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Successful Twaweza evaluators’ workshop

I am on my way home from the Twaweza evaluators’ conference in Dar es Salaam… literally on my way, posting this on the second leg of my air journey to JFK, having departed Dubai around 4am… which suggests that now even international air travel offers no respite from the distractions of the web. But I … Continue reading

The challenge of building trust amidst rampant fraud

Few scams are more detestable than those that involve fake drugs for major diseases, especially in poor countries. This week, the Mail and Guardian reported on the problem of counterfeit malaria medicines: Some of the fake drugs contain artemisinin, but not enough to kill all the parasites in a child’s body. Not only will the … Continue reading

Mbeki down on twitter

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki — often perceived as overly-intellectual and removed from the people during his tenure — made disparaging comments this week about Twitter, as well as other forms of internet-based communications. If you want to discuss knowledge which has got to do with the betterment of society I don’t think it … Continue reading

I Paid a Bribe: Kenyan Website

I PAID A BRIBE is a neat site that allows Kenyan citizens to report where they must pay bribes, to which sector, and for how much. The initiative is modeled on an Indian site, where concerns about corruption have been central to political debate in recent years. Although one might worry that such a site … Continue reading

Real social ties and social movements

Tina Rosenberg has a great piece —  Friends in Revolution — in which she discusses her skepticism about the power of internet-based social networks to be agents for  political change  in the absence of real social ties. She highlights that a new tool, Friendfactor, combined social media with real friendships in the campaign for gay … Continue reading

Connectivity in Kenya

I am sitting here in my very simple hotel room in Rongo town in Western Kenya, looking over notes for the start of our field research later this week. I have been surfing the net without problem using a 3G card that is much cheaper than anything one could do in the U.S. And after … Continue reading

Political campaigns online in SA

May 18 election hours away – The Star. Apparently President Zuma only started tweeting last week, while the DA leader Helen Zille has been doing it throughout the campaign. A recent survey shows 56.6 percent of registered and likely voters supporting the ANC, but the DA leads in its “online strategies” (I don’t know how … Continue reading

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