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August 2009 Blog Posts (38)

Combine Telecenters and Eco-toruism

A recent article in 3DTLC-- 3D Training, Learning and Collaboration reported:

“Lauren Papworth, a social networking strategist, told the Australian Tourism Futures conference that travelers will increasingly use virtual worlds to help plan their next vacation according to the Brisbane Times. The talk was targeted at the Australian tourism community, but has relevance… Continue

Added by Jan Herder on August 30, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments


Zambia wants rural areas to join ICT

26th August 2009

The Zambian Government has said rural areas should be connected to the information communication technology (ICT) network to encourage uniform development with other areas. President Rupiah Banda said that the Government had come up with a national ICT policy to promote the use of ICT in rural areas. He said this in a speech read for him by Communications and Transport Minister, Geoffrey Lungwangwa during the official… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on August 28, 2009 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Base of the pyramid 2.0: Bringing sustainable growth to scale at the BOP through Enterprise ICTs

The economy-driving role of information and communications technology (ICT) firms - large and small, national and global - is growing larger in these early decades of the 21st century, and the potential for impacts is expanding right along with it.

This paper looks in particular at the role ICTs have played in serving low-income (base of the pyramid, or BOP) communities in the past decade, and draws on some lessons from this broad record of experience with regard to… Continue

Added by Pawel Makowiecki on August 27, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Book review; AFRICAN WOMEN AND ICTs Investigating Technology, Gender and Empowerment

The revolution in information and communication technologies (ICTs) has vast implications for the developing world, but what tangible benefits has it brought when issues of social inclusion and exclusion, particularly in the developing world, remain at large? In addition, the gender digital divide is growing in the developing world, particularly in Africa. So what do ICTs mean to African women?

Edited by Ineke Buskens and Anne… Continue

Added by Sandra Nassali on August 27, 2009 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

18 more Telecentres to Boost Rural Access in Rwanda

Kigali, Aug 25, 2009 (The New Times/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) -- Rwanda Development Board's Information Technology has a directorate whose focus is enabling rural communities access basic ICT services for the purposes of boosting their levels of competitiveness.

As part of this empowerment drive, RDB-IT has been installing rural telecentres throughout the country.

It recently added 18 more telecentres under its community and rural access outreach programmes. The… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on August 26, 2009 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Pakistan to start 50 telecentres

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MinFA) would establish tele-centres for farmers in rural areas of the country to provide modern facilities of communication and to enhance agri-sector performance. The MinFA and Intel Microsoft Company agreed to launch information facilities for farmers at tele-centres, established in rural areas by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Initially 50 Tele-centres would be established in rural areas all over the country.

The decision to this effect… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on August 26, 2009 at 9:46pm — No Comments

GDCO SUDAN, the winner of eIndia 2009 Award (civil society initiatives for development)

Sudan is the biggest country in Africa. It is 2,505,800 sq km. Sudan has boarders with 9 countries (7,687… Continue

Added by AHMED SUDAN on August 26, 2009 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

How volunteer translators impact local communities: A Ugandan case study

Uganda gets Luganda web page browser (in addition to Kiswahili)

The Luganda interface and those launched in early July are the first examples of a new volunteer translation model at work. Google 'partner' volunteers mobilize language enthusiasts on the ground towards the translation effort, relying only on Google Africa team to facilitate offline work and events. These groups will self-organize and vet the translations themselves.

Beyond the productivity gains and… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on August 26, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Computer viruses slow African expansion

Alan Mercer was at his desk in the regional capacity building bureau in Assosa, western Ethiopia, when a man burst into his office, distraught. Right at the end of a four-year master's degree programme, he had lost the only copy of his thesis to a computer virus. Mercer, an IT trainer with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), wasn't surprised. "Show me an Ethiopian computer without a virus and I'd ask which foreigner it belongs to," he says.

While western countries have partially… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on August 25, 2009 at 7:20pm — No Comments

Security experts warn Wi-Fi users to be more vigilant against hackers

You're sitting in an airport lounge and seize the chance to check your e-mails before your flight departs. You log on and are tempted by a wireless Internet provider offering free Internet access. So, do you take it? Wi-Fi users have been warned to protect their computers against potential hackers at Wi-Fi hotspots.

WIFI stands for any networking technology that uses radio waves to provide wireless high-speed Internet and network connections. Wi-Fi works with no physical wired connection… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on August 25, 2009 at 6:03pm — No Comments

The Technology Report

Dear Friends,

“The Technology Report” is a magazine issued with “The Bottom Line” , a midweek newspaper published in Sri Lanka. The Technology Report, issue of May contains some interesting articles on ICT. Therefore, I would like to share it with you all.



Added by Seu Yapa on August 25, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

ICTA Grants Powered Gnu Cash 2.2.9 in Sinhala & Tamil…

Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) , through the e-Society Development Initiative (eSDI) grants, have assisted many organizations to develop and pilot various content, software and services successfully in areas such as education, disabilities, web sites and other eCommerce initiatives. ICTA is further concerned to take these initiatives beyond the communities in which they were originally piloted, hoping it will provide an opportunity to all softwares and contents developed are… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on August 24, 2009 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Essential Communication Tools

Open lines of communication is a critical aspect of any business. If you don't have this factor in place and working correctly, everything you have worked for has been all for nothing. You must be able communicate with your members, various sections of your company, even with current and potential customers.

The same is true especially with your On Line business ventures.You must have an effective method to accurately communicate with the different groups that compose your on line…


Added by Lisa Simpkins on August 23, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Report for the Media Dinner/ Workshop, hosted by alongside UgaBYTES Initiatives on 17th Aug, 2009 at Arirang Hotel Kampala

On 17th Aug, 2009, alongside UgaBYTES organized a media dinner at Arirang Hotel Kampala whose aim was to discuss the state of ICTs in rural development including that of telecentres, the challenges journalists face in their quest to write about ICT4D; and the action points that would map the way forward to increasing media coverage of technology solutions in development.

It also meant to engage/encourage journalists to cover issues concerning ICT4D in the region. Given… Continue

Added by Sandra Nassali on August 20, 2009 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

আমি এখন থেকে বাংলায় লিখবো

সবাইকে আমার পক্ষ থেকে শুভেচ্ছ যারা ইতিমধ্যে টেলিসেন্টার.অর্গ এ সদস্য হয়েছে। বিশেষ করে বাংলাদেশের সদস্যদে। আমি জানি ইতিমধ্যে প্রায় ৪টি । ভাষায় টেলিসেন্টার. অর্গ এ লেখা দেখা যায় কিন' বাংলা ভাষায় লেখা অপশন নেই। তাই যারা বাংলা ভাষা-ভাষি তারা বাংলায় লিখবেন।

বিটিএন রিসোর্স সেন্টার,ঝিনাইদহ।
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Added by Bipas on August 20, 2009 at 12:38pm — No Comments

UN launches Global Photography Campaign on Humanizing Development

How do you see development? How can you portrait the human face of the development processes? How do you show that development initiatives and programmes improve the lives of people?

The Global Photography Campaign on Humanizing Development recently launched aims to promote and showcase visual examples of people winning the battle against poverty, social exclusion and marginalization by bringing light and life into the above questions.

Development is often… Continue

Added by Cuchie Echeverria on August 19, 2009 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Weekly News Round Up: Asia (12- 18 August, 2009)

Intel team up with PTA, Nadra to provide employments (Pakistan)

13 August 2009

Intel Pakistan Corporation in collaboration with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA), today launched a program to provide employment opportunities to the unemployed people & increase IT Awareness and PC Penetration in the country. The program offers a low cost Telecentre starting from PKR 33,000. NADRA will contribute in this… Continue

Added by Shipra Sharma on August 19, 2009 at 12:26pm — No Comments

New exiting opportunity for NGOs and development projects

NGOConnect Africa has just launched its new social workspace at

NGOConnect Africa is a social workspace for non-profit organisations and those that support and work with them. The objectives of NGOConnect Africa are to encourage and develop collaborative socio-economic initiatives through the more effective usage of technology combined with existing resources. NGOConnect Africa provides an online space where NGOs and their supporters can meet, discuss ideas,… Continue

Added by Willie Ward on August 18, 2009 at 4:54pm — No Comments

How e-content helps telecentres to sustainability.......

Please share your valuable ideas, how we can get telecenters to sustainability through e-content? not only the internet usage other than that, what are the ways or methods to get income to telecentres using e-contents. Using offline content we can get income by selling, copying & etc.

Added by C.Ashok on August 17, 2009 at 9:19pm — No Comments

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