Wearables in Low-Resource Settings: 9 Potentially Non-Creepy Use Cases

Posted on March 2, 2016

Devices such as headbands which monitor brain activity or wristbands to measure physical activity, nutritional intake, stress levels and perhaps even hormonal levels are currently being developed, tested and constantly improved upon, with the ability to produce comprehensive reports about our every physical and biological activity. Reading through some articles on the future of wearables, I was struck by how personal data collected through these ...

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Productivity blackhole? African professionals spend 220 of 261 working days in meetings, workshops & conferences

Posted on January 12, 2016

Alternate title: 6 ICT Tools to Boost Productivity and Save Time in an African Context   Ok, so that's not a real fact. BUT, 1.Most facts on the Internet are fabricated anyway, 2.It COULD be true, 3.How many people might blindly re-tweet this without reading the article?   I found the above comic on the twitterverse the other day and it got me thinking about the various kinds of meetings I've been to, and how terribly unproduc...

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Using Technology against Gender-based Violence: Part 3 #16DaysofActivism

Posted on December 10, 2015

It’s the last day of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence and is Human Rights day. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After these past 2 weeks, I’m very curious as to what impact, if any, these past few days have had on bringing to light the issues around violence against women. In this post, I look at what possibilities exist for protecting ...

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Using Technology against Gender-based Violence: Part 2 #16DaysofActivism

Posted on December 7, 2015

We’re now more than half way through the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. I’ve been in Dar es Salaam these past few days, and had a chance to learn more about GBV here. In many communities, several types of GBV are still considered within social and cultural norms, and hence go unreported.  A nationally representative survey of violence against children found that nearly 75% of youth had experienced physical violence (either by ...

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Using Technology against Gender-based Violence: Part 1 #16DaysofActivism

As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, I participated in a #tweetchat on Empowering Women in Uganda. Each year, from November 25th (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10th (Human Rights Day), the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign serves as a time to galvanize governments, NGOs, CSOs etc to advocate to end violence against women and girls around the world. ...

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Is it time for M4D to get over the SMS hype?

Posted on November 25, 2015

No. Was that title a bit click-baity? Shame on me. At another interesting meeting, this time at The Bistro, over butternut squash/watermelon/avocado salad, our conversation fell upon the failure of SMS projects in the governance and accountability sector in Uganda. Later, I began to wonder if it is, in fact, time to quit the SMS programs given the challenges, failures and lessons learned in M4D over the past fews. One of the issues I ...

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Stop! Don’t build that APP! 10 reasons your NGO does not need an app

Posted on November 17, 2015

The other day, over a delicious cappuccino at Javas, I got into a discussion with one of Uganda’s most famous innovators about the development of mobile apps in Uganda. As a developer, he had a lot of good points on why we should already be prepared with apps for when smartphone penetration rates rise.  We agreed to disagree. I’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons for why I'm against NGOs developing custom apps. 1. Top Down Mindset: I’ve ...

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Upcoming Tech Events on the Continent

Posted on October 28, 2015

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Thy End is Near! Revisiting Sustainability and Scale in Mobiles for Development

Posted on October 22, 2015

Sometimes I stay up at night thinking, “What happens when the pilot ends?”. Where does the marketing material go? What do the end-users do? Will they trust us again next time? During a recent trip to Rwanda, I had the opportunity to meet with Erick Gaju, the national e-health coordinator within the Rwandan Ministry of Health. Erick coordinates all ehealth policy and strategy within the country, making sure all e/mhealth work is aligned. ...

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Mobiles for Non-Communicable Diseases

Posted on October 13, 2015

Here's a first post for the new website! An Oldie, but a Goldie! Non communicable diseases (heart diseases, strokes, cancers, diabetes, and chronic lung disease) cause an estimated 36 million deaths every year, including 9 million people dying prematurely before the age of 60. mHealth solutions ...

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