DevContacts


Listed in: Disease in developing countries  
DevContacts

Available on:



(click to download)

Supported languages:

English

Cost:

Free

App that aims to put a ‘human face’ to worldwide aid and poverty statistics, and to demonstrate progress towards United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Languages

English

Countries of use

Any in which the user is familiar with English

Cost

Free

Developer

Tamara Haig
(Based in Australia)
http://www.devdas.com.au/

Funder

Same as technical developer

Medical Adviser

Tamara Haig is an an aid and development consultant, working with clients all around the world

Features

Allows networking with other people like me / Family / Friends Allows networking with other people like me / Family / Friends
Improving communication Improving communication
Information Information

Summary

App that aims to put a ‘human face’ to worldwide aid and poverty statistics, and to demonstrate progress towards United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Assigns each person listed in the user’s phone address book to one of 130-plus countries, and builds an imaginary scenario of the person's new 'life', as if they had been born and raised in that country. Brings interest-value to information from the World Bank’s Data Catalog, and lists UN-sourced details for each country’s progress against the MDGs.


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Reviews

Reviewer: Communication Initiative (CI) Network, Canada
Review: Recommended by the Communication Initiative (CI) Network, Canada
Source: http://bit.ly/Qn3c17
Usage: Not specified
Weblink of reviewer: http://bit.ly/16dN1RE
Reviewer: Tom Murphy, aid and development blogger, and Editor, A View From The Cave, USA
Review: “I came across this little app called ‘DevContacts’. So, I downloaded it for free, and played around. The app creates a secondary contact list that randomly places contacts into different countries. You can see that I am ‘from Belize’, and can swipe over to see how the nation is progressing towards the MDGs. It is a clever way of seeing the challenges in each nation, and showing that a friend could have easily been born in that country. In many ways, it reminds me of the Save the Children (STC) ‘Lottery of Life’ campaign. It would be great if the app followed the lead of STC, and had people randomly selected for their nation based on global demographics. The number of people living in low- or middle-income countries would be striking, when seen to the relative smallness of the high-income world. Having the app for a few days now, I click in every so often, and learn something new each time.”
Source: http://bit.ly/sGCpRk
Usage: Not specified
Weblink of reviewer: http://bit.ly/16dN0gl

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