… In September 2010, through the first ever Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development (PPD-6), the President outlined high-level principles to guide our international development policy and called for a new approach to how we plan and implement development assistance. In December, Secretary of State Clinton issued the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), an unprecedented joint review of the mandates and capabilities of the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to ensure that these core elements of American civilian power work more effectively and in tandem to advance U.S. interests at home and abroad. … This document, the USAID Policy Framework 2011-2015 is the first in what will become a regular strategic exercise every four years, closely tracking the QDDR cycle. … The Framework also lays out the agenda for institutional reform known as USAID Forward, which is preparing the Agency to respond to the development challenges of the coming decades.
For full text of the Policy Framework and discussion on the role of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Global Development, visit: USAID: USAID Policy Framework – 2011-2015.
- Obama’s “smart power” plan risks death of 1,000 cuts (huffingtonpost.com)
- USAID Grants to Create a Mobile Banking System That All Afghans Could Use (textually.org)
- Tech@State: Data Visualization (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
Robert Kirkpatrick, UN Global Pulse Blog, September 16, 2011
Learning to Live with Volatility. The digital revolution of the first decade of this new century has brought many wonders, yet it has also has ushered in a bewildering array of unanticipated consequences. We now find ourselves in a volatile and hyperconnected world where risk has been globalized. … However, the same technologies that connect us to one another have also turned all of us into prolific producers of data, and this new data may hold the keys to mitigating much of the volatility and uncert ainty that now confronts us. …One of the defining challenges of the second decade of this century will be for the public sector to learn how to tap into this new “unnatural resource” to understand the changing needs of citizens and respond with agility.
For full text of the article, visit: Data Philanthropy: Public & Private Sector Data Sharing for Global Resilience | Global Pulse.
Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open Solutions: Possibilities and Pitfalls
Thursday, September 22, 2011; 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Watch Live from the World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington, DC! As part of the World Bank’s 2011 Annual Meetings and Civil Society Forum, The World Bank will host a discussion with leading members of the civil society, open government, open development communities to discuss a new “Open Development Agenda,” in which individuals are empowered to create better solutions for development issues. The session will begin with an overview of Open Development, its implications for development partners, and how this move toward greater openness in data and knowledge is changing the entire development paradigm. It will include a lively moderated conversation on the opportunities presented by open data, open knowledge, and open solutions and how these relate to development challenges and aid effectiveness. Topics will include: What are the potential limitations of “open”? How can we draw on knowledge, learning, and innovation from a much wider pool of “solvers” and donor resources? Participants will also have an opportunity to see new mobile apps and the updated Mapping for Results portal. The session will close with an open dialogue, where participants will have an opportunity to present their ideas and feedback on the changing roles of the private sector, civil society organizations, and governments in making development more effective.
- The Open Knowledge Foundation Comes of Age (mt-soft.com.ar)
- NYT: World Bank Is Opening Its Treasure Chest of Data (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
by Ken Pimple, PAIT Project Director, Ethical Guidance for Pervasive and Autonomous IT Blog, August 26, 2011
In this week’s issue [of Science] (v. 333, n. 6046, Aug. 26, 2011), one of the seven featured publications is described in a paragraph entitled “To Catch a Quake” by Nicholas S. Wigginton (p. 1072). … Wigginton’s synopsis of the article describes the Quake-Catcher Network, “a volunteer-based seismic network that employs personal computers as low-cost seismic stations by sending seismic data collected with a small USB accelerometer through the user’s Internet connection.” After Chile’s huge earthquake in 2010, “volunteers rapidly installed nearly 100 accelerometers within weeks in and around the mainshock [sic] area.” …
For summary of and links to Wigginton’s article, visit Ethical Guidance for Pervasive and Autonomous IT.
- Calif. Citizens Become Volunteer Quake Catchers (foxnews.com)
Thank you to the Res Communis blog for the heads up:
GeoConnexion, 16 August 2011
UN establishes expert geospatial information groupThe United Nations Economic and Social Council ECOSOC made history earlier this month in Geneva by establishing a new intergovernmental body to address an emerging global issue. The UN Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management would bring together, for the first time at the global level, government experts from all member states to consult on the rapidly changing field of geospatial information.At a time when few new intergovernmental bodies are being created, this decision reflected ECOSOC’s concern for promoting greater and wider use of geospatial information globally for sustainable development and humanitarian assistance.
- UN Says Geo Data as Important as Roads or Telecom (readwriteweb.com)
by fortiain, Forest Planet, June 27, 2011
Imagine this: A rural village on the outskirts of Mkuwazi forest reserve in Northern Malawi. A woman, stops, takes out a smart phone, starts up an app, takes a picture of a tree, then walks on and continues her business. A short while later she takes another photo, then another. Each time she uses the app, information is automatically uploaded over a mobile phone network, and her SIM card is topped up with a small amount of credit, perhaps only the equivalent of 10 or 20p, but enough to make it worthwhile. Meanwhile, the data is being used to verify that the community’s forests are still intact, that nothing much has changed, and as a consequence, the community continues to receive a more substantial income for the carbon credits accredited to their forest. Its easy to imagine, but is it feasible any time soon?
For full text of article, visit Phones in the forests « Forest Planet.