wanted to listen to the presentations of the other group blogs.

If your internet connection is weak, we suggest you follow the presentation via the low resolution stream (56kb/s )

See you there!

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As much as I am eager to share Mike Shoag’s inspiring blog post Can Social Media Help Developing Countries? Absolutely! I feel the urge to do so with a disclaimer.

Social media enthusiasts in general, and development bloggers in particular, often forget to remind their readers (and themselves?) about the disconnect between the privilege social media users and the reality of the excluded others.

While blogs have a great potential to be both inclusive and participatory for the benefit of positive development in the world, the truth is that the majority of groups outside of the wired global elite are excluded from this conversation.

Thus, I call for you – fellow privileged members of the wired elite – to discuss with us this very relevant question raised by Ryann Elizabeth Manning in her article FollowMe.IntDev.Com – International Development in the Blogosphere:

Does the blogosphere (including our blog!) contribute to more open sharing of knowledge and help democratize development discourse, or simply provide a new platform for already dominant perspectives, or some combination of both?

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How to measure results in social media – some food for thought

March 19, 2014

Measuring results is a big headache for many organisations. Not only to get the results terminology right, but being able to prove that the project really had a positive effect on people’s lives. Results in relation to social media are a particularly difficult phenomenon to measure. As soon as a video, a photo, a text […]

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Social Media Handbook for Agricultural Development Practitioners

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USAID has produced a very comprehensive and practical guide for social media enthusiasts working with agricultural development. While the handbook focuses on giving practitioners solid advice and understanding for how to produce compelling social media content, it does not suggest that social media is always the most appropriate tool for disseminating agricultural information. Of course […]

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Inspiration and advise on social engagement from industry stakeholders

March 16, 2014

Who could provide excellent advise on how to develop and utilise social media engagement strategies than some of the giant telecommunications companies out there. I came across a quite interesting interview with Hans Vestberg of Ericsson from the Rio+Social conference in 2012, a UN conference on how to work towards a sustainable future through development work, a lead up from […]

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Women’s P2P – with programmes designed by women for women, in partnership with the users themselves

March 15, 2014

Referring to yesterday’s post on social media and gender, I would like to share with you this inspiring initiative called Women’s Peer-to-Peer Network. Without access to technology, women are more vulnerable to gender-based violence, poverty, exclusion from politics and elections, and are more difficult to account for during crisis situations and natural disasters. Women’s P2P […]

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Make sure your ICT-interventions are Gender Responsive!

March 15, 2014

In 2003, the Economist  published an article that suggested that internet had replaced the 17th – 18th century’s coffee-houses. Coffee-houses functioned as that era’s communication nodes, where everything from news and gossip to literature and politics were discussed and reasoned over. To describe this phenomenon, the German  philosopher Jurgen Habermas coined the term “the public sphere”. These meeting-points were […]

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