Monday, January 10, 2011

Contest: Blogging on Development Policy

The Communication Initiative (The CI) and the BBC World Service Trust (WST) invite entries for their first contest for blogging on development policy, soliciting persuasive critiques and encouraging discussion on development policy issues. CI Network members from around the world (as well as those who wish to become CI Network members) are requested to submit their opinion pieces to the collaborative blog at Communication, Media, and Development Policy.


The principal audience for the blogs is development policy makers and those interested in engaging with them. These include people working in donor and multilateral organisations, "mainstream" development non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisations, governments, and others who inform development policy. The aim of this contest is to highlight the relevance of media and communication to wider development policy concerns, and particularly governance concerns.

Bloggers must be/become registered members of The CI Networks in order to participate in this contest and process. If you are not registered please do so at

The top 10 outstanding bloggers from the network, as judged by The CI/BBC WST, will receive a stipend of 240 UK pounds each to support them writing 3 additional blog posts between March 15th and June 15th 2011.

The top 2 controversial bloggers from the network, as judged by The CI/BBC WST, will receive a stipend of 50 UK pounds to acknowledge their skill in inspiring dialogue.

For more information, please see or contact Deborah at

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Find Your Polling Unit on the Nigerian Map

Voter registration for the upcoming Nigerian elections start on January 15th.

Visit the Enough is Enough Nigeria website to find the nearest polling unit to you. The polling units are shown on a Google map with information provided by INEC. To find your polling unit, zoom in by using the + sign and zoom out with the -. You can navigate up, down, left and right with the buttons above the +/-. Please note that the INEC map is work in progress, so all polling units have not been included.

Check the EiE site for more information.

Women and Mobiles

Watch interviews with some of the presenters from's Women and Mobiles Tech Salon. How can mobile phones help women around the world improve their lives? And who are some of the women working in this amazing field? The tech salon looked at both questions, bringing together women in the M4D field to present their work.