India launches own Wikipedia in local languages

Title: India launches own Wikipedia in local languages
Author: Ryan Huang
Source: ZDNet
Date (published): 20/02/2014
Date (accessed): 21/02/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The Indian government has rolled out an online information guide called Vikaspedia, inspired by Wikipedia, focusing on localized data and in local languages.

International Year of Family Farming: IFAD's commitment and call for action

Title: International Year of Family Farming: IFAD's commitment and call for action
Source: IFAD - Investing in rural people
Date (accessed): 20/02/2014
Type of information: call for action
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Small family farms are the key to reducing poverty and improving global food security. Family farming includes all family-based agricultural activities, and it is linked to several areas of rural development. Family farming is a means of organizing agricultural, forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture production which is managed and operated by a family and predominantly reliant on family labour, including both women’s and men’s. Both in developing and developed countries, family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sector.

Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology

Title: Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology
Source: Pew Research Center
Date (published): 13/02/2014
Date (accessed): 20/02/2014
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In a remarkably short period of time, internet and mobile technology have become a part of everyday life for some in the emerging and developing world. Cell phones, in particular, are almost omnipresent in many nations. The internet has also made tremendous inroads, although most people in the 24 nations surveyed are still offline.

India Is The World’s Fastest Growing Smartphone Market: Gartner

Title: India Is The World’s Fastest Growing Smartphone Market: Gartner
Author: NT Balanarayan
Source: Medianama
Date (published): 13/02/2014
Date (accessed): 17/02/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract:
Smartphone sales in India increased by 166.8% making it the world’s fastest growing smartphone market in the last quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. It also revealed that worldwide, smartphones sales now account for 53.6% of overall mobile phone sales in 2013, exceeding annual sales of feature phones for the first time.

Mobile as Africa’s debit card: Mobile Money Integration Services is the next wave of mobile money growth

Title: Mobile as Africa’s debit card: Mobile Money Integration Services is the next wave of mobile money growth
Source: Balancing Act Africa
Date (published): 14/02/2014
Date (accessed): 17/02/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In the countries where mobile money has been particularly successful like Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, the next unfolding wave of growth is payments integration. It sounds boring but it’s tying in merchants and banks to mobile money to allow more payments to be made more effectively. Russell Southwood talked to Arnold Sentuwa Luwugge and Gerald Begumisa of Yo Uganda about what it might mean.

10 reasons Open Innovation fails

Title: 10 reasons Open Innovation fails
Author: Christian Kreutz
Source: Crisscrossed
Date (published): 27/01/2014
Date (accessed): 16/02/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Open innovation can be a powerful force. When hundreds of people collaborate openly things can evolve in all kinds of creative ways.

The GovLab Selected Readings on Open Data (Updated and Expanded)

Title: The GovLab Selected Readings on Open Data (Updated and Expanded)
Author: Andrew Young
Source: GovLab
Date (published): 14/02/2014
Date (accessed): 16/02/2014
Type of information: data source
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: As part of an ongoing effort to build a knowledge base for the field of opening governance by organizing and disseminating its learnings, the GovLab Selected Readings series provides an annotated and curated collection of recommended works on key opening governance topics.

Interactive Educational Television in the Amazon

Title: Interactive Educational Television in the Amazon
Author: Michael Trucano
Source: World Bank Blogs
Date (published): 12/02/2014
Date (accessed): 13/02/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This initiative was born out of an effort that began in 2002 in Amazonas to train unqualified teachers (Proformar) in rural areas that led to a teaching certificate. Based on the success of that initiative, and its model, planning for this project began in earnest in 2004. In 2007 it started in high school classrooms, and in 2009 it was expanded to middle schools. Here are some quick figures related to the reach of the project: 2007: 10k students, 260 classrooms, 200 schools, serving 334 communities. 2013: 38k students, 1809 classrooms, 400 schools, serving 2400 communities. All of this has been done using existing municipal facilities (schools), which underwent minor refurbishment.

Empowering Local Radio with ICTs

Title: Empowering Local Radio with ICTs
Source: UNESCO
Date (accessed): 13/02/2014
Type of information: case study
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The UNESCO project "Empowering Local Radio with ICTs" builds the capacity of 32 local radios in 7 African countries, from 2012 until end of 2014. Its overall goal is to improve the lives of the poor, especially women and girls, by raising local radio stations' quality programming. UNESCO helps local radios acquire ICT skills, achieve an increased range of local news coverage as well as gender equality and financial sustainability. By the end of the project, local radios will be able to provide better social service and engage different sectors of the community in the debate of issues of local public concern. This project is possible thanks to the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

Sterio.me - A Mobile Learning Technology for Primary/Secondary Educators in Africa aims to launch in Nigeria

Title: Sterio.me - A Mobile Learning Technology for Primary/Secondary Educators in Africa aims to launch in Nigeria
Author: Kenneth Omeruo
Source: TechTrends
Date (published): 12/02/2014
Date (accessed): 13/02/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Technology has increasingly changed the way we learn.For Africa especially Nigeria, with the rapid increase in the use of mobile phones and the growth in Mobile Internet, Technology enhanced learning will no doubt offer great opportunity for the nation. One of such technologies set to empower and improve learning for Primary and Secondary Schools in Africa is Sterio.me which is to be launched in Nigeria soon.

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