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    advantage of this important tool to help them define social and corporate responsibility actions at the municipal level The Brazilian MDG Municipal Portal has indicators for all the 5 564 municipalities in the country These indicators are presented in two formats First the Portal brings the indicators in a lucid manner where the viewer has easy access to data related to one municipality Second the Portal gives access to a DevInfo database that creates the possibility of generating maps tables and graphs The DevInfo database goes beyond the indicators presented in html format bringing extra information about the Brazilian municipalities Both combined are an excellent source of information about MDGs at municipal level in the country The Portal was developed by ORBIS Sustainability Indicators Observatory a programme conducted by SESI in Paraná State the FIEP system and the Institute of Development Promotion IPD under the coordination of the United Nations Development Programme UNDP with support from United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF the We Can Movement of Paraná the Nucleus of Support to Public Policies NAPP the Ministry of Planning and the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic MDGs evolution A survey conducted with data gathered by the ODM Portal points to the main advances and challenges faced by recently elected mayors throughout Brazil The study was carried out with municipalities grouped according to the proportion of inhabitants living below the poverty line Some of the findings include Malnutrition In those municipalities with the highest proportion of people living below the poverty line the percentage of malnourished children under 2 years of age fell by 56 between 2000 and 2007 e g to 12 in 2000 and 5 in 2007 Poverty Of the 20 municipalities with the highest percentage of people living below the poverty line more than 80 are living in the Northeast region The North represents 12 of those municipalities despite having only two per cent of the Brazilian municipalities On the other hand considering the 20 municipalities with the highest poverty percentage as much as 95 are in the South and Southeast regions Education The gap between proper age for the school grade in the municipalities with the highest proportion of people living below the poverty line is three times as high in primary education and 2 5 times as high in secondary education compared to the municipalities with the lowest proportion of people living below the poverty line Labour market Women have larger participation in the formal labour market in the municipalities with the highest proportion of people living below the poverty line than in those with the lowest proportion 2007 data reveal that in the first group the participation of women is 58 and 39 in the second Child mortality In the Southeast region the number of municipalities whose child mortality rate was lower than 15 1 000 live births increased twofold from 27 in 1996 to 54 in 2006 62 of the municipalities in the South region are in this situation Pregnant

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    a radical change in pedagogic practice DL Who are the key existing stakeholders and potential stakeholders working in the area of ICT and education including K 12 and Higher Education segment AK These are too numerous to enumerate However speaking for the Commonwealth of Learning we do work with governments and institutions in 46 of the 54 Commonwealth Member States at all levels of the educational spectrum in the formal sector our focus is on teacher education open schooling at the secondary level and improving the quality of distance higher education through the use of ICTs In the non formal sector we support the use of technologies for skills development DL Please share the current global scenario with respect to integrating Information and Communication Technology ICT in the field of Education highlighting the opportunities and challenges AK Globally the new and emerging technology is the mobile device In South Asia and Africa basic mobile phones are being increasingly used for pedagogic purposes and this trend is expected to accelerate Asia has 1 billion of the world s 2 7 billion mobile users Within this context does the future lie with m learning At one Japanese university all students had mobile phones and on an average each student sent 200 messages per week for study purposes as opposed to seven voice mails per week Only 43 used PCs sending only 2 messages per week There is also an emergence of the community radio as a learning medium The primary objective is to provide learning opportunities to the really unreached constituencies and we need to use appropriate technologies rather than technology for the sake of technology DL Public Private Partnerships have been in vogue across countries around the world What is your understanding of the same and is COL involved in any

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    next generation information tools will provide real opportunity in making education universal Making use of the latest information and communication technology ICT and innovation can help countries expand educational opportunities for all in a way that also advances development a senior United Nations official said today Image credits Asian Development Bank Use of ICT in education Technology and innovation are keys to accelerating progress towards the MDGs particularly in countries that are falling behind Sha Zukang Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs told the Global Forum on ICT and innovation for Education referring to the eight anti poverty targets with a 2015 deadline The latest update on the MDGs shows that progress has so far been mixed he noted at the event in the Mexican city of Monterrey With some six years remaining before 2015 some goals are on target For example enrolment in primary education has risen from 83 in 2000 to 88 in 2007 and child mortality is steadily decreasing Quality and universal education At the same time the current global downturn risks reversing some of the positive trends he added noting that an estimated 55 to 90 million more people will fall below the poverty line Education is the foundation of a modern and thriving economy Mr Sha stated It empowers poor and marginalized communities and enables them to contribute to economic and social development ICT and innovation can open up new opportunities for both expanding the reach and improving the quality of education in developing regions by providing practical and enabling solutions to current problems He said the advent of universally accessible information the rapid development of next generation networks and multi lingual software low cost hardware new mobile platforms and other innovations all present a real opportunity to developing countries to employ ICT

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    technology accessible affordable and usable In order to create a digitally literate population in the country Intel and NASSCOM along with other ecosystem players launched the National Digital Literacy Mission in India According to Intel the National Digital Literacy mission aims to raise the level of urgency for domestic technology adoption and increase the nationwide awareness about the benefits of technology Intel conceptualised and launched the National Digital Literacy Mission with the help of some of the stalwarts of the IT ecosystem like Dell DEF HP Lenovo Microsoft NASSCOM NASSCOM Foundation and NIIT in August 2012 said Sandeep Aurora Director of Marketing Intel South Asia Intel claims to have impacted over one million learners through its Intel Easy Steps Digital Literacy programme in India in the year 2012 The global information technology IT firm also claims to remain committed to working with the ecosystem and start several initiatives towards fulfilling the government s vision of having one e literate person per household by 2020 We aim to scale up the Intel Easy Steps Digital Literacy programme through our partners to reach out to the adults and youth all over India Aurora said During the Digital Literacy Week held from 10th 15th December 2012 about 500 volunteers from Intel and other members of the National Digital Literacy Mission went out and trained over 15000 learners across 10 cities in India on digital literacy skills According to Aurora Intel being the main driver of the digital literacy mission is striving to align its efforts and resources across the country to create a digitally literate India that understands the value of technology This means implementation of the activities as well as identifying and defining frameworks for other partners in the National Mission to scale up the digital literacy drive Aurora said Talking to

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    D practitioners About 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 Intel to scale up efforts for digital literacy in India In India we will continue to scale our efforts under the National Digital Literacy Mission said Sandeep Aurora Director Marketing Intel South Asia Related topics regions

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    for other partners in the national mission to drive scale We are aiming to scale up the Intel Easy Steps Digital Literacy programme through our partners to reach out to the adults and youth all over India The firm has impacted over one million learners through its digital literacy initiatives in India in the year 2012 During the Digital Literacy Week held from 10th 15th December about 500 volunteers from Intel and other members of the National Digital Literacy Mission went out and trained over 15 000 learners across 10 cities in India on digital literacy skills OWSA The issue of the digital divide in India remains a concern What are the steps Intel proposes to take to make digital progress inclusive Aurora Through the Follow the Fibre program Intel has already begun training one member per household in the three villages in India associated with the first three Panchayats where the country s National Fiber Optic Network has arrived A training centre established in each of these villages along with the help of the Digital Empowerment Foundation would fulfill this commitment and the target is to train one citizen in every household on the benefits of technology within a month s time We are also going to showcase what has been achieved in these three villages adopted through live testimonials from the village authorities and the citizens themselves Inclusive growth is possible only when there is involvement of the government private sector and the citizens Beyond the programmes that are run by corporates or NGOs and the infrastructure as well as policy support provided by the Government it is the real change agents on the ground that can make a real impact to the community We along with NASSCOM Foundation will set up a portal to collate all the

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    Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info UNESCO convenes Experts Consultation on Good Practices in Community Media Community media researchers practitioners network leaders and representatives from associations organizations worldwide are participating in the Experts Consultative Meeting on Good Practices in Community Media being held from 9 11 February 2009 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris UNESCO is the lead UN agency in promoting freedom of expression and universal access to information and knowledge UNESCO recognizes that community based media ensure media pluralism diversity of content and the representation of a society s different groups and interests Community media encourage open dialogue and transparency of administration at local level and offer voice to the voiceless They are established on the concepts of public access sharing experiences and information The consultation is being organized in line with UNESCO s goals to focus on identifying good community media practices throughout the world especially in the domain of legislation funding mechanisms entrepreneurship options technology choices management and ownerships programming codes of practice sustainable models access participation and other issues The good practices identified and elaborated as a result of the consultation will be shared through a

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    at audiences living in rapidly expanding urban areas is the latest production from the BBC Afghan Education Projects AEP Image credits BBC World Service Trust A street in Kabul Afghanistan is witnessing a rapid rural to urban migration particularly among younger generations Kabul for example is a city built for 300 000 yet even conservative estimates put the current population of the capital at 3 million Despite an increasingly diverse media environment very few programmes targeted at youth offer more than music and news New Home New Life drama focuses on the socio economic and political issues This urban spin off of the hugely popular and long running New Home New Life drama focuses on the socio economic and political issues specific to life in an urban environment and positive coping strategies for dealing with urban based problems Initial audience reaction has been positive Mahbub a police officer said It is unlike dramas made by local radio stations It shows part of our real life A taxi driver added I want to hear this drama continually because it covers traffic and different urban issues Medium and message Despite a significant rise in access to television in urban areas 80 of urban dwellers still listen to the radio Radio also remains the main source of news and information Since 1994 AEP has produced edutaining radio programming that is broadcast in Dari and Pashto on the BBC World Service Afghan Stream AEP s flagship programme New Home New Life has become an Afghan institution Over 14 million people nearly two thirds of all radio listeners tune in to the drama City dwellers are in desperate need of content that is based on their needs and reflects the reality of their lives In 2006 AEP launched City Voice to cater for returnees who

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