The Census, Data and realisation of fundamental rights

Sep 13th, 2020 David Berger 8 min read

As a society, and as duty bearers who are acting to provide services and ensure implementation of rights for people around the globe, one of the biggest issues that we face is the flawed, poor quality & quantity of data which in turn leads to incomplete statistics. We quite simply have inadequate and insufficient disaggregated data about populations, everywhere around the world. It’s not that I think people are only numbers by any means. A census on its own is only a snapshot, a particular view of the moment in time. The lives of human beings, peoples and their needs, can’t be reduced and encapsulated in data and statistics—but that said, a census is an essential tool which governments, civil society, duty bearers and service providers use to distribute their resources. That is the important part. Distributions of resources are based on numbers; they are based off of the categorisation and aggregation of data points which convert into actionable information.

Free Prior and informed consent (FPIC):

Jun 25th, 2017 David Berger 7 min read

You might have heard the term FPIC floating around more and more in the last few years. It’s been gaining much-needed momentum, especially in regard to indigenous groups, their land rights, international development, and academic research. But what is it? FPIC stands for Free, Prior, and Informed Consent. It’s a concept which ensures that all participants in activities which affect their communities are not only…

Ideating my Thesis

May 23rd, 2017 David Berger 3 min read

I’m in the last phases of my thesis, working on finishing my final draft, and I realize I haven’t really talked about it that much here on the blog!  My Master’s thesis is the capstone component of my studies here with the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies program, and I’ve been working on narrowing in it’s focus. Over the last year and a half I’ve looked…

ICT4D and Mobile Technologies

May 10th, 2017 David Berger 7 min read

continuing my research on mobile technologies and their implementation in development. Specifically, I wanted to expand my understanding of the dangers posed by utilizing and implementing these technologies in support of vulnerable populations. Data, and particularly personally identifiable data, often collected alongside geographic (GPS) data can pose a very real physical threat to community members and advocates who might threaten existing power structures. Further, the rush to embrace the ease of data collection and transmission might endanger the privacy, self-determination, and security of individuals and communities with long lasting impacts.

The Allure of Mobile Technologies in Development: Reflections on Sustainable Development and #mtech

Jan 13th, 2017 David Berger 11 min read

Today, with the rising inequalities in access to services and opportunities, the threats of a changing climate and environment, and the rapid expansion of consumptive production capacities and requisite focus on continued, sustained growth, the need for sustainable practices which minimize or mitigate harm, and empower ownership and investment in local resources is unquestionable.

Six months in Copenhagen

Dec 9th, 2016 David Berger 3 min read

I arrived in Copenhagen in June of 2016, in the height of summer, with an amazing trip to Myanmar planned in July and the start of studies at the middle of August. Now that those fantastic trips have come to a close, I’m reflecting on an amazing and blessed life.  My studies have started at Roskilde, beginning my second year in the Erasmus Mundus Global…

Sustainable Development and Community Mobilization: Presenting research at the Sixteenth International Conference on Current Issues in Sustainable Development

May 18th, 2016 David Berger 4 min read

I was drawn to the conference due to its synergy with Amaterra’s mission of promoting sustainability and conservation, and the focus on generational responsibility for the protection, and maintenance of the environment. A major issue that I faced during my time with the Peace Corps was how to encourage behavior change across generations, and especially how to encourage and promote discourse and collaboration which would enhance responsibility and accountability in sustainability initiatives.

Understanding Zambia: Reflections on history

Jan 20th, 2016 David Berger 3 min read

As you know, I often reflect on my time in Zambia, and in the next series of posts I wanted to cover some of the history of Zambia, and to talk about it in context. From her earliest beginnings in prehistory, through the period of the Khosian occupation of the area through to the 4th century, when a new influx of Bantu peoples descended from…

Describing life – Living in Chisunka

Oct 15th, 2014 David Berger 1 min read

Describing PC Life in Chisunka, Zambia. Reflections from when I was 24. A short video from my service when I was 24, describing my catchment and post.