eLearning Africa 2013 - Pre-Conference Events

Take part in an optional pre-conference workshop or seminar on 29th May to enhance your practical knowledge, gain insight from leading international experts and network with like-minded professionals. Workshops and seminars include GIZ’s “Technology Innovation Hubs in Africa: Creating Opportunities for Peer Learning and Knowledge Exchange”, which will explore best practice in sustainably creating and expanding innovation hubs; “Practical Innovative Blogging and Online Group Collaboration for Development”, in which participants will learn practical and innovative ways of sharing information online; and “Learning Design in the Open: Rethinking Our Courses for Tomorrow’s African Learners”, where participants will gain key tools and techniques for designing effective and educational courses.

Places are strictly limited, so secure your spot today to ensure you don’t miss out. 

No dumping allowed

IClassroom Get Downn January this year the eLearning Africa news service reported on the progress being made towards the impending Millennium Development Goal (MGD) deadline and highlighted the worrying trend of prioritising quantity over quality in efforts to reach the target of universal primary education by 2015. New eLearning technologies offer the tantalising potential to spread high-quality education across the developing world. This could be an answer to the problem, but it is never a simple case of ‘just add ICT’.

By Alicia Mitchell

Examining eHealth in Africa

Whether they are collating data on disease, monitoring health trends, combating misinformation or facilitating cooperation between medical centres, African eHealth initiatives are leading the way towards higher standards of living and health on the Continent. With eLearning Africa 2013 set to subject eHealth to a detailed examination, the news service explored a few initiatives that offer a promising prognosis for Africa’s health sector.

By Matthew Labrooy

Africa’s smartphone revolution

Smartphone use in Africa is on the rise, and major mobile makers and distributors are starting to pay attention to the emerging African market by producing devices that cater to the needs of the developing region. How will increased smartphone use revolutionise the way education takes place in Africa?

By Matthew Labrooy

Storytelling yesterday, today and tomorrow

A poet, singer, historian, musician, comedian, an entertainer, an archive. The griot is all these things and more. Through storytelling and music, the griot has shared and maintained the identities and histories of communities in West Africa for centuries. Oral culture on the African continent has persisted when elsewhere in the world it has all but vanished. But with shifting populations and the rise of digital entertainment, who will continue to weave these stories around the fireside, and who will be there to listen?

By Alicia Mitchell

Opportunity from Global Integrity - Call for Experts: Web Index 2013

For details of countries involved (many in Africa) and to apply to join the research team, see http://globalintegrity.org/blog/web-index-hiring

Global Integrity is embarking on a partnership with the World Wide Web Foundation to prepare the 2013 Web Index.  The Web Index is the first multi-dimensional measure of the Web’s use, utility and impact. In 2012, the Web Index covered 61 developed and developing countries, incorporating indicators that assess the political, economic and social impact of the Web; in 2013 coverage will be increased to roughly 80 countries.  The Web Index is a tool that helps advocates and policy analysts draw upon actionable measures to identify impediments and track improvements in Web access and affordability.  The Web Index also helps inform decision-makers and regulators as to what changes can be made to Web governance in country to help achieve greater and more sustainable development outcomes.

This effort will require a global team of reporters and reviewers around the world to conduct original research and data gathering that will feed into the final 2013 Web Index. 

From Tactical Tech: Info Activism Camp - get your applications in!

Evidence is an activist's most powerful asset. Used well, it can
transform even the most difficult advocacy effort into an initiative
that influences perceptions and actions around an important issue.

Tactical Tech is organising the 2013 Info Activism Camp
(camp2013.tacticaltech.org) to explore the ways in which digital
technologies, data and visuals can be used to artfully present evidence
that influences debates, controversies and issues.

Applications are now open! We're seeking curious and creative
individuals – working in advocacy, data, technology, design and
journalism – to join us for a week of discussion, debate and skill-share.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet and build connections
with people working across the world, in different practices, and build
their knowledge and skills in evidence-based advocacy.

The camp will run from 23-30 June at Centro d'Ompio, a beautiful retreat
centre in Northern Italy (read more:

Places are limited. We only have 80 spots and plenty of interest! So
please do share this with suitable candidates. The application deadline
for those who require visas to come to Italy is 2nd April (24:00 CET)
and 15th April (24:00 CET) for those who don't.

More application information and forms:

Request for Applications: help orgs get started using phone-based tools for frontline workers in Francophone West Africa

This looks like a really good opportunity for Kabissa members working in West Africa. Check it out, and let us know if you apply. 

Dimagi is releasing a Request for Applications to help organizations get started using phone-based tools for frontline workers in Francophone West Africa. We are seeking organizations implementing scalable initiatives in community health and other social sectors that could benefit from mobile phone-based case management and data collection.

This RFA will support the use of the open-source mobile software platform CommCare. CommCare is being deployed in 30 countries and used by thousands of community health workers to track and support their clients with registration forms, checklists, SMS reminders, and multimedia. Mounting evidence indicates that this leads to improved frontline worker performance, better reporting, and better patient care and education. Check out our website (http://www.commcarehq.org/) to view online videos, read papers on the effectiveness of CommCare, and learn about how any organization can design its own mHealth application using our online application-building tools. 

Awardees will each receive 10 free phones installed with a CommCare application designed for their frontline workersfree access to the CommCareHQ cloud-based server for one year, and one month of free support from Dimagi’s experienced French-speaking Field Managers including a 2 week field visit to help launch CommCare with their frontline workers.

For further information and to download the full RFA, please refer to our website (http://www.commcarehq.org/poc/wfa/). Applications are due by March 29, 2013.


The Dimagi Team

Source: TIER mailing list: https://www.millennium.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/tier

Knight Digital Media Center offering Free Online Data Training - registration opens 18 February

Via the data-driven journalism mailing list, I came across this opportunity that I wanted to share with Kabissa members. Learning to work with data to tell stories and make a case is becoming increasingly important, for journalists and civil society practitioners alike. If you decide to take advantage of the course please let us know how it goes! 

Data Journalism


Data visualization basic training; from spreadsheet to data mapping. kdmcBerkeley is offering four free online training courses in data journalism. You'll learn basic data visualization skills, from spreadsheets to data mapping.

Each of the four one-hour long courses builds upon the other; register for all four sessions or choose the session that best meets your needs. Each course is offered twice, once at 11am PST and then again at 1pm PST. Registration is limited to the first 200 participants per session and registration for all four courses opens on February 18, 2013.

Details and registration at http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/workshops/online_data_visualiz...

From Jonathan Peizer: 25 Tips for Evaluating (And Writing) Successful Technology Grant Proposals

Jonathan Peizer of Internaut consulting emailed me today requesting that I share this resource with Kabissa members. Let me know if you use it and what results you get - it certainly looks very interesting. Thanks! 

25 Tips for Evaluating (And Writing) Successful Technology Grant Proposals - http://tinyurl.com/8hb3rc7

This manual is written for grant evaluators in various issue areas trying to make sense of technology grant proposals they receive as well as non-profit grant writers trying to solicit support for their proposals. The ICT challenges and tips presented cut across issue areas and are valid for both the traditional ICT circumstance as well as the Web 2.0 world of social networking and mobile access. Having spent over a decade evaluating and supporting technical proposals as a Program Director and CIO at a large funder, I wrote this manual to share some tips and tricks I learned evaluating technology proposals and implementing ICT projects globally. The twenty-nine page guide is written in very practical terms. Each page describes a distinct ICT issue related to proposals, a brief description of the issue, and most importantly a recommendation, often with links to support it. The tips loosely move from design, implementation, budgeting and sustainability to specific topics of software development, social networking, mobile applications, content creation, licensing and project evaluation.

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