Josh, a new indie feature film set in Pakistan

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Against the Grain), the first feature film by director Iram Parveen Bilal, is set in modern-day Pakistan. Although the movie touches on many social justice issues, Iram made it clear that she didn't want to make another documentary about Pakistan. In the post-film Q&A, Iram said she aspired to do for Pakistan what Slum Dog Millionaire did for India. Iram is mainly pinning her hopes on festivals and a theatrical release in Pakistan and India.

Give 30 Minutes to Help Pakistan!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I just got an email from another board member that told me that they’re using Ushahadi in Pakistan for the PakReport System! Here’s the information: Give 30 minutes to help Pakistan. I’ve been a board member of Ushahidi for 6 months. Ushahidi builds tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories.


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The Networked NGO in Pakistan

Beth Kanter

This year a lot of my work as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation is working with grantees outside of the US. Last week, I had the pleasure of working with a group of Population and Reproductive Health grantees from Pakistan on a peer learning group called “ The Networked NGO ,” based on the ideas in my book, The Networked Nonprofit. The four-day intensive face-to-face training was for senior level staff and their social media staffers.

A Midwife in Pakistan

Have Fun - Do Good

My friend, Zoe Krylova, has posted a letter on her blog, Vale of Evening Fog , from a friend of a friend of a friend who is a nursing/midwifery student at Yale and spent two weeks doing relief work in Pakistan. Here is a link to UNHCR's "Pakistan Earthquake" page for more information about what is going on there right now and how to help. UNHCR Pakistan Midwife Earthquake

Pakistan flood fundraising app brings in only $56 | Sci-tech | DAWN.COM

AFP Blog

Pakistan flood fundraising app brings in only $56 | Sci-tech | DAWN.COM : "But it is free to download on Nokia and most Apple platforms, so that despite around 90,900 copies being distributed only $56 has been generated for flood victims, Afzal said.

Skoll Awards Reception

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I'm talking with Quratul Ain Bakhteari at the Skoll World Forum about the incredibly difficult work she does in Pakistan Skoll Awards Reception , a photo by Skoll World Forum on Flickr.

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Top 5 Free Proxy Sites in 2020 ? Surf web anonymously

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Today, my Internet went damaged due to the recklessness of PTCL—the telecommunication company of Pakistan. The use of the Internet has increased to an unprecedented level. The world has dramatically changed. Undoubtedly, Technology and the Internet have revolutionized this very planet. We, the humans, are no more the same. Believe me, my whole day turned. The post Top 5 Free Proxy Sites in 2020 – Surf web anonymously appeared first on Proxy Server

The Insights of 100,000 Nonprofit Technology Facebook Fans

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The top three countries are the United States, India, and Pakistan. Last week the Nonprofit Tech for Good Facebook Page reached the 100,000 fans. It took 8 years, 4 months, and 22 days. Growth slowed significantly in February 2016 to approximately 200 new likes a month whereas in the year previous new likes averaged 800 per month. Overall, the page took 100 months to reach 100,000 likes, thus it has an average growth rate of 1,000 new likes a month. Does this mean anything?

Getting Around Internet Censorship: VPN

Beth Kanter

Last month I did a Networked NGO training in Dubai for Pakistan NGOs where I experienced Internet censorship first hand. Unfortunately, yesterday, the Pakistan government decided to block Twitter – after we had just gotten everyone comfortable tweeting! According to Pakistan’s Express Tribune , the request to block the site was made by the Ministry of Information and Technology, because of a drawing competition (details here ).

12 Early Adopters of the.NGO and.ONG Domains

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Grassroots Pakistan ● Pakistan. Unlike the.ORG domain which can be registered by any individual or brand (but mostly registered by nonprofits and socially conscious for-profits), the new.NGO and.ONG domains can only be registered by nonprofits, charities, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), and ONGs (non-governmental organizations in a romance-based language ). Think about that for a second or two.

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How Malala Fund’s Innovative Grantmaking is Revolutionizing Education for Girls

Saleforce Nonprofit

Digitizing Pakistan’s national curriculum: Another Malala Fund Champion, Haroon Yasin digitized Pakistan’s national curriculum and developed an app called Taleemabad, a mobile and web application that helps out-of-school children resume their studies remotely.

Don't Block the Blog: Pakistani Bloggers Freedom of Speech Threatened

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Omer Alvie and Awab Alvi are associated with the web site which was launched as part of the ongoing relief effort for the October, 2005 massive earthquake in Pakistan. Omer Alive , who covers the local blogosphere in Pakistan for Global s, recently launched an online campaign called " Don't Block the Blog " condemning censorship of bloggers in their country.

Menu for Hope: Holiday Gift Giving

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

She posted this about the Menu for Hope , a little fundraiser by food blogger, to help people affected by the earthquake in Northern India and Pakistan. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Dina Mehta , a blogger from Indian and fabulous person. I love seeing how grassroots fundraising translates to blogs. Even better, according to a comment, they've raised $5,600 so far. I'm going over to donate -- entry level donation is $5. Technorati Tags: nptech , net2

Mobile-First Still Matters

Forum One

Likely, most of this growth will come from China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Pakistan. “Mobile-first” became a major topic for websites when Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, popularized the idea in 2010 at the Mobile World Congress.

Celebrate International Women’s Day

Beth Kanter

I’m honored to be working on some social media capacity projects to assist NGOs that are supporting women’s issues – from a learning exchange for Packard Foundation Grantees in Pakistan to a Women’s Leadership Network in Africa to the e-mediat that is working with many NGOs that support women and girls in the Arab World. March 8, International Women’s Day , marks an occasion to celebrate the accomplishments of women worldwide.

Concept from Rod Beckstrom

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Rod Beckstrom, prominent Silicon Valley tech executive, was in Pakistan during the great quake (although not in the quake zone when the big one hit). Here are the comments I received from Rod: When I was in Pakistan one month after the quake, I met with multiple groups involved in information sharing among the various thousands (literally) of NGOs and governmental groups.

Halle Butvin, One Mango Tree, A Fair Trade Clothing Company

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She spent much of 2010 in Pakistan assisting women-owned garment businesses to develop their products and export potential. [W]atching her become a leader, and develop the confidence not just at the work place, but also at home, it's been really amazing to see how she has completely changed her circumstances just from having a steady income. Halle Butvin, One Mango Tree Halle Butvin is the Founder and Director of One Mango Tree , a fair trade clothing company.

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New on SSIR: How does celebrity impact your fundraising?

Amy Sample Ward

This rebound was led by an enormous 163% increase in the International sector due to emergencies like the earthquake in Haiti and flooding in Pakistan. My latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review is up. Read the post below or visit SSIR to read and comment with that community.

Grazing on Curated Lists Is Like Sipping A Fine Wine

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Waqas Ali’s NGOs in Pakistan. Flickr Photo by JC Burns. Earlier this week, I wrote a post called “ Content Curation Is Listening and Engaging &# about the art and science of curating information.

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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Volunteers show a generous face - The National Newspaper

AFP Blog

Volunteers show a generous face - The National Newspaper: "When Lola Lopez founded Aid in Motion, a Dubai-based NGO, last year to collect and donate clothes to poor rural communities in Kenya, Myanmar and Pakistan, she needed help. She turned to Facebook, where she created a group called Volunteer in Dubai, hoping to get a handful of interested people. Before she knew it, 3,000 volunteers had.

Virtual Meetings: 5 Tips for Nonprofits Working Across Time Zones

Beth Kanter

” I remember working with a cohort of grantees in Pakistan which is 12 hour time zone. My work as a trainer and facilitator has brought me to many places in the world. Often, the training on-site is the beginning of project which includes facilitating sessions remotely across time zones.

Interview with Roshaneh Zafar, Kashf Foundation, part of Global X Social Entrepreneurs Video Series

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The interview above is with social entrepreneur Roshaneh Zafar, founder and managing director of The Kashf Foundation , Pakistan's third largest microfinance institution, tells Global X why she had to unlearn what she learned about economics. There is a terrific video series over at Social Edge called the "X Interview" where you can watch and listen to social entrepreneurs tell their stories.

The Hiding Hand: A Lesson in How to Be Creative

Allegiance Group

My favorite is of the Karanphuli paper mill that was built in Pakistan in the 1950’s just as the local bamboo (which was going to be 85% of its raw materials) unexpectedly flowered and died (apparently bamboo does this every 50-70 years), rendering it useless. Thanks to a recent Malcolm Gladwell piece in the New Yorker, I sat down today and read Albert Hirschman’s essay, “ The Principle of the Hiding Hand.”

Group 51 News - Latest News - Developing nations to test new $150 laptops

AFP Blog News - Latest News - Developing nations to test new $150 laptops: "Developing nations to test new $150 laptopsBy Jason SzepBOSTON (Reuters) - From Brazil to Pakistan, some of the world's poorest children will peer across the digital divide this month -- reading electronic books, shooting digital video, creating music and chatting with classmates online

Supporting NGOs in underserved countries, and recommending consultants

Beth Kanter

Packard Grantees from Pakistan, with In-Country Team.

2012 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study Highlights Online Advocacy, Fundraising, and Social Media Metrics


This is not surprising since 2010 was a watershed year for many international nonprofits due to the 163% spike in fundraising around relief following the Haiti earthquake and flooding in Pakistan. The 2012 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study was just released and is packed with insightful data on advocacy and fundraising response rates across the nonprofit sector. In particular we were excited to see advocacy response rates increased 28% between 2010 and 2011.

What Do Good Books Did You Read in 2010?

Have Fun - Do Good

Each year I post a list of my favorite Have Fun Do Good Books for the year (even if they weren't actually published in that year). As I'm beginning to draft my list for 2010, I would love to know what do good books you read and loved in 2010. I'm always looking for good book suggestions, plus, I have to pick the next book for my "social changey" book club to read in December, and am looking for ideas. I've listed some of the books I'm considering below (I haven't read them yet).

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Have Fun * Do Good Reader Appreciation Day

Have Fun - Do Good

Rather, it is a do-good adventure story of a former mountain climber who has spent almost 15 years building schools in remote mountain villages of northern Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia. education book Pakistan Afghanistan Kyrgyzstan MongoliaHello Have Fun * Do Good readers! April 16th is Blog Reader Appreciation Day created by Robin Reagler of the OTHER Mother blog.

7 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Podcasts

Have Fun - Do Good

Example: UNICEF's podcast, "Pakistan's Earthquake: A fifteen-year-old tells her story." UNICEF Radio correspondent, Blue Chevigny, provides narration and information about the earthquake in Pakistan combined with on the ground testimony by a young woman who lived through it.

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Youth Programs Benefit from Microsoft Donations

Tech Soup Blog

This charity also has offices in India , Nepal , and Tanzania operates its own projects and supports partners in Tanzania, India, and Nepal and works on behalf of children in places like the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Peru, Cambodia, China, and Bangladesh. It helps endangered Asian children get off the streets in Cambodia, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, East Timor, Jordan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.

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A New Year: A New Learning Journey Begins

Beth Kanter

I will be working with a cluster of Packard grantees in Pakistan and India in collaboration with IIE. Last Sunset of 2011. I spent a very quiet holiday with family at Half Moon Bay and taking a New Year’s hike on Ano Nuevo to see the elephant seals. Nature hikes and down time with family are nourishing and replenishing.

A Few More Do Good Gift Ideas

Have Fun - Do Good

If you read this great article from UTNE reader, Blanket Relief: How one man's simple idea is getting thousands of blankets to quake survivors in Pakistan , on the same page there is a box that says, "Gift for the Greater Good". My friend, Corrina McFarlane, sent this link to an article from the Boston Globe, Giving Twice: Thoughtful gifts that benefit charities, education, and research.

Saving the World One Tech Innovation at a Time

Tech Soup Blog

For example, basic SMS and telephone messaging are being used to educate students in remote areas of Pakistan, to control the spread of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and to raise funds for East African drought relief. Imagine a hurricane bearing down on an isolated village. This storm will obliterate everything in its path: homes, roads, power lines, and communication capabilities. Worst of all, many villagers will be injured or killed.

What Mesh Businesses Should Support Philanthropy?

Beth Kanter

Scarcity, as the conference heard in the morning from Stephanie McAuliffe, can have a very positive effect — in her example producing a crucial collaboration to support post-abortion women in Pakistan. Click for Twitter Summary of Mesh Session. Guest Post by Stephen Downs. The Mesh. Laura Efurd sent this tweet during Lisa Gansky’s discussion of the mesh concept at the GEO Growing Social Impact in a Networked World conference. Great, provocative question.

Opening Session at NASSCOM and Social Innovation Winners

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The opening session started with the lighting of a lamp and welcome from NASSCOM officials to the crowded ballroom fill with 1600 conference attendees from 27 countries, including a delegation from Pakistan. Lighting of the lamp is a traditional way to begin a conference here in India. I'm still very jet-lagged and adjusting to both the time zone and culture in Mumbai.

eNonprofit Benchmarks Study Reveals Latest Metrics for Advocacy, Fundraising and Social Media


The study said that the International sector drove this growth, which experienced a 163% increase in donations spurred by disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and the flooding in Pakistan. Do you know the average click-through and open rates on action alerts and fundraising appeals across the nonprofit sector? Are enewsletters still worth your organization’s time? Are nonprofits experimenting with mobile more?

The Art of Facilitating Meetings with Sticky Notes

Beth Kanter

Post-It Note Facilitation of A Network Map - 2012 Pakistan NGOs. What’s in your facilitation toolkit? Mine includes markers , sticky notes , index cards, and flip chart paper. But wait, paper??? And, I’m not alone. Take for example my colleague Eugene Eric Kim who shares his facilitation toolkit which includes links to his favorite Post It notes and markers.

Telework Cool Tools: SlideRocket

Tech Soup Blog

An example is the nonprofit Hoshyar Foundation ’s beautiful presentation about educating girls in Pakistan that went viral and got 2,000 to 5,000 hits per day. SlideRocket. is a web-based service for creating, managing, and sharing online multimedia slideshow presentations. We regard it as a TechSoup green product donation in that it makes it easy to for people to communicate easily regardless of where they are, thus making telework more manageable. TechSoup’s Telework Team.

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Building Refurbished Computers with Volunteers at InterConnection

Tech Soup Blog

During the past few years, InterConnection has also participated in supplying badly needed IT equipment to disaster stricken areas like Chile , Haiti and Pakistan , and Japan. This week we’d like to introduce you to a unique TechSoup Refurbished Computer Initiative. partner, InterConnection, a nonprofit computer refurbisher in Seattle. What, you may ask, makes InterConnection unique? I’m so glad you asked.

Reflections on Twitter Chat Facilitation Techniques

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I also learned about this NGO from Pakistan that is using social media efficiently to communicate with its stakeholders. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in Twitter chat series #socialmedia.

Network for Good Study of Disaster Giving

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

million in charitable giving online through Network for Good in response to three major crises: the December 2004 tsunamis, Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 and the Pakistan earthquake of October 2005. ?? I'm finally back home after an extended business trip that began with the Blogher 2006 conference.

Shouldn’t the Word Phone Be Removed from Mobile? The Use of the Mobile by Nonprofits for Development

Tech Soup Blog

For those nonprofits working on political engagement issues/activism - When media bans were put in place at the end of Musharraf’s rule in Pakistan SMSall , or as its founder Umar Saif, says “Twitter for SMS,” or “Twitter for. established groups on SMSall in Pakistan. This was originally posted on the GuideStar International blog. Can you remember when a huge mobile. phone was a brand new and exciting phenomenon and something that only a.

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