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November 2008 Blog Posts (64)

Can you Help?

Paajaf foundation is a registered NGO in Ghana, a humanitarian organization which seeks to show care and concern for orphans, other vulnerable children, women and teens.

We are working on a project Teen Centre. This programme is to bring hope, help and healing to teens facing crisis. We aim to connect teens to other teens in Ghana and around the world to a wealth of problem-solving resources just for teen.

It’s a place to talk, work thinks out. Totally anonymous and… Continue

Added by Philip Kyei Appiah on November 30, 2008 at 12:58am — No Comments

Telephony trial to suppot development telecoms market in rural Zambia; Opportunitites for Telecenter development?

The success of mobile phones across Africa is well documented and clear for anyone to see. But leave the cities and main roads, and the mobile phone is quickly transformed from an economic success-making tool into an interesting but essentially useless accessory. Cellular coverage is rapidly lost as the population density decreases and distances increase. So how do we ensure that the people in sparsely African communities having no access to mobile coverage do not miss out on a service that is… Continue

Added by Dean Mulozi on November 29, 2008 at 8:49pm — No Comments

Invitation to Join the Ofok Human Development Initiative

Invitation to Join the Ofok Human Development Initiative

Ofok’s dedication to ICT (Information and Communications Technology) development and entrepreneurship ensures that today’s young people become the leaders of tomorrow by attaining the right leadership skills and the latest knowledge of technology. Through our Social Peace Initiative, we invite all NGOs and educational institutions to join us in making this vision a reality.

Goals of the Ofok… Continue

Added by Moataz A. Shaarawy on November 29, 2008 at 12:13am — No Comments

Telecentre Networks at Resource Mobilisation workshop

Four African network leaders from Mali, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Mozambique are attending the 15th Eastern Africa Resource Mobilisation workshop in Mombasa on Nov 24 – 28, 2008. The workshop will help participants to learn a wide variety of concepts, techniques and ideas to strengthen their resource mobilization capacities. They will also network with more than 50 other participants. I am joined here by my colleague Vivianne Ngugi (IDRC – Regional Nairobi).

This event will discuss… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on November 28, 2008 at 5:00am — No Comments

Bahrain to host Centre for Information and Communication Technology

I am pleased to share this interesting development with you. I believe our friends from MENA region would be happy to know this.

UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, and the Minister of Education of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Majed Bin Ali Al Noami, yesterday signed an agreement paving the way for the establishment of a state-of-the-art Centre for Information and Communication Technology to serve the Arab Region.

The new centre, to be built in Manama (Bahrain) will… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on November 27, 2008 at 7:17pm — 1 Comment

Computer for Schools Uganda Project launched

The international Computer Experts Development Project (ICEDP), together with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology launched the ‘Computer for Schools Uganda Project’ (CFSU) in Uganda last week.

The project is meant to promote sharing of relevant information as a catalyst for urban and rural sustainable development through ICT trainings and internet connectivity in schools.

The target groups for the project include primary and secondary schools… Continue

Added by Sandra Nassali on November 27, 2008 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Happning now

Training Workshop on Knowledge Sharing and Networking in the ESCWA Region

Added by akram mohammed ahmed on November 27, 2008 at 2:21am — No Comments

Workshop on Knowledge Sharing and Networking in the ESCWA Region

Workshop on Knowledge Sharing and Networking in the ESCWA Region

17/12- 19/12/2008 , Beirut

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) is organizing this Workshop within the framework of the Development Account project on "Knowledge networks through ICT access points for disadvantaged communities," which is being implemented by the United Nations Regional Commissions with UN-ESCWA as the lead… Continue

Added by Nabil Eid on November 26, 2008 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

MENA Telecentre Network off to a strong start

If the success of the just concluded Telecentre Leaders Forum for MENA is anything to go by, then the regional network is off to a good start. “Two years ago, we didn’t know who was using technology for development. Now through Nayer’s report, we have learnt a lot and the first network that can be used to strengthen these initiatives has been set up,” explained Meddie Mayanja, senior program officer on the final day of the MENA TLF in Cairo, Egypt. Nayer Wanas in the report… Continue

Added by Esther Nasikye on November 26, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments team visits Philippine eCenters

On November 17 and 18, officials headed by Program Manager Florencio Ceballos visited three different telecentres (locally branded as "Community eCenters" or "CeCs") in the Philippines.

Accompanying Mr. Ceballos were Ms. Jacqueline Loh, Senior Research Officer of, and Mr. Miguel Raimilla, Vice President of OneRoof, an international organization promoting the private model of telecentres.

The two-day visit kicked off with a meeting… Continue

Added by Cuchie Echeverria on November 26, 2008 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Stay safe online

Dear members i came across this story on the BBC website maybe you could have a look at it.

Added by Francis Mwathi on November 25, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Telecentre-Europe Network goes official

The Telecentre-Europe network keeps growing and pushing the movement forward and now is ready to have its official launch. The announcement will take place at the e-Inclusion Ministerial Conference in Vienna, Austria, which will take place from November 30 to December 2. The 2008 e-Inclusion Ministerial Conference will showcase the best of e-Inclusion initiatives and shape… Continue

Added by on November 25, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Spanish website is now live!

The new website is now available in Spanish. It will soon be followed by sites in French and Arabic.'s online communities highlight the people and organizations that make up the global telecentre movement, facilitate peer-to-peer support, and demonstrate the breadth and depth of public-access computing initiatives around the world.… Continue

Added by on November 25, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Telecentres work in Colombia reaches the streets

Two children pose for pictures with telecentre practitioners in a poor neighborhood in Medellín, Colombia. They laugh and make conversation with the visitors. After the pictures are taken they ask “Could you give us the address of the website where you will upload the pictures?” Silvia Caicedo,'s Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, explained that this anecdote shows how ICTs are now a part of Colombian society, even in the poorest districts of Medellín. This is,… Continue

Added by on November 25, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Building sustainability

In a world that keeps changing by the minute, where ICTs are in the core of the changes, telecentres need to stay updated and be able to adapt and incorporate new products and services. With this in mind, will share its knowledge about innovative social enterprise models with professionals involved in corporate social and environmental responsibility from South America and the Caribbean. will participate at the sixth… Continue

Added by on November 25, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments


“Refurbs or rejects” turned out to be the focus of the debate during the i-network forum held at the Grand imperial Royale on September 23, 2008.On the debating panel was Mr. David Leysens of Close the Gap and Joachim Gwoke of Africa leadership Institute for the themed motion “Refurbished computers” and Mr. Kato William from Data Fundi and Ms Edith Birungi Kahubire on the opposing side. The proponents argued that there was need to bridge the information gap, characteristic of the developing… Continue

Added by Edwin Galiwango on November 25, 2008 at 5:46pm — 3 Comments

Community Mulitimedia Center

Since last year I have been exploring the possibility of starting a community Multimedia center in Kenya, but haven't found great donor resources.

Below is where I have hit a snag, Can anyone offer guidance? How have other telecenter been able to obtain funding? I don't know of any telecenters(community multimedia centers) here in Kenya? Does anyone have contact information of any telecenters in Kenya? I know Uganda is doing really well in that… Continue

Added by Jeff Makana on November 25, 2008 at 2:43pm — 2 Comments and IGNOU launch Diploma Course on Telecentre Management through the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) launched a Six Month Diploma Course for Knowledge Centre Managers, titled Telecentre/Village Knowledge Centre Management” to mark the celebration of IGNOU’s Foundation Day in the presence of celebrated agricultural scientist and Rajya Sabha member Professor M S Swaminathan and Economist Prof Abid Hussain.

“Learning process is continual and should be extended to all, including youths in the grassroots” stated by… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on November 25, 2008 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Take Back The Tech!

Take back the tech! open to everyone who wants to take action on ending violence against women, and would like to use any ICT platforms, skills and knowledge in activism. The campaign particularly aims to encourage the participation of women and girls into taking back the tech, but anyone who feels affinity with the issues is welcome to participate! Share your ideas and thoughts for an action and help shape the campaign!

If you… Continue

Added by Catalina Cruz Cuellar on November 25, 2008 at 1:00am — No Comments

ICT4D, Telecenters, Awards and Blogging in Local

People try to find new meaning for Blogging, and it includes me. Blogs are a wonderful way to breed new ideas to help shape communities.

When the blogging initially got to Sri Lanka, No body much cared for it. But a group of us initiated blogging in "Sinhala" Local Language, which made the difference. It made

more outreach to people who are concerned. Now there is a growing local blog culture. Local Language Makes the Difference.…


Added by Niranjan Meegammana on November 24, 2008 at 8:21pm — No Comments

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