As we start to enter the second decade of the 21st century, we realize that we have new abilities to capture and use data in ways previously unimaginable. From remote sensors, drones, internet of things, eHealth, eGovernment, mobile money, biometrics, blockchain, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and big data, we now can collect and have access to data that has never existed before.
Sonjara, using research funded by USAID through the mSTAR activity, produced the Benefit Risk Assessment Framework Workshop (PPT) to help international development practitioners to assess the potentialbenefits and risks of this data to help ask and answer difficult ethical questions, and prepare for legal compliance regulations such as GDPR.
We get asked a lot at Sonjara "which platform should I use?"
The answer is the one that is optimized for your specific problem and audience, and where the data can be reused after the platform is retired.
Coming up with realistic expectations for sustainability for any ICT4D project is critical, especially knowing that our industry, (like most others) have headwinds against transferal to local partners. I offer four definitions of sustainability that can be used baseline expectations for sustainable ICT4D projects.
Sonjara, through years of experience in developing applications, has created a flexible, open source developers' framework that allows users to put together custom applications very rapidly and with a high level of quality. www.fakoli.org
Griot is Sonjara's business management tool designed for small-to-medium businesses doing business with the U.S. Government on a project basis. It was designed to raise the level of efficiency in project and business management processes. www.griot.us
Sonjara was one of the winners of the 2012 USAID Hack for Hunger, with its digitization of the USAID funded and HKI designed Food Frequency Method. This paper based household survey tool measures risk of vitamin A deficiency by measuring children's frequency of eating certain foods. Sonjara created an online version in under 36 hours, pulling in open data from the World Bank and WHO. www.foodfrequencyonline.org
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