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Africa: ICT4ag13 - ICT Can Help Youth Return to Farms, Solve Africa's Agricultural Challenges

Title: Africa: ICT4ag13 - ICT Can Help Youth Return to Farms, Solve Africa's Agricultural Challenges
Author: Dennis Mbuvi
Source: allAfrica
Date (published): 05/11/2013
Date (accessed): 11/11/2013
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Agriculture in Africa employs 65 percent of the labour force and contributes to 62 percent of the gross domestic product. Rwanda is counting on ICT to improve growth of the agriculture sector from 5.5 percent growth currently to 8.5 percent growth in five years. The country is looking at having agriculture's contribution to the gross domestic product up from 25 percent to 35 percent, creating an additional 200,000 jobs.

Africa’s Next Giant In Technology Could Come From Ghana

Title: Africa’s Next Giant In Technology Could Come From Ghana
Source: Spy Ghana
Date (accessed): 11/11/2013
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: There is so much focus on Africa as a place to invest, to build businesses, there is no reason why you couldn’t have multimillion dollar software companies coming out of here.

Top 10 mobile agriculture applications

Title: Top 10 mobile agriculture applications
Author: Charlie Fripp
Source: IT News Africa
Date (published): 07/11/2013
Date (accessed): 10/11/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: For most parts of Africa, the agriculture sector is a major source of employment. During the ICT4Ag conference in Kigali, Rwanda, stakeholders joined innovators and inventors to reflect on solutions and innovation targeted at users within this important sector. IT News Africa takes a look at ten of the best agriculture apps present at this year’s conference.

Africa’s 10 most connected countries

Title: Africa’s 10 most connected countries
Chief-editor: Chris Tredger
Source: IT News Africa
Date (published): 10/10/2013
Date (accessed): 14/10/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: A draft list of the top ten countries, based on broadband connectivity in relation to population, the rollout of technologies (3G, 4G, LTE, mobile and fixed lines), advanced telecommunications policy and regulation.

A few myths and misconceptions about digital teaching and learning materials in Africa

Title: A few myths and misconceptions about digital teaching and learning materials in Africa
Author: Michael Trucano
Source: EduTech
Date (published): 30/09/2013
Date (accessed): 01/10/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Across Africa, a variety of devices are increasingly being used to disseminate and display teaching and learning materials in electronic and digital formats. As costs for such devices continue to fall, and as the devices themselves become more widely available and used across communities, the small pilot, and largely NGO-led, projects that have characterized most efforts to introduce educational technologies in schools across Africa will inevitably be complemented, and in many cases superseded, by large-scale national initiatives of the sorts now taking place in Rwanda and Kenya, where hundreds of thousands of devices are being, or will soon be, distributed to schools.

Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries

Title: Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries
Source: African Development Bank
Date (accessed): 20/08/2013
Pages: 328
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes, PDF
Abstract: This is the thirteenth volume of “Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries” published by the Statistics Department of the African Development Bank Group. The publication also provides some information on the broad development trends relating to gender, poverty and environmental issues in the 54 African countries. Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries 2013 is divided in three main parts: Part One presents a special feature article on “Facilitating green growth in Africa: Perspectives from the African Development Bank”. Part two presents comparative cross-country data on Millennium Development Goals, Gender, Poverty and the Environment; and Part Three provides detailed country-specific data for each of the 54 countries.

Scaling Internet-Based Startups in African Markets

Title: Scaling Internet-Based Startups in African Markets
Author: Will Mutua
Source: Afrinnovator
Date (published): 02/05/2013
Date (accessed): 03/05/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The difficulty of doing Internet business in many African markets is that one may likely find that they have significant challenges with market development in addition to product development. In fact, it may well be that product development is the easiest piece of the puzzle relative to the task of market development.

mHealth "could save a million African lives by 2017"

Title: mHealth "could save a million African lives by 2017"
Author: Maina Waruru
Source: SciDevNet
Date (published): 10/04/2013
Date (accessed): 10/04/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Mobile health (mHealth) applications such as text messages could save more than a million lives in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years, according to the report of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India.

10 African Innovation Incubators To Watch

Title: 10 African Innovation Incubators To Watch
Author: Chris Tredger
Source: IT News Africa
Date (published): 05/04/2013
Date (accessed): 08/04/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In this list the author explore several high profile communities from across Africa, listed according to criteria that includes online presence, level of service/s, impact on socio-economic development, size, focus, cost and length of time in existence.

Making aid work for education in developing countries. An analysis of aid effectiveness for primary education coverage and quality

Title: Making aid work for education in developing countries. An analysis of aid effectiveness for primary education coverage and quality
Author: Kassandra Birchler, Katharina Michaelowa
Source: Zunia
Date (published): 15/03/2013
Date (accessed): 24/03/2013
Type of information: WIDER Working Paper No. 2013/021
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This paper examines the effect of education aid on primary enrolment and education quality. Using the most recent data on aid disbursements and econometric specifications inspired by the general aid effectiveness literature, we find some evidence that donors’ increase in funding has substantially contributed to the successful increase in enrolment over the last 15 years. The most robust effect is obtained by aid for education facilities and training. In addition, we find complementarities between aid for primary and secondary education. Our qualitative comparative analysis of education quality also highlights the relevance of a balanced mix of educational expenditures.

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