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28 April 2010 07:18

  • The UN and the Haitian Government last week launched an online portal to promote the efficient use of the more than US$9 billion pledged by donors for the recovery from January's earthquake. The website will track money from pledge to impact and will include contributions and support from NGOs and the private sector. According to the UN News Centre, the project serves two key constituencies: (1) the international community, concerned as to how, by whom and for what the funds will be spent; and (2) the people of Haiti, to help them hold their elected representatives accountable for how funds are spent.
  • A timely blog post calling for greater political support and accountability in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by Minouche Shafik, Permanent Secretary of the UK's Department for International Development, heading into preparations for the 2010 September Summit on the MDGs.
  • The World Bank's decision to launch a free and easily accessible 'open data initiative' was already mentioned by my colleague, Mark Thirlwell. Kudos to Hans Rosling of GAPMINDER, who has been a driving force behind free development data. This World Bank press release challenges the global community to use the data to create new applications and solutions to help the developing world. 
  • Development Asia reports on the successes and failures of development organisations using social media as a tool to connect with a wider audience. I would put forward the Acumen Fund (a non-profit global venture fund) as a successful mover and shaker in the world of social media. 
  • Finally, and the inspiration behind the technology theme woven through this post: today, Wednesday the 28th of April, is Tech4Change Blog Day, a Project TOTO initiative undertaken by ActionAid Australia. They invite you to write a blog post critically and constructively examining the role social media and new technology play in fighting poverty and injustice. Do so and check out the resulting posts here.

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