Providing life-saving information and establishing two-way communication flows with communities affected by crises.
As media and technology are rapidly changing the quantity and quality of the information circulated in our daily lives, we all know intuitively that our practices and standards for dealing with these shifts has not caught up.
It has been 2 years since I have been in Bangui. It is exactly how I remembered it: dusty, noisy, chaotic and fascinating. On the way from the airport to the home/office I am surprised by how the recent events seem not to have changed the look of this city. Sylvain, our country director, reads my mind “Today is a good day, it looks like it is quite. But not all days are like this”.
When Kuang Chen was conducting research in East Africa, he noticed that there was a strong appetite for data both from local organizations and donors. Yet, most data was trapped in paper files stuck in storerooms, with manual data entry as the only solution to releasing it. Wondering how the latest data technologies could be leveraged for the lowest resource organizations, Kuang created the software called “Shredder” that eventually became Captricity.
We are currently working on a research project called Embracing Change: The Critical Role of Information, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. The first step in the research process was to lay out what we mean by information ecosystems, trace the underlying theories, and articulate key questions that we want the research to answer. We now have a working definition of information ecosystems:
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.
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.
On November 25th 2013 the CDAC Network hosted a 101 Seminar on Social Media for Emergencies. The Seminar was led by me and Greg Barrow of WFP, and it was hosted by Plan UK. The CDAC Network ‘101 Seminar Series’ is designed to build the capacity of members by improving information sharing amongst members and the wider humanitarian community.
We have finally tranlated the video on how to create your own Radio Transmitter by using common MP3 readers, for a total cost of now more than 15$.
The creators of Catapult believe in gender equality. Unfortunately, this is far from reality for the many women around the world who live in difficult conditions.
At the same time, organizations involved in projects dedicated to women receive half as much funding as other non-profit organizations. The aim of Catapult is to change this. With our help, Catapult aims to solve the problem of gender inequality around the world.