GeekCorps Mali

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

It was my last afternoon in Mali, as I started psychic re-entry process into my normal existence, that I remembered that in real life, hey, I'm a geek. So I dropped by the offices of GeekCorps Mali, which as it turned out was just around the corner from where I was staying at Rebecca and Fode's house in the Quartier Hippodrome. And project director Matt Berg took time to show me around their labs and talk to me about their work.

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Sparked, Micro-Volunteering Network, Has Volunteers Standing By For Your Nonprofit’s Next Small Project

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The site matches skills-based volunteers with nonprofits to do just in time projects like logo or business card design, marketing help, and other small volunteering tasks. It took a year of development and testing, but I’m happy to say that Sparked, the world’s first skills-based micro-volunteering network, is officially open for business, and already helping hundreds of nonprofits worldwide increase capacity, one mini-project at a time. We call these projects challenges.

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Empowering Change: Caitlin Cohen of the Sigida Keneyali Project

Have Fun - Do Good

Caitlin Cohen of the Sigida Keneyali Project. In December I wrote a book review of Monique and the Mango Rains , the story of a Peace Corps worker's two years working with a midwife in Mali. Below is an e-interview with another woman making a difference in Mali, Caitlin Cohen, one of two US coordinators of the Sigida Keneyali Project. What is the Sigida Keneyali Project? Sigida Keneyali means “Health in Our Homes” in Bambara, the most common language in Mali.

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Siguida Keneyali

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

When Doria and I were in Mali earlier this month, we found that our nephew Fodé Camara had started to work with a group called Siguida Keneyali - Health in Our Homes - an organization working to improve health in Sikoroni, the poorest Quartier in Bamako. There's no doubt a health education component will be key to the project's success.

Happy Holidays!

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

We've also been hard at work on several new projects we're hoping to launch in February. The February launches will include the Program for Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University, The Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham Massachusetts, and the ARC/Michigan. We've also finished a pro-bono project. It's been a quiet month on the blog -- because it has been anything but quiet here at Members Only Software.

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United Nations Sets a New Agenda for Global Philanthropy

Tech Soup Blog

Now that the United Nations Millennium Development Goals have expired and in some ways, have succeeded surprisingly well , the UN has developed a new set of even more ambitious goals. These new UN Sustainable Development Goals are the de facto agenda for global philanthropy, and they have a new dimension: technology targets to enable implementation. The Sustainable Development Goals follow and expand on the previous Millennium Development Goals.

Case Study: An Accidental Techie #FAIL Story

NTEN

As a development associate with previous experience working within a functional CRM, I knew how much more effective our entire organization would be if employees could access -- from anywhere -- a single system managing all our contacts with donors, vendors, volunteers, and grant makers. Given the organization-wide scope of my proposed project, effective change management practices were key to the success of the project.

The Blogger Returns

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Well, for one thing, planning a trip over the holidays to Morocco and Mali. We'll start in Bamako, where we will be staying with our niece Rebecca and her family -- Rebecca is there heading up a project of the Educational Development Center -- but then head up north to Segou, Djenne, pays Dogon, and Timbuctou. I've been absent from these pages a long time. There's so much going on my blogging has just gone by the wayside. Let's get back on track. What have I been up to?

Summers Over Once Again

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Over the long weekend I finally managed to get started on a new project I've been excited to get involved with - a new website for the Sigida Keneyali health project in Mali that I blogged about in January. OpenMoko is a GNU / Linux based platform for mobile device software development.

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NpTech Tag Summary: Five Hot Conversations!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Integration Proclamation In light of recent developments, even more nonprofit technology users, providers, and vendors are signing onto the Integration Proclamation , a call to action to the entire nonprofit technology sector to engage in the conversations needed to move towards seeing a larger ecosystem of lighter-weight applications that do a couple of things well, easy to extend, and most importantly can talk to each other.

The Math Is Starting to Add Up: The Promise of Mobile

NTEN

I’ve been working or interested in the space of ICT for Development (ICT4D) for about a decade now. At Geekcorps Mali, our approach was: through great engineering feats attempt to somehow lower the costs of access, while hopefully creating sustainable “business models” in the process. I’ve been part of two particular SMS health projects that have convinced me of the viability of this approach. . Matt Berg, Millenium Villages.

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The Digital Divide Doesn't Exist

NTEN

Mohammed Diop, of Mali , presumably one of the very people OLPC wants to convince: "It is a very clever marketing tool. " With a finite amount of money earmarked for digital inclusion programs, let alone development work in general, it seems consensus can be difficult to build. Much has been made of the possibility that technology will mitigate inequality by allowing the have-nots to leapfrog certain historical aspects of development. Brett Meyer, NTEN.

Some Africa Links

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

SocioLingo's Africa Blog : Written by an Englishwoman living in Mali, this blog's frequent posts - many times a day - cover all of Africa and point out articles and reports on linguistic, cultural, archeological, economic, and political developments on the continent. SocioLingo's Mali Blog. The Mali blog brings a much sharper focus to Malilady's everyday life in Bamako. Like many other writers, Jennifer focuses on political and economic development.

NpTech Tag: People Behind Tags, NpTech Timeline, Twitter, and More Widgets

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The nonprofit tech blog's roundup on these developments. ICT in the Developing World. Geekcorps Mali works to create and deploy ICT solutions that are sustainable and appropriate for Mali. Britt Bravo asks us to encourage people we know working on a social impact technology project to nominate their project for Netsquared Innovation Fund Award. Gavin's NpTech Timeline in SlideShare. It's The People Behind The Tags!

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