DfID - local websites and international development


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Talk to UK DfID department for international development on the web in local communtiies and the potential in the devleoping world. BSD retreat 25 november

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DfID - local websites and international development

  1. 1. William Perrin TAL DfID BSD Retreat 25 November 2009 William Perrin - william@talkaboutlocal.org Talk About Local (West Midlands) Ltd http://talkaboutlocal.org
  2. 5. Abandoned cars and weekly arson Bingfield Park, Rufford Street 2002 Gas cylinders often in cars for extra ooomph Pics – Mark Bailey
  3. 6. Stolen moped Grand Prixs c2002 Bingfield Park Kings Cross Most Saturdays when Arsenal at home End with traditional moped bonfire Pics – Mark Bailey
  4. 7. The ‘Crackavan’ Rufford Street c2002 Pics – Mark Bailey
  5. 8. Caledonian Ward Safer Neighbourhood Panel North King Cross Environmental Taskforce West Area Committee West Area Planning Committee CYP Management committee Kings Cross Development Forum Gifford, Rufford and Randells Residents Association Team Cally Sparkplug Management Committee Planning Applications (dozens) ....but found huge information burden mostly from council and local public services Set up simple website to manage all the information on my terms Got stuck in to these local exercises over several years........ ‘ Strategic plans’ - many
  6. 9. www.kingscrossenvironment.com over 700 articles Four volunteer writers – aged 40-65 Small number of authors Campaigns, information, wildlife, events etc
  7. 11. Stoke-on-Trent www.pitsnpots.co.uk Campaigning, challenging style Reflects local frustration at political scene 3 writers, 28,000 comments on local politics Wordpress site £20 a month
  8. 12. www.harringayonline.com Nearly 2,000 members Green Lanes Chatty informal feel Wide range of local issues £15 month
  9. 13. Very small town ning Chatty informal feel Wide range of local issues Over 50 members Free
  10. 14. Team of 5 people 400 pv a day Thousands of articles Village population 500 Wordpress.com C£10/month
  11. 15. Maneno – Africa-specific publishing platform Low or variable bandwidth Community translates articles into common languages
  12. 16. White African Excellent round up of Africa tech Erik Hersman (Kenya, Sudan, USA) Also Afrigadget
  13. 17. Loose meet ups of people interested in modern web tech in Africa Excellent networking, London based
  14. 18. Bamako, MALI
  15. 19. 3.5 million members ’ 14 million actions’ 17 languages
  16. 20. National Health Service – how it could work “… .absence of any means for sharing good practice and learning between development project agencies and countries.” Lord Crisp Global Health Partnerships <ul><li>We invite other governments and NGOs to embed NHS information into their own emerging healthcare web sites </li></ul><ul><li>New technology allows this to happen at low to zero cost to the UK and the recipient – so called “data mashing” </li></ul><ul><li>Resonance with BBC World Service news - public service ethos, neutrality, hard truths </li></ul>NHS Choices already doing deal with Kenya World
  17. 22. mzalendo Theyworkforyou in Kenya - 2007 But without a Parliament website to scrape....
  18. 23. Kenya budget tracking Txt interface Superior to any UK product
  19. 26. William Perrin TAL Happy to talk [email_address] Talk About Local (West Midlands) Ltd http://talkaboutlocal.org
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