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Can a $7 gadget change the world?

Can a $7 gadget change the world? | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it

Via Danielle M. Villegas
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Only one piece of the puzzle. But certainly a realistic alternative to waiting for a critical mass of individualized mobile devices (smartphones,tablets,laptops).  

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Moore's law at its best

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#Keepod : un système d'exploitation sur une clef USB, l'accès au net pour tous  et un nouveau marché pour les ordinateurs au rebut ?

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Promote reading for $7 

Partnerships for Capacity Development
An educational nonprofit providing rural professionals in Africa with Web2.0 tools & resources for peer to peer exchanges and self-paced lifelong learning
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Projecting progress: The SDGs in sub-Saharan Africa

Projecting progress: The SDGs in sub-Saharan Africa | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
This paper shows how sub-Saharan Africa is likely to progress across the SDG agenda by 2030, if current trends continue. Although we can expect gains for many of the goals and targets, low starting points and inequality both within and between countries will make sub-Saharan Africa’s achievement of the global goals particularly difficult.
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We Must Build a Better Future for Digital Development | ICT Works

We Must Build a Better Future for Digital Development | ICT Works | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
challenges to Principles implementation
Sector-specific silos, which fragment strategy, implementation, and learning.
Counter incentives to implementation, such as in competition among donors and implementers that reduces coordination.
Short funding timelines, which mean limited time to enable information gathering and sharing, or the patience to see long-term results.
Challenges to adaptive programming, making it difficult for implementing organizations to use real-time data for evidence-driven course corrections.
Biases toward international partners that may not have the mandate to invest in local capacity building.
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If you get a chance read the report      http://digitalprinciples.org/from-principle-to-practice/

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The first Web TV for mobile phones in francophone Africa

The first Web TV for mobile phones in francophone Africa | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
Inoussa Maiga will launch the very first Web TV aimed at mobile phone screens in Africa. This son of a breeder, born in a small village of Burkina Faso, is behind one of the most exciting projects of the moment in terms of media innovation in Africa.
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Step by step on the way to a more broad-based communications channel with relevant rural development professionals....One day (soon) it will be similar to the proof of concept www.partners4cd.net. Check it out. 

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Home | International Livestock Research Institute

Home | International Livestock Research Institute | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock. ILRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium which works for a food-secure future.

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Power Africa: Deals or development? 5 questions for the US government | Devex

Power Africa: Deals or development? 5 questions for the US government | Devex | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it

"..missing among all the data-driven discussions of megawatts and connections, feasibility and financial closure, are concrete projections on how this increased energy access will help African citizens — particularly the poorest people, who have either little or no access to affordable, reliable electricity..."

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Facebook to launch Israeli satellite to bring Africa online

Facebook to launch Israeli satellite to bring Africa online | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
“We’re going to work with local partners across these regions to help communities begin accessing internet services provided through satellite. Connectivity changes lives and communities. We’re going to keep working to connect the entire world — even if that means looking beyond our planet,” Zuckerberg writes.

While Facebook plans to beam the internet down from space, Eutelsat will reportedly use it to expand its paid broadband connections in the area. According to a Spacecom statement, satellite networks are well-suited to economically connecting people in low to medium density population areas.
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Keeping a close eye on this development . Will Facebook claim a monopoly connection ( a la cable operators )?  or open it up to make Access not only possible but a prerequisite for Choice --community or individual ?

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Eyes on the Prize - Evaluation Priorities for 2016

Eyes on the Prize - Evaluation Priorities for 2016 | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
IEG has focused its evaluation work program on three strategic engagement areas (SEAs): Sustained Service Delivery for the Poor, Inclusive Growth, and Environmental Sustainability. These engagement areas cover a significant share of the World Bank Group’s work that is directed towards sustainable development outcomes.
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5 Insights from MERL Tech | ICT Works

5 Insights from MERL Tech | ICT Works | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it

"...five clear themes stood out to me: 1) There is such a thing as “too much data”2) “Lessons learned” is like a song on repeat 3) Humans > computers 4) Sharing is caring 5) Social impact investment is crucial

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Environment

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"..case studies examines how certain developing countries have tackled the trade-offs inherent within the food-water-energy nexus, balancing environmental concerns with the need for development..."

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Case Studies

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'...measuring progress across eight dimensions of well-being. Here you’ll find case studies of leading performers, research reports and working papers exploring each dimension in greater depth, and animations, infographics, blogs .." 

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The Development Set — Medium

The Development Set - Medium
“If you’re young, privileged, and interested in creating a life of meaning, of course you’d be attracted to solving prob…
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addressed to those described therein ... as well as those who see them debarque on their shores...the complexity of the "development" process is made even more salient ! 

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Wait until you see how this 15 y/o dazzled professors at MIT

Wait until you see how this 15 y/o dazzled professors at MIT | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
This kid shows what education and dedication can do to change a boy's life and a community.
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Speaks for itself. 

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Why Do Evaluations of eHealth Programs Fail? | ICT Works

Why Do Evaluations of eHealth Programs Fail? | ICT Works | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
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. One recommended systematically addressing each part of a “chain of reasoning”, at the centre of which was the program's goals. Another proposed a quasi-experimental step-wedge design, in which late
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Most useful recommendation : "..An evaluation cannot be designed at the outset and pursued relentlessly to its conclusions; it must grow and adapt in response to findings and practical issues which arise in fieldwork. Build theory from emerging data, not the other way round (for example, instead of seeking to test a predefined “causal chain of reasoning”, explore such links by observing social practices)..."

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How can Africa master the digital revolution?

How can Africa master the digital revolution? | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
"If Africa masters the digital revolution, it could usher in economic transformation," writes Harvard Professor Calestous Juma.
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Are Government M&E Systems Effectively Robust and Coordinated? | ICT Works

Are Government M&E Systems Effectively Robust and Coordinated? | ICT Works | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
Among M&E systems reviewed, systems with “high” internal demand (13 of 42 systems) are characterized by a wide range of stakeholders engaged in strategic planning processes, a focus on reviewing results and performance to inform planning, and high-level political commitment.
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Underlines the importance of national and local leadership in modeling , promoting and encouraging  behavior change conducive to rational management and decision-making....not for "aid effectiveness" but for 'community development" at all levels ...

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Is your NGO leveraging satellite imagery the right way? | Devex

Is your NGO leveraging satellite imagery the right way? | Devex | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
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Baby steps in the use of space technology in planning, monitoring and assessing the impact ( environmental and otherwise) of development programs. 

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A new roadmap for Power Africa | Devex

A new roadmap for Power Africa | Devex | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
That capacity building can also help citizens get a fair deal — a single negotiated deal between a company and a government not only takes a long time but is unlikely to provide the country good value for money, in part because African government officials often lack expertise, said Jamie Fergusson, the chief investment officer and global sector lead for renewables, infrastructure and natural resources at the International Finance Corp.  
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Doesn't augur well for a level playing field ....

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Dave Algoso on M&E for Organizational Decision-Making

Dave Algoso on M&E for Organizational Decision-Making | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
suggestions for bridging the gap between M&E findings and organizational decision-making
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Projecting progress

Projecting progress | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
The SDGs will significantly shape development efforts for the coming 15 years. But are they really achievable? And what can we do to improve our chances of success?

Our SDG Scorecard 2030 is the first real attempt to project where the world will be in 2030 across the SDG agenda. For each goal we selected one target that represents the goal’s main aims. We analysed the best available projections for that target and, where there were gaps, produced our own. For each of these 17 targets, we reviewed trends and projected forward current rates of progress to see how close they will get to being realised.

Based on these projections, we then gave each target a grade. The result is a ‘scorecard’ of where the world will be in 2030, against select targets, assuming progress continues at its present rate.
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An important contribution to injecting realism in the discussion 

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Health

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"... case studies and related content highlight stories of remarkable progress in different areas of health – including primary healthcare, neglected tropical diseases, maternal health and child health..."

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Homepage

Homepage | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
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A great source of both individualized learning and infographics as aids to further diffusion. Based on cases studies and presented as part of cross-sectoral critical dimensions : environment , urban and extreme poverty , security, etc. . 

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Giants Sygenta, Mitsui find innovative ag-tech on the kibbutz

Giants Sygenta, Mitsui find innovative ag-tech on the kibbutz | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
Smart tech agriculture technology firm Phytech, based near the border with Gaza, gets unspecified investment
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...and at the other end of technological applications to agriculture productivity, food security and environmental sustainability ....

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DemTools

DemTools | Partnerships for Capacity Development | Scoop.it
DemTools harnesses open-source software to provide civic organizations, legislatures, and political parties with the capabilities to engage 21st century citizens and build better democracies.
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Well worth a detailed look: these tools were initially intended to establish and strengthen local governance democratic practices . Can be applied as well in (so called) developed societies for the same purpose

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