ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media 

Share files with anyone, anywhere…off the Internet, even off the power grid…with LibraryBox [VIDEO]

Recently we had a look at BRCK – a device that serves as a kind of backup for the internet in rural areas like Africa. After a successful Kickstarter campaign … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

How To Bring Mobile Internet To Rural Underserved Areas In Africa – BRCK [VIDEO]

What is the BRCK? And how can it bring mobile internet to rural underserved areas in Africa or elsewhere. BRCK is a kickstarter project from Ushahidi – „a non-profit technology … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

How mobile phones promote gender equality and empower women in Africa and Asia

Ronda Zelezny-Green, PhD student exploring links between gender, learning and mobiles in the ICT4D collective at Royal Holloway, University of London, posted in theguadian’s Global Development Professionals Network about how … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Africa: Using Mobile Apps to Spur Social Change –

by Arao Amen, Want to report a problem to an elected official in your community? There is a mobile application, or “app,” for that. Want to bring attention to a … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Implicating mobile phones in violence against women: What’s gender got to do with it? |

This paper gives an analysis of women and men’s differential access and use of the mobile phone and how through it gender stereotypes are reinforced. During a four year study … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

How Mobile Phone Networks Affect Community Health in Ghana

In Sub-Saharan African countries the typical health teams work quite extensive, as the health team includes community health workers, facility-based nurses, program-specific facilitators and a health team coordinator. To enhance … Continue reading

August 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Access to technology can help prevent violent conflicts | Ozonnia Ojielo | UNDP

Ozonnia Ojielo, UNDP Coordinator for Conflict Prevention and Recovery, share his thoughts about the potential of mobile phone technology: … more people in developing countries who had no access to … Continue reading

August 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

RapidSMS: Saving a life in 160 characters – BBC – Future – Technology

Last month FrontlineSMS, the free open-source software that enables people in the developing world without Internet or TV access to monitor elections, get rural health care, broadcast news, track endangered … Continue reading

August 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Deutsche Welle’s trying to use Africa’s mobile-phone boom to spread news by new means » Nieman Journalism Lab

By Antonio Jiménez, The German broadcaster is using SMS and dial-to-listen radio shows to reach an audience with limited Internet access. As the fastest-growing mobile market on the planet, Africa … Continue reading

August 1, 2012 · 1 Comment
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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