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Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 28 August 2015
Q&A with Rupert Simons, Chief Executive Officer of Publish What You Fund.  Publish What You Fund is a non-profit organisation that campaigns for aid transparency. “We believe that information is power and we campaign to make that information available to everyone who needs it,” said Simons. With readily available data on aid, governments and donors, citizens can ensure that initiatives are being carried out effectively. Simons (RS) spoke to Capacity4Dev (C4D) about the importance of including data collection and analysis in crisis response, as well as the next steps for making open data a standard component of development and humanitarian aid efforts.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 25 March 2015
“If we can replace the hand hoe with a smartphone as the most common tool in the hands of an African farmer, then we are halfway towards our dream,” said Theo de Jager, President of the Pan African Farmers Organisation and the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions. That dream is to combat poverty in Africa by helping growers make the most of increasingly abundant data on prices, materials and weather.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 6 August 2014
Imagine being able to gain information instantly about whether a development project is reaching its intended recipients, or where the next cholera outbreak might be, or track the fluctuating wealth of every district in Cote d’Ivoire. These are some of the possibilities of Big Data analysis, where data of increasing volume, velocity and variety is mined for the unprecedented patterns and insights it may yield.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 5 August 2016
Innovations in areas such as mobile payments and remote healthcare in developing countries are helping to turn the old development paradigm on its head. “It’s not any more the South which has the problems and the North which has the solutions,” said Alexander De Croo, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister. “It’s for the first time a real multipolar role,” as digital technology is becoming an integral part of society in the least developed countries.
The gap between broadcasting channels, that fuzzy snow-scene you see when tuning a television for the first time, is not dead space but white space and a potential vehicle for sending information that could be used to bring the internet to some of the world’s most remote communities.
ICT can go a long way in promoting gender equality and women empowerment. Winner of an Africa-wide programming contest tells us how she’s tapping into her digital skills to get ahead in the field.
International telecommunications company Orange, recently tested the potential for Big Data to contribute to development when it released anonymous data from five million-plus cell phone users in Cote d’Ivoire and invited researchers to see what they could do with the information.
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Africa's linguistic diversity is stunning, but with over 1,500 languages spoken across the continent, communication can be a challenge – even within countries themselves.
International television and news reporting would be advised to focus more on what works well in Africa and inspire future generations of the continent’s youth, according to Amobé Mévégué, a well known media figure.
While the European Union is developing Galileo and operating EGNOS, the two first European satellite navigation systems, the potential benefits of using these technologies for the socio-economic development of the African continent were presented recently in Brussels.

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