Category Archives: Humanitarian Affairs

Learning from Kenya: using SMSs for a rapid response mechanism in Central African Republic

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One of the biggest problem right now in Central African Republic is the perception in the two different communities, Christian and Muslims, that the two fighting movements, the Seleka and the Anti-Balaka, are the same thing than the communities themselves. … Continue reading

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Bluetooth is the Facebook of Central African Republic

[Cross posted from the Internews Centre for Innovation & Learning website] It has been 2 years since I have been in Bangui. It is exactly how I remembered it: dusty, noisy, chaotic and fascinating.  On the way from the airport … Continue reading

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Why the emergency will not be twitted

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I have meant to write this blog post since very long time. But I never did since I realized that I am not sure I know what exactly I want to say on the matter. So, take this blog post for … Continue reading

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Social Media for Emergencies 101

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2 weeks ago I was invited to lead a seminar for the Communication with Disaster Affected Communities Network (CDAC) in collaboration with Greg Barrow from the World Food Program (WFP). The seminar was aimed at helping humanitarian organizations to understand … Continue reading

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The conundrum of digital humanitarianism: when the crowd does harm

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We saw this coming. It’s like when you start sniffing and coughing and you know the real flu is coming. And you know you cannot do anything about it, because even if you take a very strong aspirin, it is … Continue reading

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Asia Trip 2013: Follow the adventures of a crisis mapper in Asia!

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I owe an apology to my readers: I did not disappeared or stopped blogging, I just changed platform for a little while. No worries, this is still my official blog, but for the time being you can see what I … Continue reading

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Crisis Mapping Intelligence Information during the Libyan Civil War

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Steve Stottlemyre from the Office of Intelligence & Threat Analysis, U.S. Department of State and Sonia Stottlemyre from Georgetown Public Policy Institute, have recently published an article titled “Crisis Mapping Intelligence Information during the Libyan Civil War: An Exploratory Case Study”.  The article touches … Continue reading

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Kenya: one election, 7 phone services, 3 maps and some confusion!

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We all knew it. We saw this coming in Haiti and talked about it in Egypt, when 5 Ushahidi maps popped out the day before the elections. But the Kenyan elections are somehow different, and the reason why they are, … Continue reading

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Applying the Agile Development Methodology to Funding: an open letter to Donors

I have discussed in my previous blog post the possible application of the Agile Development methodology to development projects, and specifically to ICT4D projects. Now the next question is, why is this methodology not being used, even if its value … Continue reading

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An Agile Development Manifesto for ICT4D projects

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Almost a year ago, while chatting with a good friend of mine Alessandro Cinelli, I discovered the Agile Development Manifesto. Since then I have been thinking about it and had the fortune to meet Jacopo Romei, an Agile Coach, working … Continue reading

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