• Phandeeyar to Support Social Change

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    This is a critical moment for Myanmar. After decades shut off from the world, the country is finally opening up. Elections will be held in just 15 months, but the organizations that are vital to a democratic transition – civil society groups and independent media – face enormous challenges.

    Fortunately, a whole new world of tools is becoming available. Myanmar is on the cusp of a connectivity revolution. Four telecommunication companies are racing to put a smartphone in the hands of Myanmar's 51 million people. The internet era is coming. This creates great opportunities for those pushing for social change.

  • Mobile Networks and Citizen Journalists Empower Communities

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    In Indonesia, rural farmers and environmental advocates are using mobiles to report, connect, and raise awareness of their issues. Two videos show how networks of citizens can mobilize through communication and collaborate with local media outlets to change the practices of palm oil corporations, which dominate industry in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

  • Local Innovation Leads in Afghanistan

    A woman works at a laptop
    Thursday, February 9, 2012

    Over the course of three days, Afghan developers, students and entrepreneurs utilized mobile and internet technology to create practical solutions to issues facing their country at the first-ever Kabul Innovation Lab.

  • Kabul Innovation Lab

    Kabul Innovation Lab
    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

    Listen to the radio show on BBC's Click.

    Last week's Kabul Innovation Lab brought together ICT experts and entrepreneurs from across Afghanistan to try to develop solutions to address social problems and develop technological solutions. ICT consultant and coordinator Javed Hamdard, and Roya Mahboob, head of the company Afghan Citadel Software, talk to Gareth about the sorts of things they looked at, and the successes and challenges facing the ICT sector in Afghanistan.

  • The Follow-Up: Silicon Afghanistan: Kabul Innovation Labs Launches

    The Follow-Up: Silicon Afghanistan: Kabul Innovation Labs Launches
    Monday, January 30, 2012

    Last week I wrote about a Silicon Valley-type of technology “hackathon” in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. It was the Kabul Innovation Lab that was organized by Internews with the input of INSY Group. I caught up with Rachel Maher from Internews Kabul who gave me some post-event highlights and thoughts.

  • Visualizing violence

    Visualizing violence
    Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists. Hostile conditions for journalists not only limit media freedom, they also threaten international development efforts and the strength of civil society in general. Together with Internews, an international media development organization, we at Development Seed mapped the conditions on the ground that journalists face in an effort to highlight the issue and better inform journalists on the situation in Afghanistan.

  • Afghanistan: Mapping Ten Years of Living Dangerously

    Afghanistan: Mapping Ten Years of Living Dangerously
    Monday, August 1, 2011

    The interactive map -- which highlights cases of harassment, beatings, kidnappings and other dangers, including murder – was just released by Nai, a media development organization based in Kabul. Nai collected the data on the 266 security incidents recorded (so far). 

  • Mapping Violence Against Journalists in Afghanistan

    Mapping Violence Against Journalists in Afghanistan
    Monday, August 1, 2011

    Last week, Ahmed Omed Khpulwak, a 25-year old stringer for the BBC, was killed in a suicide bomb attack in southern Afghanistan. Khpulwak’s death, as the many that came before it, is a tragedy and a reminder of the violence and danger journalists covering Afghanistan routinely face. There have been 266 reported incidents of violence against journalists covering the country—and Khpulwak was the 22nd journalist to have died there—since the war began in 2001, according to Nai, an Afghan media advocacy and education organization.