ICT for development

A computer for Africa, will it work?

KADUNA, NIGERIA 24 March 2006 (FN)

A computer that’s encased in wood to resist tropical temperatures and consumes thirty times less electricity than the standard PC? The “Solo” a unique computer that fights rural Africa’s heat, dust and unreliable power supply is being tested in Nigeria and will be ready for commercial production shortly. APCNews interviews Ochuko Onoberhie, a technician from APC member the Fantsuam Foundation, responsible for testing the Solo.

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Costly blindspot... FLOSS and ICT4D

Baramati, India

In a vast country the size of India, the left hand doesn't quite know what the right hand is doing in the Handout: ICTs for Development (ICT4D), Multimedia Training Kit (part of APC's ICT policy training curriculum)">ICT4D

fi. Also, very little of India's vast Free Software potential has actually been channelised into this field. Musings from Baramati... home to a recent, ambitious e-agriculture conference.

Visiting cards in my pocket...

Baramati, India

Because of the unseasonal rains (which lashed central India after midnight, accompanied by lightning and power failures) most of the participants at Baramati VI [1] arrived late at the venue. At the dinner table, at starting time, there were just three other participants who had flown in from abroad, via Mumbai.

eAGRI INDIA: Rain gods in charge

Baramati, India

"All flights are delayed by two hours," the director of the VIIT to volunteers, and the mood sunk. Even the Baramati skies appear overcast. Earlier, while I sat through a sandlewood-paste flavoured beard-trim (Rs 15) at the local roadside makeshift haircutting saloon, the TV spoke of rainy weather warnings.

India looks at e-agriculture

Baramati, India

I've lost all sense of time, but my mobile phone (which fortunately works 800 kms away from home) tells me it's 10:29 am on March 9, 2006. Later today, the 6th Annual Baramati Initiative on Source: APC">ICT

and Development (focussing on The Potential of e-Agriculture) gets underway at this rural, but education-oriented island two hours away from Pune in Central India.

Partners for progress, in southern Africa

GOA, India

Ungana-Afrika is looking for organisations interested in eRiding in Southern Africa. Do you have what it takes?

CEPES, Peru: Rolling out the applications for action in the Andes

BERLIN, GERMANY 7 February 2006 (APCNews)

CEPES, the Peruvian Centre for Social Studies, is unrolling web projects one after the other. For the last three years, the Peruvian APC member has been promoting website solutions for a variety of actors working in Peru’s rural and often remote districts. Small farmers, passionate environmentalists and civil servants from the Ministry of Agriculture have discovered the ActionApps content management system (CMS). "We’ve been spreading the web-based tool as a way to support rural development," says a passionate Carlos Saldarriaga, CEPES representative to APC.

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Resources for sustainability of non-profits now available online

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 5 February 2006 (SANGONeT)

SANGONeT has gathered a collection of resources on sustainability for NGOs, ranging from information on Monitoring and Evaluation and the importance of Credibility and Ethics to matters such as Social Responsibility and Entrepreneurship as well as tips relating to practical concerns that others have encountered when grappling with how to implement effective Communication and Marketing strategies and sound Financial Management techniques in their organisations.

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Speed-geeking: your date with development?

KALANGALA, UGANDA 21 January 2006 (Frederick Noronha)

You’ve probably heard of speed-dating: after a two minute chat with a stranger, you decide if you wish to give him or her your phone number for continued contact. Likewise, speed-geeking is a tech introduction-in-a-hurry. Some 11 interesting projects — including APC members — got a chance to introduce themselves to participants of Africa Source II, in January 2006 in Kalangala, a picturesque but really-remote island in Lake Victoria, Uganda.

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Strategic technology planning toolkit from Ungana-Afrika

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA 13 December 2005 (Ungana-Afrika)

APC member Ungana-Afrika have been providing strategic technology planning services to the development community in Southern Africa for nearly three years. The processes have been refined through experience, and are presented here in their current form to assist other technology support providers to implement technology planning in their own context.

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