Google has launched a world-wide campaign on how the internet can be used for peace in support of the worldwide network’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 on the basis that “the Internet is a powerful tool that promotes freedom of expression, while fostering the global spread of democracy”. Support the nomination by selecting your country and adding your name to the list of supporters, or take part on the debate as to whether the prestigious Nobel Prize should to go the internet and its users or not. APC is a campaign affiliate.
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.
From 5 – 16 July 2010, a special online forum being hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization’s e-agriculture.org initiative, and will discuss the issues surrounding gender, ICTs and rural livelihoods. The forum will also be moderated by the APC’s Jennifer Radloff as part of the Gender, agriculture and rural development in the information society. (GenARDIS) project. Join e-agriculture and GenARDIS for this forum, which will look at what has and has not worked, good practices, as well as the critical area of capacity building and what can be done to empower men and women to play a bigger role in ICTs for agriculture and rural development.
The pioneering work of APC founders in the mid-1980s helped establish the internet as a public and open platform for global communications and the decisions they took created an open network, years before the first web page was written. “We would open up the networks at a time when commercial operators were intent on keeping their systems as isolated islands,” says founder Mitra. By 1992, APC was connecting non-profits in over 90 countries. Frederick Noronha and Karen Higgs delve into APC’s past to commemorate APC’s twenty years networking online for social justice and sustainable development.
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.
Working together in a cooperative has many advantages for farmers. Collating their harvested crops means they can sell in bulk, demand better prices and have greater bargaining powers with buyers. Pooling resources also creates the opportunity to buy expensive equipment, such as food-processing and packaging machinery.
100th screening of "10 tactics for turning information into action" screened by Ugandan member WOUGNET
The documentary 10 tactics for turning information into action, produced by Tactical Tech and launched in December 2009 has been screened, by NGOs, rights advocates and independent media, at over 100 events, reaching 5155 people.
The 100th screening was held on June 1st in Kampala, Uganda, by WOUGNET.
The use of mobile phones currently dominates discussion among communities working with e-agriculture and ICTs for Development (ICT4D). Mobile telephony is a catalyst for social inclusion. It offers a wide range of services that support social networking and knowledge transfer.