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. Like Bottlenet - a Wifi antenna built out of low-cost, locally available components and assembled in one of Mali's ubiquitous 1.5

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.

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

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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.

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


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?

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10 Twitter Best Practices for Nonprofits

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For example, @OneGreenPlanet recently tweeted a link to a call-to-action page to help Mali the elephant.

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.

Case Study: An Accidental Techie #FAIL Story


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

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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.

TechSoup French Partner Leads the Way to Sustainable Tech

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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.

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

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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.

Happy Holidays!

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Using a donated CMS from our good friends at Orchid Suites , and a beautiful design by Erica Trauba, we've built a new website for the folks at the Mali Health Organizing Project, a group that is helping a community in Mali to build its own clinic. It's been a quiet month on the blog -- because it has been anything but quiet here at Members Only Software.

Empowering Change: Caitlin Cohen of the Sigida Keneyali Project

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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.

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?

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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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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

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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.

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

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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

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


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.

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


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.

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

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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.

Joitske Hulsebosch: Blogs, NGOs, and Developing Countries

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" 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.

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


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.

The Digital Divide Doesn't Exist


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?