To Really Help the Global Poor, Create Technology They’ll Pay For

Title: To Really Help the Global Poor, Create Technology They’ll Pay For
Author: Alex Deng
Source: Harvard Business Review
Date (published): 05/08/2015
Date (accessed): 06/08/2015
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Investing in technology can help lift people out of poverty, and investments that use technology for development are good for business, creating millions of new customers. But the development landscape is littered with projects that never got past the pilot stage. When the seed funding from philanthropies or governments runs out, if projects haven’t signed up enough paying users, there’s nothing to fuel growth.

India Loves MOOCs

Title: India Loves MOOCs
Author: George Anders
Source: MIT Technology Review
Date (published): 27/07/2015
Date (accessed): 06/08/2015
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In a country of rigid teaching styles and scarce university slots, students and professors are exploring what online learning can be.

Development Informatics - e-Science for Digital Development: “ICT4ICT4D”

Title: Development Informatics - e-Science for Digital Development: “ICT4ICT4D”
Author: Martin Hilbert
Source: School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED, The University of Manchester
Date (accessed): 03/08/2015
Type of information: research paper
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: While the ICT for development (ICT4D) community is well aware about the far-reaching changes introduced by the digital age, it is remarkably slowly getting used to the idea that digital tools also revolutionize its very own core business: research. Information and communication technology (ICT) is currently transforming the way knowledge is created and insights are obtained. This applies to inductive empirical inquiry (especially ‘big data’), as well as deductive theoretical scholarship (especially ‘computer simulation modeling’). This paper explores best practices of the application of such e-science in the field of development and contributes an informed perspective to intensify an outstanding discussion within the ICT4D community. ICT should not only be used for development (ICT4D), but also for the constant updating of our understanding of digital development, in order to fine-tune policies and project designs: ‘ICT4ICT4D’.

'Telephone farmers' reaping the benefits of agri-tech

Title: 'Telephone farmers' reaping the benefits of agri-tech
Author: Tom Jackson
Source: BBC News
Date (published): 31/07/2015
Date (accessed): 03/08/2015
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: A new breed of tech-savvy farmers is emerging throughout Kenya. Sometimes called "telephone farmers", they are making use of a growing number of technologies and platforms to help them choose and manage their crops more efficiently.

Google Loon project to cover Sri Lanka with 3G internet

Title: Google Loon project to cover Sri Lanka with 3G internet
Author: Gayan Chandrasekara
Source: Lanka Business Online
Date (published): 28/07/2015
Date (accessed): 03/08/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Sri Lanka’s government and Google signed an agreement to cover the Island with 3G internet under ‘Google Loon project’.

Of battles won and lost: telemedicine in India

Title: Of battles won and lost: telemedicine in India
Author: Medha Uniyal
Source: openDemocracy - openIndia
Date (published): 23/07/2015
Date (accessed): 29/07/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In India, tele-medicine has finally opened up the prospect of medical documentation for vast swathes of the uneducated population.

Banning and unbanning phones in schools

Title: Banning and unbanning phones in schools
Author: Michael Trucano
Source: EduTech - A World Bank Blog on ICT use in Education
Date (published): 24/07/2015
Date (accessed): 29/07/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: When it comes to mobile phones and the education sector, things aren't so simple, and answers vary considerably by place -- and are changing. In some countries and schools, mobile phones are not allowed at all for students (and in some cases for teachers as well) and/or their use is limited to certain circumstances inside (and in some instances even outside) of school. In other places, phones are allowed with few restrictions. In yet other places, long time bans on phones are being reversed. Even where bans are in place, phones are still to be found in schools, for better and for worse, and they are used for a variety of purposes (again, for better and for worse).

Sustainable Development Goals: The Impact of Access to Information on our Societies

Title: Sustainable Development Goals: The Impact of Access to Information on our Societies
Source: Dgroups
Date (accessed): 29/07/2015
Type of information: e-forum
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Sustainable Development Goals: The Impact of Access to Information on our Societies.
7th to 18th of September 2015
This online event is a joint effort by the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to provide a forum for institutions and individuals to learn more about the Lyon Declaration, and to exchange ideas about how information centers and libraries can promote the adoption of access to information as part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition

Title: The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition
Date (accessed): 29/07/2015
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition is a collaboration between The NEW MEDIA CONSORTIUM and the CONSORTIUM FOR SCHOOL NETWORKING. The research behind the NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition is jointly conducted by the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). What is on the five-year horizon for K-12 schools worldwide? Which trends and technologies will drive educational change? What are the challenges that we consider as solvable or difficult to overcome, and how can we strategize effective solutions? These questions and similar inquiries regarding technology adoption and transforming teaching and learning steered the collaborative research and discussions of a body of 56 experts to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition, in partnership with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

Development Unplugged: Driving Progress Without the Internet

Title: Development Unplugged: Driving Progress Without the Internet
Author: Elizabeth Melampy
Source: Prosper - Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Date (published): 26/06/2015
Date (accessed): 18/07/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Earlier this year, the US-based NGO Digital Democracy held a coding conference in Peru called “Hack the Rainforest.” While most coding relies on the internet, this conference took place in a rural outpost of 100,000 people in the Peruvian Amazon where there is limited internet access. Coders addressed an unpopular question in development: how can technological advances help those with no internet access?

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