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    making it more sustainable more Related topics Education Technology Mobiles ICTs Mobile and connected devices to drive preventive health 29 06 2012 Abhay Barhanpurkar Solution Architect Symphony Teleca Corporation speaks how mobile and connected device technology will transform the health care landscape in developing countries He addresses the various aspects of health technology and its challenges more Related topics Technology ICTs Health ICT4Gov Improving governance through technology 25 06 2012 Isobel Coleman Senior Fellow and Director of the Civil Society Markets and Democracy Initiative explains about participatory budgeting and its importance in e governance more Related topics ICTs E Governance Biomed Analysis A cautious welcome for online trials 20 06 2012 Priya Shetty journalist and specialist in health climate change and human rights opines that online clinical trials hold promise for research but scientists should think hard before using them in poorer countries more Zambia sets up digital career guidance programme for rural youth 15 06 2012 Careermate a service provider in Zambia gives information to vocational students on career opportunities in an attractive way Yese Bwalya founder of Careermate talks about how the service is digitising information about career prospects and helping local students in Zambia make the right career choice more Related topics Development ICTs Youth Internet Technology ICT Opportunities and Challenges 13 06 2012 Judith Tembo ITC Policy Consultant speaks about the opportunities and challenges of ICTs She focuses on ICT playing an effective tool in empowering communities and increasing local participation particularly in the developing countries more In five years most Africans will have Smartphones 12 06 2012 John Evans weekly columnist at TechCrunch says the current penetration rate of smartphones in the sub Saharan Africa region which currently stands at seven per cent will reach 40 per cent five years from now more Related topics

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    to share information Next2 s SMS service in Kenya and Nigeria lets farmers share local knowledge Related topics regions Development SMS ICTs Agriculture Kenya 250 000 farmers to get tips on mobile phones Approximately 250 000 small holder farmers in Kenya can now get reliable and relevant agricultural information via their mobile phones following a partnership Related topics regions SMS Agriculture Mobiles An innovative solution for African broadcasters As TV and radio broadcast markets intensify across several liberalised African countries broadcasters need to find solutions to get more interactive with Related topics regions SMS ICTs Africa Mobiles mHealth is booming but riddled with challenges Advancement in mobile technology is improving health care consultations data delivery and outcomes in the developing world However inspite of advances Related topics regions SMS ICTs Health Mobiles Track your cow s development A mobile phone application iCow also the world s first cell phone cow calendar enables small scale farmers in Kenya mostly dairy farmers to access Related topics regions ICTs SMS Africa Africa s innovative engines Will Mutua throws light on how access to the internet and mobile technologies has spurred innovation across the African continent in various in sectors such as Related topics

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    known as susu In Cameroon tontines or chilembe And in South Africa stokfel Today you d most likely call it plain old microfinance the nearest term we have for it Age old indigenous credit schemes have run perfectly well without much outside intervention for generations Although in our excitement to implement new technologies and solutions we sometimes fail to recognise them Innovations such as mobile banking great as they may be are hailed as revolutionary without much consideration for what may have come before or who the original innovators may have been The image of traditional African societies as predominantly simple hunter gatherer is more myth than truth The belief that Africa had little by way of economic institutions and processes before the arrival of the Europeans is another As Niti Bhan pointed out during a fascinating Life is Hard presentation at the Better World By Design Conference a couple of years ago many rural communities today are familiar with concepts such as loans barter swap trade credit and interest rates yet the majority remain excluded from the mainstream modern banking system and have never heard of things like ATMs banks mortgages or credit cards It s not that people

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    improve their safety cleanliness and sustainability according to Related topics regions ICTs India Asia Philippines embarks on One Map journey The National Mapping and Resource Information Authority NAMRIA of Philippines is embarking on a multiagency project that seeks to establish a web portal Related topics regions Development ICTs Cloud Computing ICT and rural education in China In the World Bank blog on ICT use in Education Michael Trucano World Bank

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    get to meet with lots of interesting people proposing and more importantly doing interesting things in places that are sometimes not widely reported on in the international media including some exciting innovations at the edges We are often asked questions like What trends are you are noticing that are a bit under the radar In case it might be of interest to wider groups and or provoke some interesting discussion and comment we thought we d quickly pull a list of these sorts of things together here Inclusion on the list below doesn t mean to imply that a given trend is good just that it is apparent and interesting to us in some way We don t mean to suggest that these trends are apparent everywhere they are largely born of our personal experiences and so are perhaps informed more by strings of compelling anecdotes and gut feelings about what is relevant than on hard data that we can cite We have deliberately omitted a number of trends that we have noted in prior posts that didn t necessarily have a specific developing country focus including those mentioned in an entry on 10 Global Trends in ICT and Education that is now a few years old or which are cited in widely read publications like the Horizon Report whose K 12 edition for 2012 was released earlier this month In some cases the trends have been observed and noted in more advanced countries for some time but are only now gathering momentum sometimes with a twist in many less economically privileged parts of the world In other cases the trends may have emerged in developed country contexts and are finding particular resonance in some less economically developed places With that explanation out of the way here are in no

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    knowledge ICTs The energy internet way towards Industrial Revolution 3 14 03 2012 Internet technology and renewable energies can merge to create a powerful new infrastructure towards Industrial Revolution 3 0 argues economist Jeremy Rifkin more ICT led information exchange can help adaptation to climate change 27 12 2011 By enabling information exchange at many levels ICTs are strengthening the adaptation efforts of communities in Africa says Ben Akoh project manager at the International Institute for Sustainable Development more Related topics Climate Change ICTs Africa Information Health on mobile is a need today 16 03 2011 Developments in modern ICT are the key to enable people greater and more equitable access to health services Particularly using mobile devices to collect and share health data can make a lot of difference argues Jody Ranck more Related topics Health Disease Mobiles Green nanotech can reduce risks to poor nations 25 11 2010 Regulating nanotech is challenging says Rajender Varma but green chemistry could help developing countries leapfrog to cleaner healthier products more Related topics Environment Science and Technology Research Africa Viewing open source in a new light 10 11 2010 Africa should embrace open source scientific software that has come of age with enhanced and user friendly features This will cut costs boost IT skills and even spur IT innovation in the continent argues Linda Nordling more Image Credits scidev Linda Nordling Related topics Science and Technology Open source Software Internet misdirected 16 07 2010 Ethan Zuckerman a Harvard academic argues that the internet instead of broadening our view of the world has arrowed it down Solutions to this could be to engage rewire the systems fix education new translation projects and tools along with mechanisms for discovering content he adds more Image Credits BBC Ethan Zuckerman is a fellow at the

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    Cone b Communications Director at Related topics regions Aid Social Media Information Social Media breaking barriers in South Africa Social networking in South Africa has crossed the age barrier the urban rural divide and even the relationship gap according to a new research Related topics regions Facebook Africa IT Social Media How India s educational TV channel emerged Does a country of 1 2 billion not deserve educational TV channels Dr R Sreedher Media expert and Community Radio Practitioner opines that if an innovative Related topics regions Development Social Media ICTs Social media help farmers restore lost crops Along with other forms of social media Twitter is bridging the gap between farmers and consumers Social media has also buoyed the small non commodity Related topics regions Social Media ICTs Agriculture Nigeria Social media a double edged sword In the aftermath of the killing of a Nigerian lady by online friends educationists engage in a robust debate on the dangers of an unrestricted internet Related topics regions Social Media Internet Africa Digital Tanzania Social media boosts constitutional review Nearly one million Tanzanians have so far given their views on the desired contents of the envisaged Constitution Related topics regions Social Media Africa Technology Internet Social media will increase donations for NGOs expert Indian NGOs pick up the fine aspects of social media and how this can leverage their work and create visibility in a networked world Related topics regions Social Media India Nasscom Foundation Nigeria Govt reveals plans to censor social media The Nigerian online community with its over 48 million internet users and rapidly growing social media users has metamorphosed into the country s most Related topics regions Social Media ICT Africa Digital India Social media as game changer in elections A recent event organised by the Center for Internet

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    to effectively communicate with colleagues and business executives The quantity gap emerges between the needs of a high growth industry and the employable pool of people It is currently estimated that the IT workforce is expected to grow twice as fast as the overall UK workforce over the next decade No longer is technology the concern of just the technology department it is an integral part of virtually every business in the UK For many companies this is obvious but for small businesses mobile email sales and social media play an important role And as cloud technology becomes more widespread thousands of companies are getting access to service based computing to enhance their business So as ICT becomes more important what can businesses do to mitigate the skills shortage In the first instance the UK can look at how the business community in India has reacted to similar problems Despite having a huge amount of students graduating from its universities with engineering degrees around 550 000 each year only 25 percent of this total is readily employable by the country s technology companies India s booming technology sector has worked closely with the national government to address the root cause of this skills gap by plugging it with additional education and training Tech companies in the UK should follow this lead and take a more hands on approach in the training of future employees Businesses must step in to the breach and ensure that there are enough skilled workers to keep the nation s technology industry competitive A key aspect of this will lie in ensuring there is a real interest in studying ICT and in progressing with it to career stage In India Infosys helped achieve this through its Campus Connect Programme a partnership with academia which saw us train faculty and students in over 500 rural colleges across the country The programme provided seminars and competency development programmes as well as student projects case studies and faculty sabbaticals with Infosys The results have been impressive We have witnessed positive and measurable results in terms of both student and teacher satisfaction The programme has resulted in a higher employability rate as well as increased industry readiness This in turn has led to enhanced technical and behavioural competencies and better absorption of knowledge and skills In short it has measurably improved the ability of a new generation to do their new jobs Such schemes now need to be applied to the situation in the UK Businesses are not afraid to invest in new technology or operational systems if their existing ones are not fit for purpose the same thinking needs to apply to people joining the technology industry A well trained employee will return the investment in them ten fold through increased productivity and better quality outputs It is with this philosophy in mind that UK businesses should look to the apprenticeship model for inspiration Apprenticeships have always placed the onus of teaching a craft on the masters of that

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