Meet ADAM – A Powerful Weapon In WFP’s Emergency Response

Title: Meet ADAM – A Powerful Weapon In WFP’s Emergency Response
Author: Paul Anthem
Source: WFP - United Nations World Food Programme
Date (published): 10/02/2015
Date (accessed): 14/02/2015
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: A newly launched alert system has the potential to dramatically speed up WFP's response in the aftermath of an emergency.

Open data: how mobile phones saved bananas from bacterial wilt in Uganda

Title: Open data: how mobile phones saved bananas from bacterial wilt in Uganda
Author: Anna Scott
Source: The Guardian
Date (published): 11/02/2015
Date (accessed): 14/02/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: As disease threatened crops across the country, an initiative from the government and Unicef was able to communicate fast to stop it - demonstrating how open data can transform development.

Uzbekistan creates new ICT Ministry

Title: Uzbekistan creates new ICT Ministry
Source: TeleGeography
Date (published): 09/02/2015
Date (accessed): 12/02/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Uzbekistan has created a new Ministry of Development of Information Technologies and Communications via a presidential decree, replacing the State Committee for Communications, Information and Telecommunication Technologies (CCITT). The new agency is intended to improve oversight of the ICT and telecoms sectors, to accelerate the introduction of modern ICT and e-government systems and to modernise the nation’s telecoms infrastructure. The new ministry has a broad remit, covering the regulation and licensing of telecoms services, including the management of spectrum resources and the development and implementation of policies to expand access to broadband, transition to a fully digital system for TV and radio broadcasting. The presidential decree establishing the new ministry also invalidated Presidential Decree UP-4475 of October 16 2012, which had established the CCITT, itself the successor to the Uzbek Agency for Communications and Information (UzACI), which had governed the sector from 2004.

ICT4D Quiz: Answers Revealed!

Title: ICT4D Quiz: Answers Revealed!
Author: Saskia Harmsen
Source: IICD
Date (published): 02/02/2015
Date (accessed): 12/02/2015
Type of information: quiz
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: IICD's Social Geek Holiday Quiz has tested even the most experienced and well-read ICT4D experts over the past weeks. Questions covered a broad range of topics, from Sustainable Development Goals to Internet coverage among rural schools in Peru, and were contributed by a diverse mix of ICT4D experts and champions, from international policy specialists to ICT officers in the field. The challenging questions were designed to make the quiz engaging for all participants, as a special thank you to IICD's friends, partners, clients, donors, followers and supporters over the last year. On top of this, the quiz has functioned as a platform to share knowledge and connect actors working in the field of ICT4D. This complements one of the main aims of IICD's knowledge sharing strategy: to improve ICT4D practice and inform the efforts of the wider international development community. In turn, IICD is continually striving to integrate the insights and experiences of both international specialists and ICT officers in the field into project improvements around the world. The quiz included a broad range of themes and issues, some of which could be researched online whereas others were based on field experience. Accompanying the answers, we provide descriptions, some of which are direct commentaries from the contributors while others are additional pieces of information.

Developing Countries Lead the Way in Mobile-Health Technologies

Title: Developing Countries Lead the Way in Mobile-Health Technologies
Author: Eryn Gable
Source: 1776
Date (published): 04/02/2015
Date (accessed): 12/02/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Imagine being able to carry one of today’s most powerful diagnostic tools in your pocket—a medical device that will tell you if a pregnant woman’s fetus is developing healthily, if an injured soldier requires immediate evacuation or if a mountain climber is suffering from pulmonary edema.

UNESCO launches a new publication on the role of Internet intermediaries

Title: UNESCO launches a new publication on the role of Internet intermediaries
Source: Unesco
Date (published): 19/01/2015
Date (accessed): 02/02/2015
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: “Fostering Freedom Online: the Role of Internet Intermediaries” is the title of a new title in the UNESCO Internet freedom series. With the rise of Internet intermediaries that play a mediating role on the internet between authors of content and audiences, UNESCO took a joint initiative, with the Open Society Foundations, the Internet Society, and Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, to examine this recent historical phenomenon and how it impacts on freedom of expression and associated fundamental rights such as privacy.

Achieving Development Results in Asia and the Pacific 2013-2014

Title: Achieving Development Results in Asia and the Pacific 2013-2014
Source: UNDP in Asia and the Pacific
Date (published): 26/01/2015
Date (accessed): 02/02/2015
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The report covers results achieved in 36 countries and territories in the Asia and Pacific region. It illustrates UNDP’s support to poverty reduction and conservation of natural resources, strengthening democratic governance, building resilience and responding to crisis. UNDP assisted people in strengthening livelihoods and empowering themselves. UNDP has delivered US$2 billion in programmes in Asia and the Pacific during 2013-2014 to achieve the mutual aspirations of partner governments and donors in UNDP’s three main areas of development: inclusive development pathways, inclusive and effective governance and resilience. Promoting gender equality is a cross-cutting theme of our work.

Focus on Gender: Farming app is out of touch with reality

Title: Focus on Gender: Farming app is out of touch with reality
Source: SciDev.Net
Date (published): 29/01/2015
Date (accessed): 02/02/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Nepali women are becoming more involved in farming, but there is a mobile phone gender gap. Nepal’s mountains and a lack of electricity also hinder mobile phone initiatives. Tech projects targeting women in remote areas must first tackle access barriers.

The Rumie Initiative: Using Tablets As Learning Tools In Ebola-Stricken Communities

Title: The Rumie Initiative: Using Tablets As Learning Tools In Ebola-Stricken Communities
Author: Federico Guerrini
Source: Broadband Commission
Date (published): 12/11/2014
Date (accessed): 01/02/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Although less than 1% of the population has been diagnosed with Ebola, to tackle the outbreak and avoid spreading the disease, Liberia’s Government has shut down all schools in July, leaving 1.4 million children with no education for over 4 months now. To lend a hand and help kids continue their schooling, a Toronto-based tech startup called the Rumie Initiative is raising money on Indiegogo to send in the country $50 tablets pre-loaded with educational content. The devices can be used by the children to self-teach themselves, or in communities with the help of a tutor.

Why high-speed internet is a weapon against Ebola

Title: Why high-speed internet is a weapon against Ebola
Author: Lauren Woodman, Kristin Peterson
Source: The World Economic Forum
Date (published): 23/01/2015
Date (accessed): 01/02/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: For many health workers battling the Ebola crisis in West Africa, they don’t have to imagine – it has often been a daily reality. Before receiving high-speed internet, it could take a health worker in Port Loko, Sierra Leone an hour to send an email containing lab results. A phone call to order supplies could cost US $5 per minute. An employee at an Ebola treatment unit in N’zerekore, Guinea had to drive to a nearby town every day just to send status updates to colleagues in the capital city of Conakry.

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