A question was posed by Aliou Ndiaye in our francophone Designing for Behavior Change group known as RESAU INTERSECTORIEL pour le CHANGEMENT de COMPORTEMENT en AFRIQUE FRANCOPHONE (RICCAF) that I thought many of your might have thoughts on. Since this group has somewhat of a West African focus (while all are still welcome!) some of you may speak French. I posted the comment in French below as well as an English translation. My french isn't perfect so if you have improvements on my translation please feel free. I think he poses some good questions. I'm excited to hear what you have to say!
Respond in the comments below and I will also post them to RICCAF.
- Le principale problème pour une bonne Evaluation des initiatives de développement en Afrique est la disponibilité des données. Dans la plus part des bases de données il est souvent affiché pour l Afrique ND. Le développement est basé sur l'information même dans les société traditionnelles j avais des systèmes d informations. Que devons nous faire pour changer cette tendance?
- The main problem for a good evaluation of development initiatives in Africa is the availability of data. Often "ND" (no data) is posted within these data bases for African countries. Development is based on the information that is available, even in traditional societies where little data is there. [I think what he is saying here that decisions for development are being made even if the data available is poor, scarcely available or not available at all.] What can we do to improve this? Can mobile technology help? How does illiteracy play a part in this problem?