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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I've moved to Wordpress!!

Dearest anyone who reads my blog.

I decided to move over to Wordpress.

Please visit Wait... What? over there.

I am much happier with the layout and readibility.  Let me know (over at my new set-up) what you think!

And if you happen to link to my blog from yours, I'd be forever grateful (and will buy you a beer or a cup of tea if I ever meet you!) if you'd be so kind as to redirect your link(s) to:

http://lindaraftree.wordpress.com or to the appropriate exact pages you are referring to....

thanks a million.

Linda

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Fostering a New Political Consciousness on Violence against Children

Next Sunday, I’m heading to Benin for a couple weeks to work on a project aimed at ending violence against children.  I’ll be training colleagues from Benin and Togo on setting up an SMS based system of collecting incident reports on violence against children and mapping the incidents out...  

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Revisiting the topic of Girls and ICTs: Tech Salon Discussions


I recently had the honor of leading a group of tech, development and gender folks in a discussion around Girls and ICTs at the Technology Salon.  The conversation revolved around 5 aspects I wrote about in an earlier blog post On Girls and ICTs:




  • Tension between participation and protection
  • Online behavior is an extension of, and a potential amplifier of offline behavior
  • Qualifying the digital divide
  • Girls' involvement in developing and designing ICT solutions for their own needs
  • Research on Girls and ICTs
    Check out the Technology Salon's page for a round-up of our discussions!


    Photo:  Informal evening one-on-one ICT time at a Youth Empowerment through Arts and Media (YETAM) project workshop in Cameroon. 


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    On Girls and ICTs

    Putting Cumbana on the Map:  with Ethics
    Being a Girl in Cumbana


    Child Protection: from Emergency Response to a Sustainable Mechanism

    There is a lot of talk about “Child Protection” these days and an increased awareness of the vulnerability of children who are separated from their parents or who have lost them due to the Haiti earthquake   But what exactly does “Child Protection” mean?  What does a child protection system look like on the ground?  How can child protection mechanisms be set up during an emergency phase, and how can they be turned into a sustainable mechanism post-crisis? .... Continue reading this post....

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    Tuesday, January 26, 2010

    On Girls and ICTs

    At the Technology Salon hosted by the UN Foundation's Technology Partnership with Vodafone Foundation on Jan 28, 2010, some folks from the DC area (and beyond) will gather to share experiences around girls and ICTs.  This conversation is an important one, given that gaps exist around discussion, practice and research.   Continue reading.....

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    Children in Emergencies: Applying What We Already Know to the Crisis in Haiti

    In early 2005, following the Tsunami, I collaborated with a cross-section of people at the organization where I work to put together a summary of lessons learned and some short guidelines for working with children and communities in emergencies. Continue reading at Wait... What's new website....

    Friday, January 15, 2010

    Ushahidi in Haiti: What's Needed Now

    My main experience with disasters comes from working at an international development organization in El Salvador and happening to be the only senior manager who wasn't on annual vacation when a huge earthquake struck almost exactly 9 years ago, on January 13, 2001.  The rush to act was immediate, and it was a lot of learning by doing.  I got handed the responsibility by fate I suppose and didn't do such a bad job of it, if I do say so.  At that time we were pretty unprepared; something that has certainly changed since then in the organization where I work.  We now have country level disaster plans at hand and support a lot of disaster risk reduction and preparedness work with local communities and governments.  Continue reading here at Wait... What's new home!