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July 2009 Blog Posts (60)


AU, UNIDO unveil online platform to grow business in Africa

20th July 2009

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the African Union Commission launched a new Internet-based Monitoring Platform to map investment flows in Africa and offer investors more information for analysis and decision making. The new Investment Monitoring Platform unveiled at a meeting in Addis-Ababa recently will provide data and information on the characteristics of… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on July 31, 2009 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Empowering the Lives of Migrant Workers through ICT

1.6 million of Sri Lankan migrant workers serve in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. There are more than 300,000 are in Kuwait, over 75,000 are in Jordan, and 45,000 are in Bahrain as house-maids. A recent Central Bank report reveals that migrant workers have earned over US$ 2.91 billion during the year 2008. Therefore, Sri Lankan migrant worker population, which draws in 27.5% of the country’s much needed foreign exchange inflow, is known as the highest foreign earning sector in the country.… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on July 31, 2009 at 7:47pm — No Comments

E3 - 2: The forms and faces of Telecenters Sustainability Networks

If sustainability gives a meaning of continuation of existence, it also gives a demanding target to exist forever. Which of course a question to me as our experiences are only 3-4 years; But there is a common consensus that sustainability is a result of continues evolution like evolution of mankind and science.

For Telecenters to sustain or to continue existance, they should continue to evolve in their communities, regions and nations as networks. As we have experienced, this… Continue

Added by Niranjan Meegammana on July 31, 2009 at 4:30am — No Comments


Hello everybody,

We are proud to announce the new website of Telecentre-europe:
There are some sections that are still under construction, but we are going to update them as soon as possible. We hope you like it!

Added by Laia Fauró Gual on July 30, 2009 at 5:53pm — 5 Comments

A New Era in IT for Rural Communities

Stepping up in a big way to empower rural Sri Lanka with ICT skills, especially during this Year of English and IT, ICTA and Microsoft have jointly developed a new local language interface software. This local language interface software provides accessibility to the user to learn computers in thier local language. The focus of this project is to take ICT to the islands' most remote rural communities and facilitate them with the optimal benefits of ICT.

The main objectives of… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on July 30, 2009 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Weekly News Round Up: Asia (22-29 July, 2009)

Dibrary: Korea Opens National Digital Library

23 July, 2009

The National Library of Korea recently opened the nation's first digital library called Dibrary. It can be best described as a giant computer lab providing users access to an archive of digital content while also providing computing facilities to the users.

Singapore schools using ICT for… Continue

Added by Shipra Sharma on July 29, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The UN- ESCWA launched Regional Knowledge portal project

Under WSIS Declaration of Principles

Everyone everywhere should have the opportunity to participate and no one

should be excluded from the benefits that the Information Society offers.”

The UN- ESCWA launched Regional Knowledge portal project on 16-07-2009 during TLF Mashreq workshop in Amman, Jordan.

(KN4DC) project “Knowledge networks through ICT access points for disadvantaged communities”

The aim of the… Continue

Added by Nabil Eid on July 29, 2009 at 1:28am — 2 Comments

Africa Telecom Transmission Map 2009

The first edition of the Africa Telecom Transmission Map published by Hamilton Research is now available as a poster wall map.

It shows in a detail never seen before Africa's terrestrial, satellite and submarine cable transmission networks as at July 2009.

The map features:

* Exploded view for clearest mapping

* Extent of transmission networks

* Cross-border routes

* Routing of submarine… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on July 28, 2009 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Enhancing Economic Growth through ICT

Sri Lankan government is keen on various stimulus initiatives to drive economic growth. An outline of the same was presented at a government stimulus workshop hosted by ICTA in association with Intel recently.

Currently in Sri Lanka, the growth and development of communication and informatics, particularly in the field of ICT, is one of the most important drivers of national development. Apart from its contributions to production and economics, ICT also plays a strong role as an… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on July 28, 2009 at 7:12pm — No Comments

E3: How e-learning, e business and e Leadership Join in for Sustaining Telecenters ?


is an idea evolved through Shilpa Sayura Experiences and learned interactions in e-India 2007, followed by GK3 and Stockholm Challenge 2008 which expanded our world of ICT4D. We began to redefine boundaries of our knowledge. Having interacted with Nenasala closely, we found that Telecenters needed something special for long term sustainability. In Sri Lanka many of the Telecenters has taken up ICT literacy development model for sustainability, which is a natural tendency and…


Added by Niranjan Meegammana on July 28, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments

e-Sri Lanka: what is in it for Agriculture?

ICTA is the implementing organization for the e-Sri Lanka Development Programme a national development initiative, with the objective of using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to foster social integration, peace, and economic growth. To fulfill its mandate, ICTA has presently implemented several programs. The e-Society Development Initiative (e-SDI) is one of the significant projects launched by the ICTA for facilitates and assists the agricultural sector of the… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on July 27, 2009 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Africa's SEACOM cable goes live

The SEACOM fiber-optic cable linking Southern and Eastern Africa to global telecommunications networks via India and Europe has gone live with high expectations that it will lower the cost of communications in Africa.

The cable has simultaneously launched in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa and Uganda. It is widely seen to be opening up opportunities for governments and business to use the network as a platform to compete globally and drive economic… Continue

Added by Sandra Nassali on July 27, 2009 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Senkadagala Esala Procession In Ancient Kandy

Senkadagala Esala Procession In Ancient Kandy

A Programme has been started by the Nenasala Task Force Kandy district under the supervision of Sri Lanka Information and communication Technology on behalf of Senkadagala Esala Procession in ancient Kandy. Banners, posters, and cut outs have to be sticked at the main entrance of the city

And by the way a programme has been planned to serve with cool drinks to the people who come to visit the procession. propaganda has… Continue

Added by Nandana Madugalle on July 26, 2009 at 7:35pm — No Comments

How Nenasala Telecentre User community Sustain with Using ICT

The Them of project The "Rural knowledge society and ICT Empowerment"

Digital local language content competition project {ariwookalanjium}

The Back ground of the project

Tamil speaking people need information in Their local language but is limited number of contents can be found in Tamil about Sri Lanka . by this project we hope to increase the number of… Continue

Added by Muralikrishna on July 26, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Impressions: iCommons iSummit 2008

Its never too late to share memorable experiences and learnings with friends. Read my impressions about the iCommons iSummit 2008 at my personal blog site: Shipra's Space

Added by Shipra Sharma on July 25, 2009 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Technology for Community Radios; Radio DNS

Radio is everywhere especially in the rural communities. The pervasiveness of radio has remained almost unmatched. No other device has infiltrated so many places - Kitchens, living rooms, workplaces, shops, cars etc..

In Uganda, each home has a radio – but, increasingly, they don’t look like radio; radio is now included within multi-functional devices like MP3 players and cellular telephones. The largest manufacturer of radios is now Nokia, which ships more phones that contain FM… Continue

Added by Nsubuga Martin Herbert on July 22, 2009 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Navagoviya – e learning for farmers through Telecenters

Navagoviya - ICT for Modern Agriculture Project is a Public, Private Community Collaborative in Sri Lanka to develop farmers, providing local language e learning courses in modern Agriculture. The project aims to develop new farmers who would popularize modern farming knowledge in rural communities and encourage sustainable agriculture practices using appropriate technology and practices.

As a Telecenter based e-Agriculture… Continue

Added by Niranjan Meegammana on July 22, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

eIndia is Here Again!!!

eIndia 2009, the fifth one in the series of very popular conferences organised by Centre for Science Development and Media Studies (CSDMS), is scheduled to take place from 25th to 27th August, 2009 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, India. This conference is co-organised by the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India; and Information Technology & Communication Department, Government of… Continue

Added by Shipra Sharma on July 22, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Sustainability of telecentres- Feedback from grassroots NGOs

In a recently concluded capacity building workshop conducted by NASSCOM Foundation ( as a part of the NASSCOM Knowledge Network programme) for NGOs interested to start telecentres, participant’s views on sustainability of services reinstates what previous studies have indicated. Some of the prominent feedback were-

ICT Vs non-ICT services at the telecentre

Participant grassroots NGOs were of the view that non-ICT services hold equal potential value in the sustainability of… Continue

Added by RUMI MALLICK on July 21, 2009 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Training grassroots NGOs to set up and run telecentres

In order to train grassroots NGOs to set-up and run telecentres, NASSCOM Foundation inked up with eleven NGOs with forty participants in a five days capacity building workshop in the state of West Bengal, ( located in the eastern part of India) India. NASSCOM Foundation (NF) partners with a large number of not-for-profit organization (NGOs) and voluntary groups for scaling up telecentres under the NASSCOM Knowledge Network (NKN) programme. A key component of implementing this programme and… Continue

Added by RUMI MALLICK on July 21, 2009 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

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