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April 2009 Blog Posts (70)

Radio Ijwi ry' Umukenyezi (Voice of the woman) of Giheta (in Burundi):one year of operation;an impressive impact !

The speech of the legal representative of Dushirehamwe at the official launch of Radio Ijwi Ry'Umukenyezi was very instructive for me.She underlined importance of the needs assessment survey conducted on the people of Giheta before the installation of the radio. That made it possible to build the grid of the programs and relevant themes to be developped.

These themes are:

- the Community development in the field of agriculture :Classically, more than 90% of the citizens of the rural… Continue

Added by NKURUNZIZA JEAN PAUL on April 30, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Weekly News Roundup-Asia

New software for e-Governance in India

April 27

New Delhi: An Israel-based company, FTK Technologies, which offers vernacular computing solutions, such as its flagship product LooKeys, has launched its special version for e-Governance applications. The software, named LooKeys-E-Gov version, will be available in two versions: Standard without webcam and simulated hands feature and Professional with webcam and simulated hands feature. This latest version will… Continue

Added by Sabyasachi Kashyap on April 30, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Official launch of Radio Ijwi Ry'Umukenyezi ( Voice of women) in Giheta ( Burundi)

The Community Radio "Ijwi ry' Umukemyezi" (means the voice of

woman) was officially launched this Monday April 27th 2009, by the Prime Vice - President of Burundi: Dr.Yves SAHINGUVU.

This official inauguration occured almost one year after of operation since it started to broadcast in May 2008.

The radio was born from the initiative of "DUSHIREHAMWE" ( a woman non profit organization based in Burundi ) and was supported by UNESCO.

This radio is localised in GIHETA, a rural… Continue

Added by NKURUNZIZA JEAN PAUL on April 30, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

My Take on CHI2009

Overall I found it very difficult to make choices on which sessions to go for when interesting papers were being presented simultaneously. I was spoilt for choice but glad to have that chance to be able to choose!

My experience was an eye-opener and it would have been good to have more participants from developing countries in Africa. Probably the conference may consider moving to a location in Africa to grant more participating opportunities for people from Africa. It would also help very… Continue

Added by Daniel Orwa Ochieng on April 30, 2009 at 1:35am — No Comments

CHI2009 Conference Day 2 - Tuesday 7th April 2009

Session: Prototyping and Interaction.

This session featured three papers on approaches to prototype development. Prototypes unless designed properly may make users turn away from systems rather than use them. The approach used will determine whether the prototype captures the user needs or not. Though not very precise, the papers presented approaches that can be used to address the psychological social and cultural issues associated with system design and… Continue

Added by Daniel Orwa Ochieng on April 30, 2009 at 1:18am — No Comments

CHI2009 Conference Day 4 - Thursday 9th April 2009


Had interest I this session more so since mobile phone use in health care is fast becoming a practical solution to reach patients in cases where communication has been a big challenge. The papers presented various design choices for mobile phones in health care. I found the presentations intriguing in the sense that they very much assumed that the user had to be literate to a large extent. I found this at variance with the situation in most developing… Continue

Added by Daniel Orwa Ochieng on April 30, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

CHI2009 Conference Day 3 - Wednesday 8th April 2009

Session: Using tabletops for education, science and media

This session consisted of using tabletops to encourage students to attempt interaction before seeking out answers among other presentations. Was a much better presentation using tabletops and appeared geared towards using technology to enhance education. Appreciated so much the application and how students gain the courage to overcome techno-phobia and be able to attempt interaction. Really a practical case of using… Continue

Added by Daniel Orwa Ochieng on April 30, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

eGyanKendra's Dehradun Center to start from 10th May 2009

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Dear Friends.

Hope all is well there….

As informed earlier, we are ready to formally launch our “Learning and… Continue

Added by ANIL on April 29, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Community Enterprises as a Basis for Telecentre Establishment

Today I will leave Nairobi to visit one of Kenya's driest districts-Kibwezi District. The challenge in this District is not that there is no water that can be tapped to irrigate the perennially dry district but that rains come, create floods which then joins others collected upstream to just pass by and end in the Indian Ocean, where it helps no-one. It pains to note that a community with so much land can become perennial beneficiaries of food aid.

As is the spirit in our work at… Continue

Added by Kiringai Kamau on April 29, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

[iKnowHow] 4 Characteristics of User-Friendly Websites

What makes a website user-friendly? There are probably an endless number of factors, but let’s look at four of the major ones.

1. Page Load Speed (যত কম সময়ে লোড হবে)

Although high-speed internet connections are becoming more and more common, there are still a large number of internet users that are on slower dial-up connections. Even with high-speed connections some pages just don’t load very quickly. At the very least, slow loading times will reduce the number of pages that… Continue

Added by A.K.M Ganiul Zadid on April 28, 2009 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Innovation of Swaabhimaan 2066

After a long wait, the IT event Microsoft Swaabhimaan 2009 got inaugurated today at the DECC hall of United world Trade Center, Tripureshwor, with the innovative ideas on IT fields. In this 3 days event, more than 100 speakers will give their presentations and we will have about 1500 participants only for the conference. For this event, Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs) are having an online blog in which will… Continue

Added by Swaabhimaan on April 28, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

Gender Development: A Bangladesh Perspective

Gender studies take us straight into peoples most private lives and this immediately brings the role of the researcher into question. Empowerment becomes the first and most essential requirement of both planning and development. The researcher must examine the specific articulation of patriarchy in private as well as public space. In old fashioned feminist terms, the personal becomes political. In gender studies seeking to lead us out of the impasse, development is defined in terms of the… Continue

Added by Fatema Begum Labony on April 27, 2009 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Climate-Poverty hearing in Noakhali, Bangladesh

On 23 April, 2009 evening Climate-Poverty hearing on the negative impact of Climate Change on the life and livelihood of costal people was held at Boyar Char of Hatiya the island upazilla of Noakhali. Thousands of people who are the victim of river erosion, farmers, fishermen, landless and people of other… Continue

Added by Belayet Hossain on April 27, 2009 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Field visit experience

Last one and half month we (me and my research team) visited 25 schools for data collection for our research. Most of our schools are situated in very remote area. Some times we had to change transport for 5 times. Several times we had to walk on the village road filled up with dust and under sun. Many times it happens that after reaching the target school we have to wash ourselves so that people can recognize us!

Though our journey… Continue

Added by Fatema Begum Labony on April 27, 2009 at 1:23pm — 2 Comments

Free Library on portal of Rural knowledge Network ,Syria

Free Library on portal of Rural knowledge Network ,Syria

Free Library on portal of Rural knowledge Network ,Syria. Aimed to facilitate and contribute knowledge to access knowledge and information to all citizens in Syrian rural areas . The contributions process of human development in particular to that category that are difficult to access sources of knowledge especially the population of rural areas. Therefore, the library is looking for… Continue

Added by Nabil Eid on April 26, 2009 at 5:53pm — No Comments

ICT in Collective Action of Communities Backed by Local Service Providers

This is my first Blog and for this reason I would like to dedicate it to what I do through ICT and Agricultural Value Addition for the communities I have worked with in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Eritrea.

I work with a number of individuals mentored through my business and whom I support through a not for profit organziation VACID Africa...

The use of ICT among many community institutions has been a challenge. Community institutions shy away… Continue

Added by Kiringai Kamau on April 25, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Launching ceremony of Protifolon, a new policy brief series of D.Net

D.Net and IDS (Institute of Development Studies), University of Sussex, UK jointly organised a launching ceremony of Protifolon a new policy brief series on last April 22, 2009. This policy brief will highlight cutting edge thinking on the emerging issues affecting Bangladesh.

The first edition examines the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in the context of trade, exports migration and remittances. It summarises recommendations for policy makers.

After the well coming speech… Continue

Added by Fatema Begum Labony on April 25, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

SCHR – Computer Assisted Instruction for PWD

Computer Assisted Instruction for PWD

SCHR – Studies Center for Handicapped Research is a non-profit organization. We have been developing these programs over ten years of active involvement to provide Persons with disabilities some necessary programs and information a about ICTs.

The organization is managed by a committee drawn from the local community. All the staff of the have a range…

Added by Nabil Eid on April 25, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments


Africa–India satellite links to expand

21st April 2009

An ambitious project to link up African Union countries with Indian hospitals and universities via satellite will accelerate this year after a pilot project in Ethiopia proved successful. Ethiopia was the first country to participate in the Indian taxpayer-funded project, called the Pan-African e-Network, and Nigeria is scheduled to go online in June. The project, costing more than US$100 million, aims to… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on April 24, 2009 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Swaabhimaan 2066: Conference on Creating a Knowledge Revolution in Nepal gets underway

Over the last few years, there have been considerable progress in the Himalayan country of Nepal in making ICTs a tool to connect the rural Nepalese population. The telecentre movement in the country is also generating remarkable momentum with interventions from the government, private sectors, civil society organisations, as well as international organisations. Mission Swabhimaan is one of those initiatives to connect the rural masses through ICTs, particularly telecentres.

After… Continue

Added by Sabyasachi Kashyap on April 24, 2009 at 7:26pm — No Comments

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