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Girls and ICTs: New ICT4D Report on Digital and Urban Frontiers for Girls


The urban and digital environments are the 21st century's fastest-growing spheres. Both offer enormous potential for girls around the world, but prejudice and poverty exclude millions of girls from taking advantages of the transformative possibilities that cities and information and communication technologies (ICTs) can offer. Exploitation and the threat of violence exist in both urban spaces and in cyberspace, especially for the most marginalized and vulnerable girls.

The Bi-Weekly ICT4D Retrospective: Important Links for Sept 29-October 12, 2010

Welcome to the ICTworks bi-weekly ICT4D Retrospective, where we condense the last two weeks of news into a succinct list of links for your perusal. If you want your news to be featured, email them to ritse [at] ritseonline [dot] com. To get these links faster, follow me on Twitter: @RitseOnline

Drop by Drop Gets the Pump: A new case-study from MobileActive highlights a mobile layaway service focused on helping small-scale famers purchase irrigation pumps for their farms. Definitely a case of teaching farmers how to "fish"!

The Bi-Weekly ICT4D Retrospective: Important Links for Sept 15-28, 2010

Welcome to the ICTworks bi-weekly ICT4D Retrospective, where we condense the last two weeks of news into a succinct list of links for your perusal. If you want your news to be featured, email them to ritse [at] ritseonline [dot] com. To get these links faster, follow me on Twitter: @RitseOnline

#m4D - The Official Twitter Hashtag for Using Mobile Phones for Development

On the Twitter social network, people use hashtags, the "#" symbol followed by letters and numbers or a word to signify a Tweet in relation to a specific subject. For example, the #ICT4D hashtag is employed to represent the use of information and communications technologies for development.
After an exhaustive analysis and multiple interviews with thought leaders, I've come to the conclusion that #m4D is the best hashtag to signify Tweets related to the use of mobile phones in the international development of social and economic advancement in the developing world.


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Why #m4D?

ICT4D, Innovation, and Millennium Development Goals


The UN Week Digital Media Lounge will be highlighting new approaches that are tackling Millennium Development Goal challenges. Innovative information and communication technologies are one way to accelerate progress toward meeting the MDGs. But what are the big new ideas? Who is pushing the innovation envelope? And how are humanitarian agencies using these ICT tools around the world to effect change?
Join the following noted ICT4D experts in a lively discussion around these questions at the UN Week Digital Media Lounge in New York City:

ICTworks Interview with Clement Nyirenda, a Malawian ICT Blogger in Japan

Now what could be more surprising than a Malawian blogging about ICT in his country while studying in Japan? How about the high quality of Clement Nyirenda's ICT Blog posts? As a frequent reader, I've always had a few questions I wanted to ask him, and recently got the chance to quiz Clement on his life and work.

Clement Nthambazale Nyirenda in Japan

1. So how does a Malawian wind up in Tokyo? How did you get a Japanese Government Scholarship?

ICTworks Interview: Clement Nyirenda, a Malawian ICT Blogger in Japan

Now what could be more surprising than a Malawian blogging about ICT in his country while studying in Japan? How about the high quality of Clement Nyirenda's ICT Blog posts? As a frequent reader, I've always had a few questions I wanted to ask him, and recently got the chance to quiz Clement on his life and work.

Clement Nthambazale Nyirenda in Japan

1. So how does a Malawian wind up in Tokyo? How did you get a Japanese Government Scholarship?

Write a Guest Post for ICTworks Today!

What is the impact of ICT on the developing world? Will expanded Internet access bring a revolution in business revenues and social advancement? How can ICT implementers translate technology headlines into practical, actionable activity?
With ICTworks we want to share expertise in sustainable ICTs for the developing world and we need your help. We need you to Guest Post with your ideas, opinions, and know-how.

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How to Guest Post on ICTworks

Social Networking for the Global South: February #ICT4D Twitter Chat Wrap-Up

Without a doubt, social networking has changed the technology landscape in places like Europe and the United States. But what is the role of this technology in the Global South? The February #ICT4D Twitter Chat focused on this during a lively 90-minute dialogue between technologists, implementers, and others in the ICT4D world. (Take the Chat Survey)

Today! #ICT4D Twitter Chat: How Can Social Networking Increase ICT4D?

Don't forget that we're having a Twitter Chat today. We want to explore the impact of social networking technologies on businesses and communities in the developing world with our guides: ICTworks, Michael Downey, and Chloe Feinberg.

How Can ICT4D Work with Local Governments? A Twitter Chat Synopsis

Last Friday, the third monthly #ICT4D Twitter Chat brought together 30 of the field's thought leaders (follow them all) to focus on and discuss ways that ICT4D can and does work with local governments, especially in situations like the recent disaster in Haiti.

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Four questions guided the conversation (full transcript) which once again was a fast, free-flowing exchange of ideas:

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