Africa

The real Africa is not English, nor French, nor Portuguese

Title: The real Africa is not English, nor French, nor Portuguese
Source: IT News Africa
Date (published): 22/02/2013
Date (accessed): 25/02/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: As more and more companies line up to enter Africa, the world’s second most populous continent with a rising middle class of more than 300 million, companies with language localisation strategies will enjoy early-mover advantage.

The European Union and the African Union - A statistical portrait 2012 Edition

Title: The European Union and the African Union - A statistical portrait 2012 Edition
Pages: 100 pp.
ISBN: 978-92-79-27027-7
Publisher: Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2012
Date (published): 05/12/2012
Date (accessed): 08/12/2012
Type of information: General and regional statistics
Language: English
On-line access: yes (pdf)
Abstract: This "statistical portrait" presents, in 100 pages, a broad comparison between the situation of the European Union, including EFTA members and Candidate Countries, and the African Union and its member states. The publication is jointly produced by Eurostat and the Statistical Division of the African Union Commission (AUSTAT) on the basis of data from both organisations. With data up to and including the year 2011, this "portrait" includes various domains such as demography, health, education, national accounts, trade, and more. Tables in the eight chapters help the user to gain a detailed view on different aspects, such as mobile phone subscriptions, number of teachers, life expectancy, GDP, tourism, etc. An overview chapter presenting statistical comparisons with the rest of the world is also included.

Microsoft to invest $75-million for African digital access

Title: Microsoft to invest $75-million for African digital access
Source: IT News Africa
Date (published): 04/12/2012
Date (accessed): 08/12/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: During the closing keynote of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Global Forum over the weekend, the technology giant announced that it has started an initiative and partnership called Youth Spark – Spark a Child’s digital future. As part of the agreement between Microsoft, World Vision and the British Counsel, the three companies will implement an investment of $75-million with NGOs to give digital access to kids for the first time throughout developing nations.

Information explosion offers opportunities

Title: Information explosion offers opportunities
Source: IT News Africa
Date (published): 22/11/2012
Date (accessed): 26/11/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The world contains an unimaginably vast amount of digital information which is getting ever vaster ever more rapidly. Facebook alone is home to 40 billion photos, 864 000 hours of videos are uploaded to Youtube every day, and in one day, enough information is consumed by Internet traffic to fill 168 million DVDs.

Open Access Debates – get talking

Title: Open Access Debates – get talking
Source: The African Commons Project
Date (published): 20/11/2012
Date (accessed): 23/11/2012
Type of information: Event
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: A series of interesting and thought-provoking debates is scheduled to launch on 27 November. Funded by DFID and hosted on UNESCO’s WSIS Open Access Community Forum, the discussion will provide a valuable space to discuss different perspectives on what open access means for the developing world and what it can offer.

Africa not just a mobile-first continent - it's mobile only

Title: Africa not just a mobile-first continent - it's mobile only
Author: Toby Shapshak
Source: CNN International
Date (published): 04/10/2012
Date (accessed): 06/10/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The internet in Africa is entirely different to the internet used in the developed world. In America or Europe, the internet is generally something you surf on a computer or tablet - a device with a 10-inch to 15-inch screen. In Africa, hundreds of millions of people will experience the internet for the first time on a 2-inch cellphone screen. Probably in black and white. And probably only as text.

Are Innovation Hubs the Future of Open Government In Africa?

Title: Are Innovation Hubs the Future of Open Government In Africa?
Author: Chris R. Albon
Source: Techpresident
Date (published): 18/09/2012
Date (accessed): 19/09/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: That year the Kenyan government launched a first for Africa: a national open data project. Called The Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI), the program would eventually release over 400 government datasets on everything from education to sanitation.

Seven ways mobile phones have changed lives in Africa

Title: Seven ways mobile phones have changed lives in Africa
Author: Tolu Ogunlesi
Source: CNN
Date (published): 14/09/2012
Date (accessed): 17/09/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: From banking to m-health: examples, best practices and ideas about advantages of mobile technology in Africa.

FrontlineSMS bring a free, innovative solution to African broadcasters

Title: FrontlineSMS bring a free, innovative solution to African broadcasters
Author: Sylvain Beletre
Date (published): 29/08/2012
Date (accessed): 09/09/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract:
Sylvain Beletre, Senior Analyst, Balacing Act talked to Amy O'Donnell, Project Manager at FrontlineSMS on how SMS can be a very powerful media tool.

The future of education in Africa is mobile

Title: The future of education in Africa is mobile
Source: BBC
Date (published): 22/08/2012
Date (accessed): 28/08/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: United Nation’s mobile learning specialist Steve Vosloo argues phones could be the future of education on the continent.

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