Kabissa Roundtable event featured in official CiviCRM Newsletter

Thank you CiviCRM for featuring Kabissa in the CiviCRM Newsletter and in this blog post crossposted below from the CiviCRM case studies and user stories blog. Kabissa and CiviCRM go way back so we appreciate the honor!

This attention is also timely - we are keen to bring more CiviCRM wizards on board as volunteers so if anyone reading this has spare cycles or an interest to join a great and fun volunteer team longer term please contact me ASAP. The next project we are starting up right now is to upgrade our kabissa.org platform (both Drupal and CiviCRM) and also improve our setup by shifting as much of our custom workflows and functionality as possible to core... hopefully without breaking anything! We also are grappling with a database cleanup process at the moment which is a fun challenge for a CiviCRM savvy database wrangler. Erik has created some pretty nifty scripts to semi-automate the process of figuring out who is active and who needs to be contact to update their details, but there is still alot of manual work to do. Beyond that we would very much like to update our newsletter templates, donation forms, event registration forms, and more fully configure CiviCRM's advanced features including the newish CiviVisualize so we are better able to deliver on our mission to connect and empower African civil society organizations - and show our impact while we are at it. Good stuff. 

I was not aware that Friends of the Earth International is also using CiviCRM to raise funds for their important Ebola fighting efforts in Liberia. That is great to see and I really hope they are successful - the Ebola situation is really scary and I have friends and colleagues in affected countries that I worry about. 

CIVICUS, the other organization besides MSF South Africa that we featured in our roundtable about CiviCRM is actually a very interesting use case and I'm sorry it was not included in the newsletter after all - do take a look at the Kabissa forum post about the roundtable to learn about how CIVICUS uses CiviCRM to power their membership system which is rather sophisticated. They have "Associate" and "Voting" membership levels for both individuals and organizations, and provide signup forms for all of these levels directly on their website - getting this right is hard and they seem to have done so. 

Please note that the two stunning photos attributed to Kabissa in the newsletter are actually from Kabissa members. Mozambikes won the Kabissa photo competition (photo on Flickr) with that amazing photo of a cyclist in Mozambique transporting more coal one would think is possible. The Maasai Girls Education Fund is the source of the photo of the Maasai meeting, which they used among many other great photos in an update back in 2010.

Story of a lady bike rider and women development: Organizers should go to the roots

Every morning one lady bike rider passes me when my bus gets stuck in the jam on the way to my office. She goes ahead to her destination by driving her Scooty easily and naturally on the wide and narrow spaces on the road as like as a man. Every day when I see her I give her a salute and admire her courage because it is Bangladesh, a moderate Islamic country by the constitution, where a big part of the people do not support from their mind to let the women go out from home for working purposes and open their identity to other men.

Guide to the New Google Sheets (Google Drive)

Good morning everyone,

Online collaboration can be very rewarding when the right tools are in place.
Having coordinated the work of several teams for some years now, I was able to enjoy the added value of Google shared docs on several occasions. 
Very recently I felt limited in my work because I could not do multiple-cells selection in a Google spreadsheet. And then I just thought that most definitely someone else complained about it already and probably the feature is available, but I don't know the combination of keys. 

5th African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AFPIF): 26-28 August 2014, Dakar

The 5th African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AFPIF) will be held over a 3-day period in August 2014 in Dakar, Senegal to discuss the future of peering in an era where the cost of transit is declining. The event will also seek to discuss regional interconnection dynamics and content issues that are critical components of transit deficits.

Internet Society reports: The Serekunda Internet Exchange Point (IXP) launched in Banjul, The Gambia on 12 July 2014

I just came across a very interesting information that I wanted to share with you. 

"Gambia may be considered a small country (ranked 164th in the world) but in the Internet world, especially in Africa, it could be elevated much higher and place it among the emerging technology hubs of the region. 

Snapping Cities Photo Competition: Beautiful, Inspiring, and Original Photos sought for 2014 Mo Ibrahim Forum on African Cities

Mo Ibrahim Foundation, a Kabissa member, has announced a photo competition on the theme of African Cities - see below for the announcement I received by email today. If you decide to submit, show us your photos in the comments below as well! 


The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is to hold its flagship, high-level Annual Governance Weekend from the 21-23 November 2014 in Accra, Ghana. The focus of the weekend will be the Ibrahim Forum. The theme of the discussions is “African Cities”.

It is projected that Africa will enter its ‘urban age’ by 2035 when 50% of its population will live in urban areas. The 2014 Ibrahim Forum will explore innovation and solutions crucial to unlocking the potential of urban centres to act as engines of sustainable and equitable growth and development. 

In the build up to the Forum, MIF is inviting anyone interested in this issue to contribute to the broader discussions by participating in our “Snapping Cities” competition. We encourage you to enter and also share with your networks.

Snapping Cities Photo Competition

Snapping Cities is an opportunity for photographers of all abilities and ages, to capture through their own lenses, urban life in Africa. MIF is seeking images that capture inspiring ways of tackling urban challenges in African cities. This may be modern innovation or a basic adaptation of day-to-day life. The theme is open to your personal interpretation but we’re looking for beautiful, inspiring and original photographs. A selection of the best photographs will be displayed at the 2014 Ibrahim Forum on African Cities in Accra, Ghana, in November, with prizes for the top three entries: first prize of US$500, second prize of US$200 and third prize of US$100.

For more information on how to enter www.moibrahimfoundation.org/snapping-cities

Terms and Conditions apply

Liter of Light - Lighting up houses with a bottle of water

Ever chucked one of those plastic water bottles in the garbage like it was... well garbage? Turns out there's something quite phenomenal you can do with a 1-liter transparent PET bottle and some clear water. "Liter of Light" is a wonderful project working to provide free, sustainable, cost-effective lighting in urban slums and houses around the world with no access to cheap electricity.

How too many job offers opened my eyes about what matters when I choose a job and what should matter for youngsters in general

I am part of that generation of highly qualified youngsters who most of the time get disappointed by the jobs they are in, feeling that their over sharpened skills are not put to use, that there are no real needs to be filled in when they get up from bed for yet another day of work. And this is not what they “have been promised” when they invested all their time into appeasing their thirst for knowledge, and why not, making sacrifices of spending more time with family and friends.

Applications due this Friday, 8/8 for MOTECH Suite workshop in Accra, Ghana

Hi everyone,

Dimagi and Grameen Foundation are hosting the first ever MOTECH Suite workshop from August 27-29 in Accra, Ghana! Applications are due this Friday, August 8th (http://www.commcarehq.org/workshops/ghana2014/). 

MOTECH Suite (http://motechsuite.org/) is an open source software platform that enables organizations to deploy and manage a wide range of mobile health applications. MOTECH Suite is being developed to deliver economies of scale by supporting multiple use cases to be scaled on the same platform, and by supporting integration to national information and reporting systems.

The goals of the workshop are to: 
- Build a community of mHealth implementers in Ghana
- Share best practices & strategies for mHealth projects running at scale
- Enable participants to be leaders in mHealth within their organizations
- Introduce attendees to MOTECH Suite's array of tools, including CommCare, CommTrack, CommConnect, and core MOTECH systems
- Share case studies about regional mHealth programs and how they use mobile technology

Workshop Details: 
- Dates: Wednesday, August 27th through Friday, August 29th
- Time: 9:00AM -- 5:00PM
- Location: Kofi Annan Center for Excellence in ICT
- Who should attend? Directors, program managers, and heads of departments from NGOs, IGOs, funding organizations, research institutions, and government agencies
- Language: The workshop will be run in English
- Workshop fee: $75 for the entire workshop. Lunch and coffee will be provided daily. - Per diems or travel stipends are not available. 

For those interested in attending, please submit your application by this Friday, August 8, 2014 (http://www.commcarehq.org/workshops/ghana2014/). Attendance will be limited to 35 participants.

Please refer any questions you have about this workshop and similar workshops to [email protected]


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