In 2003, an undergraduate student at the College of William and Mary set out to write his honors thesis on the efforts of international development organizations to help communities adapt to and mitigate the effects of global climate change. His research quickly hit a roadblock: existing public data on foreign aid flows was not precise enough to enable his analysis.
The Aid Management Program (AMP) helps governments and development partners gather, access, and monitor information on development activities, with the goal of increasing aid effectiveness. The Program’s software, AMP, provides visualization tools that enable users to analyze and visualize development activities.
Stephen Hawking famously observed that “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” As with humans, technology tools must also adapt to changes within organizations if they are to remain useful, and, well, “intelligent”. So what does technology adaptation look like in practice, and how can we make the most of it?