Congo’s Curse – Part 1 and 2

June 20, 2007

Part 1

Part 2

In 1998 war broke out in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Since then, ountless millions of people have been displaced, denied an education or access to health care. As many as four million people have lost their lives.

Podcasts courtesy of OneWorldTV.

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Delivering Information, Improving Lives – First Voice

May 19, 2007

First Voice works with community groups, international organizations and government agencies to deliver information on pressing issues to impoverished rural and urban populations in Africa and Asia.

Building upon its technology endowment of five percent of the channel capacity of the AfriStar™ and AsiaStar™ broadcast satellites, First Voice works to integrate new and old communication technologies to find the most cost-efficient and sustainable system to disseminate information efficiently and effectively to the intended audience.

In this way, First Voice plays a vital role in ensuring the success of relief and development projects, and improving the lives of people throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Podcast courtesy of First Voice.


TCE MOMA 2006 – Volunteer in Africa

May 18, 2007

Few moments of TCE (Total Control of Epidemic) project, which combats HIV / AIDS dissemination, along my volunteer work experience in 2006, in Moma District, Nampula Province, Mozambique. (www.cicd-volunteerinafrica.org).

Podcast courtesy of Zeca Viana.


SDC project examples in ICT4D

August 9, 2006

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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

WSIS Stocktaking – Global database of ICT4D initiatives and projects
http://www.itu.int/wsis/stocktaking/scripts/search.asp

Highlight courtesy of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation


NetSquared: Zack Rosen (CivicSpace) Interview

August 6, 2006

David Collin interviews Zack Rosen, a founder of CivicSpace. It allows you to build communities online and offline that can communicate effectively, act collectively, and coordinate coherently with a network of other related organizations.

The CivicSpace On Demand service provides any individual a simple, web-based solution to the problem of bringing individuals and groups together on the internet. Communicate with supporters via a website and e-newsletters. Offer them opportunities to act in support of your cause by making an online donation, volunteering or attending an event. Keep track of your supporters in a powerful, integrated central database. No software to install or maintain: all it takes is your web browser.

Podcast courtesy of NetSquared


NetSquared: Zack Rosen (CivicSpace) Presentation

August 6, 2006

A presentation by Zack Rosen, founder of CivicSpace at Net Tuesday, April 11, 2006. CivicSpace allows you to build communities online and offline that can communicate effectively, act collectively, and coordinate coherently with a network of other related organizations.

The CivicSpace On Demand service provides any individual a simple, web-based solution to the problem of bringing individuals and groups together on the internet. Communicate with supporters via a website and e-newsletters. Offer them opportunities to act in support of your cause by making an online donation, volunteering or attending an event. Keep track of your supporters in a powerful, integrated central database. No software to install or maintain: all it takes is your web browser.

Podcast courtesy of NetSquared


Technorati, Interplast and Six Apart

August 5, 2006

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This is the first weekly Netsquared wrapup podcast. Britt Bravo gives us an update on Netsquared happenings which includes a visit to the Northern Voice blogging conference and Netsquared North in Vancouver, Canada. Netsquared interviews David Sifry of Technorati and Alexandra Samuel while there. From the recent Net Tuesday event in San Francisco, they have a snippet of Seth Mazow of Interplast’s presentation as well as an interview with Mena Trott, President and Co-founder of Six Apart. (23:55)

Podcast courtesy of NetSquared.