Access to information

CHAKULA Issue #19: Innovating access – a special focus on CPRafrica

CONTENTS

1. The need for competitive research for policy influence – e- interview with Alison Gillwald

2. Balancing convergence: using Constitutional rights as a framework for policy decisions – e-interview with Indra de Lanerolle

3. Levelling the playing field through benchmarking – e-interview with Christoph Stork

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Knowledge Sharing for Development: Online networks and the dual dynamics of inclusion and exclusion

Charlotte Scarf, RMIT University,
Knowledge Sharing for Development: Online networks and the dual dynamics of inclusion and exclusion
05 July 2010

This dissertation explores the extent to which donor-funded online networks support greater inclusion and fuller participation by Southern stakeholders in aspects of the development project over which they previously had limited influence or control. The potential of new information and communication technologies (ICT) to facilitate a more inclusive model of support for international development is well recognised in the literature. However, many critics argue that most online networks that have been established by donor agencies or rely on their patronage, exclude local knowledge, experience, and ideas from the South. This research contributes practical insight to this debate through an empirical investigation of online networks that support knowledge sharing between individuals and organisations at three different stages of the ‘aid delivery chain’.
The research centres around three case studies of online networks hosted by three very different organisations. They are the United Nations Development Programme, a multilateral donor agency that has embraced online networking to enable frontline development workers to help shape its aid programs as an integral part of its core knowledge management strategy; the Association for Progressive Communications, an international network of predominantly Southern civil society organisations that hasembraced online networking as a means to influence public policy in the ICT arena; and the Open Knowledge Network, an ICT for development project that was operational from 2003-2007.

Training of Facilitators: Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operation in Bangladesh

Dhaka

A three days long training workshop titled, ‘Training of Facilitators: Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operation’ has inaugurated today in IDB Bhaban, Dhaka.

The event has organized by Community Radio Academy and Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) (19-21 June 2010) with the support of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's 2011 Access to Learning Award (ATLA) now accepting applications

USA

The Access To Learning Award recognizes the innovative efforts of public libraries and similar institutions outside the United States to connect people to information and opportunities through free access to computers and the Internet. The award is given by Global Libraries, an initiative of the foundation’s Global Development Program.

APC starts research into spectrum regulation in Brazil, India, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa

MONTEVIDEO 25 May 2010 (APC for APCNews)

Every thirty months the amount of information that can be transmitted over a wireless internet connection has the potential to double. Wireless could be the way to provide affordable broadband to millions of people currently living with poor connectivity. However the policy and regulation related to spectrum is often inefficient, secretive and ill-informed. APC’s new research will examine how spectrum is assigned, who assigns it and what policy or regulatory framework they use.

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Community Radio@World Telecommunication & Information Society Day 2010 Dhaka, Bangladesh by BNNRC

Dhaka

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is going to celebrate World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2010. The A three days national program will be inaugurated on this grand occasion in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 17th May, Monday 2010.

Blind people in rural Nigeria get their teeth into job opportunities

KAFANCHAN 13 May 2010 (Kelechi Michaels for Fantsuam Foundation)

Last year, rural non-profit the Fantsuam Foundation trained almost six hundred locals in computing to improve their livelihoods – but only one was a person with physical disabilities. Now incorporating JAWS – a Job Access With Speech screen reader – Fantsuam will open their basic and advanced computer skills classes to people who can’t see.

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Technology linnked to happiness, study reveals

London

According to a new study by the Chartered Institute for IT, women in developing countries, and both sexes with low incomes or poor education, were most influenced emotionally by their access to technology.

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AMARC Asia Pacific Welcomes Approval of Community Radio Licenses in Bangladesh

Dhaka

Kathmandu, April 27, 2010. Asia Pacific Region of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, AMARC-Asia Pacific has welcomed the recent decision of the Government of Bangladesh to approve 12 community radio licenses. This is the first time in the history of Bangladesh that community radio licenses have been approved.

Breaking News:Bangladesh: 12 Community Radio have Clearance first time in Bangladesh

Dhaka

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC), since its inception, has been advocating with the government and with other organizations for the promotion of Community Radio to address critical social issues at community level, such as poverty and social exclusion, empowerment of marginalized rural groups and catalyze democratic process in decision making and ongoing development effo

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