The Challenge Of Connecting The Unconnected

Title: The Challenge Of Connecting The Unconnected
Author: Hassan Baig
Source: TechCrunch
Date (published): 01/11/2014
Date (accessed): 10/11/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Every time we return to or sign up for an Internet service (e.g. Facebook, Google, Gmail, YouTube, etc.), we rely on what UX experts call a “mental model” for navigating through the choices. A mental model is essentially a person’s intuition of how something works based on past knowledge, similar experiences and common sense. So even when something is new, mental models help to make sense of it, utilizing the human brain’s ability to transcode knowledge and recognize patterns. For instance, most of our grandparents can hit the ground running with changing the channel or increasing the volume when handed the remote control for the latest television available in the market today, squarely because of a well-developed mental model for TV remote control units.

Mobile First: Why Mobile Phones Are Transforming Lives In Africa

Title: Mobile First: Why Mobile Phones Are Transforming Lives In Africa
Author: Adrian Leighton
Source: oAfrica
Date (published): 29/10/2014
Date (accessed): 10/11/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: During the days of European colonization, Africa was unfairly dubbed ‘The Dark Continent’ by US journalist and explorer Henry Stanley. This was mainly due to the fear of this unknown and mysterious continent at the time. These days, mobile phones are lighting up Africa to an extent seen nowhere else on Earth. In fact, it’s fair to say that out of all of today’s modern technological, and societal advances, it is mobile phones that have changed lives most rapidly in Africa in the last decade. Why is that Africa, of all places, is ‘mobile first,’ and how are mobile phones changing lives for everyone there?

Three stories of how digital payments are changing healthcare delivery

Title: Three stories of how digital payments are changing healthcare delivery
Source: The Guardian
Date (published): 24/10/2014
Date (accessed): 31/10/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Projects from Pakistan to Tanzania are showing how mobile money is facilitating both access to finance and to healthcare.

In Africa, smartphones and tablets are real alternatives to text books

Title: In Africa, smartphones and tablets are real alternatives to text books
Author: Alberto B. Sáez
Source: Mobile World Capital
Date (published): 27/10/2014
Date (accessed): 31/10/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The In South Africa, one of the countries with the best prospects in the region, the average family spends 1.800 Rands per year on textbooks, almost 130 euros or 164 US dollars; an excessive amount for income often below 4,000 euros per year. If we bear in mind that other countries in the area have among the lowest disposable incomes in the world, it is easy to understand why price is a determining factor and why these mobile devices have been considered as an alternative from the outset. A low-end tablet costs about 100 euros and a high quality one with a 10-inch screen a little less than 200 euros. This means that in one school year the investment could be paid off on something that can be used way beyond mere school work ; it is a window on the world. This fact has convinced the government of the Ivory Coast, which has agreed to provide 5,000 tablets dedicated primarily to education in public schools.

Big Data in Action for Development

Title: Big Data in Action for Development
Date (accessed): 31/10/2014
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This report stemmed from a World Bank pilot activity to explore the potential of big data to address development challenges in Central American countries. As part of this activity we collected and analyzed a number of examples of leveraging big data for development. Because of the growing interest in this topic this report makes available to
a broader audience those examples as well as the underlying conceptual framework to think about big data for development.

How the growth of free Wi-Fi is transforming life in Africa

Title: How the growth of free Wi-Fi is transforming life in Africa
Author: Tom Jackson
Source: The Next Web
Date (published): 29/10/2014
Date (accessed): 31/10/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Ruckus Wireless is calling 2014 the “watershed year” for Wi-Fi, with the company predicting the number of hotspots across the world will increase to 5.8 million by next year, an increase of 350 per cent from the number in 2011. In Africa, the trend is towards providing citizens with free Wi-Fi in order to boost economic activity and education, in line with McKinsey’s projection that if internet penetration grows in the same way as that of mobile phones on the continent, it could contribute as much as 10 per cent – $300 billion – of the continent’s total GDP by 2025.

Budget Institutions in Low-Income Countries: Lessons from G-20

Title: Budget Institutions in Low-Income Countries: Lessons from G-20
Authors: Sanjeev Gupta, Sami Ylaoutinen
Date (accessed): 31/10/2014
Type of information: working paper
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This paper presents twelve budget institutions that can support planning and delivery of credible fiscal strategies in the fiscal policy-making process. The resulting framework is applied to seven low-income countries and the status of their budget institutions compared to the G-20 advanced and emerging market economies. The paper then presents recommendations for designing and implementing appropriate fiscal strategy for low- income countries. Particular attention is paid to prioritization and sequencing of reform efforts.

The $50 smartphone will drive mobile in Africa

Title: The $50 smartphone will drive mobile in Africa
Source: IT News Africa
Date (published): 08/10/2014
Date (accessed): 31/10/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The Tech4Africa “un-conference” is underway at the SciBono Discovery Center, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg. IT News Africa caught up with Gareth Knight, creator of Tech4Africa in order to discuss the concept of the USD $50 smartphone as well as its impact on Africa. When the $50 smartphone hits there will be a massive boom in Africa, this is according to Knight. Furthermore, Knight believes that the $50 smartphone is only 12 months away and set to revolutionise the continent.

Hey ICT4D, It Is Time We Take Fun Seriously

Title: Hey ICT4D, It Is Time We Take Fun Seriously
Author: Kristen Roggemann
Source: ICTWorks
Date (published): 15/10/2014
Date (accessed): 18/10/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Hindustan Unilever (HUL), India’s largest consumer goods maker, runs the Indian state of Bihar’s most popular radio on mobile phones via a free call-back service that plays entertainment mixes with ads for fifteen minutes, specifically targeting villagers in remote areas.

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.

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