Currently the editor of the Francophone region for Global Voices, I am a researcher in biomedical engineering and consultant in Global Health. Raised in Madagascar, I have a strong interest in international development and digital media as a tool to promote social change and transparency in the developing world. I am currently attending the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and Public Policy at Princeton U to further that specific interest. I am also part of the core team of the Foko, an NGO driven to promote the online exposure of social grassroots projects based in Madagascar. I can also be found at twitter.com/lrakoto and on my personal blog, http://rakotomalala.blogspot.fr/.
Latest posts by lova rakotomalala
Mapping for Niger, as Told by One of the Project's Volunteers
The Mapping for NIger project faces limited logistical, financial, and human resources as well as a general ignorance of Open Data, making each activity realized a feat of volunteer passion and activism.
Mapping for Niger Turns One, Community Reflects
The Mapping for Niger grantee project celebrates its first anniversary with all its contributors, who reflect on what participating in the project has meant to them.
Sharing Testimonies: An Open Project for Victims of Rape
Speaking and exchange is the first step towards healing. The blog project "Je connais un violeur" ("I know a rapist") provides an open space for women to anonymously exchange their testimonies while also working against misconceptions around rape. RV interviewed the founder about the project. (Note: this article may not be suitable for more sensitive readers).
Malagasy Blogger Reflects Upon Climate Change Conference and G20 Summit
Sept, 27th marked the end of a busy week-long journey for Malagasy blogger and Foko coordinator Stephane, a.k.a pakysse. Stephane took off from Antananarivo, Madagascar on the 21st and landed in JFK, NYC on the 22nd for the Climate Change Conference in New York City at the United Nations Headquarters and the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh.