What about the men?

ICT interventions to prevent violence against women more often than not work with… women In the last decade Information and Communication Technology (ICT) went from being a buzzword to representing an essential tick-box in the development community as more and more donors and NGO professionals see opportunities in ICT to add value to their existing…More

Dot.Everyone

I just watched Martha Lane-Fox’ Dimbleby Lecture – a bit late I know. I first downloaded it not really knowing whether I’ll watch beyond two or three minutes. However, I quickly found myself deeply enthused by this woman who brings such positive energy and radiance to a room. Her enthusiasm for digital and for her…More

+ SocialGood UK: Adjusting to the rise of the millennial

On Friday 27th March the UK’s digital media enthusiasts came together for +SocialGood UK, a conference on how digital media and technology can be used for social good. The set of panels and conversations focussed on how this can occur both in the UK and around the World. The topic of +Socialgood is very broad…More

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:…More

Mapping the World

Last week I attended a Mapathon with Missing Maps at King’s College. A map-athon is a group of people getting together to create maps. While we already have all sorts of maps online, this mapathon was to create maps for OpenStreetMap – an opensource map of the world. It is often described as the Wikipedia of maps;…More

HIV stigma is not over

On September 2nd I attended the launch of the report ‘HIV and Stigma: The Media Challenge’ by Sophie Chalk, Director of Campaigns at the International Broadcasting Trust. Beyond the findings of the report, the launch also included a prominent panel, including Garth Japhet (Founder of Heartlines and the Soul City Institutes, South Africa), Winnie Ssanyu…More

Tell me about the slums

I like to watch what I call ‘popular documentaries’ about life in other countries. In my eyes, these are different from ‘regular documentaries’, because they appeal less to an intellectual elite, but to people who enjoy entertainment shows. Often they include a British reporter who goes on to explore a new culture and give us…More

Why breastfeeding is everybody’s business

Today I read quite an interesting article about how  ‘Breastfeeding is a grey area for Ugandan mothers’. Namubiro’s article is from 2009 but still relevant for today.  She makes a very good point – which is also widely acknowledged – a lot of mothers in Uganda stop breastfeeding early, a lot of them exclusively breastfeed…More

Seven Mindfulness Apps

When choosing an app to help you practice mindfulness, you have a wide range of choice: You can choose a very simple one that will only remind you to meditate, potentially play some relaxing bell chimes. A more complicated app may or may not cost a bit, but will bring you guided meditation, ranging from…More