I’ve worked at the intersection of community development, gender, youth participatory media, rights-based approaches and information and communication technologies (ICTs) for almost 20 years, starting in El Salvador where I spent the 1990s.
I’ve worked 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 donor development, program development, youth engagement, development education, research, strategy and innovation. I’m an anthropologist by degree and a participant observer by nature.
Things I’m working on now:
- Enhancing girls’ participation, privacy and safety on mobile/social networks
- Using mobile to support girls’ learning and economic empowerment
- Constitution-making processes as peacemaking processes, and ways that ICTs might enhance women’s participation or conversely put women at greater risk; documenting women’s roles in constitution-making processes with new media
- ICTs for conducting monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and the M&E of ICT-enabled programs
- Fostering debate around stereotyping in development communications and the media, and around post-colonial perceptions and behaviors in aid and development via Regarding Humanity
- Open data and its relationship to trust, privacy and participation
- Technology Salons in New York City and Brooklyn
Things I’ve worked on in the past (and am still interested in!):
- Transparency and accountability, participatory governance, “feedback loops”
- Youth- and community-led development processes
- Child and youth migration and ICTs
- Mobile technologies and youth workforce development, youth employment, and youth entrepreneurship
- Communication for development (C4D)
- Disruption and change in the aid and development industry
- The role of new consumer-facing technology to support community resilience
I do the above work through Kurante, a small firm I started with Wayan Vota. In addition to Kurante, I’m a ‘trusted friend’ to Project Restart and TechChange and serve on the boards of SIMLab (creators of FrontlineSMS) and the International Center for Advocates against Discrimination.
Some publications I’ve worked on include an overview of how ICTs can be used in monitoring and evaluation for The Rockefeller Foundation’s Evaluation Office, a landscape review of Mobiles and Youth Workforce Development for the mEducation Alliance, a paper for UNICEF on integrating ICTs into communication for development work with adolescent girls, and an overview of the role of ICTs in child and youth migration. More detail on LinkedIn.
Contact me at lindaraftree [at] gmail [dot] com or @meowtree. Please be patient if I don’t respond immediately.