Internews Center for Innovation & Learning

Internews Center for Innovation & Learning
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At the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning we believe in using collective knowledge and best practices as resources to eliminate the need to reinvent the wheel. Our Innovation Advisors are constantly investigating the latest tools and innovative projects to share with the media development community through their blogs.

  • Paywast: Afghanistan's largest social network

    On March 14, Jes Kaliebe Petersen came by the office to talk about Paywast, Afghanistan's largest social network. As the country’s first mobile-based social networking outlet, Paywast was formally launched on January 31, 2011. Since its launch more than two years ago, Paywast has become the largest social networking media outlet in Afghanistan with more than one million users and subscribers, surpassing even Facebook and Twitter.

  • First Mile Geo

    First Mile Geo is an innovative new platform that helps researchers create surveys and visualize data in a way that facilitates the discovery and analysis of trends on the ground. The site is free and situated as an online cloud-based platform, which allows it to be accessed by numerous users from anywhere in the world in a variety of languages.


    Design thinking draws on methods from fields like engineering and design, and combines them with the arts, the social sciences, and the business world and therefore leading to creation of prototypes.

  • The Listening Post Expands to Coastal Communities in Louisiana

    The Listening Post project, a civic media initiative that began last summer in New Orleans, is launching a second phase in late February. The expansion is thanks to a generous grant from the Louisiana-based Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Family Foundation.

    The project is a collaboration between WWNO, the public radio station in New Orleans, and was initially funded by the Internews Center for Innovation and Learning.