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.

Transparency & Accountability Groups: Join the TABridge Mentorship Program - deadline to apply 18 February!

I just learned of a terrific opportunity for Kabissa members to build their strategic capabilities through hands-on mentoring by technology experts. If you decide to apply, please let us know how it goes! The PDF version for offline reading is below. 

Crossposted from: http://tech.transparency-initiative.org/the-tabridge-mentorships/


The Transparency & Accountability Initiative (T/AI) is launching a pilot mentorship program in response to needs identified by organisations at the TABridge Sessions for increased strategic technology hands‐on skill building. This year, six to nine organisations will be selected to participate in a five‐month customised program.

Selected organisations will be partnered with a Mentor to support them in developing uses of technology to help achieve their mission and goals, and in the process, develop sustainable skills for strategic thinking and implementation for technology projects.

The TABridge Mentorships are open to all groups in the transparency and accountability fields.  Applicants will need to demonstrate an understanding of the need to think strategically about new tech use.

Participants will be selected based on their stated learning goals and the level of preliminary thinking about technology demonstrated in their applications. The program seeks to develop strategic capacity, so organisations with varying degrees of prior experience will be considered, but applications must demonstrate existing thinking about the proposed technology project, or informed questions about the same.

The aim of the TABridge Mentorships is to increase T/A organisations’ understanding and application of technology in T/A interventions so that these deliver stronger impact at scale and positive social change.  Participants will receive high-touch strategic guidance from strategy, communications and technology experts.  Mentors will tailor their inputs to the organisational capacity of each organisation to ensure that post mentorship.

eLearning Africa 2013 Photo Competition - Tradition and ICT innovation: a couple with potential

The eLearning Africa Photo Competition 2013 is launched today and the deadline for entries is Monday, April 3rd 2013

Wednesday, February 6th 2013. The eLearning Africa Photo Competition is back this year in its fourth edition.

The state of Africa’s learning landscape in 2013

Launched today, The eLearning Africa 2013 Survey will monitor African opinion on how the Continent’s learning landscape is changing under the influence of new technologies. Under the overarching theme of ‘Mobility and the MDGs in Africa beyond 2015’, this major pan-African survey will form the foundation of The eLearning Africa 2013 Report, which will be launched at the eLearning Africa 2013 conference in Windhoek, Namibia, from May 29th – 31st 2013.

eLearning Africa 2013 - May 29th to 31st in Windhoek, Namibia - Media Partnership with Kabissa

We are pleased to be media partners for eLearning Africa once again this year! I enjoyed meeting the conference organizers in Berlin this afternoon (http://www.icwe.net) to work out the details as well as to learn more about ICWE programs to organize educational conferences and workshops around the world.

Stay tuned for updates via Kabissa about the eLearning Africa Photo Competition, registration deadlines and other opportunities to participate in the annual conference.


eLearning Africa 2013 – Register now!

The 8th eLearning Africa conference will be held from May 29th to 31st at the Safari Conference Centre, WindhoekNamibia. Thekey networking event for developing eLearning capacities in Africa, eLearning Africa 2013 will be hosted by Namibia's Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Ministry of ICT. Details at http://www.elearning-africa.org/conference.php

On your marks for the BlackBerry Port-a-thon

New Year’s greetings all. Eleven days into what promises to be a great year, I believe we have our development hats on and the holiday ones off :-) .

Exciting times are here once again with yet another port-a-thon by you-know-who! Yes folks, the same guyz who perhaps coined the term port-a-thon are at it again! RIM, makers of the BlackBerry will be commencing a dual 36 hours port-a-thon today. The events start at 6pm local time, today (January 11) and runs through Saturday January 12 to 6pm Sunday, January 13.

Having partaken in the last port-a-thon, I find that a bit of recap is a good way to start. In brief, the last event which ran from December 14 to 16, 2012 had an average of 113 app submissions per hour from about 63 countries over the 36 hours period. This is according to a report sent to me by RIM.

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