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: or to the appropriate exact pages you are referring to....

thanks a million.


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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    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!

    Monday, January 11, 2010

    An Example of Youth-Led Community Change in Mali

    For the past couple years, I’ve been supporting the Youth Empowerment through Arts and Media (YETAM)  project in 6 African countries. One of the best things about being involved in the project is the opportunity to work with some incredible people who are developing the program strategies and implementing YETAM on the ground.  Bedo, the child media program coordinator in Plan Mali, is one of those people I've been lucky enough to work with.  He's kind, gentle, thoughtful and soft spoken yet solid in his opinions and knowledge. His face totally lights up when he's working with the youth. He has clear vision and gets things done, writes excellent reports, and isn't afraid to clarify things if he's not sure he's understood correctly.  It's been a real pleasure working with him. On Friday, Bedo told me about some of the short-term positive results that the Mali team is seeing in the YETAM program there.... continue reading at Wait... What's new website!

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