Infographics, visual representations of often complex information, are increasingly appearing across our media landscape. The history of visual communications dates back to pre-historic times. Cave paintings and rock art are not merely decorative, and are considered stories that have relevance to the local peoples of the time. Today's infographics also tell stories. Interactivity is built in to some, but most are highly designed, incorporating elements like depict statistical type information so audiences can quickly comprehend the 'story'.
The *iHub_ today is Nairobi's Innovation Hub for the technology community, an open space for technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in the area, and so much more. The iHub is basically a tech community facility for everyone, with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers. Today the iHub is the place where you want be if you are working on innnovation and technology in Africa.
Our pilot project in Ghana has been finally closed. We have blogged already about this project, and now this post is going to be a final recap of what happened in the past 4 months and what we learned from this pilot.
A pilot project in Ghana is using technology shown to benefit journalists in other Internews project ”SMS-based information distribution and crowdsource mapping” and putting them in the hands of a civil society organization to help to victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.
The Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) has been awarded by Internews a grant to implement a pilot to provide communications solutions for a group of activists, citizen journalists and human rights monitors working in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, that will focus on a handful of small, proximate â€œslumâ€ or â€œshantyâ€ communities in the city of Port Harcourt.
Internews, in partnership with MobiKash and local radio stations, piloted an mDedications from August 2011 through January 2012. The project piloted a new technology that was designed to enable community members to call their local radio stations, record a message through an IVR system, and pay for this message using mobile money.
Currently, the CEHRD project have been prolonged for one month to allow Serval to progress in the development of their Rhizome system that will allow video and other data to be exchanged in the mesh network created by the phones.
After 3 months from the beginning of Internews Pilot project in Nigeria, in support of the Centre for Environment Human Rights and Development, Internews is looking at how the small grant provided to the organization on the ground is being used and what are the first results.