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From Paper to Tablet all the steps you need to know

October 7th, 2019 Posted by Data Analysis, Data Collection, M&E, software development, Training, web platform 0 comments on “From Paper to Tablet all the steps you need to know”

Con la terza edizione di Milano si chiude il corso “From Paper to Tablet”, promosso da Gnucoop, ChangeLab e CIAI e finanziato da Fondazione Cariplo e Compagnia di S. Paolo all’interno del programma Innovazione per lo Sviluppo. Alle tre edizioni, due a Milano e una a Bologna, hanno partecipato quasi 60 persone di 50 organizzazioni. Principalmente ONG e altri soggetti della cooperazione internazionale, ma anche persone attive nel terzo settore in Italia. Partecipazione molto buona, quindi, considerando anche che il corso era piuttosto impegnativo, 24 ore di aula su 3 giorni. 

Il tema era certamente di interesse. Parlare di trasformazione digitale nella cooperazione internazionale è ormai una necessità dalla quale è sempre più difficile prescindere. E questo non soltanto perché i donatori istituzionali cercano sempre più spesso di orientare i propri contributi ad azioni che siano caratterizzate dall’essere innovative, ma perché ormai emerge in modo chiaro come in un mondo che cambia rapidamente i propri meccanismi di funzionamento e i propri equilibri, anche le ONG devono adeguarsi e rinnovarsi. 

Durante il corso è emerso chiaramente come il tema dell’innovazione non possa essere ridotto all’apprendimento di questo o quel software e, meno ancora, possa essere delegato all’ennesimo consulente esterno. Si tratta di un processo che non riguarda il singolo progetto ma coinvolge tutta l’organizzazione e può compiersi soltanto tramite una profonda messa in discussione del proprio funzionamento. Per questo il corso ha proposto due temi non immediatamente vicini come le tecnologie dell’informazione e della comunicazione (TIC) e la Theory of Change (TOC). 



Alla fine del corso sono stati somministrati dei questionari di valutazione. Le domande principali erano finalizzate a valutare l’efficacia dell’intervento formativo, sia per quanto riguarda i contenuti proposti, che le modalità di erogazione del corso. Nella seguente tabella riportiamo i valori medi delle domande principali:


Per avere un’idea anche della distribuzione delle risposte, si riportano i dati relativi alle prime 2 domande, su quanto siano stati raggiunti gli obiettivi del corso e del complessivo livello di soddisfazione.



E’ chiaro che un corso con questa ambizione non potesse essere un corso tradizionale, dove un docente insegna una materia ad una classe. I tre giorni sono stati invece un continuo scambio di esperienze tra tocenti/facilitatori e partecipanti, scambio che ha permesso al corso stesso di evolvere durante le tre sessioni, per arrivare ad una proposta formativa avanzata nelle modalità e nei contenuti. 

Ringraziamo quindi tutti quelli che hanno partecipato e che hanno contribuito alla crescita di un pensiero nuovo sul tema dell’innovazione nella cooperazione internazionale.

A chi serve la valutazione? Il valore dei dati fra nuove tecnologie, questioni etiche e innovazione sociale

September 29th, 2019 Posted by Data Analysis, Data Collection, ICT4D, M&E, Training, web platform 0 comments on “A chi serve la valutazione? Il valore dei dati fra nuove tecnologie, questioni etiche e innovazione sociale”
A pochi giorni dalla pubblicazione in gazzetta ufficiale delle linee guida per la valutazione di impatto degli ETS, si è tenuta a milano la tavola rotonda “A chi serve la valutazione? Il valore dei dati fra nuove tecnologie, questioni etiche e innovazione sociale” organizzata da CIAI, Changelab e Gnucoop all’interno dell’iniziativa “Innovazione per lo sviluppo”  di Fondazione Cariplo e Compagnia di S. Paolo.

 

Circa 40 persone hanno partecipato ad una mattinata di dibattito e approfondimento su temi che in questo momento si trovano al centro della discussione sulla cooperazione allo sviluppo. Sono intervenuti Federico Mento (Social Value Italia) Federico Bastia (Fondazione Punto.sud), Margherita Romanelli (GVC-Weworld) e Enrico Testi (ARCOLab), moderati da Christian Elevati. 

 

La discussione si è aperta con la presentazione del questionario che era stato rivolto alle ONG nei giorni precedenti allo scopo di fotografare lo stato dell’arte sul tema valutazione e nuove tecnologie. Da questa indagine è emerso chiaramente come il lavoro da fare sia ancora molto, nonostante il tema della valutazione non sia certamente nuovo per le ONG. Tra i numerosi attori del terzo settore, infatti, le ONG sono fra quelli che da più tempo realizzano valutazioni spesso anche molto approfondite, sui propri interventi incoraggiante anche dai donatori stessi che nelle loro procedure le prevedono ormai in modo quasi sistematico.

 

Nonostante questo, la discussione ha permesso di mettere in evidenza alcune problematiche che ancora interrogano il mondo della cooperazione internazionale. Più precisamente: come è possibile passare dalla valutazione di un singolo progetto alla valutazione di un’organizzazione? E ancora, come passare dalla “misurazione” alla “gestione” dell’impatto? ovvero, come trasformare un esercizio valutativo in un vero momento di apprendimento? E poi, come possono, le tecnologie dell’informazione, facilitare questi processi, o addirittura renderli possibili?

 

E’ chiaro che tali questioni riguardano l’intero ecosistema della cooperazione, dai donatori, ai beneficiari, passando per l’opinione pubblica e i media. L’impressione è che nella risposta a tali questioni si nasconda non poco del futuro della cooperazione internazionale ed è prevedibile che delle risposte potranno essere identificate soltanto all’interno di un percorso di almeno medio periodo. Un elemento importante in questo percorso sarà la capacità delle ONG di proporre loro stesse dei modelli innovativi di valutazione che siano efficienti, economici e tecnologicamente al passo con i tempi, andando oltre un approccio di mera compliance.

 

E’ proprio questa impostazione che il corso “From Paper to Tablet” cerca di proporre, fornendo gli strumenti concreti per affrontare la valutazione con spirito rinnovato.

 

E’ ancora possibile iscriversi al corso cliccando qui.
La registrazione integrale dell’evento è qui.

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!

Merkur.io, field-ready and secure payment network

September 20th, 2018 Posted by Blockchain, Emergency, ICT4D, Refugees, software development 0 comments on “Merkur.io, field-ready and secure payment network”

At the beginning of 2018, Gnucoop and Merkur.io started a collaboration for providing a cash and voucher platform to NGOs and Humanitarian Agencies.

Merkur.io is a secure digital payment platform capable of turning humanitarian voucher fairs into a fraud free, rapid and effective experience to NGOs, merchants and humanitarian assistance right holders (beneficiaries).

Merkur.io handles Humanitarian Voucher Fairs through crypto-currencies, using  safe and efficient payment methods. Our network extends to remote and offline areas to deploy the system with solar power and paper QR codes, allowing for  reinforced security measures.

Cash based assistance in particular humanitarian voucher fairs have made humanitarian assistance faster and more efficient.

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iRHIS rolling out to new countries

August 3rd, 2018 Posted by Data Analysis, Data Collection, MHealth, Refugees, software development 0 comments on “iRHIS rolling out to new countries”

Here we are with some updates on the Integrated Refugee Health Information System (IRHIS) project that aims at monitoring UNHCR’s public health activities in Refugee Camps worldwide.
https://his.unhcr.org/

Fig.1 iRHIS Landing page

 

The mobile and web application designed to collect and report refugees medical records is up and running with a renovated look and it’s currently being used in 4 countries: Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia and Ethiopia, involving over 1300 users and serving over 355.700 refugees.

While Tanzania, Rwanda and Zambia have also participated to the pilot phase, the system has been introduced to Ethiopia only in the last month, where over 500 new users have started to collect data.

While Data is collected daily and mostly offline on tablets by health staff, data synchronization and aggregation is performed weekly to update indicators on dashboard, reports and landing page. In some locations, such as in 2 Refugee camps in Zambia and one camp in Kenya, individual data collection has not been possible due to internal constraints. In order to overcome the challenge, the system provides the possibility to also enter already aggregated data directly into the application using a specific online form at health facility level.

Once information has been entered into the system, dashboard, reports and landing page allow easily monitoring of mortality, morbidity, reproductive health, diseases surveillance, Epi and nutritional indicators.

The landing page, that is publicly available,  displays indicator values at country and camp levels. The picture below shows pie charts (Fig.2) about the top five causes of morbidity in 6 Rwandese Refugee camps, grouped by disease type ( Acute Health Conditions, Chronic Diseases, Injuries, Mental Health Disease)

Fig. 2: Total consultations, Rwanda-June 2018

 

The following image instead shows the breakdown of ‘Skilled Birth Attendance’ indicator in Rwandese camps (Fig.3)

Fig. 3: Skilled Birth attendance breakdown, Rwanda-June 2018

 

The dashboard is also a key element of the iRHIS system. Displayed data is based on users’ permissions and Figure 4 shows some dashboard indicators (population, morbidity and mortality) related to Kiziba Refugee camp in Rwanda.

Fig. 4: Dashboard for Kiziba camp- week 30 2018

 

A great advantage of the system is that not only camp, country or regional supervisors but also clinicians at health center level can view updated indicators directly on their dashboard on their tablets. This helps them to always have a clear picture of the current status of the Health Facility or Camp where they work in. Furthermore, they can see their data collection efforts being used to generate valuable information.

Also reports are automatically generated weekly. They provide a comprehensive overview of public health and wash indicators at refugee camp level. Figure 5 and 6 show some examples of iRHIS reports.

Fig. 5: Example of HIS Indicator Report for Nyarugusu Camp (Tanzania, June 2018)

 

Fig. 6: Example of Disease Surveillance Report for Mugombwa Camp (Rwanda, week 30)

 

In the coming months, the system will be constantly monitored to improve its performance and facilitate the roll out in other countries. In August, Sudan will be added to the list of implementing countries. Particularly, next week health staff from 7 camps in Easter Sudan will be trained on the use of the new system.

We’ll continue keeping you posted on future updates of the project! Stay tuned!

‘MEDIA and ICT FOR DEVELOPMENT’

May 29th, 2018 Posted by Blockchain, Data Collection, DRR, Emergency, GIS, ICT4D, MHealth, software development, Training 0 comments on “‘MEDIA and ICT FOR DEVELOPMENT’”

On the 14th of May 2018 and in collaboration with ONG2.0, Gnucoop took part, as lecturer, to one of the session of the ‘Media  and ICT for development’ workshop at the University of Turin.

The workshop is one of the activity included in the University Course in Public and Political Communication (Corso di laurea magistrale in Comunicazione pubblica e politica), that helps students to get familiar and acquire knowledge and skills about the use of communication  and ICT tools in the development sector.

The workshop included 6 sessions and  Gnucoop was invited to participate as a lecturer to one of the lessons, focusing on the use of ICT for development.

Gnucoop discussed about the use of ICT in the development sector and particularly on how free software and technology can be useful tools to improve the impact of developing projects in international cooperation. Also, Gnucoop provided an overview and examples of ICT4D applications, such as mobile data collection tools, web GIS applications and blockchain solutions.

All the mentioned tools have the double role of gathering/disseminating information as well as helping responders to take actions.

Furthermore key challenges and best practices in ICT4D have been presented and discussed such as:

  1. Sustainability: ensuring project longevity →  crucial involvement of government or local ownership;
  2. Scalability: from pilot to large scale project: → ability to propose a solution that can impact large population
  3. Evaluation: impact analysis → keep monitoring the application year after year

The class involved students from the university of Turin enrolled specifically  in communication and development studies, who were very interested and actively participated to the session.

At the end of the workshop, students have been asked to run a practical exercise and design a communication plan related to the cooperation and development sector.

Mission Report Maban County, South Sudan

January 5th, 2018 Posted by Data Collection, MHealth, Refugees, software development 0 comments on “Mission Report Maban County, South Sudan”
The last training session in the 5th pilot Country has been held in South Sudan, Maban CountySeveral refugee camps are currently located in Maban. They are largely occupied by people fleeing armed conflict in Sudan‘s Blue Nile and South Kordofan States. The largest camps are from west to east: Kaya, Yusuf Batil (locally known as Batil), Gendrassa (directly abutting Batil) and Doro (near the town of Bunj). The camps were initially supported by the World Food Programme, originally through food air drops, although as on 2013, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and several other NGOs started to provide more stable relief services.

Gendrassa Camp

The Maban UNHCR Health and Nutrition team has involved the NGOs working in the Health sector (Samaritan’s Purse, International Medical Corps, Medair, Relief International) for whom we held 3 days of training. The training was really successful, thanks to the enthusiastic involvement of the participantsThey were really well prepared people who are dedicating their life to the Sudanese Refugees who left their country and found a place to stay in South Sudan, another country afflicted by a civil war from 2014. They divided their time from the clinics to the NGO compound, where they spent time working on the reports of the day. The idea of using tablets and the chance of creating reports automatically, made them really happy.
We spent the second week visiting all the clinics and health posts they managed in the 4 refugee camps and the 2 hospitals outside the camps, which serve also the host community. We collected all the information necessary for the following pilot project. Indeed, in march 2018, they will leave paper in order to use only tablet for the data collection. Some of the clinics are in good conditions and well equipped, some other need to be rehabilitated, because working there it’s not easy. Maban County is quite difficult to be reached, especially for receiving building materials. They serve more than 100 refugees per day, giving health and nutrition support and they sincerely expressed their difficulties to work in these conditions.
We spent lot of time with all the people involved in the Health and Nutrition sector, UNHCR staff and NGOs local staff, we could learn many things. Having  time for visiting all the clinics in four different camps, having the possibility to talk to people and collecting information directly from the field about the situation in that country has been a really great experience.

The situation in the country is still really dramatic and complicate. Marking four years since the outbreak of South Sudan’s civil war, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on 13th December 2017, appealed for “urgent action by all sides to settle the conflict and put an end to the country’s deepening humanitarian crisis and Africa’s largest refugee crisis”Noting that 63 percent of all South Sudanese refugees are under 18, Grandi labelled the situation “a children’s refugee crisis” and stressed that: “many children are arriving unaccompanied, separated and deeply traumatised.” Refugee women arriving in neighbouring countries have also reported repeated rape, the killing of their husbands, and abduction of their children. The six countries neighbouring South Sudan host two million refugees, while nearly seven million citizens inside the country are in need of essential humanitarian assistance. Two million of these are internally displacedDespite this tragic situation, the South Sudanese staff we met showed us a great desire to work together and to do their job in the best possible way.
Thank you guys!

Twine training in Rwanda

December 4th, 2017 Posted by Data Collection, ICT4D, MHealth, Refugees 0 comments on “Twine training in Rwanda”

In the framework of the collaboration with UNHCR, Gnucoop has started the pilot phase of the Twine Platform, developed for the collection, processing and reporting of the data about the public health within the refugee camps run by UNHCR.

This step involves six Countries, such as Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya and South Sudan, which have started to use the platform during October and November 2017.

After the first step, in the next few months, the platform will be roll out to the other Countries in which UNHCR is working. In the meantime, Gnucoop is providing support to those six Countries in the training of the medical staff about the use of the web app.

Our Project Manager, Paola Fava, has been involved in the training, installation and tablets allocation in the refugee camps of Gihembe and Nyabiheke, in Rwanda. The training has been held in Kigali and according to her, it was a successful experience.

Paola Fava with the medical staff

Nurses, doctors, coordinator of the nutritional centres and data managers of the Nyabiheke and Gihembe clinics, all belonging to the medical staff working at the American Refugee Committee (ARC), UNHCR’ partner in Rwanda, actively participated in the training.

According to Paola, “The involvement was considerable. The medical staff of the health facility in Gihembe and Nyabiheke participated in the training with enthusiasm. The interaction with them was great”.

Furthermore, during her visits to the centers, she had the chance to observe and appreciate the wonderful work of those people who face everyday enormous difficulties in order to provide assistance in a hard context like the one in Rwanda, but always with enthusiasm and smiling.

 

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.

Twine platform is growing: from HIS (Health Information System) to Livelihood & Energy sector

August 3rd, 2017 Posted by ICT4D, Refugees, software development 0 comments on “Twine platform is growing: from HIS (Health Information System) to Livelihood & Energy sector”

According to UNHCRAfter fleeing war or persecution, the opportunity to work and earn a living is one of the most effective ways people can rebuild their lives in dignity and peace”.
UNHCR helps the displaced to achieve self-reliance by building their skills and knowledge, as well as providing access to the resources, training, assets, inputs, services and markets they need.

Access to safe and sustainable energy is a basic human need. Without it, the forcibly displaced – particularly women and children – may be at increased risk and have less time to rebuild their lives”.
In 2014, UNHCR launched a global strategy for Safe Access to Fuels and Energy (SAFE). The SAFE strategy offers crucial guidance and details innovative approaches and technologies, including clean or fuel-efficient cookers, alternative and sustainable fuels, and solar-powered lighting.

Photo Credit: Marco Marche

In the next months Gnucoop will work with UNHCR DIST (Division of Information Systems and Telecommunications), and its business partner Operational Solutions and Transitions Section (OSTS), to extend the new Twine monitoring base platform, to include the Energy and Livelihoods programme sectors.

As UNHCR DIST mentioned in the Concept Note: “There are several advantages to extending the Twine base platform. It will facilitate end-user/stakeholder access to important operational and decision-making data via a shared portal. Additionally, it will also extend our investment by leveraging a common infrastructure and user management”.