Technology-enabled Public Libraries Can Help Improve the Quality of Life of the Rural Elderly

Title: Technology-enabled Public Libraries Can Help Improve the Quality of Life of the Rural Elderly
Source: The World Bank
Date (published): 05/09/2014
Date (accessed): 08/09/2014
Type of information: research study
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Advances in connectivity particularly the internet offers opportunities for greater development and participation in society of the rural elderly. A World Bank study says that public libraries can make an important contribution in providing access to electronic information and training in digital literacy for elderly. The study makes a number of policy recommendations for China to improve the services provided by public libraries to rural elderly. This report is based on research funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It is part of a broader research aimed at offering central and local government policymakers with recommendations for enhancing rural informatization — improving access to information and communication technologies (ICT) and enhancing the lives of rural citizens — in China.

Indonesia launches open data portal

Title: Indonesia launches open data portal
Author: Medha Basu
Source: FutureGov
Date (published): 05/09/2014
Date (accessed): 08/09/2014
Type of information: open database
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The Indonesian government has officially launched its open data portal, starting off with 700 datasets from 24 agencies. The portal data.id has a clean look with a prominent search bar on the homepage, and the content is written simply. According to the portal, it aims to promote a more credible government, better public services and encourage innovation in the society.

African Declaration On Internet Rights and Freedoms for Launch At 2014 IGF

Title: African Declaration On Internet Rights and Freedoms for Launch At 2014 IGF
Source: allAfrica
Date (published): 02/09/2014
Date (accessed): 08/09/2014
Type of information: declaration
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The African Declaration Drafter's Group is pleased to present the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms which will be released on September 4 at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey, and on September 8 at Highway Africa Conference in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Gender and Information Communication Technologies (ICTS) in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects

Title: Gender and Information Communication Technologies (ICTS) in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects
Author: Sanda HJ, Kurfi MH
Source: HRH Global Resource Center
Date (accessed): 30/08/2014
Type of information: research study
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The study concludes that to address these gender gaps in ICTs in Nigeria, all hands must be on deck to change women’s attitudes towards ICT use by overcoming technophobia;women should be provided with educational and economic empowerment; government ICT policies and programs must address the needs of women;and the civil society should be part and parcel of this crusade for the betterment of women and the society at large.

The State Of African Government Websites

Title: How is ICT improving education in East Africa?
Source: TechLoy
Date (published): 05/02/2014
Date (accessed): 30/08/2014
Type of information: infographic
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This infographic by Kathleen Ndongmo shows the deplorable state of the 54 African government official websites.

How is ICT improving education in East Africa?

Title: How is ICT improving education in East Africa?
Source: SOS Children's Villages
Date (published): 27/08/2014
Date (accessed): 30/08/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: As internet access and computer skills become ever more important tools for getting information, services and ensuring employability, governments are seeking to equip schools with modern technology. With digital know-how, it is hoped children will leave school prepared for tomorrow's world and able to participate in knowledge economies. A myriad of initiatives are working towards these goals, including ICT4D (Information, Communication and Technology for Development) projects by SOS Children. To understand better the potential of ICT in the classroom and how it can help students to succeed, the SOS Children show ustwo examples from East Africa.

Emerging Markets: Top ICT Hardware Challenges

Title: Emerging Markets: Top ICT Hardware Challenges
Source: Engineering for Change
Date (accessed): 21/08/2014
Type of information: research paper
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This research paper was directed by Bruce Baikie, Executive Director of Inveneo, written by Dr. Laura Hosman, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology, edited by Jana Melpolder, Media Manager, contributed by Matt Crum, former Project Engineer of Inveneo, and supported by USAID and ARM Limited. This research was conceived and supported by ARM, the world's leading semiconductor intellectual property supplier. In 2012, ARM met with Inveneo to ask how ICT hardware could be designed more appropriately for developing countries. ARM recognized the many problems faced by ICT hardware in emerging economies and knew Inveneo had the expertise that could establish what the key issues might be and how they could be overcome. ARM then took the concept to USAID and together they developed this research concept. ARM is at the center of the largest commercial ecosystem in the technology sector, so their intention is to take the outcome of the research and encourage the sector to respond to the challenge of designing more appropriate products.

Integrating Mobiles into Development Projects

Title: Integrating Mobiles into Development Projects
Authors: Josh Woodard, Jordan Weinstock, Nicholas Lesher
Source: USAID
Date (published): 08/2014
Date (accessed): 21/08/2014
Type of information: handbook
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This handbook is intended as a practical and actionable guide to help USAID staff consider the challenges that can impede the realization of a more sustainable and equitable future powered by mobile technology and other digital solutions, and to think critically about when and how to deploy mobile solutions.

How may ICT in basic education help reach global development goals?

Title: How may ICT in basic education help reach global development goals?
Source: Norad
Date (published): 14/07/2014
Date (accessed): 21/08/2014
Type of information: report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: International experts on ICT in education joined Norad’s Education Section in May 2014 for a discussion on best practices and opportunities ahead. A 17-page illustrated report on the seminar gives useful insight. Until now, authorities have increased school enrolment mainly by expanding services to reach many, but not all. In addition, many children receive education of poor quality. Globally 250 million children can neither read nor write when they start fourth grade. This may be partially explained by the large increase in children starting school not being matched by raised number of teachers, classrooms and educational material. There is a major shortage of teachers, and especially of qualified ones. The seminar addresses ICT in teacher education and how technology may boost learning in basic education.

Agony of an African Programmer

Title: Agony of an African Programmer
Author: Raindolf Owusu
Source: iAfrikan
Date (published): 03/04/2014
Date (accessed): 21/08/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Working as an independent mobile, web and software developer in Africa can be a trying experience.

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