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February 2009 Blog Posts (50)

Declaration of English and IT Year a wise move says Dr. Murthy

Dr. Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy , Father of IT in India, Chairman and Mentor of Infosys Technologies Limited and famous icon of entrepreneurship in modern India said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had taken a very wise step by articulating the value of English and IT for the development of Sri Lanka by declaring the current year as the year of English and IT.

Dr. Murthy made this assertion while participating as the guest of honour at a dinner organised to mark the Launch of… Continue

Added by S Gavashkar on February 28, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Ofok NGO Proposal for hosting OOoCon 2009/2010

The Annual International Conference (OOoCon) is the premier event for anyone interested in or working with OOoCon is where representatives of all the community projects meet to celebrate and learn from the achievements of the past twelve months, and discuss how to meet the challenges of the next twelve.

Every year, a completely new team adopts OOoCon, brings it to their country, and puts their own… Continue

Added by Moataz A. Shaarawy on February 28, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments


Microsoft launches “BizSpark” program in Gafsa, Tunisia

24th February 2009

TUNIS- Microsoft launched its “BizSpark” initiative in the southern city of Gafsa, in Tunisia, on Tuesday. The program which aims at supporting ICT start ups, to create new software and web design has already been launched in several countries throughout the world, including in Jordan.

Launching the program, Mr. Walid Abu- Hadhba, Microsoft vice- president in charge of group… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on February 27, 2009 at 7:32pm — No Comments


Makerere University is one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Africa, having been founded in 1922. Over the past one year, the university’s faculty of Computer and technology was involved in a number of projects aimed at empowering the community with computer literacy and awareness. Below are some of them.

Mozllla firefox Browser translated Into 'Luganda'

Over 300 students gathered at CIT on 7 - 8 August 2008 to translate the Mozilla Firefox… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on February 27, 2009 at 3:35pm — 1 Comment

Project E3 : Part 1

Part 1

Telecenter Networks form by bringing in Telecenters owned by individual entities from a diverse geography communities. The common thread bind them is similar issues, shared future vision and nereaed benefit from the network.

Network managers do not have a strong hold on the control of the network members who act independent. One example is getting them all of them to attend a workshop, provide performance data… Continue

Added by Niranjan Meegammana on February 26, 2009 at 2:13am — No Comments

IT Could Have Been You! My Poem On HIV/AIDS

It could have been you

It could have been you

So show me love

It could have been you

So don't make me the more sad

Oh! this dreadful disease

This Acquired Immune Deficiency


Has taken my freedom

Give me your hand

And by my side always stand

My identity has not changed

So don't let me look strange

Please spare me the criticism

And stop the ostracism

I have learnt my lesson

But I want to be like… Continue

Added by Jacob Baiden Odame on February 25, 2009 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Discussion summary: Shouldn't telecentres entertain their community.

It's been an on going discussion in the forum and I also added it to the pollydaddy application to get polls.

Most of the participants agreed that telecentres should package their programs in an entertaining way to attract crowds. Drama and music were some of the examples that the participants cited in the forum.

Cleopa Timon noted that ''Integrating entertainment in ICT4D makes it a one stop shop if you may call it so for the community. Just how much can information be… Continue

Added by Sandra Nassali on February 25, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

African nations plan to connect rural areas to internet

In five years' time, several under served rural areas in Africa will be connected to the Internet following the rural information and communication technology (ICT) policies being implemented by African governments.

Zambia, Rwanda, South Africa and Nigeria are promoting the use of Internet services to rural areas to serve communities that are cut off from the rest of the world and to increase access to public information.

Only a few months after Zambia and Rwanda launched… Continue

Added by Sandra Nassali on February 25, 2009 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Syria

Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Syria

The Aga Khan Development Network has made a long term commitment to working with the peoples and Government of Syria to support and contribute to the improvement of prospects for economic, social, and cultural development. Current priority areas include rural economic development, employment and enterprise development, enhancing the quality of social services, strengthening civil society… Continue

Added by Nabil Eid on February 24, 2009 at 5:38pm — 1 Comment

A reflection on sector participation in the GEM discussions for CeCs in the Philippines

The Molave Development Foundation, Inc. (MDFI), a member organization of the Philippine CeC Network, carried out a series of Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) as part of the pilot implementation of the Gender and Evaluation Methodology (GEM) in Community eCenters, in December 2008 and January 2009.

These discussions involved several sectors that were identified by the participants of prior GEM workshops in Bato, Leyte and Binalonan, Pangasinan. This was an interesting process because it… Continue

Added by Angelo Juan O. Ramos on February 24, 2009 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Global Xchange initiative to train MAKATON language to the local youths in International Mother Language Day with YPSA.

Language is to communicate. Language is a right to express. Hence, even people with communication disabilities, have their own language to express them and this is sign language. So, for ensuring the right to let the voice out of people with communication disabilities and to aware others about it, two Global Xchange volunteers took initiative to train MAKATON language to the local youths of college in international Mother Language Day with co operation with YPSA.

MAKATON is… Continue

Added by Belayet Hossain on February 24, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

BTN member D.Net ogranized training program for teachers under Computer Literacy Programme (CLP)

To mitigate the knowledge gap of underprivileged school teachers about the computer and other modern technologies D.Net (Development Research Network) organized an training program for 15 school teachers under the Computer Literacy Programme (CLP). 11 days long training program started on 8th February and end on 19th February, 2009. D.Net distribute a training certificate to each of the teachers for successfully completion of the training. Each teachers will operate a Computer Learning Centre… Continue

Added by Belayet Hossain on February 23, 2009 at 2:07pm — No Comments

BTN member Centre for Communication and Development [CCD Bangladesh] Achieved Global Media Award

Knowledge centre CCD has been honored with Global Media AIDS Initiative (GMAI) Award for its significant contribution in creating mass awareness on HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh through radio programs.

Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) gave this important award to CCD under ABU-MAE Project. With the support of US based international development organization Henri J. Kasser Foundation, Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) provides Global Media AIDS Initiative Award. This award… Continue

Added by Belayet Hossain on February 23, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Role of Tele Communication on people life in Afghanistan:

In the medal 20th century a basic telecommunication system was introduced for a short number of government offices with a few outdoor connections. Liter on in 1960 the first auto exchange telephone installed in Kabul (capital) and some remote cities and telephony system become minimum accessible for people. Later on the government got busy with political issue for almost 35 years Afghanistan experienced bloodshed war the entire infrastructure of country demolished every thing got destructive,… Continue

Added by Nawroz Rateb on February 22, 2009 at 3:36pm — No Comments


Success is measured in many ways but I think that the ultimate personal success is in achieving the goals which we set for ourselves. Success is being in the place where you want to be. Success is having the means to enjoy life, however you see fit. Success is a journey, not a destination. Believe that you can trust yourself to become successful. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

There are no "secrets" of success and success is not limited to small number of… Continue

Added by Lisa Simpkins on February 22, 2009 at 3:26am — 2 Comments

How to reduce telecentre costs and management challenges

I suspect some of you have already read about NComputing. The company has a ground breaking solution to computer challenges telecentres face. Its simple to deploy, compatible with standard software, highly

efficient - consuming 95% less electricity than a typical PC and significantly easier to manage and cheap (starting at around $70 per seat).

Ncomputing solution is based on the fact that today's PCs are so powerful that the vast majority of applications only use a small… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on February 21, 2009 at 12:52am — 1 Comment


'Mobile health' campaign launched

17th February, 2009

Three foundations have announced their intention to join in a "mobile health" effort to use mobile technology to provide better healthcare worldwide.

The UN, Vodafone, and the Rockefeller Foundation's mHealth Alliance aims to unite existing projects to improve healthcare using mobile technology.

The alliance will guide governments, NGOs, and mobile firms on how they can save lives in the… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on February 20, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Uganda Needs a National Database

Story From New Vision Newspaper, Kampala

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni created the Information Communication Technology (ICT) ministry and appointed Dr. Ham Mulira as the minister, deputised by Alintuma Nsambu.

It is commendable because ICT is one of the fast growing sectors in the Ugandan economy and the ministry is ensuring that Ugandans get maximum benefit from the sector.

Our neighbour, Rwanda, is one of a few developing countries that are a success… Continue

Added by Charles Mukuye on February 20, 2009 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Keeping up with the times

Chandra at his training at the Sightsavers-Vision Aid computer center at Visakhapatnam

With the current technological boom in India, employment opportunities are rife; a thumbs up for the economy of a country that’s still considered ‘developing’. However, is it possible for people with visual impairments to keep up in this modern world?

The answer of course is yes – very much so!

B. N. Chandra Sekhar is a 24-year-old man who… Continue

Added by Edwin Galiwango on February 19, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Tips on how to blog interesting stories

Many are times when one tries to put down his/ her ideas into writing but does not know where to begin. For beginners, writing is looked at as a terrifying issue. Some people think they can not write, others think they are bad/poor/boring writers and some do not believe they can write.

However, I think there is always a beginning for every thing and once one starts the journey of writing, the end will be justified by the means. I have put together some tips that will help all of us… Continue

Added by Sandra Nassali on February 19, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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