4 ICT4D innovations empowering people and changing lives

Digital technology is rapidly advancing opportunities that enable people to live more productive and healthier lives in all parts of the world—including developing countries. Convenience, time, money, and access to education and healthcare are just some of the benefits derived from digital technology. Here is a look at four communications …

ICT not 4D

Information communication technology (ICT) is increasingly used by development agencies and governments to help achieve development goals. Countless examples show the potential power ICTs have to improve the livelihoods of people and protect our planet. But there are also dark sides of ICT—sometimes intentional, other times not—that warrant a cautious, …

‘Like minded’: the effect of echo chambers in development communications

“Echo chamber” must be one of hottest expressions right now. Even a superficial look into recent studies around it identifies some serious concerns for development communicators. The echo chamber is having a real impact on democracy, social change and all the goal development communications work towards. In the meantime, we …

Building impactful C4D campaigns: An interview with IOM X’s former C4D officer

Emily Cholette led IOM X’s communication for development (C4D) work in Bangkok, Thailand as the C4D officer from 2014-2017. IOM X is the International Organization for Migration’s innovative campaign to encourage safe migration and public action to stop exploitation and human trafficking. I caught up with Emily, who has since …

Making Digital Rights a Priority for INGOs – in Palestine and Beyond

In my last post, I outlined several alarming developments that contribute to shrinking cyberspace for Palestinians: Increasing persecution by Palestinian and Israeli authorities for online content New legislation such as the “Cybercrime Law” by the Palestinian Authority Tech companies’ facilitation of censorship, surveillance and one-sided narratives Lack of sovereignty over …