I’ve worked at the intersection of community development, participatory media, rights-based approaches and new information and communication technologies for almost 20 years, starting in El Salvador where I spent the 1990s.
This has included being involved on the ‘field’ side in translation, communications, programs, grants, administration, management, disaster response, youth media, and ICT4D. On the US side, I’ve worked on major and planned giving, program development, youth engagement, development education, research, strategy and innovation. I’m an anthropologist by degree and a participant observer by nature.
Areas of interest and focus at the moment:
- open development, transparency and accountability, aid transparency, and participatory governance
- child migration and ICTs
- gender and ICTs
- ICTs and urban spaces
- mobile technologies and youth workforce development
- new technologies in the M&E process
- communication for development (C4D)
- ethics and stereotyping in development communications and the media in general
- how new technologies and the shifting global sands are disrupting/impacting aid and development work
I’m currently working with Plan International USA, consulting with the mEducation Alliance, and serving as a special advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation’s Evaluation Office. I manage New York City Technology Salons and am a co-founder of Kurante. I’m a trusted friend to Project Restart and TechChange and serve on the board of the kiwanja Foundation. I’m part of the Visualizing Humanity project, which questions representation and stereotypes in the use of images of people in the so-called ‘developing’ world. Non-work-related obsessions include capoeira, barefoot running, and healthy food.
Contact me at lindaraftree [at] gmail [dot] com or @meowtree. Please be patient if I don’t respond immediately.