Blogging for development

Lately I have been reading some useful discussions about the use of modern web 2.o technology focusing specifically on the use of blogging in the field of international development.   Many international organizations are now offering bloggers in both North and South ample opportunities to communicate via blogs.    There are dozens of emerging interactive web applications and services (often referred to as the participatory web, or Web 2.0).  These can enhance the ways we create, share, and publish information.

So far, I have found several blogs which I thought our readers would wish to be part of and learn how this new technology has been enhancing people’s communication experiences:

http://blogs.dfid.gov.uk/  – this is the DFID blog which has got quite a number of both posts and comments

http://commscorner.wordpress.com/ – this is another DFID blog but dedicated to discussions on research communication only, and therefore, directly relevant to us

http://blogs.odi.org.uk/blogs/main/default.aspx –  the blog of the UK think tank Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is very active

http://community.eldis.org/indexhome.html –  a free on-line community where you can meet others involved in international development, discuss issues that are important to you and share useful resources.  On joining the Eldis Community, you can create your own profile, and thereby get your own personal website (with a personal blog, photo album and file storage area).  Members can join groups and network with other members of the community.  You can also create your own group and invite others to join. Groups can be public or private, and you select which tools you want to use (discussions, blog, filestores, calendar, wiki).

http://blogs.cgdev.org/globalhealth/  Global Health Policy is a group blog discussing the issues facing the donor community on everything from HIV/AIDS financing to pharmaceutical R&D to broader health systems concerns.

http://blogs.worldbank.org/dmblog/category/tags/stakeholders    This blog is hosted by the Development Marketplace. It is a platform for debate and knowledge sharing on early stage development, innovation and social entrepreneurship.compilation of blogs devoted to development.

http://www.web2fordev.net/  Web 2.0 for development gateway.   You will find plenty of resources and useful links on using ‘particpatory web’ in and for development.

http://www.apc.org/en/news/development  A study commissioned by UK’s international development agency lists the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in the top ten organisations survey respondents identified as networks they find are valuable resources of information relevant to their internetional development work.

http://www.nextbillion.net/research – Development through Enterprise- bringing together the community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers, and academics who want to explore the connection between development and enterprise.

We welcome your suggestions and links to similar blogs and social groups which discuss education, poverty and other hot issues in development.

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