Archive for May, 2010

From Balancing Act Africa a great article on the work that UNICEF’s Innovation Unit has done deploying ICT for Development.

ISSUE NO 503 7th May 2010

UNICEF and Text For Change: how they are using technology in different ways

Donorland has been littered with pilot projects over the last ten years that took interesting technology and ideas and sought to make them work in the unforgiving African context. All too often they had little idea of what potential users actually wanted and once the funding ended, the water closed over them and that was that. There is now a second generation of ICT4D projects that seem to have learnt the lessons of these early failures. Russell Southwood spoke to Terra Weikel and Sean Blaschke of UNICEF and Bas Hoefman of Text for Change about how they are using technology in different ways.

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