The Internews Center for Innovation & Learning believes in pushing the limits by thinking outside of the box. Our Innovation Advisors work with Internews field offices and communities in Africa, Asia, Europe & Eurasia, and the Middle East & North Africa to develop pilot projects that explore new technologies and tools that allow citizens, journalists, online activists and policymakers to better understand and apply data, to gain access to more or better information, and to communicate more effectively with each other.
This pilot project intends to pilot the use of the Agile Methodology for the implementation of ICT4D projects, knowing that it could also have effects across the whole development enterprise. The idea is to test Agile methodology in a chosen country and see how this methodology can be adapted to an actual human development project, trying to come out with a model that would allow for a different approach to development.
Deriban is an online project in Ukraine that emerged from the Internews Social Innovation Camp held in the summer of 2011. By using crowdsourcing tools, the platform allows civic activists to send reports about land violations to the Deriban platform for publication. In Ukraine, as in many other post-soviet countries, land distribution among citizens is often plagued by corruption and other legal violations.
Emergency Communication Radio
The Pilot Project “Emergency Communication Radio”, also called DIY Radio, is a project that aimed at testing the possibility to create a DIY radio using existing equipment easily available in a normal store or supermarket. The underlying ideas is to see if, in case of emergency, it is possible to create and build a transmitter to be used to provide important information to the local population.
Exploring the Game Medium for Journalism Training
Learning and teaching the craft of journalism can be expensive and time-consuming. And in many locations, where there are contextual complexities, to equip journalists with the skills they need is both labour intensive and limited. This project aims to pilot the use of the game medium to transform, reinvigorate and extend the effectiveness of one of Internews’s core purposes: that of training journalists. In doing so, it is hoped that a game can be disseminated widely, enabling large numbers of journalists to learn in their own time and in their own space, through experiential game play.
Humanitarian Data Toolkit
The Pilot Project “Humanitarian Data Toolkit” is a collaboration between ModiLabs, Captricity and the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning. The project aims at creating a data gathering toolkit working both with mobile phones and paper based surveys, to allow organizations to deploy within 24 hours an already packaged up kit to gather, digitize and analyze information during emergencies.
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Enslavement Prevention Alliance West Africa (EPAWA), a nonprofit organization from Ghana, won an Internews regional innovation grant competition designed to inspire creative solutions to communication barriers across Africa. Internews Regional team worked with EPAWA to implement and SMS - mapping system to support a local network of organizations in monitoring and addressing human trafficking in Ghana.
Mesh Casting for Human Rights
This pilot project, implemented in Nigeria, was implemented in collaboration with the Centre for Environment Human Rights and Development,a rural-based and rural-focused non-profit organisation working on the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The project was implemented to support the creation of a human rights monitoring system based on the use of the mesh network technology.
The pilot attempts to address the gap created by the lack of access to municipal budgeting data in Ukraine. The project brings civil servants, civil society workers, ICT experts, and journalists together to create ways in which municipal budget information can be better shared with the public. This will serve the goal of empowering leaders in communities to prioritize the quality of information ecosystems in their decision making and activities, and to make their voices heard.
Sarajevo Innovation Lab
On 9-10th July 2011 Internews regional office conducted a Social Innovation Lab in Sarajevo for Internews employees and other attendees to explore the use of this methodology as a process to create bottom up approaches to new projects and innovative ideas on media development. Out of that lab, 6 projects received fundings to impement their idea in the Europe & Eurasia region.
This pilot project will be implemented by the Internews Earth Journalism Network Project to experiment with existing sensor technologies to develop new sensor platforms that fill in the gaps between data collectors and analysts, and the journalists who communicate complex ideas to a public audience on a regular basis, by developing distributed networks of sensors in two different locations.
SMS citizens journalism news service
The Center for Innovation and Learning implemented this pilot project with the Asian regional team to establish an SMS and IVR citizen journalism news service to improve the flow of information in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, where indigenous populations do not have access to media. The idea was to test whether user content could be generated and provided using mobile technology.
TERC Blur Cam PIlot
The Center for Innovation and Learning supported the Internews Asia team in 2012 in developing an app called "TERC" that obscures interviewees faces as a "hook" to attract journalists interested in digital security to a web page dedicated to digital security.
In Kenya, IN 2012, the Internews Center for Innovation and Learning, in partnership with MobiKash and local radio stations, piloted an mDedications system. 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.