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Social Innovation Hub launch in presence of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and UNDP Country Director

Aiming to empower young talented women to achieve more through technology, the first Social Innovation Hub has been launched at the National Council for Women in Cairo.

In line with Microsoft’s commitment to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, Microsoft’s General…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on January 11, 2016 at 5:46pm — No Comments

Rwanda: RapidSMS Saves Mothers, Children Lives

Marie Gorethe Nyirabambari is animatedly engaged with her mobile phone under a tree outside Karwasa Health Centre in Musanze District. She also sieves through a handful of documents on her lap.

Nyirabambariis a community health worker. Her task is to keep tabs on pregnant mothers from the time the pregnancy is announced until delivery.



Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on January 9, 2016 at 2:56am — No Comments

Tourism Destinations and Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Studies about the tourism experience of persons with disabilities first arose in the late 1970 and even in the late 1980 and early 1990, researchers only “toyed with this subject” (McKercher et al., 2003). Nowadays, there are growing numbers of studies concentrating on the tourist experience of persons with…


Added by Nabil Eid on January 9, 2016 at 2:52am — No Comments

5 Years of Youth Empowerment with Media Creation

The deepest impact from social change efforts is often felt in the places where suffering is greatest. Through Shilpa Sayura Foundation in Sri Lanka, youth are leading as active digital agents of change. They make media to communicate the needs of child soldiers returning to society, share first-hand accounts of natural disasters, and capture other critical stories otherwise left untold.…


Added by Niranjan Meegammana on December 29, 2015 at 3:21am — No Comments

Introducing DemTools 2.0: Technology to Transform Global Politics

Internet access and powerful communication technologies are spreading around the world at a extraordinary rate, transforming the way citizens live and interact with each other. With the many benefits that citizens experience from these advanced technologies, there is also the expectation that leaders in government, civil society and politics will keep up.

Unfortunately, many political institutions and citizen groups…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on December 29, 2015 at 1:40am — No Comments

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on December 24, 2015 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Disability-Friendly Environments in the Age of 5G, Softwarization is Coming!

Standardization between advancing accessibility, 5G technologies and Softwarization will remove all barriers for persons with disabilities.

Are we ready to remove all the barriers for persons with disabilities?

In the near future, robots, smart things, Internet of Things (IoT) and machines will…


Added by Nabil Eid on December 19, 2015 at 2:40am — No Comments

Microsoft deepens longstanding commitment to philanthropy with expanded vision, new organization

Today we’re announcing an expanded commitment to our corporate philanthropy around the world with a broader ambition and a new organization within the company, Microsoft Philanthropies, to make this ambition a reality.

Our CEO, Satya Nadella, has defined a clear mission for Microsoft: Empower every person and every organization on the…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on December 17, 2015 at 9:40pm — No Comments

Partners launch action plan to close digital gender gap

Women’s participation in digital society integral to achieving Agenda 2030

New York, 15 December 2015 – An ‘Action Plan to Close the Digital Gender Gap’ was launched today at a side event on “Women's Empowerment in the Digital Age” during the High-Level Meeting of the World Summit of the Information Society currently…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on December 17, 2015 at 5:08pm — No Comments


Savana Signatures is a youth-led, youth-centered and gender sensitive programming ICT for development (ICT4D) organization based in Ghana with the mission “To equip youth, women and vulnerable groups with ICT skills for personal and professional development through the innovative use of ICT” and a vision of “A society where relevant information,…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on December 8, 2015 at 9:13pm — No Comments

Sokoto agency trains 7,560 in ICT in 17 years

No fewer than 7,560 people have gained Information Communication and Technology (ICT) training from the Sokoto Education Development Trust Fund (SEDTF) in the last 17 years.

Its Board of Trustees Chairman, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, said this at the opening of a three-week Computer Training Programme for 88 civil…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on December 8, 2015 at 9:20pm — No Comments

Where Innovation and Accessibility Meet

Innovations enable people with disabilities to achieve a more independent and worthwhile quality of life, empowering them to accept their right to social inclusion.

Innovation of accessibility is working in collaboration with all other agencies with industry…


Added by Nabil Eid on December 8, 2015 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Still a Few Rivers to Be Crossed!

How do we empower more women to use the Internet in developing countries? Two major studies on women’s usage of information and communications technologies (ICTs) released this year provide some answers.

The first study, Bridging the gender gap: Mobile access and usage in low-and…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on December 2, 2015 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Accessibility and the Future of the Internet of Things

Smart phones, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are being harnessed in increasingly innovative ways to enhance the quality of life for people, expand their access to the Internet, and enhance their participation in the Internet governance ecosystem.

Internet-connected devices offer…


Added by Nabil Eid on November 29, 2015 at 3:27pm — No Comments

We Need to Create Business Models that Deliver Value to Overcome the Digital Divide

Huawei recognizes the urgent need to reduce the deepening digital divide between those who benefit from connectivity and the internet, and those who don’t. Our new White Paper, Digital Enablement: Bridging the Digital Divide to Connect People and Society, released recently, shows that sustainable business…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on November 25, 2015 at 10:02pm — 1 Comment

TechSoup Launches First Fully Global Tech Donation Platform

TechSoup announced today the launch of TechSoup.Global, the world’s first fully global technology donation platform designed to reach social benefit organizations in 236 countries and territories.…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on November 20, 2015 at 6:07pm — No Comments

What’s Your ICT4D Cyber Threat Model?

Threat models can make ICT4D more secure and safe to use. In computer science, “threat modeling” is the approach of playing through attacks and hacks ahead of time. Being alert digital risks can help prevent data breaches and devastating damage – also in the aid sector.

Digital Risks Are…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on November 18, 2015 at 9:28pm — No Comments

Three Zambian Organisations forms ICT Partnership: Digital Platform Capacity Building Project Partnership set to strengthen telecentres in Zambia

Despite increased coverage of mobile communications in Zambia, rural communities still face challenges in accessing online resources and services. Lack of ICT infrastructure particularly internet broaband makes it difficult for the rural people to access services. This has negatively affected service…


Added by Dean Mulozi on October 27, 2015 at 4:15am — 1 Comment

WSIS Prizes 2016 Application is ON. Apply Now!

WSIS Prizes is an immediate response to the requests expressed by WSIS stakeholders during the WSIS Forum 2011: to create a mechanism to evaluate and reward stakeholders for their efforts in the implementation of WSIS outcomes. The WSIS Prizes are an integral part of the WSIS Stocktaking Process that was set up in 2004 (Para 120, Tunis Agenda).…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on October 15, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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