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    Digital Opportunity Contact Us Spotlight News Comments Resources Archive OneWorld websites and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info keywords Related topics regions Human Rights Afghanistan Vocational Education Uganda uses telemedicine to improve health service delivery The Ugandan Government has launched an ambitious project to provide telemedicine facilities in different health centers across the country enabling patients Related

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    the country will be substantially enhanced by leveraging ICTs India s first e education programme the National Mission on Education NME through Information and Communication Technology was recently launched by the Minister of Human Resource Development Arjun Singh NME aims to enhance access equity and quality of higher education in the country by leveraging on ICT and providing e content and connectivity to all institutions of higher learning Under this scheme the central government will provide new generation knowledge modules and e content and bear 75 per cent of internet connectivity cost while the rest will be borne by the state governments The scheme will cost a total of US 950 000 The two major components of NME are content generation with learning material digitised to e contents and providing connectivity and access devices to institutions and learners The main objective of the programme is to bridge the digital divide and use computing devices to help learners in the rural areas and in the higher education domain Arjun Singh said Continuous innovations are needed to develop new ICT tools that may facilitate teaching learning and research reduce distance among researchers and faculty members within the country and abroad and reduce

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    EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info UN ITU to help develop ICTs in Pacific Islands 27 February 2009 A collaborative initiative by 13 Pacific Island countries to give impetus to Information and Communication Technologies for development in the region The UN International Telecommunication Union ITU has launched new schemes to help 13 Pacific Island countries develop information and communications technology ICT in the region In a joint communique issued at the end of the Pacific ICT Ministerial Forum held in Tonga senior officials from the 13 countries called for greater coordination to minimise overlap in ICT initiatives and maximize the impact of investments in development projects The ministers including two Prime Ministers called for rapid implementation of regional connectivity projects and for reinforced efforts to create more ICT professionals and a workforce with technical skills The Pacific Island countries have clearly stated their objectives and priorities said Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid ITU is fully committed to work with our partners in delivering results for the Pacific Island States The Pacific Island ministers also directed officials to work towards establishing a shared regulatory resource centre

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    says actor Geeta Bisht who plays Shabnam Kyunki takes up real issues and aims to make the lives of people better Shabnam inspires because she goes against all odds and fights for her rights Meaningful engagement with the audience is of utmost importance to us Shabnam s story is representative of Kyunki s pro social modelling strategy Where the Indian and very popular soap genre typically thrives on regressive portrayals of its female protagonists as ill fated victims who must suffer in silence Kyunki promotes rights based empowerment exemplifying self efficacy through characters who must navigate and negotiate the same goals and value systems that viewers grapple with in real life The serial s primary objective is to impart persuasively the vital messages found in UNICEF s Facts for Life initaitive Tackling the basic and sometimes unmentionable socio cultural causes contributing to poor maternal and newborn health is fundamental to achieving the project s targeted behavioural outcomes The serial recognises that the principles of equality and inclusion are fundamental to the adoption of practises critical to children s and women s health and welfare A widow a teacher a nurse an illiterate woman a divorcee and a potter s daughter are the unassuming but aspirational protagonists who are out to change the social landscape of Kyunki s fictitious village of Rajpura Meaningful engagement with the audience is of utmost importance to us At the end of the day what really matters is that people are watching Kyunki learning from it and acting on these messages says former chief of Programme Communication at UNICEF India Michael Galway Driving awareness The serial which airs thrice a week and reached almost 56 million viewers in 2008 has just gone into production for a second 130 episode season Earlier I use to desire a

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    TV series educates on women s rights UNICEF is promoting rights based empowerment of women in India through a TV serial that highlights issues of social and gender discrimination and how its Related topics regions Gender ICTs Advocacy UN appeals all to join its Billion Tree Campaign UN Environment Programme takes its Billion Tree Campaign to a popular social networking site to achieve the goal of planting seven billion trees before the Related topics regions Environment Climate Change Advocacy United Nations Making the most of mobiles in advocacy Mobile phone campaigns provide a wider outreach in the developing world where internet access can be slow or limited The manual b i Using Mobile Phones in Related topics regions Civil society ICTs Advocacy TAG CLOUD Related topics regions Development Community Radio Open source Multimedia message in a box The i b Message in a Box b i project of Tactical Technology Collective offers a comprehensive online toolkit with tips techniques and advice on using Related topics regions ICTs Advocacy People get a virtual seat at the G8 summit UNICEF has launched a website to mobilise support for social protection measures ahead of the G8 summit in L Aquila Italy this week

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?Subject%3Alist=Advocacy (2016-02-17)
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    five year period from 2002 to 2007 using indicators such as households with a computer the number of Internet users and computer literacy levels Overall the magnitude of the global digital divide remains unchanged between 2002 and 2007 Despite significant improvements in the developing world the gap between the ICT haves and have nots remains The research found that the most advanced countries in ICT are from northern Europe with the exception of the Republic of Korea which ranks second followed by Denmark the Netherlands Iceland and Norway These countries are followed by other mainly high income countries from Europe Asia and North America Western and northern Europe and North America are the regions with the highest IDI scores and most countries from these regions are among the top 20 ICT economies according to the ITU The agency added that poor countries in particular the least developed countries LDCs remain at the lower end of the index with limited access to ICT infrastructure including fixed and mobile telephony Internet and broadband Given the close relationship between ICT level and gross domestic product GDP many of the poorer countries especially in Africa rank further down in the IDI with little change in ranking since 2002 ITU reported Some developing countries though have moved up considerably in the Index over the five year period including Pakistan Saudi Arabia China and Viet Nam partly due to high mobile cellular growth coupled with an increase in Internet users ITU added that both developed and developing countries have increased their ICT levels by more than 30 per cent over the five year period but developing countries are still lagging behind on ICT access and usage The data also showed that there has been a clear shift away from fixed to mobile cellular telephone use and

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    series of web based games that will entertain as brain ticklers while informing people how they can play a part in the child rights movement New Delhi Child Rights and You CRY India s leading child rights organisation along with its partners in the United States and the United Kingdom has launched a series of web based games targeted worldwide at the rapidly growing global online community in a novel way to garner interest and motivate people to act for Child Rights Image Credits CRY Play for Cry Using a fun element the site www playforcry org tackles the serious and urgent issue of violation of child rights through a series of three extremely popular games Crossword Sudoku and Hangman At various points in the game different messages about child rights and a variety of children s issues will be featured These messages involve the audience and induce them to forward it to friends Each game will run for two weeks making the entire period a total of six weeks in all The main page will have three geographical options to choose from the US UK and India Rest of the World Apart from facts that inform and motivate the site offers an opportunity to do something for a better today and tomorrow for our children It is a novel mode to garner support that will enable CRY to continue to work so that children can have a childhood they are entitled to Playing each game gives points for donations and invitations to friends Sangeeta Kapila from CRY says The denial of rights to marginalised children is appalling and we believe that every member of our society should take responsibility to change their lives We also believe that this serious issue must be demystified and relevant to all and this

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    and wind power in the hope of determining whether it might be cost effective to roll out green technologies throughout the country Image credits Flickr kgbbristol It is expensive to expand mobile phone coverage to rural areas Dialog Telkom the country s telecommunications company is erecting the remaining eight sites in March and April Each site will use different technologies including wind turbines solar panels and battery and energy management equipment that help direct power to the base station from different energy sources to assess the best configuration and combinations of technologies Five of the sites have base stations that use diesel generators The other five will be at sites where the base stations are connected to the power grid but switch to alternative power shortages during intermittent energy outages The benefits of alternative energy sources for base stations are numerous say experts Diesel expels greenhouse gases and affects environmentally sensitive areas says Hans Wijayasuriya group chief executive of Dialog Telekom Once alternative energy is in place communities might also be able to use spare electricity generated by wind and sun But a major reason why operators are considering alternative energy is the cost of transporting diesel to remote areas and guarding it This makes it expensive to expand mobile phone coverage to rural areas said Jesse Moore of the GSMA a global mobile operator group that is providing technical knowhow at trials The developing world is the last remaining growth market for the mobile industry and in almost every developing country that equals a power problem for operators he said Despite the intention to move away from diesel only about 2 000 of around four million base stations worldwide are today powered by alternative sources This is because in most cases diesel still works out to be cheaper than

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