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Monitoring & Evaluation Digital Library Project

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

The Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) team at Catholic Relief Services (CRS), a humanitarian relief agency headquartered in Baltimore, had been collecting and compiling an impressive array of digital resources with the goal of creating an M&E Digital Library. The collection included articles, bibliographies, checklists, guides, surveys, and training materials in a variety of formats from PDFs to documents and presentations.

Categories: appropriate it, project portfolio

Games for Health 2007 Competition Winners

Yesterday, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the winners of its 2007 Games for Health competition. $30,000 has been awarded in 3 categories – game prototypes, general storyboard, and student storyboard.

Prototype: Neuromatrix, submitted by Morphonix of Sausalito, Calif. Award: $20,000
A game targeting adolescents, it “takes the players through a series of short movies and games where they participate in a brain exam and

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World Bank’s Learning Network Infrastructure

This month’s issue of Baseline Magazine has an excellent overview of World Bank’s information and communication technology related activities, infrastructure, and budget. (Warning: Don’t blame me if your eyes pop and jaws drop at the numbers mentioned in there.)

The article spans about 12 pages, so for those of you who do not want to read it in its entirety, here is the gist:


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Categories: africa, asia, middle east, regions, resources

Hans Rosling & Trendalyzer at TED

Here is another fantastic presentation from TED. Dr. Hans Rosling takes us on a wild ride through – development statistics. TED is guaranteeing that you would have never seen data presented like this before. And I wholeheartedly agree. It even has a riveting finale. And, I am not kidding!

Watch the entire 19.01 minutes of the presentation to see for yourself.

In this presentation, Dr.

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Categories: africa, asia, regions, tools

Google Apps Nonprofit Edition

An announcement in the Google Blog:
Easier IT for nonprofits

Since we first launched it in August 2006, Google Apps has become one of our most flexible offerings. It’s helping to meet the needs of family domains, businesses of all sizes, Internet Service Providers and universities. Starting today, we’re extending the Education Edition of Google Apps to registered nonprofits.

We’re excited about this development not

Categories: tools

New Frontier in Learning & Training: Games

I have just come back from the Games for Change Annual Festival. It was my very first. There were so many great panels from which I now have a ton of materials to check out and even more fodder for thought. I will dump all the links shortly so you can read, play, and generally have fun. But, before that, here is one snippet

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    By Alexandra de Vogel, Assistant Trainer

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    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