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What Works in ICT4D and M4D? Questions as Jargon

Repost from Anna Levy at SIMLab
November 18, 2014
Figuring out a role for technology in rural health service delivery, urban utility provision, anti-corruption, humanitarian relief efforts, or group lending initiatives is not just useful, it’s increasingly inevitable. The rise of ICT4D and M4D approaches has revived questions and debates that have confronted international development practitioners for decades. Asking ‘what works’ is one of these questions. Intended as a sounding board for deeper inquiry, …

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Closing the Citizen Feedback Loop

Reposted from The Center for Effective Philanthropy
What do people actually want?
Are they getting it?
If not, then what should we do differently?
These are the three questions that should be at the center of any funder’s strategy and operations. Yet they are far from the radar screen of many funders and implementing organizations, both domestic and international. Feedback Labs, with founding members Keystone Accountability, GlobalGiving, 
Development Gateway, Ashoka, Frontline SMS, Twaweza,Ushahidi, and GroundTruth, are committed to helping funders find …

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The World Bank’s 100% citizen feedback agenda: a daunting challenge ...

By Fredrik Galtung, crossposted from Integrity Action

On 10 October 2014, at the World Bank/IMF Annual Meeting in Washington Integrity Action co-organized a session on the 100% feedback agenda with Tucker Severson from 
and Jean-Louis Sarbib from 
When Jim Yong Kim addressed the World Bank/IMF annual meeting in October 2013 he outlined a vision of “One Group and Two Goals.”[1] During his 2013 speech, Jim Kim highlighted three examples of indicators of …

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The Leadership Factor

By Isabella Jean, Director of Evaluation and Learning, CDA
September 30, 2014
On a sweltering Port-au-Prince day in May 2013, I sat down to interview a senior staff member at an international organization in Haiti and listened to him exclaim, “We have the information! Now we need to move towards utilization!”  What are the barriers, I asked.  He described many, including external pressures to deliver tangible results (and reports!) and internal organizational …

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TOMORROW: DC-based FBL event!

Listening on the Ground: Effective Feedback Loops in Humanitarian Contexts
When: Tuesday, September 23rd
Where: OpenGov Hub
1110 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC  20005

Feedback Labs and InterAction will co-host a launch event to introduce a recently released resource on effective feedback loops in humanitarian settings to organizations in Washington DC. The guidance document will be of particular interest to practitioners focused on improving participatory monitoring, feedback and accountability systems within aid organizations.
In March 2014, ALNAP and CDA finalized an …