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ICT for Livelihood & Skills Training

ICT for Development Case Studies Series

III. Livelihood & Skills Training

Egypt: Youth Clubs for Tomorrow’s Leaders
Since 2001, the Egyptian government has undertaken a campaign to bring technology skills to the country’s youth. It has established more than 1,000 IT clubs offering a range of training opportunities for students. For isolated communities, the government has launched mobile IT clubs. Two container trucks with satellite

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ICT for Agriculture Extension Services

ICT for Development Case Studies Series

II. Agriculture Extension Services

Sustaining Women Farmers with the Help of ICTs in Ukraine
Given the critical importance of legal, market, and technical information to women farmers, a telecentre project titled ‘Sustaining Women Farmers in Ukraine’ has been started Information Service Centres are set up at various oblasts (regions) that cover the entire country. The Regional Council of Female

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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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Dialing for Development

A benefit-feasibility quadrant from the December 2007 working paper on “Going Wireless: Dialing for Development. How Mobile Devices are Transforming Economic Development at the Base of the Pyramid” by David Lehr, Acumen Fund.

Feasibility includes likely financial, technical, cultural, political and regulatory constraints.

The size or volume of bubble represents disruption possibilities within the sector.

The paper highlights mobile solutions from all over

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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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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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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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Facebook User Statistics (Nov 2007)

Overall country rank, user numbers, and gender break-down of Facebook users (as of Nov 2007)

42,966,780 total users

15,521,660 (36.12%) male; 18,118,600 (42%) female; 9,326,520 (21.71%) unspecified.

Country
Rank
Total
Male
Female
Unspec.

United States
1
18,071,700
40.11%
45.98%
13.90%

Turkey
5
1,633,760
30.07%
19.86%
50.07%

South Africa
9
603,960
36.85%
40.96%
22.18%

Egypt
12
396,200
37.12%
27.30%
35.5%

India
14
333,560
33.88%
26.83%
39.30%

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World Bank’s Learning Network Infrastructure

This month’s issue of Baseline Magazine has an excellent overview of World Bank’s information and communication technology related activities, infrastructure, and budget. (Warning: Don’t blame me if your eyes pop and jaws drop at the numbers mentioned in there.)

The article spans about 12 pages, so for those of you who do not want to read it in its entirety, here is the gist:

World

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