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Hackers to help the World Bank manage natural disasters

Though “hackers” and “World Bank” in the same sentence might look like odd bedfellows, the term “hack” originally indicated a clever solution to a technical problem. Hackathons are becoming an increasingly popular way for organizations with a public remit to crowdsource the solution to technical problems that they might not be equipped to solve internally. My favourite example is the UKs National Hack the Government Day: in 8 hours, 3 developers created “a much better website that cost the government over £5m to build, and added accessibility and mobile support” – and much more.

Not to be left behind, The World Bank, together with powerhouses Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, and Nasa will sponsor the Random Hacks of Kindness hackathon on November 12-14. The event will gather 150 top volunteer programmers from Silicon Valley and around the globe. For 2-3 days they will develop software solutions to the various challenges of natural disaster response. Technologists and disaster relief workers will jointly develop technologies that enable disaster victims to help themselves and help first responders/aid workers help victims–to reduce loss of life and to speed recovery. A long time dream of mine come true kudos to the colleagues who made this happen!

A preparatory workshop for the hackathon is going to take place at the World Bank later this week. If you are interested in taking part (to help refine the challenges the event is meant to solve), or have suggestions for developers who might be interested in getting involved, follow this link. Also, if you are interested in becoming part of a permanent community of practitioners and receiving notifications about follow-up events, you can contact Stuart Gill (

From : Giulio Quaggiotto, e.html


Private sector development

Private Sector Development (PSD) is a strategy for promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in developing countries by incorporating private industry and competitive markets into a country’s overall development framework.

Supporters argue that PSD is an important part of poverty reduction. It is said that the private sector can go along way in developing countries toward the provision of basic services, empowering the poor by improving quality and access to health services, education and infrastructure. Strategies and best practices for ensuring that private sector development is pro-poor is a popular topic for policy makers.

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Entrepreneurship & Skills Development Programme

UNIDO’s Rural and Women Entrepreneurship (RWE) Programme contributes to poverty reduction through entrepreneurship development programmes- with a focus on rural development and gender equality.

Individual entrepreneurs are a driving force for competitive MSEs as a growth base. However, the policy and institutional framework needs to be conducive to entrepreneurial initiatives. Human capabilities and the right institutional framework are necessary conditions for entrepreneurship to flourish, particularly in rural areas. Therefore, the essential elements in this Programme are to create a business environment that encourages the initiatives of rural, young and women entrepreneurs and to enhance the human and institutional capacities required to foster entrepreneurial dynamism and enhance productivity.

The RWE’s Entrepreneurship and Skills Development Programme focuses on:

Strengthening the public administration to make the regulatory and administrative environment more conducive for rural, young and women entrepreneurs.

Human resource development for increased competitive entrepreneurship, technology absorbing capacities and women’s control over asset management.

Development of the policy advocacy and the collective self-help capacities of rural, young andwomen entrepreneurs.

The RWE Programme consists of three thematic areas: Rural Entrepreneurship Development, Women and Youth Entrepreneurship Development, and Creative Industries Development.

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Environnement turbulent

Un environnement dynamique, discontinu, externe complexe caractérisé par des changements soudains. Une expression que l’on retrouve à l’occasion en planification stratégique.