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 …

ICT4D Infographic

Digital media can significantly assist ICT to deliver the needed tech capabilitities to developing nations, and in general within the area of International Development. As per the author Heeks and the infographic above, ICT & Development can be explained as follows: Informational Development – network society Digital Development – platforms …

The role of digital communication during a disaster outbreak

The role and importance of effective communication with crisis-affected people have grown significantly in recent years, driven by the proliferation of accountability initiatives within the humanitarian sector, the changing role of media development organisations as providers of humanitarian information and the explosion in ICT in crisis-affected countries. A misinterpretation or …

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 …

Crisis Communications and digital tech in International Development

One very important feature of ICT4D is that it focuses on technology, law, information, data and communications from a lens of how it affects people and communities. Sustainable development requires consistent development efforts and specifically the acquisition of digital technology. If we focus on digital development more, we can acquire …

Globalization, social media, and its impact on International Development

Globalization is known as the development of an increasing integrated economy marked by free trade and the flow of capital. The author Pieterse suggests however that globalization and its breakdown has changed significantly, what we know as development now is not what was previously, and further to this, that the …