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Open Days Innovazione 2019: co-progettare, partecipare ed innovare

March 11th, 2019 Posted by Blockchain, Data Collection, e-learning, ICT4Ag, ICT4D, MHealth, software development, web platform 0 comments on “Open Days Innovazione 2019: co-progettare, partecipare ed innovare”
Due giorni di incontri, discussioni, presentazioni e networking. Due giorni di idee per cercare di far incontrare innovatori, organizzazioni di cooperazione internazionale ed enti privati.
Abbiamo iniziato parlando di innovazione non come un risultato o un prodotto ma come un processo partecipativo di cui l’utente finale è il protagonista.
E così sono stati riportati esempi di innovazione come BRCK, che garantisce connettività in luoghi comunitari, come su 1000 autobus a Nairobi e 500 a Kigali, o in 1200 Wifi hotspots, oppure di imprese sociali nell’ambito dell’energia solare come la storia di M-KOPA .
Ma spesso basta poco per innovare, come un paio di tablet connessi che permette ad un gruppo di donne masai di imparare a leggere e scrivere e trasmettere all’intera comunità quanto appreso.


O ancora come il progetto Click4All (https://www.click4all.com/en/ ) per costruire piccoli strumenti di supporto alla disabilità (come mouse o tastiere), utilizzati per esempio in un centro di riabilitazione su base comunitaria in Siria.
E tanti altri ancora…
E poi è arrivata la volta dei tavoli di co-design in tema di Educazione, Agricoltura e Salute.
Gnucoop ha avuto il piacere di moderare il tavolo Health&Tech. Quattro storie di innovazione sanitaria hanno aperto il dibattito:
1. il software di raccolta dati del progetto iRHIS – Gnucoop;
2. la piattaforma Open Hospital – CUAMM/ISF;
3. la participatory data physicalization con l’Università di Bolzano;
4. i sistemi di mappatura che facilitano l’accesso a centri sanitari di riferimento di CCM
Storie che hanno permesso di individuare gli ingredienti di successo e criticità dei progetti di innovazione come: partecipazione, formazione, raccolta ed umanizzazione dei dati ed, ancora, monitoraggio e replicabilità degli strumenti, etc…
Un momento concreto di scambio ed incontro tra le tre comunità cardine degli open days innovazione: operatori umanitari, innovatori ed imprese.
Il secondo giorno ci ha visto invece partecipare a diversi workshops: dai Big Data e tecniche di data visualization ad esperienze pratiche sulle Internet of Things, tecnologie hardware open che danno spazio alla creatività ed innovazione.
E poi si è parlato di project management e strumenti agile, di Kanban e di Scrum, di effetto Panopticon, sprint planning, retrospettiva, stand up meetings e dei tre ruoli chiavi dell’agile methodology (product owner, scrum master e  team members). Strumenti di progettazione e pianificazione che meglio si adattano a progetti innovativi, permettendo di tenere sotto controllo il progetto ed, allo stesso tempo, garantendo l’efficienza dei team di lavoro e minimizzando i rischi.

Gli #ODI2019 sono stati anche l’occasione per lanciare tutte le offerte formative di #InnovazioneSviluppo.
Fino al 20 Marzo sono aperte, tra le altre, le iscrizioni al primo ciclo del corso “From paper to tablet: all the steps you need to know” promosso da Gnucoop, CIAI e ChangeLab. Il corso vuole fornire le competenze per migliorare il processo di monitoraggio e valutazione dei progetti e delle organizzazioni, attraverso l’utilizzo di strumenti adeguati ed innovativi di raccolta, sistematizzazione e analisi di dati.
Per partecipare clicca qui .


Grazie a Fondazione Cariplo e Compagnia di San Paolo che hanno organizzato questo evento!

Quelimane agricola: produce, cresce e consuma sostenibile

September 3rd, 2018 Posted by Data Analysis, Data Collection, ICT4Ag, M&E, software development 0 comments on “Quelimane agricola: produce, cresce e consuma sostenibile”

La legge 125/14, coerentemente con l’Agenda 2030 delle Nazioni Unite per lo sviluppo sostenibile e i suoi 17 Obiettivi (SDGs2), recepisce una novità chiave rispetto alla legge precedente: la partecipazione, al fianco dei Governi, di diversi gruppi di stakeholder, tra cui Imprese e investitori.
Alla collaborazione tra più soggetti è in particolare dedicato l’Obiettivo 17 degli SDGs “Partnership for the Goals”, anche prevista dall’articolo 208 del Trattato di Lisbona3.
Le Imprese possono contribuire allo sviluppo di progetti di cooperazione internazionale, soprattutto attraverso forme di partenariato con soggetti terzi, tra cui ONG e partner locali, nel pieno rispetto dei principi di CSR e delle linee guida OCSE4.

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ICT4Ag: The Experience Of Gnucoop

September 8th, 2017 Posted by GIS, ICT4Ag, ICT4D, software development 0 comments on “ICT4Ag: The Experience Of Gnucoop”

Intoduction on ICT4Ag

Photo Credit: Marco Marche

Agriculture is the mainstay of national economies and household incomes in many African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.
The role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in agriculture is truly significant in everything, from conserving water use to helping secure the livelihoods of rural women. The huge potential of ICT for agriculture (ICT4Ag), from increasing agricultural yields to helping farmers to get a fairer price for their produce, is well documented. Technologies such as SMS applications, mobile banking and satellite data have been used successfully in order to give agricultural stakeholders access to farm mapping, weather data, marketing tools, financial credit, advice from extension workers, and social networks, among other things.

What Gnucoop can offer

    • SMS-based service
      We propose the use of an SMS-based platform providing agricultural advice, weather forecasts, market prices, markets location and calendar to farmers. It uses data and insights on farmers, crops, markets and prices to provide commercial data and intelligence services to agribusinesses and financial organisations.
      SMS trade and market information service is a simple, convenient and cost-effective service that is helping farmers in rural areas to search for market for their produce at better prices within their regions and beyond
      Market information services (MIS) delivered through mobile phone SMS platforms help to increase household incomes, to reduce marketing costs and to improve the social welfare of small-scale farmers.
    • Data Collection Web and Mobile Platform
      Our web-based platform allows to collect, store and manage any kind of data. This application allows to collect data and compile entry forms in a user-friendly way, analyse and generate reports at different levels: from single sites to country offices up to regional and HQ level.
      Data collection is done using different tools, from paper to digital forms and mobile apps.
      The last version of our platform provides a more advanced, modern and modular software; only one interface for data entry; data safety and clear user management structure; a user-friendly and customizable interface; a modular and extendible system.
      Thanks to the use of Angular JS 2 it can work offline guaranteeing offline updates if no connection is available but it would also make the whole system more uniform and centralized, therefore reducing the maintenance costs and the incidence of bugs, increasing the quality of the web application. Though the web app it’s possible to generate standard and customized reports, where users can define what information to include as well as the layout and format to display it. It is possible to analyze data and display related graphs or info-graphs for a better monitoring of the project activities.
    • GIS Platform
      GIS application in agriculture has been playing an increasingly important role in crop production throughout the world by helping farmers in increasing production, reducing costs, and managing their land resources more efficiently. GIS application in agriculture such as agricultural mapping plays a vital role in monitoring and management of soil and irrigation of any given farm land.
      Gnucoop developed a webGIS platform, called Yago, to locate resources, identify critical issues, design urban plans and understand local vulnerabilities in order to increase population preparedness towards natural disasters and help managing crisis.
      It’s a modern and light software that can also run on smartphones and tablets, developed using the Google framework Angular 4 Google and libraries for the development of mobile-friendly Leaflet interactive maps.
      Yago is a webGIS application that allows uploading and overlapping geo datasets in order to identify vulnerable areas, risk and hazards.
      We’re developing a new functionality who allows to enter directly some data on a map, through a specific interface.

Gnucoop can also been carry out field missions to test the application, and monitor the roll out and deployment of the developed application, as well as to train local staff on the use of the system. The system will be implemented in many different countries with thousands of users.

The role of ICTs for agriculture in global development

July 24th, 2017 Posted by ICT4D 0 comments on “The role of ICTs for agriculture in global development”

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) can facilitate access to timely and accurate information for an improved agricultural production. Access to information is crucial in family farming, which is known to be heterogeneous, primarily family-based labour, production of highly diversified products, and limited access to productive resources.

ICTs, especially mobile applications, are playing key role in facilitating access to these resources by the poor. The “digital financial services” revolution has huge implication on family farmers.

Photo Credit: Marco Marche


With the increasing penetration of mobile phones in remote parts of the world, efforts should then be made to strengthen the innovative use of mobile technologies by family farmers. Combination of
mobile technology and geographic information system provide accurate, specific/micro information of soil, water, nutrient etc. on farmers’ field for decision making.

Creating the enabling environments for rural ICT connectivity through sound policies and strategies and ensuring thereby affordable and quality access to the technologies, especially in rural areas, will support smooth exchange of agricultural information for family farms. ICT strategies and platforms that increase involvement of farmers’ organizations in policy development, policy debates, and influencing policy implementation have to be promoted.

In 2013, Gnucoop developed for Action Contre la Faim a mobile-web application to monitor prices of basic food items available in Central African Republic markets. Food prices are usually collected by different organizations working in different areas.

This platform, based on ODK data collection application, gathers information from different sources into a unique system.

Find out more on ODK website

I​CT: Innovations for Development​

September 27th, 2016 Posted by e-learning, ICT4D, Training 0 comments on “I​CT: Innovations for Development​”

The new edition of the long-term online training course ICT: Innovations for Development focused on the communication technologies begins on 31st of October.
Organised by ONG 2.0, the sessions are live and interactive with renowned international experts.
There are 20 full scholarships available, thanks to the support of Fondazione Cariplo and Compagnia San Paolo.
Application deadline for scholarships: 9th October 2016

In the recent years, the ICTs (information and communication technologies) for development have promised the international cooperation to become more “fluid” and “open” (open-source technologies and creative commons licenses enabled individual persons, groups and organizations to have free access in various materials and products, inaccessible before).Further, the emergence of new techs such as drones, low-cost sensors, wearables and so on – the ICTs are opening up new horizons for development interventions. For instance, UNICEF and the Malawi’s government have started to test unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to reduce waiting times for HIV testing of infants. Or RapidPro – an online communication platform for those who want to create an app about social issues in few steps. Examples are unlimited: from the environmental movement Science for Change Kosovo, that monitors and reports the atmosphere pollution by means of a crowdsourcing platform, to Kilimo Salama (“Safe Agriculture”), a project for smallholders who can ensure their products through SMS while the insurance company checks the forecasts with weather satellites.
To respond to these new trends and progresses in the field of ICT for Development, as well as to offer new opportunity for young professionals, particularly for those from Global South, the ONG2.0 is launching the second edition of the long-term online course “ICT: Innovations for Development”. The programme, absolutely unique in Italy, will allow the discussion between the lectures and participants from all the worlds thanks to the interactive and live webinars. The intensive 6 months course is structured in 8 thematic Modules: social innovation methodologies; agriculture and environment; health; education; data collection; mapping in emergencies; human rights, democracy and activism; and financial inclusion.

There are 20 full coverage scholarships available (application deadline: 9 October). The course will be concluded with a public BarCamp where a 2000€ prize, where participants will present the Final Projects and will have the chance to win seed-funding up to 2000 euro.
The seed-funding will go for the best projects who have successfully integrated, applied and/or prototypes ICTs in a real case study.

The course is organised as part of the “Innovations for Development” project supported by Fondazione Cariplo and Compagnia San Paolo, and in partnership with Fondazione Crt, Opes Impact Fund, Gnucoop, Fondazione Acra, We Make, Ouagalab, Fablab To, ISI Foundation, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano e Nexa center for internet & society, Università di Torino, Politecnico di Torino.

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Connected Agriculture

May 29th, 2015 Posted by ICT4D 0 comments on “Connected Agriculture”

India is one of the world’s largest food producers with more than 200 million people currently estimated to work in agriculture, around 100 million of them farmers and the remainder working as agricultural labourers. In India, around 62% of farmers own less than one hectare of land, significantly increasing their exposure to the effects of crop failure, pests, disease and volatile market pricing.

Vodafone and Accenture Strategy have identified six mobile services with the potential to transform Indian farmers’ lives and livelihoods.
Agricultural information services providing early warning of weather events, information on the best times to harvest and advice on crop techniques to enhance yields. These services could increase an estimated 60 million Indian farmers’ annual incomes by an average of US$89 a year in 2020.
Receipt services to provide greater transparency in daily commodity supply chains, allowing farmers to raise their incomes by improving efficiency and eliminating fraud.
Payments and loans enabling farmers to access simple and secure financial products and services using mobile money payment systems such as Vodafone’s M-Pesa, launched in India in April 2013. Access to highly cost-effective micro-finance and quick and transparent electronic payment systems could provide an annual benefit of US$690 for some farmers in 2020, representing a 39% increase in their average farming income.
Field audit enabling auditors monitoring quality, sustainability and certification requirements to move away from paper records and adopt instead electronic reporting via tablets and mobile data, greatly enhancing efficiency and potentially increasing annual average income by US$612 for some farmers.
Local supply chain enabling small-scale producers to transact with local co-operatives through simple but robust information services and mobile money systems. These could boost some farmers’ annual incomes by US$271 in 2020; a 50% increase on current farming incomes.
Smartphone-enabled services to provide deeper functionality and richer sources of information than is possible using basic SMS and voicemail services. While smartphone penetration is currently low in rural areas in emerging market economies, average device prices continue to fall year-on-year. Advanced and affordable mobile services could lead to an increase in average annual farming incomes of US$675 for more than four million farmers in 2020.

Connected farming in India – Report