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GenARDIS grantee wins Africa Rural Connect contest
GenARDIS grantee wins Africa Rural Connect contest 18 January 2011 LC

In 2008-2009, Ugandan organisation Toro Development Network (ToroDev) was awarded a small grant through the APC’s Gender and agriculture and rural development in the information society (GenARIDS) project. No more than a year later, the grass roots organisation has been awarded $12, 000 through the Africa Rural Connect contest, to continue its work in helping small-scale rural farmers – many of which are women – learn to use technologies such as mobile phones, radios and com...

Quebec government chooses APC glossary as linguistic reference in French
Quebec government chooses APC glossary as linguistic reference in French 12 January 2011 LC

The Office Québécois de la Langue Française, Canada’s official French linguistic authority, is using APC’s 105-word ICT- and human rights-related glossary in a new database that it is creating in partnership with an international francophone linguistic network, Rifal. The database is to act as a standing linguistic reference across the francophone world and can now be accessed online.

Coming out of poverty: A model for traditional weavers in India
Coming out of poverty: A model for traditional weavers in India 25 May 2010 Osama Manzar

Not even a year after APC member Digital Empowerment Foundation set up a centre in the small town of Chanderi, where weavers could create new designs on computers, lives like those of young Mohammad Furqan have take an unexpected turn for the better. The town and initiative have become an inspiration to reproduce throughout the entire country.

Open access to spectrum for development
Open access to spectrum for development 20 May 2010

Wireless technology could radically transform the lives of millions of people living with poor connectivity — but only if the policy makes sense. Our research critiques the situation in Africa, Asia and Latin America.  

Does your mother know? The online lives of young women in Mumbai
Does your mother know? The online lives of young women in Mumbai 29 April 2010 Manjima Bhattacharjya and Maya Ganesh

“And I can chat with you baby / Flirt a little, maybe / But does your mother know that you’re out ?” Twenty-something middle-class women in Mumbai, the city with the highest internet use in India, talk about how they explore their sexuality online, how they present themselves however they want and how they deal with risky situations. Photo: “Jef Harris”:http://www.flickr.com/p...

Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)
Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) 14 September 2009

Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), a Delhi-based not-for-profit organisation, was registered on December 2002, to find solutions to bridge the digital divide. With no political affiliations, it was founded to uplift the downtrodden and to create economic and commercial viability using information and communications technologies (ICTs) as means to these ends. DEF’s vision is to make digital...

Can social networking give a leg-up to the poor?
Can social networking give a leg-up to the poor? 30 March 2009 Frederick Noronha

Can Facebook and YouTube help the poor tackle their pressing problems? Or is this promise just hype? One is faced with tough questions: Can “Web 2.0 tools” directly influence the poor themselves? Can those interested in poverty work do better to start with the “situation” rather than the “technology”? Or should one think big and dream of a network of ne...

Capacitating civil society for an equitable and prosperous Southern African society
Capacitating civil society for an equitable and prosperous Southern African society 09 March 2009

What are some of the most important challenges South African NGOs face in their communication and networking efforts? According to SANGONeT’s IT Programme Officer Botswang Kgeledi, limited ICT resources and knowledge are among the biggest challenges to effective communication and networking. Hear more about how SANGONeT is capacitating civil society with new tools to learn to make the mo...

GreeningIT
GreeningIT 04 March 2009

A new APC-wide GreeningIT initiative aims to address two critical challenges: How can national ICT policy environments address ICTs, environmental sustainability and climate change; and how can ICTs be used more sustainably by ICTD practitioners, civil society organisations and service providers?  

Conference on Freedom in Computing, Development and Culture
Conference on Freedom in Computing, Development and Culture 19 January 2009

Free Software Free Society, is an International Conference on Free and Open Source software and Free Knowledge Movements being organised by Government of Kerala and Free Software community in Kerala. The conference will explore the possibilities offered by Free and Open Source Software in addressing broader questions such as Governance, Digital Inclusion, Development and Culture.

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