Reframing the local authority as a local facilitator of change

At a recent service design event in London, I was in a discussion about service design and local authorities, where I heard about the great work that Waltham Forest Council is doing in that area. And I've been thinking about it ever since, specifically about what was so different about the approach the service design … Continue reading Reframing the local authority as a local facilitator of change

How can we be better at data for development?

Last week I attended a data for development event with the ICT4D community here in London. It was a very thought-provoking evening with some great examples of how data is collected and used in a development or humanitarian context. Data - one of development's toughest challenges When I hear about data for development, my first thought … Continue reading How can we be better at data for development?

Why UX design matters in ICT4D interventions

Joe Dollar-Smirnov, UX Trainer at General Assembly, defines user experience (UX) design as the act of designing an intuitive and rewarding product or service around the needs of the end user. When working on products at OneWorld, I keep two objectives in mind: When interacting with the technology, the user needs have a successful and … Continue reading Why UX design matters in ICT4D interventions

How can mobile technology improve health in LMIC? (UCL conference)

Today I attended the first day of the mhealth conference at University College London on ‘How can mobile technology improve health in low and middle income countries?’. Here are just a few thoughts based on the presentations and discussions I heard today! Some key points from the day - Account for disabilities in mhealth interventions: … Continue reading How can mobile technology improve health in LMIC? (UCL conference)

Stigma and HIV reporting – a lesson from the BBC

Zainab Deen wrote an article in BBC Magazine on ‘Sex workers using anti-HIV drugs instead of condoms’. However, her reporting is everything else but neutral. Her first paragraph reeks with stigmatizing rhetoric:  “In Kenya 1.5 million people are living with HIV, and there are about 100,000 new infections every year. Despite this, some sex workers … Continue reading Stigma and HIV reporting – a lesson from the BBC