Crowdsourcing Crisis Information: Tracking the Eastern Congo Conflict / Democratic Republic of Congo


Via GlobalVoices , information about the ongoing crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where some 1 million people have fled the province of North Kivu. From GlobalVoices : In order to document what is happening right now on the ground, on Friday the Ushahidi has deployed its software to the DRC after successfully using it during January's post-electoral violence in Kenya and in May during the xenophobic attacks on immigrants in South Africa.

Announcing… 31 New Favorite Nonprofits for 2013!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

That said, in 2012 I had the opportunity to travel to Africa and Asia and from those travel experiences three themes emerged that inspired the selection of this year’s nonprofits: 1) Women’s and girls empowerment; 2) Conservation of wildlife and wild lands; and 3) Access to medical care.

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Citizen Tech: Social Media in Disaster Response

Amy Sample Ward

If web users knew of someone else who needed help, 44 percent would ask other people in their social network to contact authorities, 35 percent would post a request for help directly on a response agency’s Facebook page and 28 percent would send a direct Twitter message to responders.

Arts Activist Naomi Natale and The One Million Bones Project

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Both an installation artist and photographer, Naomi was the founder and director of The Cradle Project , a large scale installation calling attention and raising funds for the 48 million children orphaned in Sub-Saharan Africa.

[Book Interview] Nonprofit Example of Social Media Excellence: Women for Women International

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Organization Size: Approximately 70 DC/stateside employees; more than 100 field staff employees in eight countries in Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East. Organization: Women for Women International.

Pull up a [virtual] chair for a conversation on health and population issues


Arnold Christianson from the National Health Laboratory Service and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa will be PRB's guest for the discussion. I am guessing that many people with an interest in this topic will never have an opportunity to meet someone with the on-the-ground expertise of Dr. Christianson, but PRB is providing a good alternative. Combating Malaria: A First-Hand Account From Congo.

Support Women Survivors of War with $27/month

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A month ago I listened to Christine Karumba, the Country Director for Women for Women International in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, tell Honorata's story on the Voices on Genocide Prevention podcast.

Virtual Platforms for Good: Empowering Individuals

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The UgoTrade Blog shares some notes from the event, but also tells us about the magic of Second Life and the ability to provide access to people: Both Philip Linden and Jonathan Fanton stayed after the event to chat one on one with people. Photo UgoTrade Blog.

The Right Way to use Social Media for Fundraising: Wildlife Direct

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Through blogs written about a specific animal by a conservation professional, WildlifeDirect enables individual donors around the world to communicate directly with the people that they are funding. Paula Kahumbu, Wildlife Direct and PopTech Fellow 09.

Empowering Refugees: Interview with Kjerstin Erickson of FORGE

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Kjerstin Erickson is one of those people "shiny" people who lights up a room. FORGE serves 60,000 refugees in three different refugee camps in Southern Africa, and is an official operating partner of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR ). He ran into Congo.

Five Social Media Fundraising Trends for 2009

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Less than 24 hours ago, Epic Change launched its TweetsGiving 2009 , a 48-hour charity event to encourage people to express their gratitude using online tools and at face-to-face meet-ups. This two-day event, which ends on Thanksgiving, also invites people to donate to Epic Change. .

nfp 2.0 » Camera Rwanda: Storytelling using Flickr

Rebooting Charity

I initially posted my photographs as a way of sharing my summer 2005 trip to Africa with my friends and family. I am passionate about using photography to help humanitarian efforts and raise awareness of AIDS, poverty and children’s rights, especially in Africa.

The Social Media Response to Disaster in Haiti


Since then, the platform (which is open source ) has been modified for use in South Africa (mapping xenophobic violence), DR Congo , Vote Report India (to monitor the recent local elections) and more. Amy Sample Ward, NetSquared.

Empowering Women Citizen Journalists: An Interview with Cristi Hegranes

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She went from being somebody's servant to somebody who when she walks down the street of her community, people stop her and shake her hand and thank her for the stories that she is telling, or ask, 'When are you going to interview me? What is the question you wish people would ask you?