Guiding Principles for Technology Projects in Haiti

Haiti Rewired
Posted by Nathan Yaffe on October 27, 2011

Many people are interested in the role of technology in the reconstruction of Haiti. As with all reconstruction initiatives, however, technology-driven efforts range from highly effective to useless or even harmful.

No ironclad rules determine when a project will have a positive impact. Nonetheless, the contrast in approach between effective and ineffective projects reveals general principles for increasing the probability of success.

This piece examines two projects focused on gender-based violence. The first project, in Haiti, uses an effective model; the second, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, does not.

After briefly introducing the two efforts, this piece will discuss the broader lessons they contain for technology projects designed to aid nations in transition.

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