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Digital Divide Revised

Courtesy of Paul Lamb’s Download Divide over at Cool and Conscientious Ning network, a link to an article lamenting how far South Africa and Africa have fallen behind on the digital frontiers, using Firefox download statistics as proof.

The United States generated the most downloads during the 24 hours with a total number in excess of 2.5 million. It was followed by Germany with 600

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Categories: africa, regions, tools

Gender and Economic Empowerment: The Role of ICTs

As part of the Sustainability Development Network week from Feb 19-29, World Bank had an educational and inspiring seminar on how ICTs can play a role in the economic empowerment of women. Yeah, OK, I am probably biased because the event incorporates three of my favorite areas – ICT, women, economic empowerment. But it really was all that and more.

Lots of real-world examples

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Categories: africa, asia, latin america, middle east, regions

ICT for Social Change, Lebanon

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Photo Blog on National Institute for Training of Women Trainers in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Social Change in Beirut, Lebanon. Convened by Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) and Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action. Facilitated by Yours Truly.

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Categories: development academy, middle east, project portfolio, regions

ICT for Social Change, Jordan

Photo Blog on National Institute for Training of Women Trainers in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Social Change in Amman, Jordan. Convened by Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) and Sisterhood Is Global Institute-Jordan (SIGI-J). Facilitated by Yours Truly.

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Cool Uses of Mobile Technology in Jordan & Lebanon

The pervasiveness of cell phones in the Global South is an old story that everyone has heard multiple times already. However, it is a nascent technology and its innovative uses and applications are still unfolding in many parts of the world. Here are two recent experiences from my trip to Jordan & Lebanon to add to the “cool uses of mobile technology” theme.

Donating Through

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Categories: middle east, regions

Internet Connectivity Through Electric Outlet (Amman, Jordan)

On Dec 1, I landed in Amman, Jordan to facilitate the National Institute for Training of Women Trainers in Information and Communication Technology for Social Change, convened by Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) and Sisterhood Is Global Institute-Jordan (SIGI-J).

SIGI-J had booked a room in Hotel Sadeen Amman for the duration of the training. I purchased an internet connectivity card at the hotel and got

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GrameenPhone’s Success, Phone Ladies’ Loss

Who has not heard of Grameen phone ladies? In 1997, GrameenPhone (a for-profit affiliate of Grameen Bank) piloted an innovative concept called the Village Phone Program. GrameenPhone would lend money to village women under this program. Women buy a cell phone and airtime from GrameenPhone to become phone ladies. They start a service business renting out their phone and airtime to other villagers. Villagers talk

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Categories: asia, regions, resources

New Frontier in Learning & Training: Games

I have just come back from the Games for Change Annual Festival. It was my very first. There were so many great panels from which I now have a ton of materials to check out and even more fodder for thought. I will dump all the links shortly so you can read, play, and generally have fun. But, before that, here is one snippet

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Scrapblogging a Museum Visit

While in New York for the Games for Change conference (blog reports to come soon), I decided to check out the “Designing for the Other 90%” exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Took a few photos, noted down some thoughts, and decided to … scrapblog it.

Scrapblog is the newest blog kid around town, so like any self-respecting techie, I had to check it

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Invest in the People of Africa

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former (and the first woman) Finance Minister, speaks eloquently about the exciting new opportunities emerging in the African continent.

In this 20 minute presentation at the TED conference, she paints a picture of an Africa of improving governance, emerging democracies, reducing conflicts, and blossoming entrepreneurs. She also highlights the biggest barrier that local businesses face – the lack of capital to expand.

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Categories: africa, regions
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