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    Green Revolution should be built around the needs of its people Photo credit Flickr CIAT Neil Palmer Related topics Science and Technology Farming Africa Innovations Dareecha opens a window of new technology learning in rural Pakistan 31 05 2010 A social technology initiative Dareecha for schoolchildren and teachers in rural Pakistan fosters a process of larger changes in the community addressing gender inequalities through a carefully designed training programme more Image Credits APC Girls during a computer training session Related topics Gender Education Children New draft on film rating to widen horizons 20 04 2010 India is ready to modify its existing film rating system with a new and more specifically categorised film rating system that will consider children s age as well as acknowledge women s perspectives The proposed bill also aims to deal with the issue of piracy more Image Credits MyNews India s film rating system to be revamped 5 categories to be made Related topics Policy Media ICTs India Hi tech imagery helps rural African farmers 12 04 2010 The Seeing is Believing West Africa SIBWA project is helping farmers in the region with accurate satellite information and imagery of their farm fields which is helping them to plan their agricultural practices better more Image Credits ICT Update VHRI gives West African farmers data on soil fertility and land size Related topics Agriculture Science and Technology Africa Information GPS Road Pilot navigator to explore India 15 03 2010 India s leading maps and GPS navigation solutions provider MapmyIndia has launched a new device Road Pilot which will revolutionise the mapping industry A 3 5 inch touchscreen GPS Navigator it bundles up maps of about 620 Indian cities helping guide users through several destinations and in saving power more Image Credits Top News MapmyIndia GPS navigator Related

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    and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Rural technology platform for sugarcane farmers 13 July 2012 The Sugarcane Information System SIS is a technical platform to streamline interaction between farmers sugar mills and societies through SMS IVRS and web portals that provide free of cost services and information to farmers in Uttar Pradesh The sugarcane farmers have benefited from SIS system in two main ways First they are able to access market information from sugar mills and societies without having to waste time or make numerous travels to the offices Instead they are updated on market information detail via SMS IVRS or websites Second they have benefited monetarily through increased quantity of sale of sugarcane to sugar mills higher weight of supply due to fresh sugarcane and increase in area under sugarcane SIS provides complete transparency into the sugarcane industry benefiting farmers sugar mills and the societies Technological intervention has replaced the manual system of previous functionalities and improved efficacy thereby resulting in higher profits and better cane productivity The success of SIS can be up scaled and replicated in other states to improving living standard of

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    private sector loan project Warren Dipole is the owner and manager of Ulumani Treetops Lodge a remote and environmentally friendly vacation destination Dipole needs a good reliable mobile phone network to carry out his business but that was elusive until recently The mobile phone signal used to be very inconsistent Sometimes it would disappear for days sometimes months at a time says Dipole Things changed for the better when the private telecommunications company Digicel PNG built two mobile base stations in the Alotau district An ADB 25 million loan funded the construction of the mobile phone towers as well as phone towers in other remote locations across Papua New Guinea As soon as the towers were built and operational Dipole was able to set up his now successful eco lodge business which employs 10 people and has visitors all year round My business could not survive without a reliable mobile phone service I need to be able to contact eco lodge guests staff and suppliers says Dipole Alotau is in Milne Bay a maritime province around 360 kilometers km east of the capital Port Moresby and where people make their living from fishing and working on boats The towers have

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    and the Gates Foundation will be implemented in Nigeria Burkina Faso Myanmar Mozambique Uganda Kiribati Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands and will replace existing registration processes which when available are often of such poor quality that records are lost or cannot be retrieved In a period of three years the gap between rural and urban rates of birth registration is expected to reduce by at least half thanks to the project The new registration systems which for the first time will make registration free will use more efficient digital techniques and include mobile technology that allows people to register even in remote areas They will also help to set up better links with health services making sure that people are registered for health facilities and immunisation for example as well as social protection ensuring people can receive the support they need by being registered Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said Thanks to our new project for the first time millions of children in eight countries will now be registered which will give them the opportunity to attend school receive healthcare and to make their voice heard by voting in elections when grown up Registration is the first right of any child and I am delighted that thanks to this new project we will be helping to provide a whole generation of children with their rights not just at birth but throughout their lives This will also help countries to have a clear picture of their demographic trends which is key to defining sustainable development strategies for the future UNICEF Associate Director Child Protection Susan Bissell said UNICEF welcomes this partnership with the European Union to make sure the right of children especially the most marginalized and excluded to a legal identity is met Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child every child has a right to be registered at birth Yet in many parts of the world millions of children are still missing out and by not being counted as citizens they in turn are denied access to the basic services and protection that they should be guaranteed This partnership will go a long way in helping us build better and inclusive systems enhancing children s participation as active citizens In Asia and in Africa less than half of children are currently registered Children from the poorest households are twice as likely to be unregistered as children from the richest households Those born at home have less chance of being registered The gap between registration of births in urban and rural areas continues to be significant for example in Africa 36 in rural and 61 in urban areas Children are often not registered due to difficult access to civil registry services as well as the cost both direct and indirect of registering a birth and long distances to registration centres Refugees ethnic or religious minorities or children born out of wedlock have had particularly low registration rates because of a lack of awareness of the importance of registering a

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    high price But now a wide range of cheaper models have become available For instance there is Aakash Aakash has been promoted by the Government as a device that can bridge the digital divide across the country However it was not a great sucess but it inspired many other players to come up with their low priced tablets Now the Government has launch its second version of the Aakash tablet which boasts fbetter hardware features According to market reports the country saw sales of about 475 000 units of media tablets in the last calendar year Report from research firm Frost Sullivan says the tablet PC user base in India has increased from 60 000 units in 2010 to 300 000 in 2011 The report further says that overall TabletPC user base is likely to grow at a CAGR of 107 per cent to reach 23 38 million by 2017 Adoption of tablets in education is likely to grow at fast pace In terms of sales the market size in India is expected to grow to 500 000 units by end of this year However even with such high numbers we will not be reaching even the Five percent of the education space and that is why this is a huge opportunity Tablet market is set to keep growing at a rapid pace informs Abbhishek CEO Kloudpad Heavy bags personalised learning interactivity and reservation to the classroom have always been a challenge in conventional classroom learning environment which is answered by tablet to a large extent Still lot more innovations and improvements are required and these will be addressed by upgradation of tablets Computerisation started with heavy desktops in computer labs and then we had the advent of laptops Now there is a unified learning wherein desktops laptops tablets and

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    by IICD in collaboration with local partner Casa de la Mujer was presented as an example of an inspiring innovative approach to capacity development that leads to the improvement of people s lives The project consists of an online consulting service for women suffering from domestic violence which provides them legal advice and the opportunity to interact online anonymously with professional counsellors In addition these women are trained in the basic use of computers as well as the use of tools such as chat and Skype where they can speak to their peers or learn how to anonymously tell their story Given that most women do not have a computer of their own Casa de La Mujer has created computer centres throughout Santa Cruz which women can visit and use for free to send messages to lawyers and psychologists who volunteer in the project or to other victims anonymously if they prefer As a result the women feel that they are not alone By interacting with other women facing the same problems and by being introduced to basic ICT skills like blogging or using Skype they are given a voice to communicate about domestic violence and inspire other women who

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    Internet penetration is only 13 5 which is way below the world average of 32 7 Tanzania does rank as one of Africa s top countries when it comes to the number of users on the net The country ranks 6th on World Internet Stats chart with 5 9 million users just below South Africa with 6 8 million users In December 2000 Tanzania only had 115 000 people connected to the Internet but that number has grown significantly since then In a recent study it was revealed that more than 5 9 million citizens now access the Internet on a daily basis out of the country s population of over 42 million people That is a penetration rate of 11 5 of the population Although the country has a large number of citizens with access to the Internet the figures for social network Facebook tells a different story Facebook s global user numbers are bordering on close to a billion but Tanzania only had 414 540 Facebook users on 31 Dec ember 2011 That represents a 1 penetration rate It is no secret that mobile Internet usage is on the rise in Africa and Tanzania is a good example of that In 2010 the nation only had 3 150 fixed broadband connections That is one connection for every 0 001 people in a country where 5 9 million people have access to the Internet Tanzania also has a large number of websites registered in Tanzania with 339 712 that have the tz Internet TLD That is 7 79 IP addressed for every 1000 people Tanzania recently launched their first offering of commercially available LTE 4G technology for mobile Internet beating African heavyweights South Africa Mobile operator Smile Telecoms launched the service in the capital Dar es Salaam and makes

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    African nation of Mozambique The cause a tropical cyclone and heavy rainfall which many experts attributed to the effects of climate change More than a decade later February 2012 turned out to be a turbulent month for the island nation of Madagascar with Cyclones Giovanna and Irina battering the country one after the other impacting more than 300 000 people and causing widespread flooding landslides and severe damage to homes and businesses Across Africa coastal cities are seeing the worst affects of climate change induced hazards like flooding and drought because of their proximity to coastlines or large bodies of water And the urban poor are most heavily impacted Poor communities often spring up in the least desirable highest risk locations in flood zones along rivers or seacoasts with weak infrastructure and poor sanitation said Gaurav Relhan an Information and Communication Technology ICT specialist in the World Bank s Africa Region and author of a new report on ICTs Cities and natural disasters in Africa Municipal ICT Capacity and its Impact on the Climate Change Affected Urban Poor The Case of Mozambique To help people lessen and when possible prevent the severe effects of climate change induced emergencies more cities

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