Our “In the News” post took a month off for December, but now it’s back with a selection of stories that caught our eye as 2012 turned to 2013!
Elections in Sierra Leone
Avaaz focused on the use of mobile phones during Sierra Leone’s elections on November 17th 2012
Linda Raftree talks about Open Data, Open Government and Critical Consciousness on the Wait… What? Blog
An interesting little discussion about how to improve open data through better presentation, responsive government and, most importantly, critical consciousness
How ICT tools are improving efficiency of agricultural development
The Guardian looks at three technologies working to transform farming.
The arrival of 2013 heralded a controversial policy announcement in Nigeria. The decision to give free mobile phones to millions of farmers was seen as electioneering by some and as innovative and ground-breaking economic development by others…
- The BBC report on the controversial announcement.
- Agriculture Minister Dr Akinwumi Adesina pens a comment piece on his decision.
- Nigeria’s Daily Trust Newspaper reports on the effects of mobile phone pilot scheme on agriculture in 2012 and the government’s hopes for the enlarged scheme in 2013.
ICT4D in Rwanda
Rwanda appears to by making great strides with ICT and clearly has high hopes for its Kigali ICT Park
Apps and Social Media
Kenyan Apps in 2013
Kenyans love making apps! this article features some whimsical games alongside serious apps that are spurring development in agriculture, mHealth and education
Guardian showcase of development initiatives using social media
Social Media is not always appropriate in development contexts but here some unusual examples shine light on the subject – some are clearly more effective than others.
mHealth -innovate or follow the crowd?
The Guardian reports on how some of the most successful mHealth innovations have arisen from simple private or voluntary pilots or start-ups. The article concludes that in mHealth, funding innovation is the best way forward and not top-down government schemes.
IF Campaign – Key Hunger and Malnutrition data sets
Here at Indigo we love a good data set! If the IF Campaign is to be successful the data reveals some obvious targets that urgently need to be addressed if world hunger and malnutrition is to be eradicated.