About this site

As an intern at the Development Gateway Foundation, I found that which alludes most interns — a career path that brings together a great number of personal interests and, if the whole is greater than the sum, just may benefit the world in kind. I am speaking of the fusion of how people use emerging technologies and the challenges of the developing countries. I am convinced that open source platforms and software can be used in such a way as to benefit everyone and I hope my knowledge can facilitate positive change.

I am an advisor. And this is the purpose of this blog. I’ll leave it to others to grind economic data and statistics because, and I’ll admit, I am not interested in doing this. I hope to reach the layperson who is interested in learning more about ICT for development with an emphasis on mobile phones in developing countries, the development practitioner who knows little of technology and needs some guidance, and most importantly, those in low-income nations who may have stumbled upon this site while looking for new methods of knowledge sharing and capacity growth. Hopefully the tools found here, both technical and of ideas in nature, will prove useful. I humbly hope so.

2 Responses to About this site

  1. Erin says:

    Brian,

    If you’re ever looking for economic data and statisics, check out Vital Wave Consulting: http://www.vitalwaveconsulting.com/index.htm

    They could be a great resource!

    Erin

  2. Brian

    I would like to encourage your readership to attend the USAID Business Growth Initiative Daybreak Presentation and Discussion “When Should the ICT Sector be a Target for Private Sector Competitiveness Work?” on March 11, 2008 in Washington, DC.

    Studies by the OECD, the Univ. of Michigan, and the Brookings Foundation have all shown that ICT has a positive impact on developing countries. To further this mission, the US Agency for International Development and J.E. Austin Associates will lead a discussion on topics ranging from internet access in emerging economies to the use of mobile applications as a way of spreading knowledge and international best practices. Through donor-funded technical assistance, Austin hopes to bridge the digital divide in the developing world and use ICT as a tool for improving the livelihoods of the world’s poor.

    More information can be found on the Business Growth Initiative website: https://www.businessgrowthinitiative.org/

    Information:
    March 11, 2008
    8:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
    9:00 am – 10:30 am Presentation and Discussion
    USAID Africa Bureau, 1325 G Street, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC.

    Seating is limited, please contact Admin@BusinessGrowthInitiative.org to RSVP

    -Kirk Nathanson

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