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5 reasons why international development needs content strategy

Posted on October 3, 2016 by - Theory and practice

Evaluating digital properties

International development organizations are full of smart, pragmatic people. But just as the rise of digital has disrupted public, private, and nonprofit organizations in other sectors, digital poses fundamental challenges to the international development community.

In the rush to implement projects and demonstrate progress, international development organizations have created a confusing ecosystem of websites, logos, microsites, apps, campaigns, social media channels, publications, e-mail lists, and knowledge portals, often in response to donor organizations’ requests.

When the funding runs out or interest shifts, it often seems easier and less expensive just to abandon the old assets and commission new ones. This vicious cycle generates financial costs, security risks, privacy risks, and legal risks while undermining the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.

Fortunately, we do not need to invent a solution to these problems. Organizations in other sectors have experienced similar growing pains as they’ve become more digitally mature. It’s time for the international development community to take the next step as well by embracing content strategy. Read more . . .

Let’s create a list of open-source tools for ICT4D

Posted on June 23, 2015 by - Tools and resources

ICT4D

Mobile devices, cloud computing, real-time reporting, and emerging technologies all have the potential to help reduce poverty and inequality around the world. The international development community refers to this as ICT4D, information and communication technologies for development.

Compiling a list of open-source solutions could help NGOs and civil-society organizations to discover free platforms and tools, extend existing solutions, and avoid duplicating each other’s work. It could also help organizations avoid getting locked into long-term relationships with individual vendors.

Let’s create a list together. Read more . . .

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