14 August 2011

ICT Links - A list of ICT, social media and web 2.0 technologies for development

Since there has been so much interest in my blog post "How ICT impacts development - Ingenious Solutions for Social Innovation" and I had plenty of links left to share with you, I decided to post a list of them here. Be inspired!

# Computer Aid International
UK-based NGO that provides only the highest quality, professionally refurbished computers and laptops for reuse in education, health, agriculture and not-for-profit organisations in developing countries. They also provide e-learning and most recently, launched solar-powered IT hubs.

Rwanda Health Sector © Computer Aid International

Meteorological training in Kenya for agriculture © Computer Aid International

# Tsunami SMS Alert by CWarn
CWarn is a non-profit organisation based in Brisbane, Australia and partners with various national early warning and research centres, including the US Geological Survey and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. You receive free tsunami alerts to your mobile phone anywhere in the world as long as it is switched on.

Their service appears much more humanitarian to me than the rather despicable commercial version Tsunami Alert (I shall NOT link them to my blog!) which for "just 30 EUR a year... gives you peace of mind" and sends you text alerts with information so you can "make your own decision whether to evacuate or not... long before the general public is alerted". Talk about making money by preying on people's fears!!!

# Decisions for Heroes
Is a collaborative rescue team management tool, that helps record and analyse rescue operations. Check out what it can do in the informative and really cool visual flow on their website, supported by cartoons. Made in Dublin.

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# Mobile technology takes centre stage in disaster relief (The Guardian, 18 June 2010)
Rescue missions after the Sri Lankan tsunami and Haitian earthquake were boosted by using mobile phone networks, satellites and other computer software

# Google Crisis Response
Google launched this project after the often criticised delayed response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Ever since, it has been active at incidents such as Cyclone Nargis, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the Haitian earthquake before it provided resources such as its people finder (for missing persons), its resource finder, maps and updated emergency information for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami earlier this year.

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# Ushahidi
Non-profit crowd-mapping software. "Our roots are in the collaboration of Kenyan citizen journalists during a time of crisis. The original website was used to map incidents of violence and peace efforts throughout the country based on reports submitted via the web and mobile phones." See my feature of them in a previous blog post here.

# Geekcorps
3500 long-term professional staff, qualified short-term consultants, and dedicated international technical volunteers implement large-scale, multi-faceted, country-level business development programs using ICT, while transferring the technical skills required to achieve long-term stability. In partnership with USAID.

Setting up a bottle antenna for WiFi in Mali ©​ Some rights reserved by Geekcorps
If you are wondering how on earth water bottles can be turned into WiFi antennas, read about it here.

# Digital Natives with a Cause?
... is a joint initiative by Hivos and the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, that focuses on understanding how citizen agency can be stimulated and power balances challenged by looking at these issues from the combined perspectives of technology, youth and engagement. Involves academics and practitioners.

# mWomen (GSMA)
A 2010 initiative with the Cherie Blair Foundation and Hillary Clinton to address the gender gap of claimed 300m less female mobile phone users in the developing world. Read what they do how and with whom in their About page here (this is a different link than their homepage above).

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# Development Gateway
... provides Web-based platforms that make aid and development efforts more effective around the world.
 Read really interesting resources - on e-governance for example - on their knowledge sharing platform, Zunia.

# UNESCO felt compelled to produce a practical guide to the internet for journalists in developing countries (read here).

# SavvyChavvy.com
A nation-wide project that combines innovative training in web 2.0 and social networking to improve community cohesion for young people of Gypsy/Traveller origin. Estimated at 280 000, the size of the Roma community in England alone is comparable to that of the whole Bangladeshi community across Britain. The project aims to facilitate self-representation and self-expression through the use of media, including self-made films (available at the link above) that have also fostered new partnerships with the BBC.
"Chavvy" is a word of Romany origin that describes a young person from their community.
"Not only are they using they site to work in small groups with the collective purpose of producing social media and citizen journalism, they are using Savvy Chavvy to make friends, plan evenings out and to chat, joke and gossip with other young people from across the UK and beyond."