Why citizens’ feedback is a false issue

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The new mantra for the ICT4D community seems to be “citizens’ feedback”. The World Bank has embraced it, the donor community is putting out calls for proposals almost entirely focused on that, conferences on development issues always have a panel … 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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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 31,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this … Continue reading

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Breaking news: Journalism is dead!

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ok. I needed a catchy title for this post, and yes, I do not think that journalism is dead, but I do think that most journalists will be, if they do not understand what is going on in this new … 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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Towards the design of a communication with affected communities model

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Several weeks ago something incredible has been released by Infoasaid that seems to have passed under silence. Infoasaid is a DFID-funded project that is being implemented by a consortium of two media development organisations – Internews and BBC Media Action. The … Continue reading

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The very first Humanitarian “Customer Calling Center”

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Several weeks ago I had the fortune to meet with Fatuma Abdulahi, Communications Officer for Accountability for the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), the person behind the HIF project called “Piloting Accountability Systems for Humanitarian Aid in Somalia”, in partnership with UNICEF through the … Continue reading

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Integrating Local Media and ICTs into Humanitarian Response in Central African Republic

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[This blog post os cross posted on the Ushahidi blog] It is done. I have been dreaming about this project for the past 2 years and today, I am incredibly proud to announce the launch of the Internews Crisis Map for Central … Continue reading

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