ICTD Projects

Green Wifi – solar charging in the developing world (Haiti)

kevinGreen WiFi, a nonprofit organization based in California, used solar powered long-distance WiFi Networks to help fix the gap between the digitally literate and people who do not have access to digital educational materials. Formed in 2010, the organization successfully helped many people living in poverty gain control of their education and advance toward the digital world. Kevin McElhinney created a free and open source Web-based solar photovoltaic monitoring platform to track solar input, usage and system health. His pilot site was in Laschobas, Haiti.



World Vision Haiti/Clinton Global Initiative – Curriculum development for Teachers in rural Haiti (Haiti)

alexandraWorld Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation committed to partnering with the people of Haiti to rebuild their lives today and to help enact sustainable solutions for the future of their children, families, and communities. World Vision’s child sponsorship program plays a vital role in this partnership. Alexandra Morgan-Kisarale together with Miami Dade College, developed customized 25-hour teacher training in Haitian Creole based on best practice frameworks, governmental standards, and a diagnostic assessment with teachers/directors. She provided oversight of training delivery and evaluation; and coordinated an embedded training-of-trainers to maximize the return on training dollars, build local capacity, and increase the likelihood of sustainability.



Inveneo – hardware solutions for ICTD projects worldwide (San Francisco/Kenya)

matt-crumInveneo delivers the tools of technology – sustainable computing and broadband – to those who need it most in the developing world, transforming lives through better education, healthcare, economic opportunities and faster emergency relief. Matt Crum worked with Inveneo on multiple hardware projects, including setting up communication in cooperation with Orange SA (telecom) in the world’s largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya.



NapoNet – ICT Use in Amazonian Communities (Peru)

mcclees_naponetNapoNET designs ICT solutions for an existing internet backbone. Originally intended to fight malaria and dengue, and now the increasing threat of HIV/AIDs, the long-distance WiFi internet network (17 towers operating at 5.88 GHz, with ~2 Mbps of bandwidth for 120 hosts) serves primarily as a (VOIP) telephone system with Internet accessibility that connects 15 rural village health posts to regional hospitals. The network runs across 445 km of river from the border of Ecuador to the city of Iquitos (the largest city in the world unreachable by car) and serves a largely indigenous population of over 23,000. McClees Stephens conducted over 50 interviews with doctors, nurses, administrators, farmers, petroleum workers, government leaders, indigenous chiefs, regional research institutions, maintenance partners, economists & national telecommunications regulators, while travelling up and down the river in order to understand the role the communications system plays in social, environmental and economical issues in the region.



Iranian Epilepsy Association – Electronic communication with patients (Iran)

maryamIranian Epilepsy Association is a national non-governmental organization whose mission is to increase public awareness & knowledge about epilepsy to enhance the quality of life for people with epilepsy through changing attitude toward epilepsy. Maryam Moghaddam-Zadeh spent two months in Tehran working as a consultant, helping the Iranian Epilepsy Association use technology for better communication with epilepsy patients, doctors, and the public.



Association for Craft Producers – Supply Chain of Fair-Trade Arts and Crafts (Nepal)

nicole-stephen-nepal-handycraft-practicum-2The Association for Craft Producers (ACP) is a local, not for profit, fair trade organization providing design, marketing, management, and technical services to low-income Nepalese craft producers. ACP is a resource to advance and globally distribute their work, for which they receive fair wages and generous benefits. Nicole Stephan worked in and around Kathmandu with one of the largest production houses in Nepal, where fair trade native artisan crafts and art are sourced and created. She studied the supply chain, the partnerships with ACP and buyers around the world and attempted to streamline processes.