10 ways to realise the potential of e-learning

Title: 10 ways to realise the potential of e-learning
Author: Holly Young
Source: The Guardian
Date (published): 10/06/2014
Date (accessed): 13/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Can e-learning really deliver an education revolution across the globe? Thoughts of a panel of experts.

A practical guide to using ICTs in community programs

Title: A practical guide to using ICTs in community programs
Author: Linda Raftree
Source: Lindaraftree.com
Date (published): 05/06/2014
Date (accessed): 13/06/2014
Type of information: guideline
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Plan International’s Finnish office published a thorough user-friendly guide to using ICTs in community programs. The guide has been in development for over a year, based on experiences and input from staff working on the ground with communities in Plan programs in several countries.

Development Informatics - ICT4D 2016: New Priorities for ICT4D Policy, Practice and WSIS in a Post-2015 World

Title: http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/medialibrary/IDPM/working_papers/di/di_wp59.pdf
Author: Richard Heeks
Source: Broadband Commission
Date (accessed): 09/06/2014
Type of information: research paper
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In 2016, the Millennium Development Goals will be replaced by the post-2015 development agenda (PTDA). The foundational content is in place for this new agenda, which will be the single most-important force shaping the future of international development and, hence, the single most-important force shaping the future of information-and-communication-technology-for-development (ICT4D). In planning prospective ICT4D priorities, we should therefore pay close attention to the PTDA. This paper undertakes a comparative analysis of the post-2015 development agenda versus the current content and future direction of ICT4D policy and practice, as exemplified by WSIS+10 documentation. These latter documents bring together nearly 1,000 pages of text that review the current state of ICT4D ten years after the foundational World Summits on the Information Society; and that seek to set out a vision of WSIS and of ICT4D beyond 2015.

From ICT4D innovation to real solutions to Africa's problems

Title: From ICT4D innovation to real solutions to Africa's problems
Author: Michel Bezy
Source: Africa Oye
Date (published): 08/06/2014
Date (accessed): 09/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In discussions about "how can ICT4D help Africa?", by far the most used example is the one of the African farmer who can now access the prices he can get for his crops on the market through ICT4D innovations using Internet. In fact the farmer could simply call friends in the city where the market is and get the prices. This simplistic approach is ignoring the major problem, and that is how can the farmer get his products to the market and get a fair and best price? Farmers loose one third of their crops between harvest and sales due to bad warehousing and transportation conditions.

Information Society Observatory Newsletter, May 2014

In focus: ICT4D – lesson learned, successes and failures

In our four-part article series we draw up the concept of ICT4D and we introduced some typical projects. In this last part we summarize our thoughts.

Highlighted articles
- Empowering Local Radio with ICTs
- The GovLab Selected Readings on Open Data (Updated and Expanded)
- Question 25/2. Access technology for broadband telecommunications including IMT, for developing countries
- Women in Science
- What Washington can learn from Colombia's genius plan to lift millions out of poverty
- New report outlines cybersecurity challenges in developing countries
- Broadband Prices in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Information and Communications in the Chinese Countryside
- Raspberry Pi for Learning Initiative (Pi4L)
- Measuring ICT and Gender: An Assessment
- New study reveals impact of technology for children in developing world
- Using Technology for Social Good. An Exploration of Best Practice in the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Development

New documents in the Observatory
In this chapter you can find a list of every new item which has been added to the Observatory in the last period.

The downloadable newsletter in pdf format:
Newsletter

Drones for Development: Humanitarian Use Cases

Title: Drones for Development: Humanitarian Use Cases
Author: Phillippa Biggs
Source: ICTWorks
Date (published): 02/06/2014
Date (accessed): 03/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Satellite images have been used to support humanitarian efforts for decades. Why? A bird’s eye view of a disaster-affected area simply captures far more information than most Earth-based data-collection technologies can. In short, birds have more situational awareness than we do. In contrast to satellites, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAV) offer significantly higher-resolution imagery, are unobstructed by clouds, can be captured more quickly, by more groups and more often at a fraction of the cost with far fewer licensing and data-sharing restrictions than satellite imagery.

MTN Uganda Launches MTN Internet Bus to boost ICT Literacy in Rural Areas

Title: MTN Uganda Launches MTN Internet Bus to boost ICT Literacy in Rural Areas
Author: Sam Wakoba
Source: TechMoran
Date (published): 31/05/2014
Date (accessed): 03/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: MTN Uganda through its non-profit the MTN Uganda Foundation has launched the MTN Internet Bus to enhance ICT Education across the country. The MTN Internet Bus is equipped with sixteen high-end computer working stations as well as access to High speed Internet Connectivity Service using MTN 3G and 4G LTE Technology with Wi-Fi coverage. The Internet Bus is estimated to have cost Ushs. 600 million.

Reaching illiterate people in the emerging countries: the power of voice based mobile apps

Title: Reaching illiterate people in the emerging countries: the power of voice based mobile apps
Source: Innovation is everywhere
Date (accessed): 28/05/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Reaching illiterate people in the emerging countries: the power of voice based mobile apps.

UN-APCICT publishes case studies to promote open and distance learning

Title: UN-APCICT publishes case studies to promote open and distance learning
Source: APCICT - Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development
Date (published): 16/05/2014
Date (accessed): 28/05/2014
Type of information: case study
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Recognizing the potential that open and distance learning has to improve access to education for people facing socio-economic or geographical constraints, the United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Center for ICT for Development (UN-APCICT) has published the Open and Distance Learning in Asia and the Pacific Case Study, the third issue of its ICT for Development (ICTD) Case Study Series.

'World's first' braille mobile phone goes on sale in the UK

Title: 'World's first' braille mobile phone goes on sale in the UK
Author: Daniel Cooper
Source: Engadget
Date (published): 19/05/2014
Date (accessed): 28/05/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Touchscreens may have kicked-off a mobile computing revolution, but they didn't do much for the visually impaired. OwnFone, which launched a customizable mobile phone for kids and the elderly back in 2012, is now offering its stripped-down handset with braille or raised text contact buttons.

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