ICT for development

New report from Sweden
New report from Sweden 10 April 2006 APC

A report from the workshop “Post-WSIS and Uganda’s Way Forward” (arranged by the Collegium for Development Studies at Uppsala University Sweden, I-Network Uganda, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), with support from the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and Ministry of Works, Housing and Communications, Uganda) is now available as a pdf, 441kb. http://www.kus.uu.se/pdf/publications/KUS_Bok28.pdf

Internet infrastructure: APCNews meets ‘open access’ advocates in the EASSy run up
Internet infrastructure: APCNews meets ‘open access’ advocates in the EASSy run up 06 April 2006 FD, with files from FN

Since 9 March 2006, an informal African ‘open access task force’ – made up of NGOs and small and medium sized ISPs – was initiated to lobby for the implementation of an open access model in internet infrastructure. The task force is currently mobilised to make the East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) ‘easy’, affordable and open. APCNews staff writer Frederick Noronha has gathered statements from two civil society stakeholders in what is to become a determining project for ...

aAqua, taking a harvest of IT solutions to the Indian farmer
aAqua, taking a harvest of IT solutions to the Indian farmer 24 March 2006 FN

APC member in South Asia, BytesForAll took part in the Baramati Initiative 2006 (www.baramatiinitiatives.org), a meet meant to promote ICTD in rural India, in March. This year’s theme was ICT-in-agriculture. From there, APCNews files a report on an interesting website.

A computer for Africa, will it work?
A computer for Africa, will it work? 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 Foun...

eAGRI INDIA: Rain gods in charge
eAGRI INDIA: Rain gods in charge 22 March 2006 APC

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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 content...

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