Monthly Archives: March 2008

SproutBuilder Test Drive

What: Flash application builder that provides a quick way to create a dynamic widget. We used it to create a partnership badge for Women’s Learning Partnership.

What to like: Starter templates, mashup external applications, embed in other web pages and sites. Most importantly, the reports.

What to wish for: Way to control transitions so they are smoother. Links on images. Alignment values built into

Categories: project portfolio

Gender and Economic Empowerment: The Role of ICTs

As part of the Sustainability Development Network week from Feb 19-29, World Bank had an educational and inspiring seminar on how ICTs can play a role in the economic empowerment of women. Yeah, OK, I am probably biased because the event incorporates three of my favorite areas – ICT, women, economic empowerment. But it really was all that and more.

Lots of real-world examples

Categories: africa, asia, latin america, middle east, regions

Dialing for Development

A benefit-feasibility quadrant from the December 2007 working paper on “Going Wireless: Dialing for Development. How Mobile Devices are Transforming Economic Development at the Base of the Pyramid” by David Lehr, Acumen Fund.

Feasibility includes likely financial, technical, cultural, political and regulatory constraints.

The size or volume of bubble represents disruption possibilities within the sector.

The paper highlights mobile solutions from all over

Categories: africa, asia, middle east, regions, research, resources
Featured Posts
  • Krishi Janani: Stepping Out Into the Great Unknown

    Krishi Janani: Ag Tech Network

    So…Appropriate IT is working on a new sustainable agriculture technology platform – Krishi Janani. We have been at it for a while now, launching a partially working prototype earlier this year. Before I go into the ‘Great Unknown’ parts of the story, a quick summary:

    Krishi Janani is an ag tech network (online platform + young women-led rural ag tech centers) enabling organic and sustainable

  • Pay It Forward: A Training in Namakkal

    Namakkal Training 6

    A three day technology training in building websites with WordPress at PGP college in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu

    By Alexandra de Vogel, Assistant Trainer

    With a background in Industrial design and innovation management, being part of this training was a first experience for me. But now I know that it will definitely not be my last experience in this field. These three days in Namakkal

  • Learning is a Mindset

    AIDA Inauguration 5

    (Guest blog by Heather A. Moore)

    Usha recently invited me to share some words of advice with the inspiring young women that had recently graduated from the pilot program of AIDA, Appropriate IT’s Development Academy, and with those from the community. Having gathered some sage advice from a few wise and generous mentors throughout my career, as well as the hard earned wisdom that comes