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As American Docs Resist MHealth, Developing Countries Drive Growth

Eric Wicklund | Government Health IT | June 8, 2012

A new study of the global mHealth market finds that consumers and developing countries are driving its growth, while physicians are reluctant to adapt.

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Excerpts from Keynote Speaker at 2nd International Open Government Data Conference

Caroline Anstey | World Bank Transcript | July 10, 2012

The following are key excerpts from the keynote speaker, World Bank Managing Director Caroline Anstey,  at the 2nd International Open Government Data Conference held this week in Washington, D.C. Read More »

Global Push to Guarantee Health Coverage Leaves U.S. Behind

Noam N. Levey | Los Angeles Times | May 12, 2012

Even as Americans debate whether to scrap President Obama's healthcare law and its promise of guaranteed health coverage, many far less affluent nations are moving in the opposite direction — to provide medical insurance to all citizens.

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Public Forum discusses Open Development Initiatives in Nepal

Staff | Nepal News | June 12, 2012

The Open Forum discussed three aspects of Open Development; Open Data and Knowledge, Open Operations and Tools and open solutions. Information was also shared on various tools and platforms like the Bank’s Open Data, Open Finances, Mapping for Results and Open Knowledge Repository as well as the Access to Information Policy which includes strengthening public ownership and oversight of Bank-financed operations. Read More »

Sandy Aid Website Doesn’t Live Up To Stimulus-Tracking Standards

Charles S. Clark | Government Executive | November 1, 2013

On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy Oct. 29, members of the Obama administration’s special interagency task force were eager to placate the homeowners and business people growing impatient with the pace of arriving grants and contracts for rebuilding. Read More »

Supporting an open source approach to development

Staff | SciDev | August 14, 2012

An Open Source Development (OSD) model that connects problem-solvers with local challenges could be key to tackling poverty, promoting democracy and reducing child mortality, says Rajiv Shah, Administrator at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Read More »

Three Students Jump into Open Source with OpenMRS and Sahana Eden

We are three students in the Bachelor of Computer Science second degree program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). As we each have cooperative education experience, our technical ability and contributions have increasingly become a point of focus as we approach graduation. Our past couple of years at UBC have allowed us to produce some great technical content, but we all found ourselves with one component noticeably absent from our resumes: an open source contribution. While the reasons for this are varied, they all stem from the fact that making a contribution involves a set of skills that goes far beyond anything taught in the classroom or even learned during an internship. It requires a person to be outgoing with complete strangers, to be proactive in seeking out problems to solve, and to have effective written communication...

What The US Can Learn From Africa’s Booming Economy

Imara Jones | Yes Magazine | July 24, 2013

Seven out of the ten fastest-growing economies are in Africa. Behind that is a surge in healthy young people and an emphasis on local markets. Read More »