Re: [mendenyo] Re: [learningfromeachother] Re: [holistichelping] Chat about Rising Voices microgrants, Saturday, 1:00 London time
- Dear David, collegues
I believe you have posed some important questions. My answer may be a
little different from what might be expected.
I have been persuaded that a community centric approach to development
is going to be far and away the most effective ... and in this spirit
the most important data are the data that document the things of
importance to the community. In other words documenting facts about
You probably already know that I like trends and I learn from trends.
So data that helps to put data about today in the context of what this
data were like in the past ... time series data.
And the reason for having data documented and organized is to help
plan for a better future ... data, therefore, about what the future
can be and the activities and steps that are needed to get to this
better future. What are the opportunities? What are the constraints?
What does the community have? What does the community need?
Any technology can be used to collect data ... but eventually it needs
to be in electronic form and as attractive as possible.
All of this is about the community and really for the community.
Another step is to have access to these data about the community and
to present in a form that attracts the sort of assistance that will be
of benefit to the community. Most donors presently operate on very
little information, and it really is not surprising that they tend to
flow funding to organizations that have a "brand name" even though
these organizations are not offering much data about performance and
use of resources.
Tr-Ac-Net is trying to become a useful link between community on the
one hand and potential funders and supporters on the other. There are
other initiatives that have elements of the Tr-Ac-Net concept, but, as
far as I know, none has the focus on community that is used by
There is a lot more to say ... but this is a useful start.
Should I send an attachment at some point that lists the data
questions needed for a comprehensive community analysis? Please let me
know on this.
The Transparency and Accountability Network: Tr-Ac-Net in New York
IMMC - The Integrated Malaria Management Consortium Inc.
917 432 1191 or 212 772 6918 peterbnyc@...
On Nov 27, 2007 11:20 AM, David mutua <davenzainga@...> wrote:
> Dear Peter,
> Thanks for the comments, i realy agree with you that
> personaly i have been thinking of information
> collection and shairing but not sharing where it is
> needed because i have no idea sometimes who needs it,
> it works like a guess work for some of us in the
> development work.
> With this knowledge and understanding i would request
> our colleagues to advise on what information might be
> of need, what is the best accessible way (networks or
> online places where most people in need of it can find
> it) and the best way that information can benefit both
> --- Peter Burgess <peterbNYC@...> wrote:
> > Dear Colleagues
> > I agree very much with the comments by David and
> > Samwell ... but want
> > to add something of a caution.
> > With information ... whether it is written, or
> > spoken or images ...
> > there are two challenges:
> > 1 ....... getting it collected, and
> > 2 ....... getting it used.
> > I think David and Samwell are talking about 1 ...
> > getting the
> > information collected.
> > We must also address 2. With the proliferation of
> > social networks and
> > other web information tools there is a massive
> > information overload
> > and most of what is collected is not used. There are
> > thousands of
> > web-sites with 2 visitors for every website with
> > thousands of
> > visitors. The challenge is to get visitors ... and
> > people that have
> > some use for the information.
> > My goal with Tr-Ac-Net is to have information that
> > helps to get a
> > better fund raising and allocation of resources in
> > the relief and
> > development space ... and specifically for
> > communities, and
> > organizations where community is central to what
> > they are doing.
> > In its next iteration of development the Tr-Ac-Net
> > database / website
> > will reflect this much more clearly than it does at
> > the moment.
> > In concrete terms, what this means is that images,
> > video, stories, etc
> > that relate to community and community organizations
> > and are
> > identified as being so related are very interesting
> > in support of this
> > Tr-Ac-Net effort. However, one of the sad realities
> > at the moment is
> > that a very large proportion of the images etc about
> > Africa are
> > totally unconnected with any specific geographical
> > place ... including
> > most of the images associated with the activities of
> > the major NGOs.
> > Hopefully this can be changed
> > Sincerely
> > Peter Burgess
> > ____________
> > Peter Burgess
> > The Transparency and Accountability Network:
> > Tr-Ac-Net in New York
> > www.tr-ac-net.org
> > IMMC - The Integrated Malaria Management Consortium
> > Inc.
> > www.IMMConsortium.org
> > 212 772 6918 peterbnyc@...