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Measuring ICT and Gender: An Assessment

Title: Measuring ICT and Gender: An Assessment
Source: UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Date (accessed): 23/05/2014
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This report constitutes part of the efforts by the Task Group on Gender (TGG) of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development (hereinafter referred to as the Partnership) to improve the availability of sex-disaggregated ICT data, especially in developing countries. It takes stock of existing ICT indicators disaggregated by sex, assesses data availability and identifies main gaps based on an evaluation of needs and demand for such indicators. It also identifies areas covered as well as potential new areas where sex-disaggregated data are desirable, and where further methodological work is needed in order to develop relevant indicators to fill the data gaps.

Raspberry Pi for Learning Initiative (Pi4L)

Title: Raspberry Pi for Learning Initiative (Pi4L)
Source: Stories of UNICEF Innovation
Date (published): 08/05/2014
Date (accessed): 13/05/2014
Type of information: case study
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: UNICEF Lebanon is investigating innovative ways to provide non-formal education to the millions of displaced children as a result of the Syrian crisis. Recent studies have highlighted the scale of the crisis and put forward some recommendations on what can be done. Innovation has a major role to play in addressing the need for basic education. The Pi4L programme is built around four learning tracks delivered both offline and via small computer labs (1 – 10 nodes). Three of the tracks are optimised for students and one is focused on teachers and teacher-trainers. The learning platform will be built on a Raspberry Pi hardware/software combination that includes distributions of Raspbian (the operating system) and associated teaching software together with dedicated content curated for primary, secondary and remedial students. The system will be optimized for offline delivery such that at the most basic level it can function as a content and continuing education delivery tool.

Information and Communications in the Chinese Countryside

Title: Information and Communications in the Chinese Countryside
Authors: Michael Minges, Kaoru Kimura, Natasha Beschorner, Robert Davies, Guanqin Zhang
Source: The World Bank
Date (accessed): 13/05/2014
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: China is set to become one of the East Asia and Pacific region’s most “connected” countries and plans to upgrade its connectivity radically over the next few years. The government’s Broadband China Strategy, approved by the State Council in August, 2013, characterizes high-speed or broadband Internet as strategic public infrastructure for the economic and social development of China in a new era. Information and communications technologies (ICT) and associated applications have potentially transformative potential for China’s countryside. ICT applications may support, among other things, improved rural productivity, by facilitating access to agricultural information, services and markets; e-commerce and financial inclusion; supply of teaching and learning materials for younger generations; income-generating and business development opportunities beyond traditional agriculture; and communications, skills development, and improved social inclusion for senior citizens. This report considers, from the grassroots level, the impact from investments in rural ICT in selected provinces, and what can be learned from these experiences.

How Africa Tweets – 2014

Title: How Africa Tweets – 2014
Source: Portland Communications
Date (accessed): 13/05/2014
Type of information: infographic
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Portland analysed geo-located tweets originating from Africa during the final three months of 2013. The second How Africa Tweets study dives deeper into Twitter use on the continent, looking at which cities are the most active, what languages are being used the most and what issues are driving the conversation online.

Cellphones ignite a 'reading revolution' in poor countries

Title: Cellphones ignite a 'reading revolution' in poor countries
Author: Amar Toor
Source: The Verge
Date (published): 23/04/2014
Date (accessed): 11/05/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: There is evidence to suggest that mobile technology can improve literacy test scores, though UNESCO's study focuses on the behaviors and demographics of users in developing countries, in the hopes of better understanding how and why they read. More than 62 percent of those surveyed said they enjoy reading more after they started reading on mobile devices, and one-third said they use their phones to read to their children (an additional third said they would do so if more child-friendly books were available). The survey also shed light on important gender-based differences. Although the vast majority of mobile readers are male (77 percent), women actually devote far more time to reading: 277 minutes per month, on average, compared to just 33 minutes for men.

New study reveals impact of technology for children in developing world

Title: New study reveals impact of technology for children in developing world
Source: Health Canal
Date (published): 28/04/2014
Date (accessed): 11/05/2014
Type of information: research study
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: A new study by the ICT4D Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London, has revealed the significant impact information and communications technology (ICT) can have for child-related projects in developing countries.

Using mobile phones to collect data in the education sector in Uganda

Title: Using mobile phones to collect data in the education sector in Uganda
Author: Michael Trucano
Source: The World Bank
Date (published): 22/04/2014
Date (accessed): 11/05/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: A blog post about the education sector of Uganda, and about collecting valid data about the sector, beside these information about "U-report", a free mobile SMS-based tool.

Reading in the Mobile Era

Title: Reading in the Mobile Era
Source: UNESCO
Date (published): 18/04/2014
Date (accessed): 10/05/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: UNESCO is currently investigating how access to text can be improved through the use of technology, specifically basic mobile phones. Today mobile phones are common in areas where books are scarce. The United Nations estimates that 6 billion people have access to a connected mobile device of some sort, while only 4.5 billion have access to a toilet.

5 Key Barriers to Educational Technology Adoption in the Developing World

Title: 5 Key Barriers to Educational Technology Adoption in the Developing World
Author: Clayton R. Wright
Source: Educational Technology Debate
Date (published): 04/2014
Date (accessed): 10/05/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Educational technology will continue to be implemented incrementally in many parts of the developing world. More rapid uptake and success are unlikely to occur unless five items are addressed – power, Internet connectivity and bandwidth, quality teacher training, respect and better pay for teachers, and the sustainability of implementations.

Using Free Wi-Fi to Connect Africa's Unconnected

Title: Using Free Wi-Fi to Connect Africa's Unconnected
Author: Heidi Vogt
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Date (published): 13/04/2014
Date (accessed): 10/05/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Safaricom is offering free Wi-Fi to Kenyan workers who commute
on private minibuses, or matatus, in the hopes of coaxing more people to sign up for the company's paid service.

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