Catching the virtual bus: ICT for augmenting rural livelihoods

Whereas plenty of literature is available on the technical aspects of watershed development and other livelihood strategies in India, not much has been written on the institutional aspects, entrepreneurial strategies or the role of ICT.  ICTs offer tremendous potential for strengthening rural livelihoods and diversifying the rural economy.

Cooperation for a Water Wise World – Partnerships for Sustainable Development

This is the report from World Water Week 2013, held in Stockholm 1-6 September 2013. It provides input into the discussions at the event which was themed ‘Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships’. The report also explores issues such as the role of ICT, the importance of climate mitigation and adaptation coherence and the interplay between actors in water, food and energy.

Economic Advice to final stages of business case development on Mobile Enhanced Utilities

In 2012, there remain 1.4 billion people without access to energy and 783 million without access to improved water resources. Mobile penetration in Africa is estimated to reach 76 per cent by 2014 and more people have access to a mobile phone than to energy and water.

Better than "Smart Handpumps" are Empowered Handpump Users

Every so often, I see ICT4D projects that have way over-thought their solution, going for whiz-bang technology over simpler, human solutions. Here is an example from DfID, which is trying to help with water shortages in Kenya.

Live – Water Hackathon

We’re live at the Water Hackathon in NYC. You can follow along with our Scribble Live content. Public Laboratory (Grassroots Mapping), Pachube, Don’t Flush Me and Ushahidi are partnered to hack on maps and sensors all weekend.

Events: Water Hackathon and Casual meet-ups

We are very excited to announce a few Ushahidi events and casual meet-ups in the coming months. There will more details on events, including webinars and design jams soon.

Get an ICT4D Job! Interesting Opportunities in Switzerland, Jordan, Kenya, and United States


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