ICT for development

Costly blindspot... FLOSS and ICT4D
Costly blindspot... FLOSS and ICT4D 22 March 2006 APC

In a vast country the size of India, the left hand doesn’t quite know what the right hand is doing in the 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. In the second week of March it was Baramati. This dusty, small town is located near Pune in Central India, where political strongman (currently this country’s agriculture mini...

Visiting cards in my pocket...
Visiting cards in my pocket... 22 March 2006 APC

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. Because of the unseasonal rains (which lashed central India after midnight, accompanied by lightning and power failures) most of the participants at Baramati VI arrived late at the ...

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 o...

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 organ...

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...

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