The Water Network app for Android and IPhone!

The Water Network has launched an app for Android and IPhone to access global water experts, knowledge and breaking news. With the app you can among others: 

  • Discover professionals with expertise of interest to you
  • Meet attendees at Singapore International Water Week and other water events
  • Access a global Q&A knowledge bank
  • Breaking water news, filterable by category
​To get started, you need to first download the app and login.
In this presentation you can see how it works.
Problems downloading or installing the app? Contact:

Platforms used by IRC

Over the last year and a half IRC has been going through an intensive process of brand and identity renewal.

Why? Basically because we’ve changed substantially in the last few years and our identity needs to reflect that change. Since 2007 we’ve been strengthening our belief – through large-scale research and evidence gathering – that the only solution to the crisis in water and sanitation for over two billion people is the development of sustainable services. In partnership with many WASH sector players and with major investors we’ve been mapping the complex processes and approaches required to do this. To walk the talk, we’ve opened country offices in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Uganda, and become part of long-term sector change processes in those countries with a growing network of partners. Continue reading Dr. Patrick Moriarty, CEO IRC welcomes you to IRC’s new site….

Crucial to the WASH information Consortium group is knowing what links and synergies can be found  through the different platforms that Consortium organisations are involved in.

This post provides an overview of IRC’s digital platforms as updated in April 2014.

Main IRC website

IRC blogs:

IRC Facebook pages:

IRC Twitter:

In addition, IRC uses the following other social media channels: Slide ShareYouTube and Linkedin.

Lessons learnt from the implementation of ICT applications to support the water sector

The paper looks at specific case studies in attempt to broaden understanding of how ICT can be used to strengthen monitoring, to discuss the different drivers that shape stakeholders’ adoption of better monitoring. It goes on to suggest how to go about designing new systems in order to have maximum impact and shares lessons from South Africa, Tanzania and Mozambique.

The final recommendations focus on issues such as: user-centric design; change management; how to assess and harness incentive structures and ways to sustain progress over the long-term.

Source: SeeSaw newsletter, 12.5.2014

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Content Curation Metrics that Matter

Most content marketers rely on analytics such as page traffic, visitors, and shares – the same metrics they’d use for any other online marketing campaign. Content curation is a little different. It influences third-party content from other sources.

In these two key places (websites and newsletters)  you may present curated content, as well as the metrics that are especially relevant to these channels.

Site Analytics: A brand’s own website is perhaps the most obvious place to publish curated content. This might be a blog that showcases a mix of original and curated content or it could be a branded web portal.

Email Newsletters: Email is a great way to distribute curated content, because it serves as a push mechanism to get people to keep coming back to your site long after they visited. Popular curated newsletters include those from FierceMarkets and SmartBrief. Email open rates can be misleading (for instance, if someone has images disabled), so focus on these metrics instead.

By Pawan Deshpande, founder and CEO of Curata

Visit the “What’s next blog”  for examples of Site Analytics and E-mail Newsletters

How is social media shaping academia

“All the disciplines have become more and more specialized and more and more quantitative, making them less and less accessible to the general public,” notes Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and now the president of the New America Foundation.

Nick Kristof got a big response this weekend to his appeal for more academic to act   like public intellectuals. In this post you will find more about his worries on Twitter.

Related, the student policy review at Georgetown interviewed me a couple of weeks ago, which you might say helps bolster Kristof’s point. This is my answer to, “What would you say this new era of technology has brought to development economics and academia?”

I think research papers are finding a much wider audience. Let’s say you like to follow stories on women’s empowerment or international development, previously you would’ve had to wait for The Economist to cover an article, or you would’ve had to go out and search for it yourself…

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Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Knowledge Management in Global Health Programs

Ohkubo, S., Sullivan, T. M., Harlan, S. V., Timmons, B. T., & Strachan, M. (2013). Guide to monitoring and evaluating knowledge management in global health programs. Baltimore, MD: Center for Communication Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Knowledge Management in Global Health Programs introduces standardized practices to evaluate whether KM projects, activities, and tools are effective at supporting global health and development efforts. The Guide describes the cycle of knowledge assessment, capture, generation, synthesis, and sharing, as well as how to evaluate a range of KM products, services, and tools.

It offers a list of 42 indicators that program managers and evaluators can use to track the progress of their own KM activities, and instruments to measure the contribution of KM activities to health policy and program outputs and outcomes. The Guide also discusses why monitoring and evaluation of KM approaches and activities is important and provides a series of recommended techniques and tools.