Tools and Systems Design

Learning Assessments Occurring at Millennium Village Pampaida, Nigeria

by |December 2nd, 2014

By: Adamu Bulama and Angelique Mahal Adamu Bulama is the Millennium Village Education Coordinator at MV Pampaida, Kaduna State, Nigeria Based on the UWEZO (www.uwezo.net) learning assessment model and framework, MV Pampaida began in May 2014 the process of developing, reviewing, and conducting literacy (in Hausa and English) and numeracy learning assessments for primary grades… read more

Technology for Accessing, Maintaining, and Using Education Data: Are We There Yet?

by |August 13th, 2014

Authors: Radhika Iyengar  iyengar@ei.columbia.edu Angelique Mahal  amahal@ei.columbia.edu Background to EMIS Countries have been investing in their Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) to collect, manage, display and use education data. EMIS have been used to inform budget and resource allocation (International Institute for Educational Planning [IIEP] 2006; InfoDev, 2006d) and to aid educational management, policy formulation,… read more

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Return to Senegal: Success with Digital Learning and the Potential for Scale

by |May 1st, 2014

Author: Jim Teicher, CEO and Director of CyberSmart Africa The CyberSmart Africa team returned to Potou Elementary school in Senegal six weeks after a professional development workshop was held to reinforce whole-class digital learning using a specially adapted interactive whiteboard that can also operate in schools without electricity. We were at the school to observe… read more

The Potou Elementary School principal uses a specially adapted interactive whiteboard.

Highly Scalable Digital Learning for Potou Elementary School, Senegal

by |March 21st, 2014

Author: Jim Teicher, CEO & Director of CyberSmart Africa In partnership with the Millennium Villages Project in Potou, Senegal, CyberSmart Africa has developed an innovative, highly scalable digital learning solution for sub-Saharan Africa. The “21st Century School-in-a-Box” integrates a specially adapted interactive whiteboard (powered by a solar-charged battery), learning content, teacher training, and broadband access… read more

Launch of the On-Site Coaching Pilot with members from the Mahbubnagar District administration, SVS Medical and Nursing College, and the Earth Institute/Columbia Global Center team (November, 2013).

Can Coaching Health Workers Improve the Performance of Health Systems?

by |March 17th, 2014

Co-Author: Shubhra Kumar, Research Associate at Columbia Global Center South Asia In a 2011 article in the New Yorker, surgeon and writer Atul Gawande explored the idea of having coaches, such as in sports and singing, for other professionals including teachers and doctors. Different than managing or simply teaching, coaching combines judgment, guidance, and accompaniment… read more

Nigeria MDG Information System (NMIS) homepage.

The Nigeria MDG Information System (NMIS) Takes Open Data Further

by |March 10th, 2014

Author: Candice Heberer, Interaction Designer Right now is an exciting time for the Nigeria Scale-up Project. The Sustainable Engineering Lab at Columbia University, in collaboration with CGSD, are currently in the process of transferring data, technical knowledge and planning resources to our local partners on the ground, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to… read more

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One Million Community Health Workers Campaign Marks One Year Anniversary

by |January 29th, 2014

January marks one-year since the launch of the One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign! We have lots to celebrate as we continue to mobilize support for the integration of professionally trained community health workers (CHWs) into national health workforces in sub-Saharan Africa. Here are some highlights of the year: Ten countries have requested support… read more

CHW Deborah Adjei measures the mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) of 7-month-old Abena Boadiwaah on a home visit in Takorasi, Bonsaaso Millennium Village. The MUAC measurement is an potential indicator of malnutrition - the green result indicates a healthy weight and size.

Perspectives from Women in Bonsaaso on Nutrition Interventions

by |November 19th, 2013

Written by: Uyen K Huynh & Meena Lee In Bonsaaso, Ghana, it is common practice to feed newborn babies water. Water in this district can be infected with rotavirus, which can cause dangerous bouts of diarrhea in newborns, exacerbating Bonsaaso’s malnutrition problem. Changing long-held beliefs – even beliefs that negatively impact community health – can… read more

A community health worker in the field. Photo: Marjorie Lau.

GlaxoSmithKline Supports African Health Workers Campaign

by |November 18th, 2013

By Nathalie Zapletal For the past several years, the Earth Institute and its corporate partner, global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline, have had a successful working relationship on social service-related projects. The latest development in this long-standing partnership includes the Earth Institute and GlaxoSmithKline’s shared goal to broadly expand the reach of healthcare services in sub-Saharan Africa…. read more

Brahmaputra River from the banks in Guwahati

A Contemporary Threat to the “Gateway to the East”: Managing Climate and Disaster Risk for India’s City of Guwahati

by |August 28th, 2013

By Justin Fung It has been said that during conflicts in the 17th century, the Kingdom of Assam — whose multi-ethnic citizens co-existed in harmony for over six hundred years — defended the eastern border city of Saraighat from the aggressive advances of the Mughal Empire on no less than sixteen different occasions.  As war… read more