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#DoDevDif documentation

22nd January 2015, Canadian Embassy Berlin

How can we make the development practice we are engaged in more useful, open and transparent? How the development industry can act more effectively, and what ‘open’ in development context means.Could #DoDevDif ever work in the existing work stream of development agencies? Sometimes donor structures and policies do not really serve the ecosystems on the ground.Can’t just come as a donor and say this is what we would like if it doesn’t fit the local culture and ecosystem.

How to foster the right environments? Sharing knowledge, skills / Funding, university, industry, community.

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#DoDevDif BarCamp REPORT

Yohanna Loucheur …

is the Team Leader, Development Policy Planning of the Strategic Policy and Performance Branch of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). Joining the Canadian federal government in 1997, she has worked on the knowledge-based economy and society, innovative financing for development, aid effectiveness policies, fiduciary risk management and public financial management. She has been coordinating DFATD’s activities related to aid transparency, including IATI, since 2008.

Yohanna Loucheur holds a BA and MA in Political Science (international relations) from the Université du Québec in Montreal, as well as an MSc in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has also worked in Guinea and France.

Geraldine de Bastion …

works in the field of information and communication technologies in development cooperation, with a focus on open source technology in Africa and digital political communication. Geraldine has worked for the open source agency newthinking communications and is a member of FOSSFA the pan African Association for Open Source Software. Today Geraldine works with different technology organisations, bloggers and Internet communities across Africa, helps to organise the Global innovation Gathering (GIG) at re:public, one of Europe’s leading events on Internet and Society. She is a co-founder of the Konnektiv agency for education and development, and Berlin’s Digital Unite association.

Al Kags …

is the founder of the Open Institute, an organisation based in Nairobi, Kenya that works with governments and civil society organisations to promote Open Government and Citizen Participation. Primarily, Al works across sub-saharan Africa but contributes to global open government movements. He is currently also a member of the Global Open Data Working Group and the Global Open Data Initiative. He is a co-chair of the Kenya OGP Working Group and was the chair of the Kenya Open Data Taskforce and the Kenya Open Government Initiative. Al is a Mandela Washington Fellow (2014) and was recognised as a New Generation African Leader (2013). in Kenya, Al has worked with the government to develop and implement ICT Policy for the country and has worked with the government at the Kenya ICT Board. During this time he was responsible for the Kenya Content development strategy (Tandaa) and the citizen access programmes. Al is a consumate serial entrepreneur having started and grown several businesses including MClabs and The Goode Group. He is a writer, having published a book called Living Memories and also blogs on

Jörn Schultz …

is a usability specialist and consultant on learning & collaboration technologies. He was part of founding the international icehubs innovation network and co-manages icebauhaus in Germany, an NGO focussed on community-oriented and bottom-up processes in international cooperation and development. One of the projects Jörn is involved in is called “Concept-Test-Realisation”, aimed at collaboratively prototyping lowcost housing solutions for African cities, including the recently open source published SICU.

Ela Kagel …

is an independent cultural producer and curator working in the art and technology scene in Berlin. She’s the director of SUPERMARKT Berlin, an open cultures coworking space & conference center, and has worked with organisations such as Upgrade! Berlin, Public Art Lab and transmediale, where as guest curator she developed the Free Culture Incubator. In 2012 she participated in the ‘MEDIA & MAKERS JUBA Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum’ in Juba, South Sudan.

Ysanne Choksey …

threw herself into international development in the form of Sustainable Agriculture promotion in Uttarakhand, India straight after graduating from her Masters in International Development at Cambridge. Here she headed a research project to understand the connection between good resource management of land and social equality between men and women. Following this, in January 2013, Ysanne became Implementation Director at Allversity, an online education platform that teaches young people about Human Rights, Sustainable Agriculture, Health and Entrepreneurship. The organisation is currently expanding into concrete implementation in the form of a new IT Centre being built in Uganda.

Pernille Bærendtsen …

works as a Journalist, Trainer, Photographer and Consultant. She has 10 years of experience from developing, post-conflict and fragile countries, particularly with capacity building, civil society, culture and media in East Africa

In 2000, she established the Next Stop Serbia peace activism campaign in Serbia aiming at breaking down stereotypes by making people collaborate on joint projects. In northern Uganda, she worked with civic education of South Sudanese refugees (2005-07); with information and development in Tanzania (2007-10); and since 2011 with several short-term consultancies in Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan.

In between, she has worked with Danish civil society in development, with advice, training and grant selection for development communication, and has practice with training, facilitation and presentation. Moreover, she writes about trends in East Africa concerning politics, development, civil society, media and culture. Since 2010, she has written for the Danish Foreign Ministry’s magazine ‘Udvikling’ as freelancer.

Read ‘5 Questions with blogger and photographer Pernille Bærendtsen‘, interview for Vijana FM about activism and creativity (2011).

Heloise Emdon …

is the International Projects Manager at the Carleton University Research Office in Ottawa, Canada. Previously she was programme leader of the Acacia – ICTs for Development (Africa) and Innovation for Inclusive Development (global) programmes. Her focus on ICTs and communications for social and economic development began with her work in cooperative scientific programmes at CSIR in South Africa, at the Development Bank of South Africa and later at the IDRC. She contributed to Long-Term Solutions for a Short -Term World: Canada and Research Development (Harper/Muirhead, 2011), Open Development: A New Theory for ICT4D (2011), and Connecting ICTs to Development: The IDRC Experience (2013).

Dr. Arul Chib …

is Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University, and Director of the Singapore internet Research Center (SiRC). Dr. Chib pursues action-oriented research related to development issues with marginalized communities in varied cross-cultural and socio-economic contexts. Specifically, he studies mobile phones in the domains of healthcare (mHealth), and in transnational migration.