Geneva, 8 June 2015 – President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera of Costa Rica was inaugurated today as ITU Patron for Youth and ICT at a special ceremony in Geneva. This builds on the BYND2015 Youth Summit organized by ITU in San José, Costa Rica in 2013 where young participants from around the world called on governments to provide more flexible, dynamic and open means of governance to reach more people more easily than presently possible. They emphasized that the key to a successful development paradigm will be innovation and asked for education systems that equip students with not just theoretical knowledge, but with a practical mix of marketable, innovative and relevant skills needed to compete in the global digital economy.
There are more refugees and displaced people in the world now than ever before. Fortunately, a much-needed transformation is afoot among humanitarian agencies responding to these needs. Agencies including Oxfam, Mercy Corps and the World Food Program (WFP) are delivering less “stuff” (think food and shelter materials), preferring to give cash and vouchers instead.
Oxfam has spent over GBP 107 million on humanitarian cash programming, with a quarter of its humanitarian budget last fiscal year devoted to cash response. And WFP’s cash and voucher work has grown from just US$10 million in 2009 to US$837 million in 2014.
This is a trend we…Continue
Posted by Nabil Eid on August 30, 2015 at 2:11pm
Joseph Kitaka, a resident of Yatta in Machakos County, Kenya, has always had an interest in defending human rights. His community is faced with numerous challenges, including gender-based violence, police brutality and many other human rights violations. Mr. Kitaka had little hope of utilising Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to advance his ambition in bettering his community, until he was elected the chairman of Yatta Paralegal Network, a local Human Rights Network (HURINET).
Today, Yatta, is among 15 HURINETs in Kenya that are being supported by the …Continue
Posted by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 29, 2015 at 4:30am
Information and communication technologies (ICT) have driven global development in an unprecedented way, providing huge opportunities for social and economic development. Billions of people enjoy access to ICTs thanks to technological progress, infrastructure deployment and falling prices.
The ICT industry has experienced incredible growth over the past 15 years. In 2000, there were 400 million global Internet users; today there are 3.2 billion. There are more than 7 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide today, up from 738 million in 2000. In 2014, the price of a basic (fixed or mobile) broadband plan was less than 5 per cent of the average Gross National Income (GNI) per capita in 111 countries,…Continue
Posted by Nabil Eid on August 27, 2015 at 3:46pm
United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon has called for home grown technology based solutions to effectively deal with current and emerging development challenges. Speaking to young Kenyan technology innovators during his visit to iHub, an incubation facility for entrepreneurs and innovators in Nairobi, Ban Ki Moon said technology has the potential of dealing with crisis as it happens and therefore nip it in the bud. He also lauded iHub innovation center for blazing the trail in technology especially in encouraging girls and women to not only learn but to also come up with solutions to issues affecting them.
“I am pleased and inspired by the active engagement of the young people in seeking development solutions through ICT. Creative ideas being advanced in Kenya and other developing countries will…Continue
Posted by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 26, 2015 at 3:09pm
Dear member,As Telecentre.org Foundation (TCF) will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary this November, we would love to hear from you particularly on how TCF has helped you or your organization in the last 5 years. We kindly request that you share with us what were the initiatives that have benefited you the most. We…Continue