ICT for development

India looks at e-agriculture
India looks at e-agriculture 09 March 2006 APC

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 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. I’ve lost all sense of time, but my mobile phone (which fortunately works 800 kms away from home) tells me it’s 10:...

Partners for progress, in southern Africa
Partners for progress, in southern Africa 17 February 2006 APC

Ungana-Afrika is looking for organisations interested in eRiding in Southern Africa. Do you have what it takes? Ungana-Afrika’s Project Coordinator (eRider) Tshepo “Sebata” Thlaku writes in from South Africa to say: “We are currently looking for organisations interested in eRiding in Southern Africa to partner with. We have made the call for collaboration below for organisations that might be interested. So we see the APC letter as a good platform us to market the call...

CEPES, Peru: Rolling out the applications for action in the Andes
CEPES, Peru: Rolling out the applications for action in the Andes 06 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 cont...

Speed-geeking: your date with development?
Speed-geeking: your date with development? 20 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 Kalangal...

From Sri Lanka, impatient with "pilots"...
From Sri Lanka, impatient with "pilots"... 07 December 2005 APC

Sri Lankan journalist Nalaka Gunawardene has this interestingly-argued piece Waiting for Pilots to Land in Tunis on the IslamOnline.net site, that has some blunt questions to ask around the question: “Are Pilot Projects Helping Development”. Sri Lankan journalist Nalaka Gunawardene has this interestingly-argued piece Waiting for Pilots to Land in Tunis on the IslamOnline.net site, t...

While in Tunis...
While in Tunis... 21 November 2005 APC

But I’ve many interesting experiences at WSIS. For example, one evening in Tunis I was travelling back to my hotel by bus and the lady who was sitting next to me was talking to me in French. When I’ve problems explaining things in French, she started speaking to me in English and informed me that she used to work with a writer group in USA. 20th November, Charles Du Gaul A...

The forgotten agenda...
The forgotten agenda... 19 November 2005 APC

With the focus at Tunis largely on who controls the Net, and the far-from-sophisticated control mechanisms of Tunisian society, the issue of what the Net can — and is — doing for the excluded in the planet might have taken a back seat. Disparity in accessing the levers of communication is markedly sharp. But interesting stories are coming in about what’s possible from various...

$100 laptop: hope or hype?
$100 laptop: hope or hype? 18 November 2005 APC

Prototypes for a $100 laptop for Third World schools are out… what does it look like? What can it do? Is there a catch? And, hangon, there is still discussion on whether the internet is a friend or foe of education…. There’s this report WSIS: £59 laptop unveiled in Tunis … Just don’t let Kofi Annan loose on it that talks about the prototype of the US$100 laptop un...

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