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’m an anthropologist by degree and a participant observer by nature.
I work as an independent consultant. Things I’m working on now:
- Supporting strategy and implementation of girl-centered digital and mobile-based programming (with Girl Effect).
- Developing digital safety, security and privacy guidelines and practical processes, with a focus on adolescent girls (with Girl Effect).
- Exploring and distilling good practice in the use of ICTs for conducting monitoring and evaluation (M&E) (with Rockefeller Foundation).
- Developing Responsible Data Policy and Practice for Catholic Relief Services (together with Maliha Khan) and for USAID (with Sonjara via FHI360’s mSTAR mechanism)
- Running Technology Salons in New York City and MERL Tech (with Kurante).
- Fostering debate around narrative transparency and authenticity with regard to stereotyping in development communications and the media (with Regarding Humanity)
Areas 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
- The role of new consumer-facing technology to support community resilience
- WhiteSave.Me – a technology and art project
Some publications I’ve worked on include Girl Effect’s Girls Digital Safeguarding guidelines, an overview of how ICTs can be used in monitoring and evaluation and a paper on ICTs and equity-focused evaluation for The Rockefeller Foundation, 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.