where technology meets anthropology, conservation and development

“ is the fulfilment of a life-long journey – a passion for technology which began at an early age with the dismantling of old TV’s and radios the chance to play with an early Commodore PET computer, and a later fascination with the world around us, its nature and its […]

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Wait… What? Bridging Community Development & Technology (Linda Raftree’s blog)

NOTE: I have followed Linda’s tweets and read her blog since 2008, and met her very briefly during a meet up after the UN Week Digital Media Lounge in NYC in 2010. She’s got great energy and enthusiasm and is on my list of favorite ICT4D peeps. Cheers, Mark O. […]

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Knowledge Sharing Toolkit

This toolkit has been developed by the ICT-KM Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It is a living knowledge repository about knowledge sharing. We created it to be a resource both for KS workshops and […]

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Knowledge Management for Development (KM4dev)

KM4Dev is a community of international development practitioners who are interested in knowledge management and knowledge sharing issues and approaches, and who seek to share ideas and experiences in this domain. The community traces its origins back to two face-to-face workshops held respectively in February and June 2000. Participants from […]

 •   • is a community of people and organizations using mobile phones for social impact. We are committed to increasing the effectiveness of NGOs around the world who recognize that the 3.5 billion mobile phones provide unprecedented opportunities for organizing, communications, and service and information delivery. We work together to create […]

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Exploring the Link between ICT Intervention & Human Development through a Social Capital Lens

While it is generally accepted that information and communication technology (ICT) can lead to development, the process through which this may happen remains unclear. At the core of this debate is the very definition of the term ‘development’. In this thesis, I adopted Amartya Sen’s definition. According to Sen (1999), […]

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Researching ICT4D (Devinder Thapa’s blog)

Researching ICT4D is the blog of Devinder Thapa. Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) is a well established research area in both academia and practice. The research is trying to understand the instrumental role of ICT in development process. However, the process by which ICT may foster development, in […]

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Open Street Map

OpenStreetMap is a free, editable map of the whole world. Unlike proprietary datasets like Google Map Maker, the OpenStreetMap license allows free access to the full map dataset. This massive amount of data can be downloaded in full, but also is available in immediately-useful forms like maps and commercial services. […]

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Map Kibera

Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya, was a blank spot on the map until November 2009, when young Kiberans created the first free and open digital map of their own community. Map Kibera has now grown into a complete interactive community information project. view map at

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SIGCHI HCI4D Community

The ACM SIGCHI HCI4D Community serves people interested in the interplay between information technology and socio-economic development. “Development” here is viewed broadly to include such diverse topics as technology related to developing countries, conflict zones, ignored or disenfranchised groups, rural and urban community development, or designing for resource-constrained or marginalized […]

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My Heart’s in Accra (Ethan Zuckerman’s blog)

My Heart’s in Accra is Ethan Zuckerman’s blog featuring his musings on Africa, international development and hacking the media. I have never met Ethan – although we live within three hours of each other. Some day, I will offer to treat him to a beer… he is an intriguing character. […]

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NISG ICTD Knowledge Repository

The ICTD project has generated a store of knowledge during implementation. These knowledge artefacts are available for wider dissemination for the benefit of civil society and government organisations. We thank UNDP, DIT and our partner organisations for contributing to this rich store of knowledge.

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Digital Storytelling – Using a Participatory Approach

Spider ICT4D Seminar: Digital Storytelling – Using a Participatory Approach from SPIDERCENTER on Vimeo. Storytelling is an ancient human activity. In many cultures, people use stories to make sense of their world and to pass knowledge on to future generations, parents teach their children values and understanding of the world […]

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SPIDER’s ICT4D Seminars

The seminar series will feature established and upcoming researchers in the field of ICT4D to illuminate current research in the area. The series should be of interest to researchers, students, policy makers and development actors. Visit SPIDER’s seminar channel on Vimeo

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Owen Abroad (Owen Barder’s blog)

Owen Barder is Europe Director at the Center for Global Development which is based in Washington DC. He is also an Associate of the British Institute for Government. Owen was previously a British civil servant in a career spanning more than 20 years. He worked in H M Treasury, the […]

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Taiwan Indigenous TV

TITV Weekly’s mission is to tell the story of the indigenous people — in our words, in our perspective — and to broaden your vision on our issues, our concerns, our culture, our tradition, and our languages. Indigenous movements have a long history; indigenous concerns and issues originated from continuous […]

 •   •   •   • is a global community of people and organizations committed to increasing the social and economic impact of grassroots telecentres. Working together, we provide the resources that telecentres need to succeed: locally relevant content and services, support and learning opportunities, and networks that help telecentre activists connect to each other. […]

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