ICT for development
According to March 2008 statistics only 3.6% of internet users in the world were from Africa. Asia contributed to 37.6% of internet users globally, but this percentage is inflated by large numbers of users from China. The number of fixed lines has not increased significantly, and in some cases has even shrunk. And, in addition to this, a new divide is emerging: the broadband (or “high speed internet”) divide. In Manaus, deep in the Amazon jungle, “broadband” is available but at a cost. There, a 200Kbps connection (hardly considered speedy in better connected parts of the world) costs about $100 USD a month.
Monday October 13 2008 marked the beginning of MobileActive08 Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over 350 participants from more than 40 countries attended the first of the three-day event, whose theme is “Unlocking the Potential of Mobile Technology for Social Impact”. The event brings together key stakeholders that are interested in the use of mobile technology for social development, and the participants, which include NGO and nonprofit practitioners, will explore how mobile phones are being used to advance civil society work and investigate new opportunities. Follow the proceedings of the event and read about the discussion topics online.
Applications are now open for the 2009 Impact Awards.
Organisations working with children in Africa or South Asia are
invited to apply.
Dear ICTD 4D researchers
The Strengthening ICT4D Research Capacity in Asia (SIRCA) Programme is pleased to announce a call for grant proposals.
Very few words are more fanciful than the words electronic governance (e-governance). These words have a tendency to portray an image of all advanced Nation or capable manpower.
National Baseline Survey and
Directory on Community Radio Initiators in Bangladesh
Statement presented by APC's Anriette Esterhuysen at the closing of OECD ministerial in Seoul, June 2008
The Middle East and North Africa (TC-MENA) made a distinctive mark in eINDIA 2008 Awards, winning honours for three development projects from Syria,Egypt and Sudan run by leaders of Telecentre in MENA