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  • 12 Design Influences for ICT Solutions to Better Support Children

    London | By on December 3, 2013 | Comments Off on 12 Design Influences for ICT Solutions to Better Support Children

    In both the developing and developed world there has been increasing debate about the role of teachers in the 21st century, particularly in the context of widening access to internet enabled smartphones, laptops, tablets and the wealth of online learning materials and approaches that these new devices support.

  • Youth Economic Empowerment with ICT

    Washington DC | By on April 25, 2011 | Comments Off on Youth Economic Empowerment with ICT

    Let us start by agreeing that technology has great promise in increasing the economic empowerment of youth in the developing world. We all believe it. But what is that promise in reality? Which technologies hold greater promise? What innovations work? That was the issue we discussed at the Technology Salon on Youth Economic Empowerment with…

  • Can Youth Find Economic Empowerment via Apps, mPayments, & Social Media?

    Washington DC | By on April 6, 2011 | Comments Off on Can Youth Find Economic Empowerment via Apps, mPayments, & Social Media?

    Today’s youth population is the largest in the history of the world, and 90% of these young people live in developing countries. The global youth unemployment rate is the highest on record, and we’re seeing discontent and disenfranchisement play out on the news each day. In fact, the revolution in Tunisia started with an under-employed…

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  • Best Practices in Incorporating ICT into Funding Proposals

    Washington DC | By on January 24, 2011 | Comments Off on Best Practices in Incorporating ICT into Funding Proposals

    At the Technology Salon on “How to Incorporate ICT into Proposals”, we discussed some of the challenges and solutions for proposal writers when they try to incorporate information and communication technologies into future program design.

  • How to Incorporate ICT Into Proposals

    Washington DC | By on January 12, 2011 | Comments Off on How to Incorporate ICT Into Proposals

    We all want to add the technology sizzle to our proposals. Nothing wins an RFP these days like “e” this or “m” that. Yet ICT projects are complicated, and hasty technology additions in proposals often leave implementers struggling to achieve project milestones after the contract is won.

  • Unlike our usual Technology Salons, which are not recorded, the ICT4D, Innovation, and Millennium Development Goals Salon at the UN Week Digital Media Lounge was taped by Mashable for your viewing pleasure.

  • ICT4D, Innovation, and Millennium Development Goals

    New York | By on September 9, 2010 | Comments Off on ICT4D, Innovation, and Millennium Development Goals

    The UN Week Digital Media Lounge will be highlighting new approaches that are tackling Millennium Development Goal challenges. Innovative information and communication technologies are one way to accelerate progress toward meeting the MDGs. But what are the big new ideas? Who is pushing the innovation envelope? And how are humanitarian agencies using these ICT tools…

  • The Girls and ICT Technology Salon was a great opportunity to get an amazing group of thinkers and do-ers in the same room to debate around a particular topic. I’m Linda Raftree, Plan International West Africa Regional Office, Advisor for New Technology and Social Media. I was honored to lead 20+ people in a conversation…

  • Improving Girls’ Education and Development with ICT

    Washington DC | By on January 13, 2010 | Comments Off on Improving Girls’ Education and Development with ICT

    In the developing world, girls need new skills and capacities for the 21st Century. They need to have the ability to be flexible, adaptive, and innovative to grow into positions of influence in their communities and countries.


    Does ICT education help girls?

    Yet – as we learned in the Gender Equality in ICT Education discussion – just getting girls to secondary school is a challenge, and once there, girls often shun ICT’s unless they have strong mentors and female role models.

    Please join us Thursday, January 28th, as Linda Raftree, Social Media and New Technology Advisor for Plan International‘s West Africa Regional Office, leads us in a discussion of three pertinent questions:

    1. How can the technology and international development communities support the development of girls?
    2. What role does ICT play in facilitating girls’ growth?
    3. And where are the concrete examples that prove ICT is a net positive for female progress?

    We’ll also try to identify case studies, partners, and further research around girls development and ICT for inclusion in Plan’s 2010 Girls and ICT Report, now underway.