Monthly Archives: April, 2015

Digital in Development Programmes

April 23rd, 2015 Posted by ICT4D 0 comments on “Digital in Development Programmes”

Digital technologies can add value to our development interventions to help us reach greater numbers of poor and marginalised people more quickly and cost-effectively.
The rapid expansion of mobile phones and internet access in poor countries offers unique opportunities to stimulate growth, enhance peoples’ experience of services and as citizens, involve them in our work, cut fraud, help them hold governments and other institutions to account and support them better in humanitarian emergencies.

“The digital agenda is becoming a ‘must do’, rather than a ‘nice to do’. We’re being asked to do more with less or the same and the only way to do this is to do things differently – including through digital”
Tim Robinson, DFID NED

The basic attributes of digital technologies (also refered to in international development
circles as Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D)) are:
connectivity, communication, and information.
Our emphasis is on how we use the more recent, and fast-growing digital communication technologies (mobile phones and Internet) that allow people and organisations to communicate and share information digitally.
Tools and approaches include:
Mobile – SMS, apps, Interactive Voice Response (IVRs), mobile money, solar-powered phone chargers, low cost smartphones
Internet – websites, social media, knowledge platforms, databases, management information systems
Data – open data, big data, data collection, data mining, data monitoring, analytics
Activities (supported or enabled by digital tools) – crowd sourcing, geo mapping, user feedback, e-learning, information dissemination, real time monitoring, low cost diagnostics
Emerging technologies – smartcards, biometrics, 3D printing, Google glass, wearable tech, TV white space, unmanned aeriel vehicles (drones, satellites)
DFID full text available in pdf

The “Smartification” of Humanitarian Response

April 13th, 2015 Posted by ICT4D 0 comments on “The “Smartification” of Humanitarian Response”

There is still a need to make humanitarian data easier to find and to make it useful for analysis purposes. How can a decision-maker quickly track the trend of a crisis in a certain area? How can she compare the incidence between two regions? Information that resides in reports and documents is not always standardized, comparable, or reliable. Enter the need for smartification of humanitarian information management.
The ubiquity of technology in general and phones in particular creates a fantastic opportunity for improvements in data collection.
Field assessments can be conducted via mobile phone and the data relayed to servers for quicker analysis and faster response. Data becomes much more easily retrievable, and not dependent on manual labor. This ensures the data is as current as possible but also less prone to errors from human intervention.

Here some examples of Gnucoop mobile-web applications

It is, after all, not about having and storing information but about using it to better deliver much needed support and assistance to communities in crisis.