Software success in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

The BBC posted an article on software success in Ghana. (I It is a nice example that it is possible to design technical software solutions in Ghana. I copied the picture from there). What you see in the picture is the way it works.

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Vlogging in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

Click to Play I'm introducing the network GINKS in Ghana into the art of vlogging (not that I'm a specialist but I'm one step ahead of them). It's amazing that a vlog will solve all the problems they had with the management of their website!

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Culture: coffins in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

In Ghana there are very special coffins in all kind of forms (planes, beer bottles, Nokia cellphones see photo). You can visit them in Teshie amongst others. But you can now order them online as well from eshopafrica.

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Practical examples: CoPs in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

When I work in Ghana I am conscious of the fact that I don't know the context as a Ghanaian would and try to give different options when I propose something and ask for ideas and feedback.

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Technology and the eclipse in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

As part of the tech forum- a meeting to bring some technical ICT4 development practitioners together to talk about their practice- we watched the eclipse in Ghana.

2006 130

Technology: energizing communities in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

In this webcast Mrs. Rosemond Kumah, the coordinator of ISODEC in Tamale, Northern Ghana talks about the way a video attracts people in a community in Ghana and influencing their thinking about girl's migration to the south. I made this webcast because I thought it was an interesting story about the way ICTs can support the work of community workers. Just later I thought it could be nice to blog it as well as an example of the way 'new' technologies can influence communication.

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Culture: A presentation in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

We invited Mr. Boateng, board member from GAPVOD , a Ghanaian umbrella organisation for NGOs to talk about his experiences with networks in Ghana, so that GINKS can benefit from these lessons. It has happened to me before in Ghana, that various speakers had nice powerpoints, but the best presentation was by the person who excused himself that he had not had time to prepare a powerpoint, and he scribbled his ideas on the overhead sheet while talking I will add a picture later!

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How to explain blogging in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

(picture:openingsceremony training web2.0 for journalists, source penplusbytes) I'm still catching up with my bloglines. after my summer holidays I could not keep up and have these kind of number (183) behind the blognames, which is extremely discouraging and even stopping me from reading.

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Culture: Valentine's day in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

Another story about blending cultures: "Me Do Wu," My Val: The Creation of Valentine's Day in Accra, Ghana by Jo Ellen Fair who explains that: "Far from a story of cultural imperialism, the rise of Valentine's Day in present-day Accra shows that local adoption of global consumerist preferences is best understood as a local process imbued with local meanings and values, deliberately and rationally pursued."

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Technology: embeddedness and escape in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

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Technology: the relevance of web2.0 in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

today in Ghana and thought it would be quite web2.0 I did a presentation on web2.0 to blog some parts of the discussion before sharing it with my colleagues. :) Web2.0 was seen as very interesting, new and mindboggling. It comes with some preconditions: having the equipment, being connected and willing to communicate in an open, transparent way.

2006 100

The tech forum in Ghana meets face-to-face

Joitske Hulsebosch

Today I co-facilitated a meeting of the 'tech forum' a group of ICT technicians who are active in ICT4D. We started last year with a meeting, and had a year of online exchange, which never took off full speed.

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Technology: Dutch most computer literate and Ghana's rapidly changing telecommunications market

Joitske Hulsebosch

The picture shows the webroom of the Ghana dot gov project, a portal into Ghana. I was reading about Ghana's telecommunications market, when I came across the fact that the Dutch are the most computer literate in the world.

2006 130

Pratical example: Obstacles to knowledge sharing experienced by a network in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

I vlogged Edward Addo-Dankwa (working for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana and a board member of GINKS , a network on ICT for development in Ghana) about cultural obstacles to knowledge sharing for networks in Ghana.

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Practical example: Ghana 22nd of June 16:15

Joitske Hulsebosch

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2006 100

SMS To Email

Joitske Hulsebosch

No more technical bandwith excuses not to blog in ghana. this is a test to blog by mobile phone from tamale.

2006 100

The lion and the hunter

Joitske Hulsebosch

I found this image on the weblog of my friend Denise who lives in Ghana and she gave me permission to use it. The picture is taken at a mural at Fort Prinzenstein an old slave fort located near the Keta Lagoon Volta Region, Ghana.

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Some bloggers meet

Joitske Hulsebosch

Bensah , one of the most fanatic bloggers in Ghana. He is an author for the globalvoices for Ghana. On each country page there is a feed with blogposts, see the example for Ghana. We had a good brainstorm about the developing of ICT uses in Ghana.

Practical examples so far

Joitske Hulsebosch

I thought I could list all practical examples I gathered so far, so that if people want to know about communities of practices in a development cooperation context I can refer to this blogpost.

2006 100

The news: no news

Joitske Hulsebosch

In Ghana, the Volta River Authority (VRA)'s main function is to generate and supply electrical energy in Ghana. For some time now, there is an energy crises in Ghana and every other day, you'll be 12 hours off electricity (alternating day and night shifts).

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Practical example: community of practice on e-government

Joitske Hulsebosch

(Picture: One of the ministry buildings in Ghana) The World Bank has embraced communities of practice as an important strategy for knowledge management. Ghana starts at 1:32 minutes :)).

2005 130

8th of June: Join us for a Net-Map intro training in Reston, Virginia

Net-Map Toolbox

In 3 1/2 hours you will learn the basics of Net-Mapping, how it works, where and how we have used it to what effect and, most excitingly, get to draw your own Net-Map. Because you know very little about swimming until you jump in the water.

Technology: using mobile phone sms-services to blog

Joitske Hulsebosch

I tried blogging from Ghana (Accra in the picture) using my Ghanaian Areeba sms service from my mobile phone. From my observations in Ghana; the sms to email service is seriously marketed, and might be an interesting application indeed, for instance sending information to a mailing list.

2006 130

Practical example: Thailand

Joitske Hulsebosch

nice question to take along on my trip to Ghana and it reminds me that I read an article on social networks in Ghana I may review. David Mould has posted something in com-prac@yahoogroups.com with regard to his experiences with communities of practice in Thailand: [link] I recognised especially his important point about the extensive social networks (from the countries I worked in), which are very effective in getting questions and answers across.

Communities of practice: expertise in CoPs

Joitske Hulsebosch

In Ghana I had the impression my 3 years of work experience in Takoradi, Ghana, is still helping me in my work in Ghana, even though my current work is with different partners and in a completely different field (ICT4D). I also had a car conversation during my stay in Ghana about professors and how you recognise a good one. While reading my bloglines back in the Netherlands, I came across this post by Anecdote.

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Technology: ICT, poverty and development

Joitske Hulsebosch

In July I was in Ghana to work with a network on ICT for development called GINKS ) and met Janet Kwami, an interesting researcher for the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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How personal do you make your online personal branding?

Joitske Hulsebosch

I share my background working with SNV in Mali, Kenya, Ethiopia and Ghana. My daughter thinks I''m a complete loser on Instagram. If I put a photo on instagram I have 1 or two likes. She and her friends easily get 100.

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The structural logic behind corruption

Net-Map Toolbox

My friends in northern Ghana though agreed that a road contractor who wasn’t prepared to pay his 10% to everyone involved would not get any jobs and so, by definition, not be a road contractor. Regina Birner has used Net-Map to visualize and summarize her findings about corruption in the construction of small reservoirs in Ghana and in forestry in Indonesia.

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I'm sliding and morphing

Joitske Hulsebosch

After studying irrigation and soil and water conservation, I started working in the development cooperation sector, in different countries, Kenya, Mali, Ethiopia and Ghana. You possibly know the book by Lynda Gratton called the Shift ?

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My OutStart Blog Posts – January 2012

Portals and KM

Mobile Learning Modernizes a Ghana University Making it Easier for Students to Learn and Communicate. As I mentioned on this blog I am now helping OutStart with their social media efforts as part of the OutStart team. I am one of several people contributing to our OutStart Knowledge Solutions Blog (see: My New Role within OutStart’s Social Media Efforts). I will not be repeating my posts for that blog on this blog. However, once a month I will post links to my writing there.

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Those little stress moments caused by technology hurdles.

Joitske Hulsebosch

In Ghana, we could not book a direct flight to cut costs and then had to change planes in London. Here you see a picture of reduced pavement edge that makes me happy every time I cycle to the train station. On the way to my station, I had to move my bike high up on the sidewalk here.

2015 151

The influence of technology on professional identity

Joitske Hulsebosch

For instance I was so pissed in Ghana because I felt I never got any appreciation for my work within the organization.

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Culture: different meanings attached to the same word

Joitske Hulsebosch

and yes, if it would be your first trip to Ghana, you might not know that milo is chocolate and lipton is tea either.) Yesterday I experienced a nice example of different meaning attached to words.

2006 130

Technology: what blogging can contribute to my country

Joitske Hulsebosch

It seems to be easy for people to start using the web with english buttons (some experiences from projects in Ghana), and they could blog in local languages. There seems to be a group of people who can write and read in their own language in Ghana, but not in English (despite the fact that school language is English

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My OutStart Blog Posts – January 2012

Portals and KM

Mobile Learning Modernizes a Ghana University Making it Easier for Students to Learn and Communicate. As I mentioned on this blog I am now helping  OutStart  with their social media efforts as part of the OutStart team. I am one of several people contributing to our  OutStart Knowledge Solutions Blog  (see:  My New Role within OutStart’s Social Media Efforts ). I will not be repeating my posts for that blog on this blog.

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Well, I don’t know…

Net-Map Toolbox

And that reminded me of a situation in Ghana, where my young colleague was able to turn around this “I’ll rip your presentation to shreds&# atmosphere in the room into true helpfulness and support. I’m always interested in new challenges and I might have been in my own comfort zone for too long.

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You know it (you just don’t know it)

Net-Map Toolbox

It’s been a while but the first time that this “power of Net-Map&# really became clear to me was probably when looking at communication networks in pro-poor Avian Influenza prevention in Ghana and Ethiopia. It doesn’t stop to amaze me and for me that is the golden moment in any Net-Map intervention, the reason why I do this and keep being excited. You know about everything there is to know in your subject area. I know close to nothing about it.

5 ways how drawing helps you think better

Net-Map Toolbox

In the past year I have taken a deep dive into visual thinking and finally, seven years after developing Net-Map in the hot, dusty North of Ghana, I understood why it leads to the insights and transformations it facilitates.

2014 142

Culture: cow, grass and chicken

Joitske Hulsebosch

I may try to do some tests with it with colleagues and in Ghana. At anecdote there was a great post about the chicken, cow and grass, an exercise from professor Nisbett.

2005 130

Culture: gender roles (and the mystery of how they are transmitted)

Joitske Hulsebosch

I can't figure out where she gets these very strong beliefs, as in Ghana, I had a contract and my husband was at home. Yesterday my youngest announced that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up.

2005 130

Global Voices in the top 200 blogs

Joitske Hulsebosch

Via Beth Kanter , and Emmanuel K Bensah , who are both bridgebloggers for Global Voices (Cambodja and Ghana respectively) I learned what a bridgeblogger is. See above for the example of Global Voices of Ghana on the Ghanaian page.

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Culture: Again Sinterklaas (even deeply embedded traditions are dynamic)

Joitske Hulsebosch

The dynamics of tradition reminds me of my visit to a village in Ghana where we met a female chief. Since we were always tracking the numbers of female mayors in Ghana (thinking of the traditional authorities as something static and male), I was curious to know her story.

2005 130

Bloggers Are Not Journalists – But They Are Abducted, Imprisoned Tortured and Assassinated the Same #HowManyMore

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Note: I am NOT saying the Press don’t need to be protected – Australia currently rank 28th between Ghana and Suriname for our press “freedoms ” and we’re heading DOWN the list. Shares Extract: George Brandis today said that “Bloggers are not Journalists” meaning they don’t need the same protection.

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