ICT4D: Facilitating communication and increasing the reach

Introduction Information and communication technology for development (ICT4D) is a key component of contemporary humanitarian and development work. In humanitarian settings, such as for example a natural disaster or pandemic such as COVID-19 which the world is currently experiencing, ICT4D can be used to provide timely, accurate and reliable information …

Adapting to audience: Corona awareness on TikTok for youth

A few days ago I wrote a post about social media in crises. The post gave examples of how social media can be used by government to share information with affected populations and on how it can be used by affected populations to share information. This post will give one …

Social media in crisis

Social media, such as WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, have become an important and powerful phenomenon in the recent decade. They facilitate communication and information sharing, and can play an important role in crisis. As Dani mentioned in her post “Globalization, Social Media, and its Impact on International Development” earlier …

Awareness raising done right: The Story of Ebola

Awareness raising is a key part of communication for development; it is used to spread knowledge on various topics and inspire to action. However, to produce a successful awareness raising campaign one must do their homework and have a strategic approach. This includes knowing the message, audience and methodology. One …

ComDev and ICT4D

This being our first content post on the blog, I thought I’d provide a short introduction to Communication for Development (ComDev), and more specifically Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) for those of our readers who may not be familiar with the terms. Communication for Development (ComDev) Communication in …