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The Open Institute is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization that envisions Cambodia as a country in which widespread access to high quality education, information, communication, and technology lead to a more developed and just society. Currently, Open Institute has received funding support from UN Women to study on the Media Monitoring for Ending Violence Against Women in Cambodia.The project will gather and record quantitative and qualitative data about VAW to form a base of evidence that can be used in the future. Three local print media, three radio stations and three TV stati...
With the goal of reducing child mortality during the first month of life, the Czech NGO People in Need (PIN) has been working very hard to develop a system to provide new mothers with timely information that will help them take better care of their children. Photo by Jiri Pasz The system uses IVR (Interactive Voice Response) technology. Midwives at the health centers register the telephone numbers of new mothers soon after birth. Later that these mothers receive seven phone calls with seven pre-recorded messages along the first month of life of the baby. The careful content-development process...
Our partner IRI has been organizing a series of extremely successful debate programs on CNC and MyTV on different topics, as part of their name Next Generation Program. Open Institute's USAID-funded SPICE program has supported these programs by setting up a voting server to which callers could call through their phone and express their attitude towards the questions in the debates before and after the programs, allowing organizers to know if members of the audience had changed their opinions after watching the debates. The voting server used IVR (interactive voice response) technology and was...
Phnom Penh - Under the technical support from Open Institute's USAID-funded SPICE program, Winrock International-CTIP II program launched the first telephony voice-based information service for Safe migration on Monday 3rd March 2014 at Imperial Garden Villa and Hotel, Phnom Penh. The technology used for disseminating the safe migration information through mobile phone is Interactive-Voice Response system, which allow users to call in to listen to pre-recorded messages. With generous support from USAID, the system was connected to all major mobile operators in Cambodia allowing mass simultaneo...
In one of the largest and most innovative training events for civil society organizations (CSOs) to take place this year, Open Cambodia 2014 gathered last week in Sihanoukville over 100 program and technical staff members of 70 CSOs working in the health, trafficking, migration and human rights sectors. The week-long camp – organized by the Open Institute and funded by USAID through the SPICE and DEVELOPMENT INNOVATIONS programs - was designed to facilitate collaborative learning among participants on topics related to e-advocacy and basic data and communication security for CSOs. Given the d...
06 January 2014 – Held at Open Institute, a brainstorming workshop on “the Use of Technologies for Emergency Response” gathered national and international civil society organizations working on humanitarian and emergence response to share and discuss about potential uses of mobile technologies developed by USAID-funded SPICE program. Adding to its past success in using mobile technology for improving democratic process, the purpose of the workshop was to extend the use of technologies for development in humanitarian and emergency response. Making it like Internet without technical and financia...
05 January 2014 - Seeking to increase the impact of development using mobile technologies, a brainstorming workshop on “Using technologies for Environment” was held at Open Institute on 5th January 2014 by the USAID-funded SPICE program. The purpose of the workshop was to explore the possibilities of using mobile technologies developed by the program in environmental protection. Open Institute's SPICE program has developed - in partnership with private sectors, a voice-based platform called Interactive Voice Response system (IVR). This platform has successfully applied by its partners in impro...
Open Institute : A Mini Bar Camp on Youth using Information Communication Technology for Social Communication was conducted on 20 December, 2013 at Build Bright University (BBU) located at Banteay Meanchey province. The purpose of this Bar Camp was to increase youth’s knowledge on ICT in order to use social media to become more active participation in the community development. There were 444 participants from various Universities, High Schools and NGOs of Banteay Meanchey Province, include 11 speakers from Open Institute (OI), Khmer Youth and Social Development (KYSD), People Health for Deve...
The Open Institute’s eNGO workshop was conducted on 29thof November, 2013 at the Sunway Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The workshop was produced in conjunction with an Indian-based NGO called the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) as well as an American-based company called the Public Interest Registry (.ORG). The purpose of work shop were to educate NGOs about the concept of eNGO and the importance of using ICT for development, train the NGOs in ICT and show them the way in which using ICT can be advantageous for their organization and create websites for the NGO and educate them on how to...
PRESS RELEASE Phnom Penh, 4 November 2013Google produces Khmer language phones by integrating the translations provided by the NGO Open Institute The SPICE program, executed by the NGO Open Institute with funding from USAID, has collaborated with Google most of 2013 to complete the translation of the Android operating system to Khmer. These efforts have reached their goal with the release of Version 4.4 (codenamed KitKat) at the end of October. Google confirmed last Saturday, at the Google DevFest event in Phnom Penh, that this new version includes native support for Khmer script. The transla...

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