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. GeekCorps Mali (GCM) is a USAID-funded project whose mission is to provide appropriate technology, technology transfer, and technical assistance in Mali.

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Improving Public health in Mali

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Last month I wrote about my stroll through Sikoro , on the northern outskirts of Bamako, Mali, and the community health project Siguida Keneyali we learned about there. Today my friend Britt Bravo posted an in-depth interview with Caitlin Cohen of Siguida that looks at the project and its community-based orientation in some real detail. I'm sure you'll find it a worthwhile read

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Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali

Have Fun - Do Good

By the third page of Monique and the Mango Rains, you know that Monique, a midwife in Mali, will die in childbirth. midwife mali women Peace Corps friendship"There have been many accounts of studying people from other cultures, but few of actually being friends with them. Anyone who is curious about what such a friendship feels like from the inside should read this respectful but intimate account."

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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.

How Much Money do People Really Give on Nonprofit Boards? Read BoardAssist’s Annual Report on Nonprofit Giving for all the Answers

BoardAssist

Our work spans tiny nonprofits serving in Mali and Haiti, requiring a minimal financial commitment, to New York-based nonprofit household names that request significant funding from their board members, and everything in between. How much money do people really give on nonprofit boards? We know you want to know! That’s why BoardAssist compiles this data every year from the hundreds of nonprofits we serve and shares it with the nonprofit community.

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How Much Money do People Really Give on Nonprofit Boards? Read BoardAssist’s Annual Report on Nonprofit Giving for all the Answers

BoardAssist

Our work spans tiny nonprofits serving in Mali and Haiti, requiring a minimal financial commitment, to New York-based nonprofit household names that request significant funding from their board members, and everything in between. How much money do people really give on nonprofit boards? We know you want to know! That’s why BoardAssist compiles this data every year from the hundreds of nonprofits we serve and shares it with the nonprofit community.

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Help the Sigida Keneyali Project Win the International Youth In Volunteerism Challenge

Have Fun - Do Good

It is a project of the start-up NGO, Mali Health Organizing Project. Mali health NGOLast month I posted an e-interview with Caitlin Cohen, the US coordinator and co-founder of the Sigida Keneyali Project , a community-run clinic in Sikoro for 28,000 people. Caitlin is part of the International Youth In Volunteerism Summit , a conference for youth activism around the globe.

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How Much Money do People Really Give on Nonprofit Boards? Read BoardAssist’s 2018 Annual Report on Nonprofit Giving for all the Answers

BoardAssist

Our work spans tiny nonprofits serving in Mali and Haiti, requiring a minimal financial commitment, to New York-based nonprofit household names that request significant funding from their board members, and everything in between. How much money do people really give on nonprofit boards? We know you want to know! That’s why BoardAssist compiles this data every year from the hundreds of nonprofits we serve and shares it with the nonprofit community.

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Empowering Change: Caitlin Cohen of the Sigida Keneyali Project

Have Fun - Do Good

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. Sigida Keneyali means “Health in Our Homes” in Bambara, the most common language in Mali. I came to Mali two years ago to work on a sociological study on HIV and vaccine use.

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The Blogger Returns

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Well, for one thing, planning a trip over the holidays to Morocco and Mali. 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? I've never been to the African continent before, so you can imagine how excited I am. The Moroccan part of the trip is the briefer leg - we'll be there about a week, in Casablanca and Marrakesh. We'll be travelling in Morocco with some good friends.

Hold my calls

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Last weekend I met Canadian filmmaker Sylvain l'Esperance, whose wonderful documentary about life in the Niger Inland Delta region of Mali was showing at the Toronto Hot Docs film festival. Technology Review published a survey of the role of mobile technology in the developing economies this past January. Going beyond the merely anecdotal, the article tried to put some metric on the role mobile technology plays in growth in these countries.

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Why I Believe Technology Can Change the World

NTEN

My wife and I lived at a dusty intersection of two unpaved streets in Kayes, Mali. The market in Kayes I'd like to tell you why I believe technology can change the world. To be clear, though, this is a fundraising message. The generosity of spirit of the NTEN community has helped us raise $10,547 to convene more local gatherings in 2012, but we still have a ways to go to reach our goal of $15,000 by December 31st. > > Please make a gift to support nonprofit technology in 2012.

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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. Our good friends at Orchid Suites were kind enough to donate the software and hosting for this group, which is tackling public health in the poorest part of the Bamako area. I'll let you know when we launch the site.

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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

A logo design for Helen Keller International’s new malnutrition screening campaign in Mali. Note From Beth: Colleague Ben Rigby, co-founder and CTO of Sparked , a micro-volunteering networked has a problem. 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.

United Nations Sets a New Agenda for Global Philanthropy

Tech Soup Blog

What works in Mali may not work in Myanmar. 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.

(Now's the Time to) Bring the Mobile Web into Your Organization

NTEN

The street corner I lived on in Mali was typically quiet (by African standards, anyway): aside from the woman who sold fried dough stuffed with shredded meat, most people just passed by. But every now and again, men would start to gather in ones and twos in front of a shop, and within 30 minutes, a truck would stutter and stumble up the rutted street to deliver the latest goods. A merchant had coordinated the gathering via text message.

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10 Twitter Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

For example, @OneGreenPlanet recently tweeted a link to a call-to-action page to help Mali the elephant. It’s impossible to apply Twitter best practices across all segments of the nonprofit sector because of the wide variety of causes and follower counts, but scientific analysis of Twitter clearly indicate that there is right way and a wrong way to use Twitter. The challenge is for nonprofits to learn from and apply the scientific data to their Twitter strategy.

TechSoup French Partner Leads the Way to Sustainable Tech

Tech Soup Blog

In partnership with Orange France and Emmaus International, Clic Vert has developed electronics recycling and refurbishment workshops in Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Madagascar, and Togo to organize the collection and repair of used mobile phones. There are very few charities I've come across that are as wide-ranging in their tech-for-good work as our French TechSoup Global partner, Ateliers du Bocage (ADB).

Case Study: An Accidental Techie #FAIL Story

NTEN

She joined the Death with Dignity National Center team after ten years of volunteering and working with local nonprofits, with a two-year break serving as a Health Education volunteer with the Peace Corps in the West African nation of Mali. Melissa Barber, Electronic Communications Specialist, Death with Dignity National Center My nonprofit accidental techie moment lasted about a year and a half.

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. Certainly when we were in Mali, the evidence of Chinese investment was everywhere.

NpTech Tag Summary: Five Hot Conversations!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Resources and Reports Nancy Schwartz of the Getting Attention Blog summarizes an article with tips on for how nonprofit marketing and public relations staff can gain entry into the blogosphere Michael Stein (East Coast) files a report from Mali about the GeekCorps Mali project. Screenshot of a poll from Philanthropy 2173 Still time to register your opinion! Five Hot Conversations. NpTech Tag Skypecast Anyone?

What Would Homer Simpson Do? Your Messages and the Emerging Science of Behavioral Economics

NTEN

Any money you donate will go to Rokia, a seven-year-old girl who lives in Mali, Africa. Alia Mckee, Sea Change Strategies , Katya Andresen, Network for Good & Mark Rovner, Sea Change Strategies. Pop quiz: The following messages have what in common? Frances Osborne's The Bolter is an Oprah Winfrey Book Club selection. Buy it now. 75% of guests who stay in this hotel reuse their towels. Join them and reuse your towel to help save the environment.

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Everything I need to know about web management I learned at a concert

Influence

I recently was able to spend an amazing evening enjoying one of my new fave artists, Habib Koité and his band Bamada , based in Mali. You likely do not read this blog for its concert reviews (and if you do, you have likely been pretty frustrated to date), so, other than to say it was a fantastic show, I want to focus on two web management principles that struck me while taking in the African grooves. Create feedback loops and use them.

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Social Media for Good and Evil, Strong and Weak Ties, Online/Offline,and Orgs and Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In person, I’ve met Clay Shirky himself, Tim Maly , Robin Sloan , and at least 10 more — and I’ve edited dozens of folks that I know exclusively through the service. Malcolm Gladwell’s article “Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted,&# brings the slacktivism , social media for social good or evil , strong and weak ties , and organizations vs networks debates to a mainstream audience.

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

NTEN

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. Matt Berg, Millenium Villages. I’ve been working or interested in the space of ICT for Development (ICT4D) for about a decade now.

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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. Brett Meyer, NTEN. The digital divide doesn't exist. It's the definite article that causes problems, implying there's an easy way to think about the issues surrounding the inequitable access to technology -- and perhaps an easy solution. We can just bridge the gap, right?

Joitske Hulsebosch: Blogs, NGOs, and Developing Countries

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

" Later, her work brought her to Mali, where she advised on participatory methods. Joitske Hulsebosch, who lives and works in Netherlands, writes a blog called " Communities of practice for development " where she writes about topics related to her work of facilitating processes at different levels; teams, groups, organizations, networks, and communities of practice.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Geekcorps Mali works to create and deploy ICT solutions that are sustainable and appropriate for Mali. Gavin's NpTech Timeline in SlideShare. It's The People Behind The Tags! Steven Cliff's Notes - Saving Internet 1.0

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