Benchmarking ICT in Afghanistan:
The state of Telecommunications and Internet in Afghanistan;
Six Years Later (2006-2012)

Just ten years ago Afghanistan had a barely functional post-war infrastructure, with no independent media and literally no telecom services. Afghans had to travel to the neighboring countries to make a phone call. Today the story is very different, as outlined in a new independent study conducted by Javid Hamdard, of Internews Network, under the USAID-funded Afghanistan Media Development & Empowerment Project (AMDEP).

When Information Saves Lives: The 2011 Annual Report  on Humanitarian Information Projects” By Internews
For the past 20 years, Internews has been at the forefront of engaging local media during times of crisis, from working with new television outlets during the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, to conflict reporting programs during the Balkan wars in the mid 1990s, to launching a program to build a new media sector in Afghanistan in the early 2000s. 

The Broader View: Why Communicating with Disaster Struck Communities Matters By Jacobo Quintanilla 
Internews’ Director of Humanitarian Media Jacobo Quintanillaexplains why providing people with clear information during a crisis, and listening to their concerns, is as important as providing food, shelter and medicine.

The Power of Information By Ida Jooste
Country Director for Internews in Kenya, spoke on the health panel at the “Power of Information: New Technologies for Philanthropy and Development” conference in London on September 15.

Visualizing Violence
Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists. Hostile conditions for journalists not only limit media freedom, they also threaten international development efforts and the strength of civil society in general. Together with Internews, an international media development organization, Development Seed mapped the conditions on the ground that journalists face in an effort to highlight the issue and better inform journalists on the situation in Afghanistan. _________________________________________________________________

Starting a Local Radio Station: A Manual For Afghanistan
This manual describes the process for starting a local radio station; the organization of community support and planning, equipment needs, programming strategies, business growth and sustainability and journalistic ethics and standards.

Can Media Development Make Aid More Effective?
A panel discussion hosted by the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy and Internews.

T O O L S   F R O M   T H E   L A B

Paywast – Innovation Lab Presentation – By Saboor from Paywast

Ushahidi Presentation – By Anahi Alayi



Afghan owned and operated mobile social networking.

A free editable map of the whole world. It is made by people like you. OSM allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.

Provides insights into smart-phone and mobile usage. Used to create custom charts that deepen understanding of the mobile consumer and support data driven decisions in mobile strategy.

An international non-profit whose mission is to empower local media  to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard.

Empowers local populations in developing countries through the application of ICTs to overcome challenges of poverty and conflict.

FrontlineSMS enables instantaneous 2-way communication via mobile phone and internet with the mission to instigate positive social change via mobile technology.

Free software that creates interactive, voice-based communication services for organizations or bodies seeking to engage with communities across mobile networks.

A non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping.

The principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.

The first free health text messaging service in the U.S. Text4baby supports moms by providing accurate, text-length health information and resources that is personal and timely.

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