Monthly Archives: February, 2016

Let it free!

February 29th, 2016 Posted by ICT4D, M&E, software development 0 comments on “Let it free!”

Our crowdfunding campaign has closed on 14th of February.

Thank you to all of our supporters!

But the core idea of the campaign to involve software developers, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) experts, NGOs professionals, helping us to develop an application that will be available for every person involved has not dead.
If you like to contribute with your expertise to the realization of this tool contact us!

Monitoring and evaluation is a key component of most cooperation and development projects. While NGOs have been mostly using pen and paper forms to collect project data and spending a lot of time and resources in re-organising collected information, the increasing access to ICT tools is opening new frontiers to project data collection and management. Information can be digitized as early as during the data collection phase and up to the final phase of extraction of statistical data for final reporting.
There is no need to look for complex solutions, often the simplest ones are also the best ones. However, technology itself is not sufficient to meet project objectives. Having a team that can design the data collection strategy, implement it accordingly, and evaluate the final data is as important as the technology itself.
So, are you tired of collecting data by paper forms for your M&E system?
Gnucoop has developed, with support of Silvia Favaron, an M&E web platform based on the logical framework approach, allowing project staff to systematically plan and monitor indicators throughout the duration of the project. We will also be looking at integrating into the current system a mobile-phone data collection tool based on ODK technology.
We’d like to turn our project into a free software project.
Free software means users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.
We’ll release the source code (issued under AGPLv3 license) so everyone could benefit from it.
Part of the amount collected will be used to cover some start-up expenses and for server maintenance.

Gnucoop is a team of Engineers, experts in Information Technology and professionals in the field of Development and Cooperation. Here we are!
We started in 2006 as a small group of free-lance IT professionals with the idea that free software and technologies have great economical and technical advantages and they can provide very useful tools to achieve Companies/Institutions/NGOs/Research Institutes/Aid Agencies’ objectives.
We actively participate in the international debate on the use of technology as aid supporting tool, linking up with the international network of aid worker and the international IT community.
Gnucoop is actively involved in both the national (Italian, through the Italian ONG2.0 network) and international debate (as member of the Digital Humanitarian Network) about the use of sustainable technological solutions in development and cooperation projects.

M&E consists of two distinct but complementary parts:
• Monitoring1 is the routine collection and analysis of information to track progress against set plans. It helps to identify trends and patterns, adapt strategies, and inform decisions for project/program management.
• Evaluation2 is an assessment of an ongoing or completed project, program, or policy, with respect to its design, implementation, and results. The purpose is to determine the relevance and fulfilment of objectives, and/or developmental efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability of the activity.
M&E enables improved project oversight, informed decision-making, continuous learning, and evidence-based communication of results.

ICT4D stands for Information and Communication Technology for Development.
ICT4D focuses on the use of communication and technological tools to achieve important goals in the promotion of health, education and information everywhere. Important results have been achieved in the healthcare sector, in micro economics activities, in education, in disaster prevention and response.
ICT has the potential to transform the efficiency and usefulness of data collection, as well as boosting organizational confidence in data collected through M&E systems.

3W: Who is doing what and where in the European Refugee response

February 24th, 2016 Posted by Refugees 0 comments on “3W: Who is doing what and where in the European Refugee response”

Addressing different aspects of the global refugee crisis will require improved coordination across sectors, and greater efficiency and sophistication in delivering aid and other support around the globe. This includes the ability to collect, analyze and share data among organizations that provide direct support for refugees and across the NGO community. Additionally, there is a need for better understanding/mapping of the refugee experience and the emergency response and relief experience, as well as opportunities to identify and anticipate specific needs that can be prioritized in the future.

“The rise of the smartphone has put powerful tech in the hands of refugees, and it’s just waiting to be used in a scalable way,” says Mike Butcher, Techfugees’ co-founder. Lale’s mission is to organize the coordination, communication and execution of hands-on help by volunteers in local helper circles. We aim to simplify the management of volunteer groups and to engage as many individuals as possible in the act of helping others. If everyone helps just once, we can build bridges that lead to human connections and true integration.
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Refugeeprojects is an app that centralizes refugee crisis initiatives so you can easily find a project that meets your needs. The solution is to create a free-open source platform that centralizes all of the initiatives of the refugee crisis in one place. Use human-centered design to make the application meet real human needs.

Who, what, Where Who is doing what and where in the European Refugee response. Collected by Standby Task Force.
Projects about refugees crisis and management 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.