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June 2009 Blog Posts (49)

Voices of the Rural People - Putting Community Radio First in Digital Bangladesh :Training workshop on Community Radio: Operation, Management and Sustainable Planning

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) organized training workshop on Community Radio: Operation, Management and Sustainable Planning supported by Free Voice. The workshop was organized from 14-16 June, 2009 in Dhaka.

The objective of the workshop is to clarify the Community Radio concept and its strategies of operation, different aspects of CR management and sustainable planning.

Thirty high officials from twenty eight applied organizations attended… Continue

Added by AHM Bazlur Rahman on June 30, 2009 at 9:18pm — 1 Comment

Bangladesh & Telecentre

Bangladesh Is a Poor Country.But it Has a Great Human Resurce..we need to proper training and take this cause Tecentre or Pallitathya Kendro Can do a great jobs...I worked in a telecentre as centre manager but now i m not..but i m in the telecentre team..i feel i may life long member..but in Bangladesh we need More telecentre and that tele centre would be Maintain by btn Not any suported organization or NGO..If we can do it our celecentre can… Continue

Added by Abdulla Al Mamun on June 30, 2009 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Government plans an SPV for strengthening telecentres in India

The Government of India is planning to float a new company CSC e-governance Services India Ltd to provide back-end services to the huge network of 1,00,000 telecentres (common service centres), across the country that have sprung up to take IT to rural India. The company, a special purpose vehicle (SPV), being set up by the department of information technology, will be a first of sorts for the government in the IT sector where it has largely avoided venturing except for specialised bodies.… Continue

Added by Sabyasachi Kashyap on June 30, 2009 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Nanasakmana Mobile Lab

“Nenasala Mobile Library”

Information & Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) under the e-Sri Lanka initiative launched ‘Nenasala Sakmana’ (mobile telecentre library) on 16th June 2009. Main objective of the respective project is to empower the rural community with benefits of ICT. “Nenasala Mobile Library” was implemented with the intention of expanding the ICT facilities among rural community.

This project was launched in Suriyawewa, a divisional secretariat situated in… Continue

Added by G.A. Deepika on June 29, 2009 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

IT/BPO Career Guidance Fair - 2009 in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Information & communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka recently held the IT/BPO Career Guidance Fair - 2009 in Kandy, Sri Lanka for school students & those who are interested in IT. The main objective of the workshop was to improve their Knowledge in the IT field. This awareness building program was very useful to our schools students, youths in our area & it was a very good opportunity for all of us.

ICTA gave opportunity to Nenasalas established in the Kandy… Continue

Added by Gamage Suresh Priyadharshana on June 28, 2009 at 12:35pm — No Comments


Mobile Communications to Improve African Weather Monitoring Underway

24th June 2009

The Global Humanitarian Forum and its President, former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, together with Ericsson, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), mobile telecommunications company Zain, and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, have announced a major initiative, dubbed "Weather Info for All", to radically improve Africa's weather monitoring network in the face of… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on June 26, 2009 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Improving livelihoods with ICTs

This policy brief, published by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) outlines how and why information and communication technology (ICT) projects do, or do not, work for development.

Rapid growth of ICTs in rural Africa and emerging economies such as Brazil and China is closing the gap in ICTs between North and South. Governments pushing ICT infrastructure projects such as mobile mast networks have successfully reduced access costs for many in the developing… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on June 25, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Nenasala Regional Impact Team

ICT development in the rural areas of the country has become a great priority of the Sri Lankan government. Government is keenly interested in enhancing the ICT is obvious as the government has declared this year as the “Year of English & Information Technology”. Further, improving the IT literacy among the community, government expects to establish 1000 Nenasalas in all parts of the country by the year of 2010.

In guaranteeing the success of Nenasala network and assessing the… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on June 25, 2009 at 5:53pm — 2 Comments

ICT and The 2009 /10 Financial Budget - Government of Uganda

In her budget speech, the minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Syda Bumba said the thrust of the Financial Year 2009/10 Budget is based on the following policy initiatives:

i) Increasing agricultural productivity and production,

ii) Increasing agro-processing and value addition,

iii) Increasing investment in infrastructure and human resource development to facilitate regional trade and economic growth.

Given the limited… Continue

Added by Sandra Nassali on June 25, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Tax waive on airtime will boost ICT growth in Kenya

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With mobile communication popularity on the rise, all eyes are on Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta to see if he will reduce or waive taxes on airtime and mobile phones.

Stakeholders say high cost of communication prohibits growth in the telecommunications sector, especially in rural areas.

Yu Marketing Director Anna Othoro said mobile phone companies pay 10 per cent excise duty and 16 per cent VAT… Continue

Added by Fred Safari on June 24, 2009 at 5:01pm — No Comments

How fibre optic will have you all wired up

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“I don’t know what fibre optic cables are all about or how they will affect my life and work,” she confesses, despite working as a cyber cafe attendant.

However, she admits that the internet service of her employer is disappointing to clients because of its low speed, especially during lunch and evening hours. Indeed, she considers the ‘going down’ of the services several times a day as “normal”. According to Ms… Continue

Added by Fred Safari on June 24, 2009 at 4:58pm — 2 Comments

Open Mobile Consortium launches global development community

The Open Mobile Consortium has launched its global development community to help organizations working towards social good to better collaborate and share mobile phone-based technologies. The OMC’s open source software tools help organizations to better serve the health, humanitarian and development needs of the “bottom billion,” the poorest and most disenfranchised citizens of the world.

For further information visit their website… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on June 23, 2009 at 8:06pm — No Comments

Zimbabwe Women's Voice blog launched

Zimbabwe Women's Resource Centre and Network has the pleasure of

announcing the launch of its blog platform, Zimbabwe Women's Voices.

The blog will begin on the Constitutional Reform Process and seeks to

provide Zimbabwean women and community at large an opportunity to

voice their perspectives on the Constitutional Reform process between

now and November 2009 when public consultations are scheduled to be



Added by Francis Mwathi on June 23, 2009 at 4:34pm — No Comments

THE BLOG CONTEST RESULTS would like to present the following blogs as the top entries of the recently concluded fist edition of the blog contest. We would like to thank all members of the English site of who entered their blogs for the contest. We would also like to thank our panel of judges that were drawn from all parts of the world for agreeing to participate in the evaluation of the submitted blogs.

Congratulations to all members whose blogs made the top five as… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on June 22, 2009 at 8:00pm — 22 Comments

About 500 perticipants at the District Level consultation on Telecentre

Bangladesh Telecentre Network and its member Community Development Association (CDA) Jointly launched the BTN Resource Centre, Dinajpur on June 20, 2009. The member of Parliament Inaugurate and made commitments to establish telecentres at local government establishments. About 500 villagers were present at the consultation. Bangladesh Government committed to establish Digital Bangladesh Vision 202, which make a path by Vision 2011 of BTN to ensure information and knowledge system for… Continue

Added by M. Ataur Rahman on June 22, 2009 at 12:24pm — No Comments

BTN Resource Centre, Dinajpur Launched by Member of Parliament of Bangladesh, Mr. Iqbalur Rahim M.P

Bangladesh Telecentre Network (BTN) is enrolling successfully at rural level, establishing Resource Centres at District Head quarter level to promote and act as local adviser to establish Telecentre. BTN Members aee taking responsibility to hosts such initiative at district level whereas they are working so long. It was really nice to see that they have incorporate the telecentre initative to their own activities and now taking lead at rural level. They are now feeling the ownership to promote… Continue

Added by M. Ataur Rahman on June 22, 2009 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Telecentre and Education: It’s time to bring together

Computer Training changed Ms. Khaleda’s life:

Khaleda Akhter is the fourth child of her parents. His father is a poor day labor and mother is a housewife. It was very impossible to bear the large family with her poor father. As a result she was in great anxiety.

From the beginning of her academic life, Ms.Khaleda bears her educational expenses with the income of her tuitioni. In this way she passed SSC and HSC. It was a great challenge for Khaleda. One day…

Added by Asad-Uz-Zaman Asad on June 20, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Ofok and its technology partners Combines the Power of the Internet and Education by creating new training Tracks

Ofok and its technology partners Combines the Power of the Internet and Education by creating new training Tracks

Increases Skilled Workforce Pipeline and

Prepares Students for IT Careers

CAIRO, Egypt, June 19, 2009— Ofok today announced, as one of the leading organizations in the field of human development, focused on the Middle-East and Africa, new training tracks to prepare students for… Continue

Added by Moataz A. Shaarawy on June 18, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Do you know that e-Asia 2009 is to be held in Sri Lanka?

e-Asia 2009, one of Asia’s premier events on Information and Communication Technologies will be held on 2-4 December 2009 at Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Information and Communication Technology Agency, Sri Lanka has joined hands to organize e-Asia 2009 conference in order to promote and support growth of ICT4D, through consultative dialoguing, strategic planning, knowledge networking and business… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on June 18, 2009 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

UGANDA Green Computers project under 'threat'

UGANDA Green Computers, an initiative by the Government of Uganda to avail affordable computers to small and medium size enterprises, is under threat of cloned computers that are being dumped in the market.

The joint venture between the Government of Uganda, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and Microsoft is yet to deliver to its optimum.

Launched in June last year, Uganda Green Computers was meant first to refurbish and later start recycling… Continue

Added by Sandra Nassali on June 18, 2009 at 3:35pm — No Comments

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