Under-Spend: An Earned Value Analysis of 60 Projects in the Sahel

Two superficially similar projects in the Sahel are compared using EVM, and then conclusions are shared for all of the analyzed projects. EVM is used to answer the following questions:

How is each project progressing?
How significant is the under-spending?
Is each project using resources efficiently?
Is there a way to compare the projects to each other?
How much funding is necessary to complete each project?

Another ICT Works Guest Post: It’s 2017, You Should be Localizing Your ICT4D Solutions Already

I’ve got another guest post, It’s 2017, You Should be Localizing Your ICT4D Solutions Already, over on ICT Works: http://www.ictworks.org/2017/03/30/its-2017-you-should-be-localizing-your-ict4d-solutions-already/ Abstract:  There are 7099 languages and the top 10 are only spoken by half the world.  To reach the “next billion”, ICT projects need to be localized in each local languages.  This is particularly complex… Continue reading Another ICT Works Guest Post: It’s 2017, You Should be Localizing Your ICT4D Solutions Already

Survey of Language Development Data Sources

Abstract: The three primary sources of ethno-linguistic data that Seed Company uses are Ethnologue, Joshua Project, and GRN’s Registry of Dialects.  Ethnologue is a list of the world’s languages.  Joshua Project is a list of people groups.  GRN is a list of dialects. End-user support for all three is already integrated into 87/6, but lookup… Continue reading Survey of Language Development Data Sources

Travel Security: A Panel Discussion

Abstract: This week’s session on Travel Security is a panel discussion by Christie Davis (Area Director for Islands Asia), Cate Burnett Fierbaugh (Area Director for the Sahel), Dave Parker (Story Manager, formerly assigned to PBT West Africa branch), and Tony Pitaniello (Field Coordinator for Eurasia), with Stephen Fierbaugh moderating. APA Citation Fierbaugh, Stephen (Moderator); Davis,… Continue reading Travel Security: A Panel Discussion

Fonts, Keyboards, and Non-Roman Scripts

Abstract: The English orthography is called Latin for historical purposes.  Writing systems used by other languages are called non-Roman scripts (NRS).  For computers to deal with NRS correctly, the document format, applications, keyboards, and fonts all have to cooperate. “Mojibake” is the term for when a computer tries to deal with a character it doesn’t… Continue reading Fonts, Keyboards, and Non-Roman Scripts

ICT4D Information and Communication Technologies for Development

Abstract: Information and Communication Technologies for Development, ICT4D, is the industry and academic term for technology focused on the Emerging World.  It has a large body of work including subfields encompassing Health, Education, Agriculture, etc. Internet in the Emerging World is often oversold.  Compounds view bandwidth as a cost-center, while carriers view it as a… Continue reading ICT4D Information and Communication Technologies for Development