Angelina Jolie & Jeffrey Sachs- Part 1

July 6, 2007

The moving diary of Angelina Jolie and Dr Jeffrey Sachs while visiting some projects in Africa that make a real difference in combatting poverty. Their visits illustrate not only the necessity but also the feasability of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, agreed on by all the member states in 2000.

As the forum where the voice of all nations — great and small — can be raised and heard the UN (minus the Security Council) is the hope for the world and must be the agency through which all major international problems will be resolved.

Also watch “Fight Terrorism? End Poverty?”


Free Healthcare for Africa

July 5, 2007

In this video, Midge Ure, Save the Children Ambassador and Band Aid Trustee travels to Sierra Leone a year after his involvement in Live8 and Make Poverty History to see whether the promises of world leaders – particularly the promises on free healthcare – have reached the world’s poorest. On his journey he discovers that even small fees for healthcare are beyond the means of the world’s poorest. As a result, they avoid seeking help until it’s too late.

Every year, a quarter of a million children die in Africa, simply because they can’t afford to see a doctor or a nurse. Save the Children UK is campaigning for free healthcare for the world’s poorest children. The lives of hundreds of thousands of children in Africa could be saved each year by abolishing fees for healthcare. What’s more, it would cost relatively little.

Save the Children UK estimates that the lives of 285,000 children in Africa could be saved every year by abolishing healthcare fees. Thousands more children would lead healthier lives without healthcare fees pushing their families into poverty.

To find out more about Save the Children and their campaign for free healthcare in Africa, visit http://www.savethechildren.org.uk

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Using ICTs To Monitor The Rollout of ARV Therapy

July 4, 2007

South Africa has the highest number of people affected with HIV, with about 5 million people in that country being HIV+. The only real applied treatment for HIV at this point is currently the use of antiretroviral therapies (ARVs) which allow those infected with HIV to live normal lives. This piece documents the efforts of various organizations in facilitating the use of PDAs, or Palm Pilots, in tracking those receiving ARV in the Free State.

Podcast courtesy of Rana Ghose.


Building New Livelihoods In A Conflict Zone Using ICTs

July 3, 2007

Life in northern Uganda implies living within what essentially amounts to genocide. Since 1987, the Lords Resistance Army has been engaging in activities to overthrow the Ugandan government, with innocent civilians bearing the brunt of their brutal tactics, often via the forced kidnapping and recruitment of child soldiers. This piece documents how one organization, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) has been training those released from captivity to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to rebuild their livelihoods.

Produced by Rana Ghose.


How can wireless connectivity be of use in the development context?

June 28, 2007

This short film documents a training workshop in Zanzibar, Tanzania organized by the Association for Progressive Communication. The three day workshop trained over 40 people from throughout eastern Africa on how to build and maintain wireless networks for their own projects, and among other skills, taught them how to make their own wifi antennas out of fruit tins.

Podcast courtesy of Rana Ghose.


Imagine what we could do together… (Part 2 of 2)

June 27, 2007

2006. Length: 7:22. English/French with English subtitles.

Between November 28 and December 2, 2006, over 100 telecentre practitioners met in Porto Novo, Benin for the Telecentre Leaders Forum. The aim of the gathering was to develop a spirit of networking, learning and collaboration within the African telecentre movement, but also to share and address common challenges, and to gain practical skills. The forum was unique not only for the breadth of participants and the context they work within, but also the participatory methodology used to determine the agenda throughout the five days. This piece illustrates both this process and what happened over those five days.

Produced by Rana Ghose.

Podcast courtesy of Telecentre Video.


Imagine what we could do together… (Part 1 of 2)

June 26, 2007

2006. Length: 16m51s. English/French with English subtitles.

Between November 28 and December 2, 2006, over 100 telecentre practitioners met in Porto Novo, Benin for the Telecentre Leaders Forum. The aim of the gathering was to develop a spirit of networking, learning and collaboration within the African telecentre movement, but also to share and address common challenges, and to gain practical skills. The forum was unique not only for the breadth of participants and the context they work within, but also the participatory methodology used to determine the agenda throughout the five days. This piece illustrates both this process and what happened over those five days.

Produced by Rana Ghose.

Podcast courtesy of Telecentre Video