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February 2014 Blog Posts (62)

The African Blogger Awards 2014

The African Blogger Awards aims to acknowledge the top African talent in the world of social media influencers, bloggers, YouTubers and Instagrammers. These awards provide an opportunity to the most successful online influencers in Africa to be recognised for their hard work in growing and keeping their communities active and engaged.

Our aim is to…


Added by Seu Yapa on February 28, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Voting for WSIS Project Prizes 2014 now open

Nominated projects for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prizes 2014 have been announced and voting is now open. A number of projects from the telecentre community made it to the shortlist. To read about and vote for these projects, check out the list…


Added by on February 28, 2014 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

TCF nominated for Internet Awards 2014 [UPDATED] Foundation
 has been nominated for this year’s Internet Awards by the Association of Internet Users based in Spain. The Internet Awards is held annually in line with the celebration of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day every 17th of May.

The Internet Awards aims to recognize…


Added by on February 28, 2014 at 3:00am — 14 Comments

Arabic Telecentre Community e-book by Nabil Eid now available

Nabil Eid, Foundation’s Regional Community Coordinator (RCC) for Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has written a book in Arabic that highlights key Information and Communication Technology (ICT) topics that…


Added by on February 28, 2014 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

Innovation Cluster Mapping Project

The Tony Elumelu Foundation provides sponsorship grant to Afrit Education Foundation for Innovation Cluster Mapping Project

A necessary tool for formulating policies that can improve Nigeria’s competitiveness.

LAGOS, Nigeria, February 26, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The Tony Elumelu Foundation (…


Added by Seu Yapa on February 27, 2014 at 7:16pm — No Comments

ICTs in Education and the Bottom Of Pyramid

Education is the fundamental human right and there is a widespread consensus that it is the single most important investment that can lead to a greater social and financial mobility for an individual. Yet, globally there are a staggering 61 million primary-aged children out of school[1] . Progress in reducing this number has stalled for the first time since 2002 because of decreasing aids, according to UNESCO Institute for Statistics and Education for All Global Monitoring Report…


Added by Seu Yapa on February 27, 2014 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Who needs textbooks? 'Zambian iPad' goes to school

(CNN) -- Whether it's learning how to read and write or setting up your own farm, a Zambian computer tablet -- known as the ZEduPad -- is trying to open up the country's information highway.

The brain child of British tech entrepreneur Mark Bennett, the ZEduPad principally teaches users basic numeracy and literacy skills, aimed at primary school…


Added by Seu Yapa on February 27, 2014 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Where mobiles outnumber people…

In 2001, about 25 million people in Africa had a mobile phone subscription; by 2013, that number had ballooned to 780 million – an increase of 3,120%. There are now more mobile phones in Botswana, Gabon and Namibia than there are citizens.

With statistics like these, it’s not surprising that many educational…


Added by Seu Yapa on February 27, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Legal Compass Helps Senior Citizens

A few years ago the telecentre in the Chertkiv Central Library (Chertkiv, Ukraine) opened the program Legal Compass. It was done under the umbrella of a larger program - Way to Success Via the Internet.

Since January 2012, retired citizens have been provided a lot of help regarding legal aid and other…


Added by Yuliya Melnyk on February 27, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

TCF joins Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona

As in the past year, Foundation (TCF) will once again have its place at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014, the world’s biggest mobile event taking place in Barcelona, Spain from February 24-27, 2014.


Thanks to Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government), TCF and other relevant local organizations like…


Added by on February 26, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

African traditions online

African traditions are under threat. While younger generations increasingly desire to move to the big cities, emigrate, or assimilate, globalisation has brought external cultures into competition with local ones, leaving many of these older structures close to dissolution. One proposed solution to this erosion of tradition is the ATOE (African Traditions Online…


Added by Seu Yapa on February 26, 2014 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Free Wi-Fi to entire world

Washington: A US company is planning to build an 'Outernet - a global network of cube satellites broadcasting Internet data to all the people on the planet - for free.

The idea is to offer free Internet access to all people, regardless of location, bypassing filtering or other means of censorship, according to the New York based non-profit organisation, Media Development…


Added by Seu Yapa on February 26, 2014 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Digital Jam 3.0 “Caribbean Edition”

Bringing together smart young tech entrepreneurs from all over the Caribbean and let creativity do the magic, is one of the objectives of Digital Jam 3.0 “Caribbean edition” previously launched in the OECS in November, 2013 at the Dominica State College.

With the goal of contributing to job creation for Caribbean youth, Digital Jam 3.0 “Caribbean edition” is a regional…


Added by Seu Yapa on February 26, 2014 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Entrepreneur bets on Mobile Enterprise Tools in Uganda

The application of mobile solutions and integration of devices has cultivated results within key sectors like healthcare and agriculture in several countries on the continent, including Kenya and Uganda.

One startup firm from Uganda, , aims to address the need for mobile solutions, support and service within what it describes as the underserved B2B tech sector in…


Added by Djamila K. MATHU on February 25, 2014 at 11:11pm — No Comments

Unused TV frequencies to power Web access in rural communities

MANILA, Philippiens — Rural areas in Bohol, Leyte, and Samar are set to be linked to the Internet by utilizing vacant television frequencies known as TV White Space (TVWS).

Louis Casambre, undersecretary of the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communication Technology Office (DOST-ICT), said that they are planning to deploy TVWS technology in 100 sites in…


Added by Seu Yapa on February 25, 2014 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Tigo pioneers world's first mobile money transfer with currency conversion with service between Rwanda and Tanzania

The new service allows Tigo subscribers in Tanzania to send money from their Tigo Pesa accounts to Tigo Cash subscribers in Rwanda and vice versa

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, February 24, 2014/ -- Tigo (, a subsidiary of the international telecommunications and media company Millicom (Stockholmsbörsen: MIC), a leader in…


Added by Seu Yapa on February 25, 2014 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Bridging the digital divide in rural communities

A telecentre at Rwamagana. Women in rural areas have been offered digital opportunities to improve their businesses, through Rwanda Telecentre Network. Sunday Times / File.

In a bid to enable the rural communities actively participate in the ICT transition in Rwanda, women in rural areas have been offered digital opportunities to improve their…


Added by Seu Yapa on February 25, 2014 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Apply Now: 2014 Social Enterprise Awards

The Social Enterprise Awards are the national awards for Australian social enterprise.

The aim of the Awards is to increase awareness of the role and diversity of social enterprises in Australia by creating a long term, high profile event.

The Awards are run by Social Traders and will be awarded annually. The 2014 Award applications will…


Added by Seu Yapa on February 25, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

7 Innovative Products From Africa You Should Know

African innovation is not yet getting the level of global recognition and support it truly deserves. The continent is brimming with a rising new generation of bold, creative-thinking innovators and entrepreneurs who are constantly inventing and developing new technologies that will simplify our daily lives and transform societies- technologies with global appeal and commercial viability in any part of the world. They deserve a closer look, and it’s time you took notice.

Here are 7 of…


Added by Seu Yapa on February 25, 2014 at 12:28am — No Comments

Global Development Awards and Medals Competition 2013-2014

The Global Development Awards and Medals Competition (AMC) is an innovative award scheme launched by GDN with generous support from the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan, and other donors. The AMC recognizes excellence in policy-oriented research, supports research capacity development of researchers in developing countries and funds innovative social development projects benefiting…


Added by Seu Yapa on February 24, 2014 at 1:36am — No Comments

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