August 23, 2010

Scriptoria Blog

Facebook page for DFID Livelihoods

The Livelihoods team of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) has used Scriptoria to unleash the power of Facebook to promote its work throughout the international development fraternity. The Scriptoria team set up the DFID Livelihoods Facebook page just last autumn - now it has more than 1,600 ‘fans’. 

To get the ball rolling, Scriptoria conducted a marketing campaign, specifically targeting professionals working in leading NGOs, the World Bank and other development organisations, as potential fans. Now, the Livelihoods Facebook page is self-perpetuating as fans spread the word to their friends and colleagues.

The Facebook page includes news, photos, videos and links, all providing quick updates of the work the DFID Livelihoods team does to help some of the poorest people in the world climb out of poverty. Since the Scriptoria design and initial write-ups were put in place, the Livelihoods team has managed the page itself, creating several new posts each week.

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August 16, 2010

Scriptoria Blog

Eldis development portal is spot on

We’re always on the look out for useful resources on the web that we can bring to your attention, and the ‘Eldis’ website and online community definitely fits the bill.Why is it so good? Well, the Eldis site aims to “share the best in development policy, practice and research” and includes content from more than 7,500 development organisations. Article subjects range from the relationship between high food prices and the seed market to the empowerment of adolescents in Bangladesh.

It’s free to join the online community to link up with others and create your own profile. But if you don’t want to do that, you can still access news, events, links and jobs information, and download resource guides and dossiers (for non-experts) and the bi-monthly IDS Insights magazine.

The Eldis site is well organised and easy to use - you can access information on a topic- or country-oriented basis. We’d say it’s a good one-stop-shop for anyone interested in international development.

The portal is actually hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, Brighton, on the UK south coast.

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August 10, 2010

Scriptoria Blog

Scriptoria intranet up and running

Hi all, just a quick note to let you know that we’re having a bit of a techno-geek moment here at the Scriptoria office, as we’re all really pleased with our new all-singing, all-dancing intranet server. It has a huge capacity, enabling us to store and exchange not megabytes or gigabytes, but terabytes of information! And it is accessible from anywhere in the world, providing an invaluable tool for our team of international experts.This improved communication system will help all our staff around the world to work smoothly together. And it means we can further cut down on corporate travel like the daily commute or international air flights, and reduce our carbon footprint. Hurrah!!!

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