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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The WASH information Consortium’s platforms: connecting people, sharing knowledge, increasing transparency

The WASH Information Consortium initiative has been created to optimise knowledge and information dissemination in the Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector globally while promoting information literacy in developing countries. Through a shared approach and working together, with a consortium of institutions, networks and organisations, it aims to develop and deliver joint services, through resource sharing. This presentation made by SuSanA and Avko, both organisations members of the WASH information Consortium, provides an overview of involved institutions’online platforms for increasing access to open data and share best practices. (“All logos and hyperlinked text in blue, can be clicked on…”.“Navigate back by clicking on the bigger middle circles…”).

Platforms used by the Water Integrity Network (WIN)

1.       WIN website:

2.       WIN tools and resources platform:

3.       WIN Membership platform:

4.       Water Integrity forum:

5.       WIN on twitter: @WaterIntegrityN

6.       WIN on Facebook:

7.       WIN on Flickr:

Platforms used by Avko

Platforms used by WASH-Resource Centre Network Nepal (WASH-RCNN)

The WASH-RCNN has been using following platforms for learning and sharing on WASH issues.


Resources (Online Library)

Electronic Bulletin




Decentralised Resource Centres

  • Surkhet
  • Pokhara

WordPress Blog

Uganda WASH Resource Centre’s platforms

The Social Accountability  blog
The social accountability blog is maintained by the Network for Water and Sanitation Uganda. It documents the story on improving social accountability through empowering communities to use accountability tools to hold the service provide accountability.

The WASH Uganda blog
WASH in Uganda is a blog, calendardocumentsmailing groupsocial network and Q&A on the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in Uganda. This blog  is maintained by IRC in partnership with many stakeholders in the Uganda WASH Sector including the Uganda WASH Resource Center.