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March 2008 Blog Posts (17)

Bangladesh Telecentre Network has signed an MoU with Intel’s World Ahead Programme

Bangladesh Telecentre Network has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Intel’s World Ahead Program, on March 22, 2008, with the aim to establish a collaborative relationship to jointly promote and support various digital inclusion and citizen transformation projects. Under this agreement, Intel will work with Bangladesh Telecentre Network to promote telecentres as a concept, introduce affordable PC platforms, enable Intel Channel Program partners to support telecentres, collaborate… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on March 26, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Another milestone in the Philippines telecentre movement

Office of the President of the Philippines Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), Philippines Community eCenter Network (PhilCeCNet) in collaboration with is going to launch the - Philippine CeC Academy on 3rd April, 2008 at The Heritage Hotel, Pasay City, Philippines.

The event is going to accompanied by other important launch events of Philippine Community eCenter Roadmap for 2010, Philippine CeC Portal and Philippine CeC… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on March 25, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Jainder Singh reiterates the role of ICT in egovernance for better accountability

Jainder Singh, Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Government of India, in his keynote address at the 8th Baramati Conference on ICT for Communities - scale and economic benefits - quality, accessibility and assessment of government services. The NeGP aims to provide the IT backbone for citizen centric services. Learning from the diverse pilots for scaling up has to be undertaken, when roll outs. 100,000 CSCs. Connectivity and content 18,000 colleges (Rs 10,000 crores over five… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on March 24, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

8th Baramati Conference Gets Off to a start

The eighth Baramati Conference has just been inaugurated with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp with an introductory welcome note from Sharad Kulkarni, the Chairman of the Governing Council of VIIT. The Baramati conference is being co-organised by VIIT and Intel and is being held at Baramati from 23-26th March 2008.

The inaugural session is being moderated by Sharad Kulkarni, and has key note presentations from Subas Pani, Secretary, Planning Commission, Government of India,… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on March 24, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

John Davies of Intel talks of the four pillars of development intervention at Baramati Conference

John Davies, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group and General Manager of the World Ahead Program, Intel Corporation, spoke passionately at the 8th Baramati Conference. Showing two video films, one of the Baramati school children learning computers, and another of the World Ahead programme across developing countries.

He mentioned about the Telecentre Project at Vietnam's Lao Cai where wimax connectivity has enabled the communities to access education, health care, livelihoods… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on March 24, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Bringing water and electricity to the world's poor

Bringing water and electricity to the world's poor

Created By: partha on 17-Mar-2006 12:00 AM

Segway creator unveils his next act

Inventor Dean Kamen wants to put entrepreneurs to work bringing water and electricity to the world's poor.

By Erick Schonfeld, Business 2.0 Magazine editor-at-large

February 16, 2006: 2:06 PM EST

San Francisco (Business 2.0) - Dean… Continue

Added by Partha Sarker on March 18, 2008 at 2:30am — No Comments

Empowering rural women to setup telecentres

"I did not know that computers have so many diverse uses; I can do many things using computers sitting in my village,” says Chandrakala of Ukkadagathri village in Jagalur taluk. Similarly, Karibasamma of Holesirigere says that she was not exposed to computers all these years and she was under the impression till recently that learning computers was just like going to the moon. “Now I can play with computers and I have realised that I can get all the information that I need just by clicking a… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on March 17, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Weekly news roundup - Asia, 17 March 2008

Farmers in twelve Philippino communities now access Internet

Farmers are using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology to make phone calls. Mariano's village is 21 km from the provincial capital of Digos where the Internet backbone has been installed and beamed to their cyber community by wireless technology. The cyber community project is being undertaken by the Open Academy for Philippine Agriculture (Opapa), an alliance of two international organisations (the… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on March 17, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Making e-Agriculture work through Public Private Partnership in Asia: Summary of Week I discussion: From March 10 to March 15th 2008

The discussion of Week I focused on various public-private partnership models in e-agriculture, how the public and private sector actors work together, lessons therein along with the challenges. The forum witnessed a healthy exchange of ideas from professionals and practitioners across continents.

The Models

Some examples discussed included ITC e-Choupal, the LifeLines-India, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Commonwealth of Learning supported “Lifelong Learning for Farmers; Project,… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on March 17, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Mobile phones and development: The future in new hands?

Recently, I have come across this research findings in the September 2007 issue of id21 by Richard Heeks and Abi Jagun of Development Informatics Group, Institute for Development Policy and Management, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, Manchester. I hope the study will be a good resource for the telecentre practitioners.

In this issue of id21 insights, the content focuses on an overview on diffusion, policy, use and impact of mobiles phones in… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on March 14, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

World Links Arab Region in Syria (WLAR)

World Links Arab Region in Syria (WLAR) reaching students by reaching teachers and making a positive difference to students

World Links Arab Region was established to operate programs in any of the 22 member states of the Arab league in conjunction with youth throughout the world.

In January 2004, World Links conducted a feasibility study in Syria in preparation for the launch of an innovative ICT initiative in the educational system though… Continue

Added by Nabil Eid on March 11, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Weekly news roundup -Asia, 10 March 2008

Google to store patients' health records

Google will soon start storing medical records of a few thousand people as it tests a long-awaited health service, which is likely to raise more concerns about health care services. The first piloted project will involve, 500 to 10,000 patients at the Cleveland Clinic who volunteered to an electronic transfer of their personal health records so they can be retrieved through Google's new service, which would not be open to the general… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on March 10, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

e-Tuk Tuk telecentre project won Stockholm challenge award

e-Tuk Tuk, a community building initiative that aims to share the benefits of modern information and communication technology with the rural communities in Sri Lanka bagged the Stockholm Challenge award under the Public Administration category for Information Communication Technology (ICT) initiatives supporting development.

The e-Tuk Tuk project was launched in 2005 by Kothmale Radio and Dilmah Tea with the assistance from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on March 6, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

National workshop on Community Radio in Bangladesh

For the first time in Bangladesh, a national workshop on Community Radio Awareness wass held on 02-04 March 2008 at Bangladesh Open University (BOU) campus. The event was jointly arranged by Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication(BNNRC) and Development Research Network (D.Net) in collaboration with Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) of Commonwealth of Learning(COL) and Bangladesh Open University(BOU). The workshop took place at the Media Centre in Bangladesh… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on March 6, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

United Villages telecentres spreads to rural India

United Villages provides villagers in Asia, Africa, and Latin America with a digital identity and access to locally-relevant products and services using low-cost, store-and-forward "driven-by WiFi" technology. The Mobile Access Points (MAPs) are installed on existing vehicles (e.g. buses and motorcycles) and automatically provide access for WiFi-enabled Kiosks along the roads. Whenever a MAP is within range of a real-time wireless Internet connection, it transfers the data from and for those… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on March 5, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Weekly news roundup - Asia, 03 March 2008

Communication initiative network in Senegal

The project called Xam Marsé provides market information about various products to Senegalese farmers, traders, hoteliers and others through Internet and free daily SMS service. Xam Marsé means 'Know your Market'. It provides real-time information on the prices and availability of fruit, vegetables, meat and poultry, on any of Senegal's markets. Manobi has launched this service to increase access of producers to information that… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on March 3, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

UN launches online map to identify food insecurity

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an interactive on-line map of Combodia to identify areas of food insecurity. The on-line map highlights how food security is a big challenge in the region.

WFP has developed the new Food Security Atlas in coordination with the Council for Agriculture and Rural Development of Cambodia. According to the agency's Cambodia Country Director Thomas Keusters, the Atlas illustrates the fact that food security goes far beyond… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on March 3, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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