Links I Liked: Orphaned Apps, Digital Sweatshops and Everyday Africa

I’ve finally had time to go through my long list of articles that I had marked to read later. Here are three articles that I believe you will find interesting:

Photo: UNHCR/Ivor Prickett.

Photo: UNHCR/Ivor Prickett.

The UNHCR Innovation Unit is taking a close look at how sustainable the many tech initiatives were, that emerged over the last year, and asks how traditional aid agencies can help channel enthusiasm into useful tools.

Very interesting article in the Guardian about how local technology and communications staff are often sidelined in humanitarian response operations. However, the article has a second aspect that I found almost more important: we are frequently asking our local staff to deal with emotionally draining feedback that we want to collect, but we hardly ever think about what that does to the people who have to listen to the complaints and requests for assistance, nor do we always show them what we are doing with that information. I think this is an important point: we expose our staff to psychological harm, but often don’t have a plan in place to turn that data into actionable information, nor do we offer them psychological assistance. That is irresponsible. (h/t Claudia Meier)

David Girling from Social Media for Development recently interviewed Peter DiCampo from Everyday Africa, a grassroots photography project that is challenging the most common visual narrative about Africa. It’s a thoughtful interview about the power of images and how we are using photos to reinforce preconceived notions.

Some examples from Everday Africa are below:




Have you read  something interesting recently? Please share the links below!