The following projects in which the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is participating aim to provide rural populations in development cooperation countries with access to important information, encourage participation and promote the development of networks.
- ICT Programme in Chernobyl
Almost 20 years after the explosion of the nuclear reactor in Chernobyl, the people in the region are still suffering the effects of the radioactive contamination. Access to objective, unbiased information about how to deal with such contamination is often difficult. That’s why the SDC is supporting the Internet site www.chernobyl.info which provides information about the catastrophe on 26 April 1986 and about current projects. The SDC is also carrying out computer projects in Belarus, the Ukraine and Russia to provide mainly young people with access to Internet and the information contained on it.
The SDC project
- CoseLearn, Africa
CoseLearn is a programme supported by the SDC which promotes e-learning in several French-speaking countries of Africa including Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Tunisia. The project which started in July 2003 is setting up a virtual campus in more than 50 partner universities whereby cooperation among the participating institutions is to be strengthened.
>>Download project sheet: (PDF, 16 KB) [en]
- The farmer’s Post Radio, Bolivia
This SDC supported project enables farmers in western Bolivia to sell their products at appropriate prices. The “Instituto de Capacitación del Oriente” collects information about prices on central markets and passes this important information by e-mail and finally radio to farmers who then know how much to ask for their products.
>>Download project sheet: (PDF, 15 KB) [en]
- Young Asia Television (peace programme), Sri Lanka
Young Asia Television (YATV) is working in the field of peace promotion. The production team regularly broadcasts programmes in Tamil and Sinhala which report objectively on the conflict in Sri Lanka and on the peace efforts and peace initiatives in particular. >>Download project sheet: (PDF, 16 KB) [de] [fr]
- Information Village Research Project
The Information Village Research Project (IVRP) of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation is working to improve the living conditions of the farming communities in southern Indian through the specific use of information and communication technologies. Ten villages in the region of Pondicherry have been formed into a network and outfitted with Internet access.
>>Download project sheet: (PDF, 16 KB) [de] [fr]
- Mandate the Future.org , Sri Lanka
Mandate the Future is an Internet platform specialized in sustainable development. It focuses particularly on youth organizations in the south by giving them a platform on which to exchange information, experiences and knowledge and through which they can gain a greater voice in public and political life.
>>Download project sheet: (PDF, 15 KB) [de] [fr]
The World Summit on the Information Society website contains information about other ICT4D projects and initiatives as well as news about progress in building the information society.
Additional Information and Documents
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