Crowdfunding in Emerging Markets: Lessons from East African Startups

Title: Crowdfunding in Emerging Markets: Lessons from East African Startups
Source: infoDev
Date (published): 01/12/2015
Date (accessed): 19/12/2015
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: A new report, Crowdfunding in Emerging Markets: Lessons from East African Startups, captures lessons learned from East African entrepreneurs who were among the earliest adopters of crowdfunding in the developing world.
To better understand the challenges of crowdfunding in emerging markets, the World Bank Group conducted interviews with a number of East African technology entrepreneurs who ran crowdfunding campaigns, both successful and unsuccessful. From the interviews emerged six lessons about when, why, and how to launch crowdfunding campaigns:
- Crowdfunding is more difficult than most entrepreneurs anticipate and is not for everyone.
- Business needs should dictate platform choice.
- Payment systems impact platform choice.
- Quality and quantity of contributor networks are key.
- Entrepreneurs should tap into complementary resources and organizations to increase their likelihood of success.
- Crowdfunding can have non-monetary benefits.

Why Do Evaluations of eHealth Programs Fail?

Title: Why Do Evaluations of eHealth Programs Fail?
Source: ICTWorks
Date (published): 09/12/2015
Date (accessed): 19/12/2015
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Much has been written about why electronic health (eHealth) initiatives fail. Less attention has been paid to why evaluations of such initiatives fail to deliver the insights expected of them. PLoS Medicine has published three papers offering a “robust” and “scientific” approach to eHealth evaluation.

Insights on developing an organizational ICT4D strategy

Title: Insights on developing an organizational ICT4D strategy
Author: Linda Raftree
Source: Broadband Commission
Date (published): 30/11/2015
Date (accessed): 19/12/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Participating organizations were at various stages of ICT4D work, but most had experienced similar challenges and frustrations with taking their work forward. Even organizations that had created ICT4D strategies a couple of years ago said that implementation was slow.
- being more informed about where different offices and staff were using ICTs for programmatic work,
- establishing a standard set of technology tools for organizational use,
improved knowledge management about ICTs,
- publishing on how ICTs were being used in programs (to help with credibility),
- engaging with different teams and leadership to secure support and resources
- working more closely with human resources teams who often do not understand ICT4D-related job descriptions and the profile needed.

Cuban Internet infrastructure ownership and regulation alternatives

Title: Cuban Internet infrastructure ownership and regulation alternatives
Source: The Internet in Cuba
Date (published): 16/12/2015
Date (accessed): 19/12/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Cuba needs time to plan a very difficult transition in which the roles of ETECSA, national and municipal governments and wholesale and retail connectivity providers are considered. Perhaps they will ultimately decide upon a Kampala-like solution with Google and perhaps other wholesalers operating open, transparent backbones. Another model is that of Stockholm, where the municipal government operates Stockab, a successful, open, transparent backbone.

Introducing the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Digitisation Guidebook

Title: Introducing the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Digitisation Guidebook
Source: ICT Works
Date (published): 16/12/2015
Date (accessed): 19/12/2015
Type of information: guidebook
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Digitisation Guidebook (CRVS-DGB) is an online resource that provides step-by-step guidance for countries to plan, analyse, design and implement digitized systems and automated processes for CRVS. The Guidebook provides a common methodology aimed at:
- Government authorities responsible for the delivery of CRVS services
- Project managers responsible for CRVS digitization including government ICT departments
Organizations providing technical assistance for CRVS strengthening from the United Nations, NGOs and the private sector
- Donors supporting ICT related CRVS initiatives (as a framework for monitoring projects to safeguard financial investments)
The Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Digitisation Guidebook responds to the need expressed by countries in Africa to develop effective, scalable and sustainable CRVS systems and to maximise the impact of ICT investments. It was developed in collaboration with country experts across Africa and remains a living resource that will continue to evolve and expand over time.

New knowledge-sharing initiative to measure and reduce food loss and waste

Title: New knowledge-sharing initiative to measure and reduce food loss and waste
Source: Global Milling
Date (published): 07/12/2015
Date (accessed): 14/12/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the CGIAR research program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) has launched a new initiative to enhance global cooperation on measuring and reducing food loss and waste.

Why we need a global partnership to end modern slavery

Title: Why we need a global partnership to end modern slavery
Author: Dr. James Cockayne
Source: Freedom Fund
Date (accessed): 06/12/2015
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Slavery is often assumed to be a thing of the past. Recent estimates from the International Labour Organization and the Global Slavery Index, however, suggest that between 20.9 and 35.8 million people are currently trapped in a situation in which one or more other people exercise powers of ownership over them—a situation of slavery. Five and a half million of these people are children.

Volunteer teachers combat illiteracy in Burkina Faso

Title: Volunteer teachers combat illiteracy in Burkina Faso
Source: UNDP in Africa
Date (accessed): 06/12/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The school year started off poorly for first-level elementary students in Lolonioro, a village located in the heart of the bush in southwest Burkina Faso. Following the maternity leave of their teacher, the 67 pupils were unable to start lessons at the beginning of the official school year in September 2008.

How Nextdoor and Nest Cams Are Helping Cops Solve Crimes

Title: How Nextdoor and Nest Cams Are Helping Cops Solve Crimes
Author: Molly McHugh
Source: Wired
Date (published): 04/12/2015
Date (accessed): 06/12/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: A one- to two-man crime spree in San Francisco was thwarted thanks to Nextdoor and the smart home product du jour, a Nest Cam. A wig-wearing thief was caught on camera trying to break into cars and homes—and thankfully apprehended, according to an ABC news affiliate. But what the report failed to mention was that the surveillance videos that helped police arrest the intruder were handed over to authorities by citizens using Nest Cam. The videos were originally posted to YouTube and Nextdoor.

ICT Aid projects in Africa - Why so many failures?

Title: ICT Aid projects in Africa - Why so many failures?
Author: Tim Schofield
Source: KwaMoja - WebERP Africa
Date (published): 11/01/2014
Date (accessed): 06/12/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Failure of ICT projects is not an uncommon thing. Most statistics seem to show a failure rate of between 50% and 70%.

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