Is African broadband data worth it?

Title: Is African broadband data worth it?
Source: oAfrica
Date (published): 20/01/2015
Date (accessed): 25/01/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: A Research ICT Africa policy brief from June 2014 asks the question: “Is broadband data worth the money?” The answer depends on where you live.

Building smarter cities

Title: Building smarter cities
Authors: Arturo Muente-Kunigami and Victor Mulas
Source: The World Bank
Date (published): 07/01/2015
Date (accessed): 25/01/2015
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. Over 90 percent of urban growth is occurring in the developing world, adding an estimated 70 million new residents to urban areas each year. Demand for services in urban areas is therefore increasing exponentially, and the capacity of local governments to manage this demand is challenged. Moreover, even though private sector has been successful in leveraging technology to improve service delivery and efficiency, governments have failed to fully embrace the benefits that these innovations bring. There is a growing need for governments to be able to deliver more services in a more efficient and effective way with limited resources. Cities need to innovate and create new tools and approaches.

The mobile phone-powered lifeline for farmers in Ghana

Title: The mobile phone-powered lifeline for farmers in Ghana
Author: John Townsend
Source: The Guardian
Date (published): 16/01/2015
Date (accessed): 22/01/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: One of the finalists in Unilever’s Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards, Alloysius Attah talks about Farmerline, which provides technical advice to Ghanaian farmers.

Free USAID Course: How To Use Mobile Data Solutions for Better Development Outcomes

Title: Free USAID Course: How To Use Mobile Data Solutions for Better Development Outcomes
Source: ICT Works
Date (published): 16/01/2015
Date (accessed): 22/01/2015
Type of information: online course
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Leading global development organizations are just beginning to utilize mobile technologies to improve the efficiency and quality of the data they collect, manage, analyze, and share. However, there is so much more the international development community could be doing with this powerful technology to make better decisions and meet broader global development goals.

Digital Entrepreneurship in Kenya 2014

Title: Digital Entrepreneurship in Kenya 2014
Date (accessed): 20/01/2015
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This report focuses new attention on Kenya’s emerging digital entrepreneurship ecosystem, with a unique perspective on entrepreneurs developing mobile enabled services. In this report, we highlight the challenges startups are currently facing and the opportunities for collaboration among stakeholders, in particular opportunities for engagement with the mobile industry.

Where Cellular Networks Don’t Exist, People Are Building Their Own

Title: Where Cellular Networks Don’t Exist, People Are Building Their Own
Author: Lizzie Wade
Source: Wired
Date (published): 14/01/2015
Date (accessed): 20/01/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Strategically ignored by Mexico’s major telecoms, Yaee is putting itself on the mobile communications grid with the help of a Oaxaca-based telecommunications non-profit called Rhizomatica.

Demystifying the MOOC

Title: Demystifying the MOOC
Author: Jeffrey J. Selingo
Source: The New York Times
Date (published): 29/10/2014
Date (accessed): 06/01/2015
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: When massive open online courses first grabbed the spotlight in 2011, many saw in them promise of a revolutionary force that would disrupt traditional higher education by expanding access and reducing costs. The hope was that MOOCs — classes from elite universities, most of them free, in some cases enrolling hundreds of thousands of students each — would make it possible for anyone to acquire an education, from a villager in Turkey to a college dropout in the United States. Following the “hype cycle” model for new technology products developed by the Gartner research group, MOOCs have fallen from their “peak of inflated expectations” in 2012 to the “trough of disillusionment.”

How to combat malaria with mobile phones

Title:
How to combat malaria with mobile phones

Author: Issie Lapowsky
Source: Wired UK
Date (published): 22/12/2014
Date (accessed): 05/01/20145
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Africa, where malaria kills around 400,000 children every year, is set to top 1 billion mobile phone subscriptions by next year. That means that public health researchers will have one billion ways to communicate with -- and collect data from -- the people who are most at risk of catching malaria, a disease that has traditionally been extremely difficult to track.

2014: How the ICT sector fared

Title: 2014: How the ICT sector fared
Author: Collins Mwai
Source: The New Times
Date (published): 01/01/2015
Date (accessed): 05/01/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Information Communication Technology has been placed among the key facilitators for national growth and development. This has been due to heavy investments in the sector by both government and the private sector. With increased investments in the sector, there has been a relative increase in gains especially in 2014. Statistics show that the sector attracted about 45 per cent of all foreign direct investments in the country and contributed 3 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the last quarter of the year and is projected to contribute about 4 per cent in the coming year.

Timeline: Gender Equality, 2014 Year in Review

Title: Timeline: Gender Equality, 2014 Year in Review
Source: UN Women
Date (accessed): 04/01/2015
Type of information: online collection
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: From the passing of one of the Arab region's most progressive constitutions enshrining women's rights to changes in legislation to provide long overdue redress to wartime survivors of sexual violence, this timeline is a selection of some of the gender equality achievements, milestones and noteworthy moments from around the world this year.

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