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Technology Partners for International Development

The multi-dimensional issues facing the poorest and most vulnerable throughout the world demand our attention - food insecurity, illiteracy, conflict, economic instability. We believe implementing thoughtful technological strategies can help our international development partners make better decisions, improve their processes and lead to more sustainable results.
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Considerations for Responsible Data Usage at USAID

Sonjara is pleased to announce that USAID has published the Considerations for Responsible Data Usage at USAID. Sonjara provided the background research and original draft of this document for USAID, via the mSTAR activity at FHI360.

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The Ethics of Data: Who Benefits and Who Risks

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. 

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Responsible Data: Platform vs Data

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.

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Our Products

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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