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April 2008 Blog Posts (16)

Bhutan to leverage ICTs for development

Bhutan is concentrating to build political will to take ICT (Information Communications Technology) to the next level.

The total budget to develop ICT during the ninth five-year plan was almost Nu 80 million, which is actually the cost of building one higher secondary school with boarding facilities. For the tenth plan, the budget has increased to almost Nu 2 billion and that is the same amount that the government would be spending to develop Thimphu's urban area. There is an urgency… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on April 29, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

APEC signs ‘Bangkok Declaration,’ eyes ‘digital prosperity’

Representatives from APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) countries have signed a new agreement to collaborate on several areas including 'cybersecurity' and universal access.

Dubbed the “Bangkok Declaration,” the accord was signed by 21 APEC member-countries at the APEC Ministerial Meeting on Telecommunications and Information Industry (or TELMIN) in Thailand.

The Bangkok Declaration, created to add a social perspective to the APEC agenda, stresses the need for… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on April 27, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Stockholm Challenge - over a decade of success

The Stockholm Challenge is a pioneer among ICT awards and networking organisations, So far the Stockholm Challenge has brought together over 5,000 ICT projects from all over the world, many of whom are active in lasting and growing networks. The over all goal of the Stockholm Challenge is to help counteract social and economic disadvantage, wherever it occurs, by promoting the use of ICT for development. It is mostly targeted towards developing… Continue

Added by Nabil Eid on April 26, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Resource mobilisation, its all about relationships

The workshop on capacity building in resources mobilisation for partners is underway. It is attended by key telecentre networks in Asia with supported from It is nice to see old friends… and working with Rich Fuchs again. When he is a telecentre crowd, you expect passion and soul-searching exercises. This wasn’t any exception. For instance this time, he reflected on how far telecentres have come and development challenges and his passion for mobilising resources.… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on April 16, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Getting network communication right

…its day two and we are discussing communications. The day before, Major General Sandhu with South Asian Fund Raising Group had delivered core concepts of resource mobilisation. Guess what…? The Major General was actually sharing his experience in fundraising as CEO of HelpAge India, a national level NGO where he tripled the organisation’s fundraising in 3 years.

Richard Fuchs, IDRC Regional Director South Asia says – “Demo or die”

I had a presentation in which I underlined the… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on April 16, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Telecentre Leaders' Forum - Europe | day 2

...then it was Wednesday, and the TLF-Europe run its final day. It was time to take stock and firm up outcomes.

Overall, I was impressed with this event. A couple of weeks earlier, the taskforce was grapping with the agenda and nature of participants that would make the main objectives of the event come alive - knowledge sharing and consolidating the telecentre network.

By Wednesday afternoon (day 2), I could see momentum among participants; they wanted the network and… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on April 15, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

TLF - Europe underway – all eyes on knowledge sharing and the network

The day started with introductory remarks from (Meddie), Microsoft (Melissa) and LIKTA (Prof. Imants Freibergs).

It had earlier been intimated to me that the audience is a mix of experienced telecentre practitioners and new birds - that were unsure if their technology centres and public libraries are indeed telecentres. In my remarks therefore, I underlined the operational definition of telecentres, consisting a place where technologies are accessed for training and… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on April 15, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

TLF-Europe outcomes | How I see it

The structure of the event meant that firm decisions and actions were agreed throughout the 2 days. Every group session and plenary was potentially bring back an action. In several cases, participants agreed to undertake joint activities such as Bulgaria (icentres) and Romania (EOS) who went as developing a proposal. In the case of EUTA, it was dissolution of the Association and participate in Telecentre-Europe network. Other outcomes include:

1. Expansion of the steering committee… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on April 15, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Telecentre Networks: Imagine if the media were a close friend…

Vivian (IDRC South East and East Asia) gave us some coaching in managing media as part of network partners’ training workshop here in Bangkok. She walked us through practical techniques for attract media interest, their motivations, preparations and best way engage them in telecentre work. It all tied together with previous discussions about communication planning.

What did I take away?

It’s really critical that telecentre networks get communication skills… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on April 13, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Telecentre Network Resource Mobilisation Training: How I got more…

I joined the training workshop in Bangkok to learn, share, co-facilitate and connect with telecentre practitioners in Asia. Seven days after, I feel all was achieved and more… I always like more!

From regular contacts with telecentre networks around the world and personal experience, I know that networks have not, most often taken full advantage of the resources available. Did I say full..? It could even be a generous estimate. Fast forward; this is all due to inadequate… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on April 12, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Training Commons Modules to Capacitate Telecentre Managers

Publisher:, Mission 2007

Partners: NASSCOM Foundation, Plan International - India, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, World Corps, Development Alternatives and Splash! Communications

Pages: 280


To strengthen the capacity-building component of the Mission 2007 ecosystem, – with the help of Mission 2007 partners initiated a project called ‘Training Commons’ to… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on April 9, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

An exciting first day at the European Telecentre Leaders Forum

The European Telecentre Leaders Forum started today in Riga, Latvia. The Latvian Information Technology and Telecommunications Association (LIKTA) — the event's host — is ridiculously well organized. Registrations went smoothly and, along with the regular papers and swag, we even got Latvian history books and Black Balsam in our welcome kits.

Professor Imants Freibergs, LIKTA Board Member… Continue

Added by Christine Prefontaine on April 9, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

ICT for communities: Scale and economic benefits


Between 23rd and 25th March 2008, Baramati played host to international guests from all over the world. More than 150 participants followed the Vidya Pratishthan's Institute of Information Technology (VIIT) and Intel’s invitation to attend the Eighth Annual Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Development. The conference focused on scale and the economic benefits of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on Communities, exploring avenues… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on April 8, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Fourth Knowledge Exchange Conference on eCenters opens

More than 100 information and communications technology (ICT) leaders of the Philippines gathered at the Heritage Hotel in Manila April for the 4th Knowledge Exchange Conference on Community eCenters. The conference is scheduled between 3rd and 4th April 2008.

Chief guests for the function are Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua III, Chairman Sec., Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), Angelo Timoteo M. Diaz de Rivera, CICT Commissioner and National Computer Center… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on April 4, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments Art and Sculpture ICT Knowledge Community Development Initiative

When we visited e India 2007 conference to present Shilpa Sayura, We planned to Visit few places in India, which are related to local education. All we wanted was to obtain few photographs


the very first visit to Ajantawe were amazed to see Ajanta's Rock Art & Sculpture. The Visits to Elloraand Sanchiwas definitely worth. With the reception we had in India for Shilpa Sayurae Leaning Project for Rural Communities, We thought we could do something useful to global… Continue

Added by Niranjan Meegammana on April 3, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

BTN Launches the Telecentre Reference Desk

As one of the countries in developing world trying to accelerate the pace of socio-economic development, Bangladesh has been exploring the innovative usage of telecentres to accelerate the growth. Clearly, telecentres help people and their communities step into the knowledge economy. Realising the importance of telecentres in stimulating the country’s growth and poverty reduction, on 06th December 2007, Bangladesh Telecentre Network (BTN) launched the Mission 2011. The mission aims to establish… Continue

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

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