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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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.

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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.

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

Have Fun - Do Good

Last 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. It is a project of the start-up NGO, Mali Health Organizing Project. As part of the conference, the Sigida Keneyali Project was given an opportunity to participate in the IYVS Project Challenge on the Global Giving site. Mali health NGO

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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. We've also finished a pro-bono project. 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.

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TechSoup French Partner Leads the Way to Sustainable Tech

Tech Soup Blog

Created in 1992, Ateliers du Bocage (the name roughly translates to forest workshop) was founded as a project of the Emmaus Social Movement , a postwar European humanitarian movement organized to nonviolently defend and support the most destitute members of society. ADB's project with Orange France, for instance, includes a national collection program. To date, the project has collected and recycled over half a million phones.

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?

United Nations Sets a New Agenda for Global Philanthropy

Tech Soup Blog

What works in Mali may not work in Myanmar. Image : United Nations and Project Everyone / CC BY-SA. 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.

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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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. Gentilly Project using geographic information technologies and organizational theories to accelerate the residential and economic recovery of Post-Katrina New Orleans.

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. At the Millennium Villages Project, with the help of groups like Inveneo, we’ve been able to take advantage of the advent of low cost and low power computers, long range wifi-networks and, increasingly, GSM-based data to deliver ICT services in a much more affordable way.

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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. By signing up to work with nonprofits, you've already served notice that you're ready to spend your social capital -- to write checks, to choose projects and programs, to hire, to conduct research -- in ways you believe will address digital (and other forms of) inequality. Brett Meyer, NTEN. The digital divide doesn't exist.

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: 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. 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. There are almost twenty projects on the nomination list so far from all over the world, including several from developing countries. Gavin's NpTech Timeline in SlideShare. It's The People Behind The Tags!

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