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July 2013 Blog Posts (66)

You’re invited to a party – the Maker Party!

From June 15 to September 15, our friends at Mozilla are hosting a global party dubbed the “Maker Party” which celebrates the amazing things we all can make and learn, thanks to the web. During this period, people across the globe will meet up at great events, learn and make…


Added by on July 31, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments

TCF redesigns Russian community site

Following the redesign of its online community sites in English, Arabic and Spanish earlier this year, Foundation this time unveils the new look of its Russian site.…


Added by on July 30, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Disability and Development

Worldwide consultation launched that aims at building an inclusive Information Society for all

There are more than 1 billion people living with disabilities. But this figure doesn’t provide the full picture of how disabilities impact the lives of a much broader community because in…


Added by Nabil Eid on July 30, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

e-Krishok: promoting ICTs to farmers in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, availability of timely and appropriate information is a big challenge due to an inefficient extension system. Farmers lack access to relevant and timely information, knowledge about new technologies, skills, practices, ways to collaborate with the market and resources to overcome these limitations. As a result, smallholders are vulnerable to crop related diseases, suffer productivity…


Added by Seu Yapa on July 30, 2013 at 2:14pm — 1 Comment

Update on the High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

The High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development (HLMDD) will take place at UN Headquarters on 23 September, the day before the opening of the General Debate of the 68th session of the General Assembly. The meeting is expected to adopt an action-oriented…


Added by Nabil Eid on July 30, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Literacy project for girls and women in Senegal goes digital

All classrooms of the literacy project for girls and women in Senegal (PAJEF) will soon be equipped with a digital kit consisting of a laptop, an interactive beamer, an infrared stylus touch pen to write directly on the digital board, as well as adapted software.

UNESCO’s Regional Office in Dakar will shortly received 200 digital classroom kits from the “Sankoré” programme, a joint…


Added by Seu Yapa on July 30, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Nenasala Felicitation Gold Awards 2013: Recognizing telecentres in Sri Lanka

The Nenasala Felicitation Gold Awards 2013 (Nenasala Pranama - Swarna Sammana) was held on…


Added by Seu Yapa on July 29, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Common Fund Call for Proposals: Funding Innovation to Make a Difference

The Netherlands-based Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) has issued a call for proposals to support commodity development activities that benefit the poor in more than hundred countries around the world. CFC is a membership-based organization comprising of 105 countries and 10 institutional…


Added by Seu Yapa on July 27, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Korean IT Volunteers help update Global Telecentre Map

Early this month, Foundation (TCF) welcomed 4 Korean volunteers from the Korean IT Volunteer (KIV) Program. These volunteers, who will be based at the TCF office in…


Added by Cuchie Echeverria on July 27, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

European Digital Woman of the Year™ Award!

The 2013 Digital Woman of the Year™ Award is destined for a woman*, 18 years of age or older, who lives and/or works in Europe and distinguishes herself through leadership, creativity, entrepreneurship, social-focus and/or innovative discoveries, and who is positively impacting the number of girls and women participating in digitally-driven or digitally-enabled…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on July 26, 2013 at 6:20pm — No Comments

ITU-MCMC Contest on Promoting Transformational Power of Broadband - “Connecting at the Roots”

ITU and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) are jointly organizing a contest on promoting transformational power of broadband – “Connecting at the Roots”, having recognized the importance of broadband and its impact on nations’ socio-economic development and achieving Millennium…


Added by Seu Yapa on July 25, 2013 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Kenya and Nigeria account for over half of Sub-Saharan Africa’s internet users

The World Bank’s African Development Indicators has released its 2012/2013 report, showing 62 per cent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s internet users are from Nigeria and Kenya

The report gives a detailed collection of data in Africa ranging from national fiscal and external accounts, millennium development goals,…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on July 24, 2013 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Sh250bn ‘Digital Kenya’ plan starts to click, byte by byte

The government has embarked on a Sh257 billion plan to turn Kenya into a knowledge-based economy by 2017, through provision of high-speed and reliable Internet services.

The five-year National Broadband Strategy envisages a country where broadband will be delivered to individuals, homes and businesses with a minimum speed of 5…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on July 24, 2013 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Youth & Agriculture in Bangladesh

BIID jointly with VSO Bangladesh implemented a project to explore scopes to integrate e-Krishok service (i.e. ICT in agriculture extension) through youth clubs in selected locations.

The video of Youth Engagement in ICT and Agriculture is now available at

Added by Ofelia CAZACU on July 24, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Info service centres in cities, pourasabhas soon in Bangladesh

Access to Information (A2I) Programme of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has taken a special measure to install information service centres in 11 city corporations and 318 pourasabhas in the country.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed Thursday between A2I Programme and Urban Partnership for Poverty Reduction (UPPR) to reach all kinds of service of the city corporations and pourasabhas to doorsteps of the people.

Kabir Bin Anwar, project director of…


Added by Asad-Uz-Zaman Asad on July 24, 2013 at 12:59am — 1 Comment

Digital divide widens in The Gambia

Muhammed Jawara's lessons never last more than half an hour. Teaching ICT at a secondary school in the Gambian village of Sohm, where there is no mains power source, means when the battery of the clapped-out donated laptop he uses to teach with dies, class is over.

To charge this laptop for his next class,…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on July 24, 2013 at 12:37am — No Comments

Grandmothers and grandfather online in Russia

The internet community all the time proposes interesting and nonstandard solutions to existing issues in society. The potential of the domain is huge. Exactly internet allows creating supplementary work places and new approach for different target…


Added by Ion Braga on July 23, 2013 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Curbing India's booming population, one mobile phone at a time

A young woman in Aurangabad, India using two mobile phones

A young woman in Aurangabad, India using two mobile phones. Project Vikalp is one of the small-scale and low-cost family planning and reproductive health innovation projects that leverage on the widespread use of mobile phones in rural communities. Photo by: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank / CC…


Added by Vida Gabe on July 23, 2013 at 9:57am — No Comments

Rwanda's push to become an ICT hub

Accountants at a cooperative in Rwanda during a two-day computer workshop

Accountants in Maraba, in southern Rwanda, attend a two-day computer workshop hosted by the Center to Bridge the Digital Divide. Around half of the participants have little to no experience in using digital bookkeeping. Rwanda is eager to reposition itself as one of Africa's ICT hubs. Photo by: Colleen Taugher /…


Added by Vida Gabe on July 23, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Nigeria First Lady appointed ITU Child Online Protection champion; Nigeria to host regional cybersecurity centre

Geneva, 22 July 2013 – First Lady of Nigeria Dame Patience Jonathan was formally appointed Champion for Child Online Protection at a ceremony in Geneva this morning.

ITU launched the Child Online Protection (COP) initiative in 2008 as part of the overall thrust to strengthen cybersecurity. It brings together partners from various sectors to ensure a safe and secure online experience for children around the world.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Dame…


Added by Vida Gabe on July 23, 2013 at 9:20am — No Comments

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