Technical Resources

Technical Resources: Welcome to the AidSource Library technical resources section. There are so many resources out there that it would be impossible to include every available link and document related to aid and development on the internet. In this section you will find:

  • Free resources available for online browsing or download. In some cases you may need to create an account with the provider to access the resource. In the rare instance that we list a "purchase only" resource, it will be clearly indicated.
  • Our recommended "must-have" resources. If you don't use or read anything else in your sector, read the ones we list here.

We will regularly update this section, so check back often. If a link does not work or if you have a resource to suggest adding here, please let us know in the comments thread.


Health

The State of the World's Children. Global statistics related to child and maternal health, published annually by UNICEF.


Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS).

In-depth health statistics and analysis compiled by country.

  • At the DHS website (browse the "resources & tools" tab)

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ICT4D

A few to get you started

The ICT4D 2.0 Manifesto: Where next for ICTs and International Deve...

Can Technology End Poverty?

ICT-Enabled Development

Worst Practice in ICT use in Education

Top 7 Reasons Why Most ICT4D Projects Fail

Mobile Active's Case Studies

mHealth Reality Videos

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Humanitarian Assistance/Emergency Response

Code of Conduct.

The Sphere Handbook: Humanitarian charter, minimum standards in humanitarian response.

The Good Enough Guide: Impact measurement and accountability in emergencies.

International Education in Emergencies (INEE): Standards Handbook.

Cash-based Programming

Livelihoods and Economic Recovery

USAID Family Planning Rules and Regulations

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Comment by George Darroch on May 2, 2012 at 2:16am

For behaviour change and communications resources JHU's CCP is absolutely indispensable. http://www.jhuccp.org/resource_center

Comment by Bonnie Koenig on February 14, 2012 at 7:54pm
Comment by Zehra Rizvi on January 12, 2012 at 8:40am

I am supposed to come up with my top ten on cash programming....and there is SO much out there and I think I am too close to the topic.  Would be helpful if those of you who are not so familiar with it could give some guidance on what are the things you would like to see?  What questions you have on it?  Will give me some idea on what cash lay people within the larger humanitarian/aid sector need as a top ten....

Have tried three times to compile a list but it gets way too long.

Thanks in advance.

Comment by Zehra Rizvi on January 12, 2012 at 8:38am

Nice one Michael.  I think J is trying to get me to come up with a magazine/journal list for humanitarians but I a resisting.  But it sounds TOTALLY UP your alley.  Hehehe...and now I am off to google zoreto.  or rather, zotero.

Comment by Linda Raftree on January 12, 2012 at 3:41am

Great, Michael that you are going to do this!

Here's one more important resource for Journalists. 

Media Guidelines for Reporting on Children

Comment by Michael Keizer on January 12, 2012 at 3:33am

So I have made the stupid move to promise J. that I will start working on this. I am now researching the options (e.g. Zotero does not allow for up/down voting as proposed by Linda, which I think would be a great idea -- but I am not making any promises here). Please continue proposing additions to the list; I will add them while working on the mechanism in parallel.

Comment by Ian Thorpe on January 12, 2012 at 3:22am

Agree with the wikipedia style approach to resources - I think there are some Ning plugins which allow you to do this without too much fancy programming.

A few random additional resources to inclde:

UNICEF Guideines on reporting on at-risk children - http://www.unicef.org/media/media_tools_guidelines.html

Guidelines on protection of children from trafficking (by UNICEF)

http://www.unicef.org/ceecis/0610-Unicef_Victims_Guidelines_en.pdf

WHO/UNAIDS/UNICEF infant feeding guidelines

http://www.unicef.org/nutrition/index_24811.html

Minimum Standards for Consulting with Children
http://plan-international.org/about-plan/resources/publications/par...

Will try to add a few more later when I get time

Comment by Linda Raftree on January 12, 2012 at 2:58am

I like the idea of having a crowd-sourced resource section.... It would be great if the different resources had 'like' or 'vote up/down' buttons and a section for people to review and rate on a star basis (like Amazon) the resources so others can know what are the most valuable/useful ones.

In the meantime, some ICT4D resources: 

The ICT4D 2.0 Manifesto: Where next for ICTs and International Deve...

Can Technology End Poverty?

ICT-Enabled Development

Worst Practice in ICT use in Education

Top 7 Reasons Why Most ICT4D Projects Fail

Mobile Active's Case Studies

mHealth Reality Videos

Comment by Michael Keizer on January 10, 2012 at 1:45am

That's a very good point and another advantage of using Zotero: it can easily be used as a group repository that can be maintained by a group.

Comment by Warren Keen on January 10, 2012 at 1:20am

I'd like to see a more wikipedia style for things such as resource lists as no one person can compile them all and keep up to date. The critical mass that you are trying to establish would just go elsewhere if this information is not well maintained.

Comment by Michael Keizer on January 6, 2012 at 2:41am

A suggestion: I am slowly preparing a bibliography of resources for logistics for global health and aid (what else?) as a Zotero library. Those of you who are interested can find it here.

Zotero libraries have a couple of advantages:

- They can easily be synced by people using Zotero, "a free a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources" that is gaining increasing traction in the academic world as the research and citation assistant of choice.

- Even those using other managers (e.g. CiteULike, EndNote, Mendeley, EverNote...) can easily import full bibliographies including the resources themselves.

- Resources can easily be organised using libraries, groups, and tags, and can remain organised and easily searchable even when approaching 'humongous' status.

- They can fairly easily be integrated into other sites, e.g. a Ning group like this.

So all in all it could be worthwhile using Zotero libraries for the network's resource section.

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