ICT for development

Training in urban community agriculture in Cameroon
Training in urban community agriculture in Cameroon 14 August 2014 PROTEGE QV

An agronomist assists a training participant to identify and break the eyelets on a plantain sucker. Photo: PROTEGE QVAs part of its urban agriculture programme, PROTEGE QV organised a training workshop in 2013 on the rapid multiplication of plantain “suckers” for planting. The workshop was organised to fulfil a need expressed by the urban community for the creation of plantations of this staple crop. The main obstacle faced by community members was the fact that the suckers used for pla...

ALIN adopts ICTs to digitise farmers’ records in Kenya
ALIN adopts ICTs to digitise farmers’ records in Kenya 14 August 2014 ALIN

The Sokopepe website services small-scale farmers in Kenya. Screenshot.Kenya-based Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) has spun off a social enterprise company known as Sokopepe Limited [www.sokopepe.co.ke]. Driven principally by the very rapid penetration of mobile phones in Kenya (82%), one of the services the company offers enables huge numbers of small-scale farmers to keep comprehensive digitised records of their farming enterprises. The Farm Records Management Information System (FARM...

Sustaining wireless networks in a war situation in Nigeria
Sustaining wireless networks in a war situation in Nigeria 08 August 2014 Fantsuam Foundation

Fantsuam se debate con el problema de la falta de energía eléctrica porque sus baterías solares están ya prontas para el recambio. Foto:Rob Baxter.Since July 2011, Fantsuam Foundation’s host communities in Kaduna state have witnessed ongoing communal strife that has left hundreds dead and homeless and destroyed livelihoods. At the height of the sectarian crisis, all local and internationa...

ICTs, public access and the African Internet Governance Forum
ICTs, public access and the African Internet Governance Forum 01 August 2014 ET

“As Africans we care about the internet, and not only about getting access to it but we also care about how, and by whom, it is governed,” says APCs Emilar Gandhi who recently returned from the African Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Abuja, Nigeria, where she co-organised a workshop on public access to information and communications technologies (ICTs). In an online interview, Emilar spo...

Human rights online and ICT4D – Two sides of the same coin
Human rights online and ICT4D – Two sides of the same coin 21 January 2014 Alexandra Groome and Shawna Finnegan

On 10 December, 2013, the Association for Progressive Communications and the Web We Want campaign hosted a workshop at the sixth annual Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Development conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Until recently, advocates for freedom on the internet have tended to operate in relative isolation from practitioners of ICT for Development. The workshop, e...

Shifting cultures: ICTD2013 deconstructs development with choice and play
Shifting cultures: ICTD2013 deconstructs development with choice and play 13 January 2014 Shawna Finnegan

Cultural imperialism is recognised as one of the most insidious dangers of development projects, reinforcing Western values and relations of power. Creativity and innovation are familiar goals for many technology for development projects, however economic growth and supply-side development continue to dominate much of the development field, including ICT4D. These critiques were expressed by ma...

APC at ICT and Development Conference 2013
APC at ICT and Development Conference 2013 05 December 2013 AG

The sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development will take place from 7-10 December in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference is an opportunity for APC to strengthen its networks in the ICTD community and engage in meaningful discussion in pertinent global issues including access, right to information, sustainable development, and women’s r...

Digital Empowerment Foundation honoured at ITU Forum for "Wireless for Communities" project
Digital Empowerment Foundation honoured at ITU Forum for "Wireless for Communities" project 20 November 2013

The Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), APC member in India, was honoured at the 2013 International Telecommunications Forum Telcom World in Bangkok on 19 November 2013 for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Contest to Promote the Transformational Power of Broadband – “Connecting at the Roots”. I...

Google Big Tent Johannesburg
Google Big Tent Johannesburg 06 September 2013 AG

“The internet is the industrial revolution of our generation,” said Justin Stanford, Co-founder and CEO, 4Di Group at Big Tent Johannesburg on September 5 2013. Google hosts “Big Tents” around the world to stimulate and facilitate discussion about the socioeconomic impacts of the internet. APC’s Alexandra Groome, Emilar Vushe, and Phil Mincher attended, enthusias...

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