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    shortwave SW radio has an important role in delivering news to the most remote communities and providing emergency information and relief during emergencies Some of the key advantages of SW radio include the fact that no local license is required to broadcast to the affected community A broadcaster that already has a contract can easily and quickly add additional hours and the SW transmission sites are often outside the affected area meaning infrastructure may not be damaged Many members of the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities Network CDAC highlight the importance of radio in emergency response through their projects as well as advocating for the need to distribute radios On World Radio Day February 13th we highlight a few of these projects Importance of Radio in Emergency Response The Dadaab Refugee Radio Service is a collaborative project by Internews Europe and Internews with Star FM and local young journalists which services more than 444 000 refugees in Dadaab Kenya The service provides crucial community and humanitarian information and enables two way communication between local communities and humanitarians through regular broadcasts In Kenya and Somalia IMS was involved in establishing the humanitarian radio service Radio Ergo With daily one hour broadcasts the service provides listeners in Somalia and in refugee camps in Kenya with valuable and life saving information on issues such as health and HIV AIDS education conflict prevention and emergencies such as droughts and floods BBC Media Action help people affected by humanitarian emergencies cope with the situation and voice their opinions on relief and recovery effort They support community radio stations around the world as well as providing lifeline programming BBC Media action recently ran a training in Nepal about how lifeline radio programming can save lives Listen to Ko Ko Aung from BBC Burmese Yangon speak about

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/humanitarian-crises-radio-saves-lives/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    voice to rural India The decade old community radio movement in India has a lot to learn from the countries in Africa which had begun to establish and run their radio stations in Related topics regions ICT Afghan telecom to expand GSM 3G to remotest provinces The fiber optic services would also get expanded in the remotest provinces of Afghanistan said Afghanistan s Minister of Communication and Information Related topics

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?b_start:int=30&Subject:list=ICT (2016-02-17)
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    Saharan Africa region which currently stands at seven per cent will reach 40 per cent five years from now Image Credits TechCrunch John Evans Feature phones are not the future Of course that verges on tautology of course everyone will have a smartphone until everyone has something smaller and better and even more integrated into the fabric of our lives like Google Glasses or cybernetic jawbone retinal implants or whatever

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/comments/in-five-years-most-africans-will-have-smartphones/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    October 2012 The proposed plan to connect rural areas with low cost communication will spur economic growth at both household and national levels Tanzanian government has set aside 48bn to finance the first phase of the project which is expected to benefit more than 1 6 million people in 152 wards across the country The Universal Communication Access Fund UCSAF Chief Executive Officer CEO Engineer Peter Ulanga was quoted by the media over the weekend as saying that ground work such as scouting for a company that will provide the service has been done Arguably the project would provide the opportunity for people living in rural areas to connect with the outside world This means that they would be exposed more to business opportunities coupled with market and price updates for their livestock and agricultural produce Since the nation got her independence about 51 years ago peasant farmers have been on the losing end as they could not negotiate on better prices for lack of reliable information about markets and demand This shortfall has been the major factor that has often frustrated efforts by various stakeholders including the government to help famers get out of abject poverty For example Farmers

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/tanzania-rural-ict-a-boon-for-farmers/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Ghana Govt distributes laptops in Central Volta regions 30 November 2012 Students and educational institutions in Ghana s Central region have received free laptops from government The Minister of Environment Science and Technology Sherry Aryeetey led the distribution exercise which lasted several hours In all 2 554 laptops were distributed to individuals and educational institutions made up of polytechnic teacher training colleges nursing training colleges universities and senior high schools The distribution of the free laptops is part of the ministry s Better Ghana Laptop project under which laptops are distributed to institutions and individuals to promote research teaching and learning Sector Minister Sherry Aryeetey commended government for mooting the initiative She expressed the hope the equipment would stimulate academic performance in schools Central Regional Minister Ama Benyiwa Doe said the NDC government was working tirelessly to ensure transformation of the economy with emphasis on growth and human capacity building She asked electorates to retain the party in power to enable it facilitate more developmental projects and programmes In a another development hundreds of people made up of beneficiary students of senior high schools training colleges

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/ghana-govt-distributes-laptops-in-central-volta-regions-1/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    2012 An international research company has embarked on the process of ranking universities and other institutions of higher learning in East Africa on the use of Information and Communication Technology ICT CPS International a social and market research company wants to establish how universities and colleges have employed the use of ICT in learning including exposing their students and lecturers to computer use The main reason for ranking universities is the vast growth in higher education in recent decades Every university wants to be the best choice that a prospective student can have and that is why it is very important to establish how students are prepared in terms of ICT CPS director Dann Mwangi said Two hundred and twelve institutions of higher learning both public and private will be ranked in the research whose results for 100 best institutions are expected to be released later this month Constituent colleges will however be ranked independently The research is being undertaken in 67 universities and constituent colleges in Kenya 47 in Uganda 23 in Rwanda 27 in Tanzania and five in Burundi Some of them are higher learning institutions which are not universities but are considered to have university status It

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    the Global ICT Forum on Human Capacity Development centred on ICTs for capacity building and explored e Learning trends strategies and perspectives as well as innovative uses of mobile devices for knowledge dissemination ITU Secretary General Hamadoun I Touré reiterated the need to expedite the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting and noted that capacity building lies at the heart of future ICT development Digital broadcasting is the future and it is essential that we make the transition sooner than later to keep pace with the fast pace of change in the ICT sector Dr Touré said Digital Dividend explained Speaking on different occasions Brahima Sanou Director of ITU s Telecommunication Development Bureau noted that ITU recognizes the need to provide a detailed insight into what the digital dividend process entails and to help decision makers allocate and manage spectrum and the digital dividend process He explained that the digital dividend is the amount of spectrum freed up by the transition of terrestrial television broadcasting from analogue to digital Digital broadcasting is inherently more efficient than analogue Sanou said Spectrum efficiency gained by the transition of terrestrial analogue television to digital is the dividend that provides a win win situation for both consumers and the industry with more choice and quality in television services for users and new revenue streams and business models for operators and service providers Guidelines in the report provide a framework for developing a roadmap for the analogue to digital transition process comprising 43 functional building blocks with one specifically dealing with the digital dividend The Global ICT Forum discussions on the transition and the ensuing digital dividend examined the strategic intent and importance of the transition as well as policy regulatory technical and human capacity building implications François Rancy Director of ITU s Radiocommunication Bureau

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/itu-academy-launched-to-strengthen-capacity-development-in-ict/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    information sharing between the medical students and lecturers The US based Tulane University on Tuesday donated 97 iPad tablet computers to medical students of the National University of Rwanda NUR The iPads which cost over 37 000 over Rwf 22 million were donated under the Tablets for Medical Education T4ME programme which seeks to improve the use of technology among medical students and practitioners The computers were handed over by the Rwanda Office of Tulane The gadgets are expected to enhance education and information sharing between the medical students and lecturers According to Prof Patrick Kyamanywa the dean of the Faculty of Medicine the gadgets are a boon to future medical practitioners He told The New Times that the iPads will take students outside the classroom setting to search for information not provided in class What we are targeting is to ensure that students are able to read beyond what the lecturer gives them especially because medical knowledge broadens every day Kyamanywa said It is like you give them students the skeleton and they build the muscles and the body around that because there is a lot to learn outside what the lecturer gives Kyamanywa explained Kyamanywa noted that through

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/medical-students-get-ipads-for-research-in-rwanda/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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