Doing development differently: Social innovation in fYR Macedonia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

It’s been six months since we helped launch the first Social Innovation Hub in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, with a mission to make the most of technology in tackling social challenges and advancing human development. The Hub already has a reputation for being ‘the place where all the magic happens’. And rightly so: In a… Read more »

Data dive: Measuring poverty through real time data

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Guest posts Poverty Social inclusion

It is clear that poverty is a highly complex issue, with many dimensions – income levels, health, access, location, environment and mobility, to name a few. Amartya Sen has done groundbreaking work when it comes to measuring poverty. But one big problem persists: Poverty analysis is backwardly focused. To put it bluntly, we can measure… Read more »

Why DC is the place to be this weekend if you are interested in big data for development

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Guest posts

(crossposted from OpenData: The World Bank data blog) If you haven’t registered yet for the Big Data Exploration event at the World Bank on March 15-17, you really should. After stops in Venice, Vienna, and a pre-event at Washington DC, data divers assemble at DC this weekend to take another crack at issues related to poverty measurement, plus fraud/anti-corruption… Read more »

Would you give up your personal data for development?

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Data philanthropy (as defined in Robert Kirkpatrick’s seminal post) was very much on the minds of participants at the data dive that we organized last week in Vienna, courtesy of KDZ and the Open Knowledge Foundation – Austrian chapter. If we want to tackle questions such as the real time measurement of poverty, many argued,… Read more »

Q&A: The day a big data scientist met a development organization

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Social innovation

I met Benjamin Renoust at the Masters of Networks event that brought together network scientists, policy makers and data analysts to discuss open policy making. Benjamin was part of the team that addressed a predefined set of challenges, to help us analyze the value of big data for development organizations (in this case internal, operational data… Read more »