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How unlocking open data could transform civil society in Africa

How unlocking open data could transform civil society in Africa

This guest post is by Daniel Ben-Horin, Founder and Chief Instigator of TechSoup, a nonprofit which connects charities and libraries with tech products and services. Africa Vice-President, David Barnard, is a member of ONE’s Africa Policy Advisory Board, and this week is running 213km across Burkina Faso in support of ONE. Civil society typically lags…

Wanted – 100 innovators to showcase their ideas at the Africa Forum

African forum : 100 innovations for sustainable… by francediplotv It’s not every day that you hear a French minister speaking in English. Pascal Canfin, French development minister, does exactly that in the above video to promote the 2013 African forum -100 innovations for sustainable development. Organised by the French ministry of foreign affairs and the French…

Frustrated Innovation in Africa

This article originally appeared on Technology Review. Ory Okolloh was a cofounder of Ushahidi, which offers an open-source crisis-mapping tool. She tweets as kenyanpundit and is Google’s head of policy for Africa. She writes here in a personal capacity. (Photo: Ushahidi in Liberia – credit: Ushahidi) Africa’s technology community will thrive only by facing up…

Peering into Ghana’s mobile future with Mac-Jordan Degadjor

Mac-Jordan Degadjor is a Ghanaian social media entrepreneur and rising star among global tech bloggers. The 26-year-old recently spoke about the positive effects of social media at the TEDxYouthInspire conference in Ghana’s capital city of Accra and was spotlighted in the Christian Science Monitor’s “Thirty Ideas from People Under 30.” We asked Mac-Jordan to explain…

A mobile tech boom in 2012?

People might not associate rapid technology growth — especially mobile tech growth — with Africa. However, in 2011, Africa experienced a huge growth in tech, especially with mobile technologies. A recent article in The Economist estimates that there are 600 million mobile phone users in Africa, more than in the United States or Europe. Africa’s…

Turbo-charging accountability

If governments and leaders are not accountable to their citizens, resources will be squandered, services such as health and education will not be delivered effectively, businesses will not thrive, civil society will not flourish and conflict-affected countries will remain stuck in repeated cycles of violence and instability. For development to be sustainable, people need to be able to hold their governments to account to demand that they make good use of revenues, including aid, taxes and the proceeds of oil, minerals and other natural resources.

Interview: Brian Herbert of Ushahidi on ‘getting the word out’

Brian Herbert, a director and lead developer at Ushahidi, a tech company at the forefront of the crisis-mapping movement that was co-founded by ONE Africa Policy Advisory Board member Ory Okolloh, talks to ONE about citizen journalism and its impact on global disasters. Crowdsourcing violence seems to be a relatively new phenomenon – I saw…

ONE Africa Symposium 2011

Rapid advances in technology – together with our greater understanding of how to harness it – are accelerating the ability of citizens to demand improvements in the services their government provides, just as they are enabling governments to improve the supply of services to their citizens.

How the private sector is transforming Africa

In 2000, there was the famous cover of the Economist that read “Africa: The Hopeless Continent.”  In 2010, a complete reversal of tone: “…Africa Is Becoming the Next Asia” and “Africa Is Investing’s Final Frontier.” Whilst in a New York Times editorial “Africa Reboots,” Bono wrote that his March 2010 trip across the continent left…

Making aid more effective

My experience of nearly two decades working for and with development agencies in sub-Saharan Africa has led me to join the rapidly growing campaign for greater aid effectiveness. The more than $100 billion spent annually on overseas development assistance, with over 80,000 on-going projects around the world, armies of “fly-in/fly-out” consultants, aid workers and service…

Technology is educating the future

Computer technology today can help us better educate girls in Africa. A birth certificate is the key to enrolling girls in school, and with a computer in villages we can register kids at birth. That can help us also fight child trafficking. Especially in my country, Benin, it’s is a big issue for me. I…