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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).

An Overview of why Radio is so Important in the Developing World

Title: An Overview of why Radio is so Important in the Developing World
Author: vcahen
Source: ICT4D@Tulane
Date (published): 13/03/2013
Date (accessed): 16/03/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: According to Myers, Radio is by far the most prevalent mass- medium throughout the developing world. Myers discusses the impact of radio in times of emergencies, education, and empowerment.

The eLearning Africa 2012 Report

Title: The eLearning Africa 2012 Report
Editors: Isaacs, S. and Hollow, D.
Pages: 56 pp.
ISBN: 978-3-941055-15-5
Publisher: ICWE, Germany
Date (published): 25/05/2012
Date (accessed): 13/08/2012
Type of information: book
Language:
English
On-line access: yes (pdf)
Abstract:
This book is a collective e-Learning experience of 41 African countries. There are 15 "opinion pieces", for example: Critical content and communication capabilities: foundational for African education in a digitally-mediated age; African youth, identity formation and social media; Why radio still matters; How African entrepreneurs are training for new opportunities etc.

Rapid response system : An SMS service delivers quick answers to farmers’ climate questions

Title: Rapid response system : An SMS service delivers quick answers to farmers’ climate questions
Author: Darlington Kahilu
Source: ICT Update
Publisher: CTA Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (ACP-EU)
Date (published): December 2011
Date (accessed): 14/12/2011
Type of information: article
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
"Farmers in Zambia with climate change questions can now receive quick answers via SMS from a new system developed by the country’s National Agricultural Information Services.

In recent years, the Zambia National Agricultural Information Services (NAIS) has been receiving an increasing number of questions from farmers concerned about unpredictable weather patterns. Farmers are pointing out that sometimes the rains come earlier than usual, and when they do come, they are so heavy that they ruin the work the farmer has done to prepare the land. Sometimes the opposite is the problem and there is too little rain to water the crops.

‘The standard advice we gave in past is no longer relevant,’ says Darlington Kahilu, an agricultural information officer with NAIS. ‘For example, we used to tell farmers to plant their maize seeds as soon as the first rains came. The rains would usually continue for a few weeks and germinate the seeds. But now there could be a dry spell lasting a month or more, killing the new seedlings. The farmers then have to spend precious time and money replanting.’

NAIS uses a mixture of print and electronic media to provide agricultural information. Radio is especially useful, and many farmers listen to programmes in groups, often with an extension worker, and then discuss the issues raised in the broadcast. If they still have questions, they can fill in an evaluation form and send it to the nearest NAIS district office. The district office passes the form to the provincial office, where it is finally sent to the main country office. There, a NAIS radio producer assesses the questions, and contacts relevant specialists in agricultural research institutes and government ministries. Based on their feedback, the producer prepares a response for broadcast in a subsequent radio programme.

Together with the International Institute for Communication and Development, and a local software developer, NAIS developed a system, called SMSize to which farmers can send a question via an SMS from a cell phone. The question arrives directly at a server computer at the central office, where the producer researches the answer and sends back the information to the phone of the querying farmer, in the same language as the original request."

E-agriculture…Let’s look at projects in the Caribbean

Title: E-agriculture…Let’s look at projects in the Caribbean
Author: Tyrone Hall
Source: USAID ICT4Agriculture
Date (published): 03/08/2011
Date (accessed): 21/09/2011
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
"Key lessons from these two initiatives

1. Technology is secondary to preparing and aligning people and processes
2. Effective community participation is vital
3. Strong leadership from village up is essential for success of any ICT4D project (e.g Agri-Talk)
4. Leveraging ICTs is not necessarily about changing lifestyles in rural communities. In many instances, they will introduce new methods of doing the same old activities.
5. Agricultural information is a complex process (information infrastructure—access and costs)
6. Knowledge sharing and strategic content development will be vital"

Research on FrontlineSMS:Radio in Kenya

Title: Research of FrontlineSMS:Radio in Kenya
Source: FrontlineSMS:Radio
Date (published): 18/07/2011
Date (accessed): 18/07/2011
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
"FrontlineSMS:Radio is being developed and deployed in collaboration with the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) at the University of Cambridge. This partnership represents a unique opportunity to gather evidence about how audiences interact with radio stations via SMS and how these interactions can affect their participation in public affairs. CGHR are utilising this opportunity to research whether and how innovations in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are enriching citizen-led governance in Africa, in particular through the combination of radio and SMS.

Entitled, New Communications Technologies and Citizen-led Governance in Africa, the two-year CGHR research project is now well into its operative phase. Between July and September, CGHR’s research team will start conducting fieldwork in Kenya and Zambia to critically analyse how technology is being utilised on the ground. Working closely with local radio stations, the project will seek to capture how information flows through local networks and how new communication technologies, such as mobile phones, interact with older ones. It will also set out to analyse how the hybrid of mobile phones and the radio fit together in long term patterns of use of communication for political participation."

Mexico’s oldest Native radio station wins UNESCO award

Title: Mexico’s oldest Native radio station wins UNESCO award
Author: Rick Kearns
Source: Indian Country Today
Date (published): 13/04/2010
Date (accessed): 03/05/2010
Type of information: article
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
VERACRUZ, Mexico – For more than 40 years, Mexico’s oldest indigenous radio station has helped its listeners through many hardships, including repression and years of official neglect, and recently, the station’s work has been recognized by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

La Voz de los Campesinos won an international communications award for its interactive programming, featuring community messages and shows on local arts, customs, education and human rights that are translated into three indigenous languages.

La Voz de los Campesinos, XHFCE 105.5 FM or The Peasants’ Voice radio station from the eastern state of Verzacruz, Mexico was one of two recipients in the world that won UNESCO’s Prize for Rural Communication.

OLPC + FM radio = lessons beamed to computers

Title: OLPC + FM radio = lessons beamed to computers
Author: Bruce Girard
Source: Radio 2.0 for development
Date (published): 25/02/2010
Date (accessed): 13/03/2010
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
... a project of some students in New Zealand using FM radio to beam lessons to the XO computers used by the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative...There are 1.2 million OLPC laptops now in use, but there remains a big problem – third world countries don’t really have the communications infrastructure to get content out to those laptops in a reliable fashion. Mobile networks often don’t extend into rural areas, satellite and fixed wireless systems are too expensive options. Team Beep came up with a great idea – why not use the readily available FM broadcast frequency to send out a stream of data that can be picked up by a bog standard FM radio.

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