Monthly Archives: October, 2014

#ICT4D’s 95:5 Rule

October 31st, 2014 Posted by ICT4D 0 comments on “#ICT4D’s 95:5 Rule”

Typical consumption-related uses of ICTs touch 95% of people but make only a 5% difference to their livelihoods.  This covers “intensive” application of ICTs: their use to intensify an existing livelihood.

Typical production-related uses of ICTs touch 5% of people but make a 95% difference to their livelihood.  This covers “extensive” application of ICTs: their use to extend the range of possible livelihoods, by created a new ICT-based livelihood.

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How The Tech Sector Can Help Stop Ebola #ict4d

October 30th, 2014 Posted by ICT4D 0 comments on “How The Tech Sector Can Help Stop Ebola #ict4d”

In our highly interconnected world, stopping Ebola is on everyone’s mind. The tech community has a significant role to play in the response because it offers solutions that can scale at the same rate as Ebola’s exponential growth.

http://tcrn.ch/1wIly2N

A 3W web platform in the South Eastern Africa Region #ict4d

October 29th, 2014 Posted by ICT4D 0 comments on “A 3W web platform in the South Eastern Africa Region #ict4d”

A 3W web platform in the South Eastern Africa Region

In 2012, Gnucoop developed a 3W web platform for Cooperazione Internazionale, an italian NGO, to help the organisation and its partners monitoring DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) activities in 4 countries (Comoros Islands, Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique) in the South Eastern Africa Region (DIPECHO funded project).

But… WHAT IS A 3W PLATFORM?

Projects about disaster preparedness or response are complex as many indicators and variables need to be monitored at the same time and they may concern very different sectors of intervention: from food security and shelter management to wash and sanitation infrastructure and capacity building activities. The 3W platforms are usually built from a 3W matrix (“Who is doing What and Where“) , a well-known global tool used by humanitarian organisations to capture data from the field  and manage cluster data. The matrix is then used to generate several types of information products: from maps to graphs and tables. 3W applications provide decision makers and project managers with an easy to use system to keep control over current activities and plan future ones in a specific region.

WHO: Who is involved?

More and more cooperation projects are requiring interactions among several organisations and governmental bodies. Also donors tend to fund projects from NGOs’ consortium to improve efficiency  of implemented actions in a specific area while avoiding overlapping and duplication of efforts. Answering to the question ‘Who is involved?’ helps to clearly identify partners working together on the same project as well as other actors that are operating in the same region.  This may also lead to new opportunities for further collaborations.

WHAT: What is being implemented?

Within a specific project, such as the DIPECHO Regional one, each partner may be specialised in a specific sector of intervention, i.e.: wash, food security, health, etc… However, these sectors are interconnected and it can be very important for a partner to know what other organisations are doing in the same area in order to identify potential collaborations or gaps. Answering to the question ‘What is being implemented?’ helps to have a clear picture of what has been achieved so far by partners as well as avoiding overlapping and duplication of efforts.  This can also turn out to be very useful in time of emergencies, as this information is critical to plan accurate response.

WHERE: Where is the activity taking place?

Project activities are implemented in several locations. If geographical coordinates of villages or towns where activities are implemented are known, it is possible to add them to basemaps such as GoogleMap or OpenstreetMap and integrating them on a web application using basic GIS or webGIS tools. Answering to the question ‘Where are activities taking place?’ helps to have a clear picture of where partners are working and if other organisations are carrying out activities in the same area or, on the contrary, if some areas are uncovered and need to be assisted.

Who and Where in the DIPECHO Regional platform

What and Where in the DIPECHO Regional platform

FROM 3W  TO 4W AND 5W PLATFORMS

In the latest years, the 3W tool has also been extended to the 4th W, that represents the ‘When’, adding a temporal dimension to captured data and the 5th W, that represents the ‘Why’, indicating the needs behind a specific activity or intervention.

It is extremely important that these platforms are always kept up to date in order to provide meaningful information and guide humanitarian actors in organising a response.

To view the DIPECHO platform, click here: http://www.gi4drrdb.coopi.org/

To view our data management project, click here: https://www.gnucoop.com/gic-portfolio-category/?gcip_cid=1175753

 

 

New GSN Case Study: Digital Humanitarian Network #ict4d

October 29th, 2014 Posted by ICT4D 0 comments on “New GSN Case Study: Digital Humanitarian Network #ict4d”

Gnucoop is member of the Digital Humanitarian Network, a worldwide technical community providing technical support during emergencies and humanitarian crisis.

The earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010 gave rise to a new way of mobilizing and coordinating disaster assistance. Thousands of “digital humanitarians” converged on the Internet to help first responders collect, triage, and visualize the unprecedented pleas for help pouring in from the mobile phones of affected Haitians.

Read the complete report http://bit.ly/1wcjgeu

Telecentre Women program wins GEM-Tech Award for bridging #ICT #gender gap

October 29th, 2014 Posted by ICT4D 0 comments on “Telecentre Women program wins GEM-Tech Award for bridging #ICT #gender gap”

Jointly organized by UN Women and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the GEM-Tech Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of organizations and individuals in the area of gender equality and mainstreaming through.

TCW’s successful transformation from a simple Digital Literacy Campaign for Women launched in 2011 into a full-fledged major program of TCF, the engagement and mobilization of a large network of partners in different parts of the world, the attainment of its goal of training 1 million women worldwide and equipping them with the necessary ICT skills, along with the many inspiring stories of women who have been trained and whose lives were changed through ICT – all these contributed to TCW’s win at the GEM-Tech Awards.

http://bit.ly/1syfm9q

#Humanitarianism in the Age of Cyber-warfare

October 28th, 2014 Posted by ICT4D 0 comments on “#Humanitarianism in the Age of Cyber-warfare”

New information and communication technologies in humanitarian response create opportunities for improved humanitarian response as well as risks to the privacy and security of affected communities

http://bit.ly/1DoLRNJ

Embracing new technology for data collection in Zambia #ict4d

October 28th, 2014 Posted by ICT4D 0 comments on “Embracing new technology for data collection in Zambia #ict4d”

“When we want to monitor and evaluate a project, we need quality data, but this is often a challenge due to time restraints. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is looking to technology to help us remove some of the barriers to good data collection and analysis,”

http://bit.ly/12Z7eKD

Mobile Health Technology: Key Practices for DRR Implementers #ict4d

October 28th, 2014 Posted by ICT4D 1 comment on “Mobile Health Technology: Key Practices for DRR Implementers #ict4d”

The Mobile Health Technology: Key Practices for DRR Implementers resource toolkit presented here provides support to DRR practitioners in the development and management of mobile-health projects in the context of DRR. Particularly, the tool is based on the lesson-learnt from COOPI’s five years of experience in the use of mobile technology applied to the health sector in rural context in the southern Africa region with the support of Gnucoop.

http://bit.ly/1FHds0r

The Digital Development Opportunity

October 24th, 2014 Posted by ICT4D 0 comments on “The Digital Development Opportunity”

As we near the 2015 deadline of the Millennium Development Goals, we must accelerate progress. For our Agency, new technologies and partnerships have created unprecedented opportunities to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies.

http://1.usa.gov/1ytJ597

 

 

Ebola Fighters Enlist Texts in Bid to Curb Outbreak

October 24th, 2014 Posted by ICT4D 0 comments on “Ebola Fighters Enlist Texts in Bid to Curb Outbreak”

Aid workers in Liberia tried out a new tool this week to contain the world’s worst Ebola outbreak: the text message. #ict4d

http://bloom.bg/1xgGo9D