The EU is funding a project to update the maps of Burkina Faso, using the latest technology. With existing maps dating back to the colonial era, experts from l’Institut Géographique du Burkina felt that an update was urgent.
While visiting Resilience and Food Security related projects in Ethiopia last month, Marcus Cornaro, Deputy Director General of EuropeAid, was so struck by the people he met, and their stories of challenge and success, that he used his smartphone to film and document what was happening around him.
As 2012 came to a close, the capacity4dev.eu Coordination Team took a look back at some of the most popular Voices & Views (V&Vs) from 2012, which addressed issues from the Arab Spring to how to assist women entrepreneurs.
Thank you for your contributions and for sharing knowledge on development in 2012! Over the course of the year capacity4dev.eu members published over 60 new Voices & Views and posted approximately 900 blog posts, 3000 documents, 300 events and created over 100 new groups. In 2012 we saw a 40% growth with around 2500 new members joining the community!
Before Sarah Douik joined the recent EU Press and Information Officers Seminar in Tanzania, she contacted the capacity4dev.eu Coordination Team to borrow a small camera and receive simple video training. To give an example of what can be achieved with a small camera, we’ve edited her material into a Video Blog, which introduces participants at the seminar, and also the four European Commission-funded projects that she visited.
We’re living in a fast moving world, where information is exchanged faster and more readily than at any other time in human history. At the European Commission, Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s development arm, EuropeAid, wants to develop the capacity of EC staff so that they can get more involved in communicating the ideas and position of the organisation.
Aleem Walji, Head of the Innovation Team at the World Bank Institute, explains how the bank has applied a knowledge-based approach in combination with new technologies to revolutionise capacity development.
Social media did not "cause" the end of Ben Ali’s reign last year, but it played a vital role in accelerating the course of events and enhancing the citizens' capacity to impact political events, according to Tunisian cyber activist, Amira Chebli.
Widespread access to the internet and mobile phones, even in the world’s poorest countries, are making the sharing of information easier than ever before and offer varied opportunities for improving development systems. Find out about some innovative new ideas.