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Program Manager Information Program | Open Society Foundations (OSF)

September 25, 2013 in Freedom to innovate, Work by Balthas

Dear all,

this job offer by the Open Society Foundations (OSF) might be of interest to some of you – for further information, see their website:

“The Information Program seeks a full-time program manager to develop and expand the program’s work to support the nascent digital advocacy field, and the strategic use of new technologies and data by the human rights and transparency/accountability sectors.”


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Yours, network!

May 28, 2013 in Work by Balthas

my network on APD 2013Nice. I just found this new feature of the Alumniportal Germany, that shows a map of all my contacts (click on the picture on the left side to see the large version). [Disclaimer: I work at GIZ’s unit managing the Alumniportal Germany]

Hi to everyone, from Canada via South Africa to Indonesia. Let’s stay in touch! And I am happy to see that the portal is moving one step closer in the direction of “showing” networks and communities. Which is a genuine challenge, as I discussed in a previous blog post titled “Non-“Sense”?! Why you can’t touch an online network (yet)

P.S. 1: unfortunately I had to cut the Fidji Islands and my friends from over there from the picture for space reasons, sorry). P.S. 2: If you are a user of the Alumniportal Germany, you should find the map with your own network at MY CONTACTS -> MY NETWORK. The URL should be [replace YOURUSERNAME accordingly] [This will be a link to content within the Alumniportal Germany (register or login first to access the link)]____
Note: This text was first published on the blog of Balthas Seibold at the Alumniportal Germany ( Check the blog ( register or login first). All blog entries represent the personal views and ideas of Balthas Seibold.

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Alumniportal Deutschland just started ‘Creative dialogue on social networking’

December 11, 2012 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn, Work by Balthas

The Alumniportal Deutschland just started an interesting discussion on the history and culture of social networks.

Link to the discussion on the (register or login first).

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InWEnt, DED and gtz are now “GIZ”

January 3, 2011 in Work by Balthas

January 2011: Balthas Seibold inspecting the new GIZ identity

January 2011: Balthas Seibold inspecting the new GIZ identity

Balthas Seibold is now with the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)” – the successor of a merger of InWEnt – Capacity Building International and the two other bilateral technical cooperation agencies of Germany DED and gtz. The slogan of the merger is “Broad-based expertise for sustainable development – under one roof”. And this is how GIZ describes itself: “Working efficiently, effectively and in a spirit of partnership, we support people and societies in developing, transition and industrialised countries in shaping their own futures and improving living conditions. This is what the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is all about. Established on 1 January 2011, it brings together under one roof the long-standing expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) gGmbH (German development service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German technical cooperation) and InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany. As a federally owned enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in international education work around the globe.” For more official info on the merger outcome, check the following GIZ news. For a brief history of InWEnt, check the wikipedia-entry on InWEnt.

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InWEnt yourself

July 26, 2005 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn, Open Source IT business, Work by Balthas

English_Logo_of_InWEntAfter three exciting years as an Associate Expert at UNESCO, Balthas Seibold is going to take up new challenges in Germany: As of September, he will be working with InWEnt in Bonn, a German development agency in the field of capacity building and training. A senior project manager for programmes on “ICT for Development”, he will develop capacity building projects in Asia, Africa and the Middle East within the department of Sustainable Business Development. For more information see (now on the Internet Archive).

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Contributing to the programme and budget of UNESCO of 2006-2007

April 23, 2005 in Freedom to learn, Work by Balthas

UNESCO logoBalthas Seibold is proud to have contributed to the programme and budget of UNESCO of 2006-2007 as part of his assignment with UNESCO’s bureau of strategic planning – his main editing contributions are within the “communication and information” section, which deals with access to information and freedom of expression. You find the final document online on the Webseite of UNESCO 

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Nouveau boulot UNESCO

October 27, 2002 in Freedom to learn, Work by Balthas

balthas_UNESCO_fernrohr_350_180As of November 2002 I will be working at UNESCO (UNESCO) as an Associate Expert Quite exited … and looking forward to contributing to the work of the Bureau of Strategic Planning (online here) which is responsible for doing the two-year plan and the six year strategy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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Now working at the ‘Gesellschaft für technische Zusammenarbeit’

October 6, 2001 in Freedom to innovate, Work by Balthas

Since first of Octobgtz_2002er, I am working with the Gesellschaft für technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), Germany’s main institution in the business of technical cooperation. First I am staying at headquarters in Eschborn near Francfort – then I will work with a programme on rural development in Peru. My main theme will be the potential of information and communication technologies to enhance impact in development work.  [Note: Link was updated to reflect later merger of gtz]