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Indonesia promotes government transparency with social media

Title: Indonesia promotes government transparency with social media
Author: Medha Basu
Source: FutureGov
Date (published): 10/03/2014
Date (accessed): 19/03/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (abbreviated in Bahasa Indonesia, KPK) has highlighted the importance of social media in promoting transparency and openness to fight corruption.

Microsoft to transform learning in Rwanda

Title: Microsoft to transform learning in Rwanda
Source: IT News Africa
Date (published): 07/03/2014
Date (accessed): 10/03/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Microsoft and the Ministry of Education Republic of Rwanda have signed an agreement to transform learning, further innovation and develop employment skills among students and educators in Rwanda, through Microsoft’s Partners in Learning programme.

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.

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.

Five unusual ways in which Indians use mobile phones

Title: Five unusual ways in which Indians use mobile phones
Author: Tushar Banerjee
Source: BBC News - Asia
Date (published): 12/02/2014
Date (accessed): 13/02/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The mobile phone in India has many uses other than making calls and sending messages. For hundreds of millions of people, a mobile phone is sometimes the only piece of technology in their homes. This has led to unique uses for the phone in the country - the world's fastest growing market for mobile phones with 900 million subscribers. Here are five unusual Indian uses for the mobile phone.

Mobile Learning Week: A Revolution for Inclusive & Better Education

Title: Mobile Learning Week: A Revolution for Inclusive & Better Education
Source: UNESCO - The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture
Date (published): 07/02/2014
Date (accessed): 10/02/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: How do we make educational materials accessible to a girl from a poor family in Africa where over 50% of her female peers will never go to school? How can we get books into the hands of the poorest people on Earth? The answer, at least in the immediate term, is mobile devices – and more precisely, mobile phones. Mobile devices are the most successful and ubiquitous information and communication technology in human history. They are plentiful in places where books and schools are scarce.

Open Contracting: Creating Transparency Through Contract Data

Title: Open Contracting: Creating Transparency Through Contract Data
Source: Development Gateway
Date (accessed): 06/02/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In all countries, whether rich or poor, contracts are at the nexus of revenue generation, budget planning, resource management and the delivery of public goods. Open contracting refers to norms and practices for increased disclosure and participation in public contracting at all stages of the contracting process.

USAID Welcomes the Crowd to Use Geo-Mapping Tools for Open Source Development

Title: USAID Welcomes the Crowd to Use Geo-Mapping Tools for Open Source Development
Author: Evan Papp
Source: USAID
Date (published): 29/01/2014
Date (accessed): 04/02/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In 2014, USAID’s embrace of open source tools and crowdsourcing projects will continue to improve the effectiveness of U.S. development assistance while creating new opportunities for the communities where we work. USAID took the unprecedented step in June 2012 to improve government transparency by hosting a crowdsourcing event to open up access to the public to help map USAID’s loan guarantee data. Crowdsourcing leverages small amounts of volunteer time from a large group of people to finish tasks too large for a smaller group to complete. Open source development is often complementary with crowdsourcing and is helping to accelerate global innovation by promoting universal access to free software and hardware designs, which anyone can use and improve upon.

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