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April 2010 Blog Posts (37)

Networks with a purpose e-conference

I post here my contribution to the Africa Network with a purpose e-conference that is currently being facilitated by UgaBYTES. My post reflects my own fears that much as the telecentre is a wonderful initiative, Africa seems not to harness it the way other continents seem to be doing.

In my view, the problem comes from the fact that we seek to learn from 'other success cases out there' rather than creating what stands to succeed if created from our own leaning. My fist post for week… Continue

Added by Kiringai Kamau on April 30, 2010 at 4:11am — 1 Comment

Log in, Zoom in and Check out APTN - Telecentre Network Map

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Asia Pacific Telecentre Network (APTN) Secretariat is working hard towards building its web portal as a strong network to transfer technology and required knowledge to its members. With your strong participation and dedication, a success regional cooperative mechanism can be built. Therefore APTN Secretariat kindly look forward to it… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on April 26, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments


CALL FOR DEMOS –International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies

and Development (ICTD 2010)

ICTD 2010 invite submissions of demonstrations for ICTD 2010. The demo session provides researchers and practitioners a venue for showcasing

live demonstrations of their work. The focus of a demonstration may span

novel hardware or software systems, video footage, or physical…


Added by Seu Yapa on April 26, 2010 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Philippine telecentre academy to develop business plan for 2011-2016

The formulation of a five-year business plan for the telecentre academy in the Philippines, better known as the Community eCenter Academy (tPCA), is now underway. A business planning workshop was held last April 22, 2010 in Manila, Philippines with twenty-two participants representing various stakeholder groups in the country.

The… Continue

Added by Cuchie Echeverria on April 26, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Is the "Telecentre" the new "Water Pump"? by Dr Laurence Lock Lee

Dear Members,

I have come across this interesting article on telecetres as community meeting places. Traditionally, in India, the village well was the meeting point for the village ladies to gossip and share informations, problems and challenges and find out solutions. Over a period of time, with modernisation, the common water tap or the hand pump took over this position. And now the telecentres! Are they really going to become the meeting places or the 'chaupals' for the… Continue

Added by Shipra Sharma on April 26, 2010 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Workshop on the Consolidation and Expansion of the ESCWA Knowledge Network in Syria

On Saturday 24th April, 2010 in Damascus, Syria was opened the “Workshop on the Consolidation and Expansion of the ESCWA Knowledge Network.” The workshop took place in Damascus at STE building.

The workshop was held under the patronage of the H.E. Dr. Imad Sabouni Minister of Communications and Technology in Syria. The workshop organized in collaboration with the Syrian Computer Society and the Syria Trust for Development.

The opening… Continue

Added by Nabil Eid on April 25, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

An Idea for Community Culture Showcases Exchange at TeleCentres?

Dear fellow Telecentre.Org members,

We are travelling through a period of great change together. We have

witnessed the emergence of Information, Knowledge, Smart and Innovation

Economies at various stages since late 90's. All fellow members have

crossed the Digital Divide together. Telecentres have struck a cord at

the heart of Communities the world over, and they are now asking for more ways

to use what they are learning so as to make greater impact on their… Continue

Added by Richard O'Farrell on April 24, 2010 at 4:20pm — No Comments

ICT4D Truth

The concept of ICT4D is being abused by many people / companies / organizations for their own benefit. So now it is a challenge to convince people and get their support for genuine ICT4 Development (ICT4D) initiatives.

Following are some instances of fake ICT4D projects;

ICT4D projects to gain Political Mileage

ICT4D projects to get mere publicity

Projects just targeting Awards not real results

Projects to just… Continue

Added by Sameera Wijerathna on April 23, 2010 at 9:36pm — No Comments

m-Billionth Award 2010

m-Billionth Award 2010- "Recognizing innovations in mobile Content & Application for masses" has been organized by Digital Empowerment Foundation and Department of Information Technology of India for the first time in South Asia region. This award program is to honor the mobile application developer in the south Asia region.

As co-organizing partner of the m-billionth Award South Asia 2010 the Information Communication Technology Agency… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on April 23, 2010 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Why "real men" don't use telecentres in the Philippines

In the Philippines, men and women use the Internet differently, and telecentres are perceived to be mostly female spaces. This was revealed in a study conducted using the Association for Progressive Communications’ Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) in two rural telecentres in the country namely Bato, Leyte and Binalonan, Pangasinan.

Results of the study are discussed in greater detail in the article entitled… Continue

Added by Cuchie Echeverria on April 23, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Networks with a Purpose : E-Discussion set to start on 26th April

Telecentre networks both on regional and national levels have helped increase the ability of Telecentres and Telecentre Communities to speak out about issues. Within a network, ideas can develop and then be shared in ways which pass on the thinking of many people. Exchanging information is a key benefit provided by networks.Members of the network gain useful information which they may not have had access to.

Telecentres Networks were formed in Africa to increase the co-ordination of… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on April 22, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

South Africans will have universal access to broadband by 2019, says communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda

Subject : [ciresearchers] South Africans will have universal access to broadband by 2019, says communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda.

Broadband for all by 2019

By Farzana Rasool, ITWeb journalist.

Johannesburg, 20 Apr 2010

* World Cup initiatives

The main goal of the Department of Communications (DOC) is to ensure that ICTs are used for accelerated service delivery and empowerment, according to communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda, in his budget… Continue

Added by Ahmed Ismael - Smiley on April 21, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

“Jaffna e-Society Day”: What Can ICT Do for You?

E Society of Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) is organizing an “e-Society Day” and an exhibition to be held in the Jaffna peninsula, in Sri lanka on 5th and 6th of May 2010. This event will be another step forward of a series of program which ICTA will carry out in delivering the dividends of ICT to a region which is once being abandoned and neglected due to war on terror. Therefore, it is expected that this… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on April 21, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Face2Face with Basheerhamad Shadrach, Executive Director, Foundation

Dear Members,

After joining the Foundation as Executive Director, Dr. Basheerhamad Shadrach, for the first time, shares his vision for the Foundation, the challenges lying ahead and the strategies to overcome them in a Face2Face with telecentre magazine.

Excerpts from the interview:

“The areas where we would like to ensure continuity is definitely networking. We have been successful in introducing in… Continue

Added by Shipra Sharma on April 21, 2010 at 11:53am — No Comments

From to Foundation: The Journey Continues...

Dear Members,

Read the complete transition story as told by the leaders associated with this programme and the successful transition in the latest issue of the telecentre magazine January_March 2010.

Excerpts from the article:

“ was a path breaking initiative in several ways. It was envisaged as a highly collaborative

and participatory programme aimed at engaging all the constituents of the… Continue

Added by Shipra Sharma on April 21, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Centre with ICT facilities for Samurdhi beneficiaries

The Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) has taken steps to raise the standard of life of Samurdhi beneficiaries. (Samurdhi is a key State mechanism to implement the poverty alleviation programmes in Sri Lanka.) The proposed project is implemented under the e-Samurdhi project. Accordingly a centre with Information and Communication Technology facilities will be set up based at the Sri Lanka Samurdhi Authority. Through this any Samurdhi recipient will be able to… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on April 20, 2010 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Asia Pacific Telecentre Network: Strengthening National Telecentre Networks

Asia Pacific Telecentre Network (APTN) is a United Nations’ Economic and Social

Commission for the Asia-Pacific (UN-ESCAP) initiative, which is working towards

creating a platform of telecentre networks to share experiences on issues of their

interest (content, sustainability, connectivity, etc.). It also engages the national

networks to cooperate on the… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on April 20, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Success Story form Sudan, Knowledge Networks to Capacitate the Disadvantaged Communities.

Knowledge Networks to Capacitate the Disadvantaged Communities.

When we held a workshop with UN-ESCWA in Sudan we have examined more than a success story during site visits in Khartoum.

therefore, I wrote the article about this event .

Kindly find the attached file and nice reading.…


Added by Nabil Eid on April 19, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Networks with a Purpose | what's next for Africa!

The past five years of have been eventful especially in creating telecentre networks; in Africa alone telecentre networks have grown from three to 20 plus. Foundation now wants to help networks to focus energies to activities that impact livelihoods of telecentre users better. In order to formulate good strategies for this purpose, is organizing an African discussion on UgaBYTES mailing list to capture the opinions of telecentre and… Continue

Added by Sulah Ndaula on April 17, 2010 at 11:47pm — 2 Comments

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