Linda Raftree

Linda Raftree has worked at the intersection of community development, participatory media, rights-based development and new information and communication technologies over the past 15 years, starting off in El Salvador where she lived for the decade of the 1990s. In addition to hands-on work with frontline staff and youth in various countries, Linda has conducted research and provided strategic input on the use of ICTs in development programs for Plan International and ways that ICTs can enhance Communication for Development (C4D) approaches with marginalized adolescent girls for UNICEF.


Linda manages Technology Salons in New York City and writesWait… What?’ a blog that is widely read by development practitioners and technologists interested in the overlap of technology and development work. She serves as an informal advisor to Project Restart and TechChange, serves on the board of the kiwanja Foundation, and is part of the Visualizing Humanity project, which addresses stereotyping in the use of images of people in the so-called ‘developing’ world.


Linda has been listed in The Guardian’s 20 Global Development TwitteratiLevo League’s Twitterful List of Women Crucial to Foreign Policy, CIPE’s 20 Empowered Women That You Should Be Following on TwitterVodafone’s World of Difference Top 10 International Development Blogs and Foreign Policy’s List of 100 Female Tweeters Everyone Should Follow.