Eliminating Blinding Trachoma

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

As I mentioned in my previous two blogs about my Africa trip of last July, I had the pleasure of meeting many interesting people and learning about numerous exciting, cool projects during that three week long visit to Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana. In Ghana, I greatly enjoyed meeting Peter Ackland, CEO of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

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How Bitcoin is Used in Combatting Ebola - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

AFP Blog

How Bitcoin is Used in Combatting Ebola - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly : "A group from Ghana has found a way to deploy cash donations more rapidly and more effectively directly to the front lines of the effort to contain Ebola in neighboring Sierra Leone. Bitcoin Against Ebola is a nonprofit founded by Beam, a startup based in Accra, Ghana, which promotes Bitcoin technology as a way for Africans to transfer money cheaply and instantaneously." ''via Blog this

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50,000 Nonprofits on Twitter!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

International in Ghana was the 50,000th! It took 2 years, 10 months, and 50,000 clicks of a mouse, but yesterday @ NonprofitOrgs followed its 50,000th nonprofit on Twitter! I start each morning browsing those that followed @ NonprofitOrgs the day and night before, and follow those that are nonprofits and nonprofit staff in return. There a handful of nonprofit service providers in there too.

Lame spam of the day: Meeting invitation from George Adoo

Robert Weiner

My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in (Republic of Ghana) , my father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip to England. Before the death of my father in a private hospital here in GHANA he secretly called me on his sick bed side and told me that he has the sum of four million five hundred thousand United State Dollars.

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World Cup: Who to Cheer For?

Have Fun - Do Good

Ghana game. that evaluates all the World Cup teams by: Life expectancy National income per person Military spending Aid spending Carbon emissions Income inequality Health spending External debt Perception of corruption Companies among world's largest 500 multinational's According to the site, "Ghana's average ranking across all the ten criteria make it the 1st most supportable team in the World Cup" Shhh. Don't tell anyone, but I'm rooting for Ghana. World Cup Ghana

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Kipp and Philip of the Social Development Network in east Africa

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I've just ended an exciting three week long Africa trip to Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana. There are so many exciting people and organizations to talk about! One of my very first meetings in Nairobi, Kenya, was with John Kipchumbah (Kipp) and Philip Thigo of the Innovation Program of the Social Development Network. I dropped in on them because Kipp had been trained on our Martus human rights software years ago and had been helping human rights groups in the region with using Martus.

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The Race to Expand Internet Access. in Space

Tech Soup Blog

It has already created a mobile app that is providing free Internet access in Ghana and India. NTEN's Amy Sample Ward recently wrote an intriguing article about Addressing Digital Inclusion in Every Mission making the case that access to broadband for everyone is key to ensuring that we all have the opportunities to fully participate in public life and advocate for our own health and well-being. Yet a significant portion of the world's population doesn't currently have access.

Why Every Organization Should Make Sustainability Part of its Mission

Saleforce Nonprofit

The 350 Africa team uses Salesforce to track many things, like the application process of organizations that want to be part of the coalition, relationships, volunteers, training status, and community campaigns like Ghana-Reducing Our Carbon.

Are Crowd Funding Platforms the New Patrons of Independent Media?

Beth Kanter

In 2008, she asked for advice about raising money to go to Africa to help support the first community access television station opening in Ghana. In 2008, I raised money to go to Africa to help support the first community access television station opening in Ghana. In 2008, she asked for advice about raising money to go to Africa to help support the first community access television station opening in Ghana. [.]

Geek Heresy

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

People who start novel organizations like Ashesi University in Ghana, Technology Access Foundation in Seattle, and Shanti Bhavan (a boarding school) in India. I just finished reading Kentaro Toyama’s new book, Geek Heresy, tackling the cult of technology as a cure-all for society’s ills. He’s a geek (former Microsoft Research guy) who is making the case that technology doesn’t make the kind of social impact it claims to deliver.

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Vikas Nath talking about gender and ICTs in good governance

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My colleague, Joitske Hulsebosch, who is based in the Netherlands and most recently working in Ghana, developed a 12-step vlogging process to help a network in Ghana (GINKS) produce an ICT4D stories blog. Click To Play Vikas Nath explains his idea that empowerment of women in governance using ICTS should pass via livelihoods.

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The Nonprofit Nook on OneWorld U.S

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The photo above is from Ghana OneWorld U.S. h as a blog and it has a nonprofit nook. T he main purpose of the blog, according to the "about" page, is: The purpose of the OneWorld U.S. blog is to facilitate networking, collaboration & the sharing of information and ideas about global and local issues. It looks a blog community that is just getting started. There is an interesting article by Roshani Kothari on photo tips and tricks who is a wonderful photographer.

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My remarks just made at WIPO today

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Statement of Benetech to the 20th Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at the World Intellectual Property Organization June 23, 2010, Geneva, Switzerland • My nonprofit organization, Benetech, operates Bookshare, the largest online library for people with print disabilities, with the mission of bringing accessible books to all people with print disabilities around the world • We have roughly 100,000 members in the U.S.

Bookshare without Borders: #1/3

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Revenues from developed countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Denmark, where subscription fees are comparable to those in the United States, help us underwrite the cost of memberships in developing world countries such as India, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. Bookshare International Library We’re always thinking about new ways in which Benetech could go deeper and help many more people.

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Packable philanthropy: Donate a TEDx in a Box

AFP Blog

So far, boxes have been shipped to organizers in Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, India and Pakistan — and counting Packable philanthropy: Donate a TEDx in a Box : What is a TEDx in a Box, you ask? It’s a suitcase stuffed with everything an economically marginalized community needs to host their very own TEDx event — a projector, an iPod preloaded with subtitled TED Talks, a sound system, camcorders to capture fresh talks, and a how-to guide.

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Technology and the Environment

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

We leave that to China, Ghana, and other countries. This is an issue I’ve been struggling with for a long time. I’m an unrepentant, unabashed technophile. OK, well, not so unrepentant or unabashed since I’m writing this post on the varied factors around technology and the environment, and have been thinking about this issue for myself for a long time.

Desiree Adaway, Global Service and Leadership: How I Have Fun, Do Good

Have Fun - Do Good

I have danced with an entire village in Ghana. Dancing in Ghana Just writing this post has broken my heart open and I feel the familiar ache. The sixth guest blogger in my Have Fun, Do Good series is Desiree Adaway. Desiree is a consultant, strategist, coach, storyteller and explorer.

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Join Our 24-Hour Round-the-World Twitter Chat

Tech Soup Blog

GHANA. Since our last storytelling Twitter chat , both the opportunities and challenges in producing a great digital story have increased. Tools are easier than ever to get and learn how to use, which has driven the rise of citizen journalism. More stories flooding our social media airwaves mean that it's increasingly difficult to get a non-visual story heard.

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Women, Girls, Education and Global Health: Interview with Carinne Brody

Have Fun - Do Good

Before and during her studies, she conducted field research for governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as foundations, on maternal and child health in Sri Lanka, Ghana, Haiti, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya and India.

Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Developing countries like Kenya and Ghana, which are starting to make good progress on these efforts, aren’t in the LDC category. One of the reasons I started the Beneblog more than ten years ago (!) was to keep the Benetech team in the loop. As someone who travels roughly half the time, it’s important to provide some insight into what’s going on, especially since these meetings often influence where Benetech goes with our efforts.

Change Status: Facebooking and Twittering for a better world

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

She is going to Ghana in November. She is using her blog to raise money to support the first Community Access television station in Ghana, Coastal Television in Cape Coast Ghana. Alexandra Samuel of Social Signal has an excellent post about of how to use your Twitter and Facebook status messages to change the world, one tweet at a time. In the nonprofit sector, many people work long, hard hours on behalf of larger movement.

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Win a Trip to Report for the NYT with Nicholas Kristof

Have Fun - Do Good

Possible destinations this year are Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia and/or Ghana. In today's Sunday New York Times article , Win a Trip You Won't Forget , two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nicholas Kristof , writes, "[I]f you want to save the world, you first must understand it." It's this belief that prompted Kristof to create his Win-a-Trip contest for graduate and undergraduate students at American universities.

7 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Podcasts

Have Fun - Do Good

Example: UNICEF Digital Diaries: Berenice's Story from Ghana, Part I. A young woman in Ghana was giving recording equipment to document her daily life in this 6-part series. My March post, 10 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Blogs , seems to have been helpful to folks (it even got translated into spanish by a blogger in Spain, so I thought I'd share my list, originally posted on NetSquared , of 7 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Podcasts.

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Health Systems 'Ask the Expert' Session Starts Today

Forum One

The theme for this session is "Lessons Learned in Strengthening Health Systems for Tuberculosis Control in Developing Countries" HSAN Member Daniel Osei of the Ghana Health Service will serve as the resource person to respond to your questions relating to the over-all topic. The 5th Health Systems Action Network ( HSAN ) Ask the Expert (ATE) Session starts today, May 4th, and runs up to Friday, May 8th, 2009, on GHDonline's TB Infection Control community.

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Mr. Jim Goes to Washington (and New York, and Nairobi, and Seoul, and Kampala, and Boston…)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

It was the third Africa Forum I’ve attended: I went to Accra, Ghana, in 2011 and South Africa in 2004. Like many other leaders of nonprofit organizations, I travel an unreasonable fraction of the time. I recently hit three million lifetime miles on American Airlines. Not sure whether to celebrate or mourn this milestone. Why do I do it? Why do my peers do it?

"Press 2 for Chickens": Innovating African Radio Stations

NTEN

Freedom Fone in Tanzania and Ghana. Freedom Fone was introduced at two radio stations: Radio Maria in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Volta Star radio in the Volta region of Ghana. Making radio more accessible in Ghana. Where Radio Maria collected and re-broadcasted incoming voice content, Volta Star in Ghana focused on improving access to radio segments by posting outgoing content. Melissa Ulbricht, MobileActive.org.

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2013 NTC Round-Up: Your Takeaways

NTEN

Countries represented: 13 (US, Canada, UK, Korea, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Ireland, Nepal, Mexico, and Ghana). Whew, what an NTC! Now that we''ve had a chance to catch a cat (dog?) nap and dusted the snow off, we want to share the huge outpouring of blog posts, videos, pictures, and other media from the NTEN community. We''ve been reading, reflecting, getting inspired, and learning a lot from all of you.

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Upcoming Nonprofits Live: Storytelling and Collaborative Video

Tech Soup Blog

She is an experienced Director, Producer, Researcher, Screenwriter and Social Media Marketing Strategist with field and studio experience on large- and small-scale productions in the United States, England, Ghana, Thailand and Laos. One of the most frequent questions I hear at events from nonprofit professionals in the field is how to coordinate teams to produce compelling media across offices, time zones and countries.

NpTech Summary: Red T-Shirt Day - Supporting Monks, YouTube Nonprofit Channel, and Web2forDev Conference Reports

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A Few Self-Financed Learning Journeys Sam Mayfield has launched a new blog called Sam Land to raise money for and document his trip to Ghana in November. He will be bringing equipment and provide skills training to the first Community Access television station in Ghana. Flickr Photo by Villoks Many people around the world are supporting the Monks in Burma by wearing red t-shirts today or participating in vigils like this one in Cambodia outside the Burma embassy.

Joitske Hulsebosch: Blogs, NGOs, and Developing Countries

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In Ghana people are interested in knowing about new tools, because they need to stay in touch with what???s An offline newsletter or meeting is very important in Ghana for instance for reaching people as they don???t in Ghana here and a story about the use of a wiki in Zambia by my colleague Saskia here.

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2013 NTC Round-Up: Your Takeaways

NTEN

Countries represented: 13 (US, Canada, UK, Korea, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Ireland, Nepal, Mexico, and Ghana). Whew, what an NTC! Now that we''ve had a chance to catch a cat (dog?) nap and dusted the snow off, we want to share the huge outpouring of blog posts, videos, pictures, and other media from the NTEN community. We''ve been reading, reflecting, getting inspired, and learning a lot from all of you.

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Benetech and the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The Liberian TRC was also the first to collect statements from members of the diaspora community – in this case Liberians living in Ghana, Nigeria, the United States and Europe.

The Many Ways to Say I Love You With A Donation To A Charity

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

You can purchase a gift or card that provides AIDS grants in Ghana, Rwanda, and Swaziland. Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Day. Maybe the love of your life is allergic to roses or maybe he or she is trying to drop a few pounds, so chocolates (even if they are fair trade chocolates ) may not fly. Or maybe you're trying to find an unusual way to show your love, beyond a Hallmark card. What about making a donation to a charity in honor the special someone in your life.

Participation in Storytelling: Collaborative Video on Nonprofits Live

Tech Soup Blog

She is an experienced Director, Producer, Researcher, Screenwriter and Social Media Marketing Strategist with field and studio experience on large- and small-scale productions in the United States, England, Ghana, Thailand and Laos. One of the most frequent questions I hear at events from nonprofit professionals in the field is how to coordinate teams to produce compelling media across offices, time zones and countries.

SAP Gives Back

Tech Soup Blog

In Ghana, SAP is using their technology and volunteers in partnership with a leading NGO to help women create thriving businesses through the harvesting of shea nuts. SAP is helping to make a difference in the nonprofit and library community through their donation program here at TechSoup. Their business intelligence products let organizations create interactive reports and presentations, while their cloud-based tools help enable group decision making.

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The Faces of International Development

Forum One

Do these same sites appear the same to those in Ghana? The Society for International Development has done it again! Earlier this month, I attended their tremendous annual conference with notable and unforgettable speakers that make you leave the glimmering chandeliers in DC's Omni Shoreham ballroom thinking to yourself, what more needs to be done in international development? How can the end goals be achieved?

Lessons from IGS16: The How-To’s for Applying the SDGs to Grantmaking

Connection Cafe

IDP’s pilot program in Ghana started with initial enrollment of 27,000 children and now is expected to reach a total of 150,000 children by July 2017. In case you missed it, last week was the second annual International Grantmaking Symposium (IGS) , presented by CAF America in partnership with UNDP. CAF America launched the IGS last year around the shared belief that international philanthropy can, and should be, a powerful force in our effort to address the world’s most pressing issues.

Guest Post by Stephanie McAuliffe: SoCap09 - Day 2 Roundup

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Others examples include loans to schools in India and capital for small manufacturers in Ghana. Photo by Stephanie McAuliffe. Note from Beth: This guest post is part 2 of coverage of SoCap 09. . It is nice to arrive on scene where 800 people in modest surroundings are energetically pursuing questions that have to be answered to build a movement.

Women's Earth Alliance: Co-Directors Melinda Kramer and Amira Diamond

Have Fun - Do Good

When I sat down to talk with the co-Directors, Melinda Kramer and Amira Diamond, in early March, they had literally just returned from the West African Woman and Water Training in Ghana. You both just came back from the 2010 West African Women and Water Training in Ghana. MK: So, we just returned from Ghana in West Africa where we convened the 2010 West African Women and Water Training. "To us, it's really about collaboration.

NpTech Tag Summary: Free Ranger Rick, Green Geekery, and Blog Day is Next Week!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

GINKs is a knowledge network promoting the use of ICTs in development in Ghana. Ranger Rick, the persona of the National Wildlife Federation , has been banished from Facebook! They need your help to bring back Ranger Rick's profile that was recently taken down by Facebook Staff. Help bring back Ranger Rick's profile Email: appeals-comment@facebook.com and ask them to let Ranger Rick exist on Facebook!

Learnings and Reflections from BlogHer about Mobile Phones for Video Blogging and Beyond

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When I got home, I remembered the work of colleague Joitske Hulsebosch who has taught video blogging in Ghana. Photo 1. Photo 2. I'm going to the Cambodian Blogger Summit in a few weeks. One of the ideas I've been exploring is the whole notion of video blogging from Cambodia by Cambodians. While I was in Chicago, Ryanne Hodson , who I met at last year's BlogHer, is in Cambodia and Southeast Asia with Jay Dedman to document the work of Project Hope International. The back story is here ).

Using Photography to Change the World: An Interview with Paola Gianturco

Have Fun - Do Good

50 Crows: Social Change Photography Beth's Blog and Thriving Too recommend Collective Lens: Promoting Social Change Through Photography Earth and Economy recommends Blue Earth Alliance: Photography Inspiring Social Change Ghana Make You Move recommends Photovoice: Social Change Through Photography The Exposure Project recommends Daylight Magazine.

The Global Fund for Women: An Interview with Kavita Ramdas

Have Fun - Do Good

My favorite scene from the movie is these women, all ages, all sizes, going to surround the peace talks in Ghana, which were essentially going nowhere. "I think there are many different ways in which you define leadership. As a feminist, and as a feminine feminist, I truly believe that we don't do a very good job in the United States of believing that you can lead by serving, and I think the United States needs to think deeply about being in service of the rest of the world."

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