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India's small satellite mission: time for the next leap forward

India has always given importance to the development of space technology for peaceful purposes. The Indian space programme is one of the biggest national space programmes in the world, which has transitioned from its purely research orientation in the 1960s to a commercial orientation in the 1990s.

Smart content for smart people: best practices of Sri Lankan e-Content and applications of 2014

This book is a review of 49 white papers which were selected through e-Swabhimani 2014, Best e-Content and Application award of Sri Lanka. The main objective of this book is to benchmark the best e-content and applications developed in Sri Lanka in year 2014 and take them to a national and international level.

DFID Review of Digital in Development Programmes

The purpose of this review was to benchmark the UK Department for Internationa Development's activities on digital and to support the development of an overarching vision for digital work in their programmes.  It found that digital technologies can add value to their development interventions and help them to reach greater numbers of poor and marginalised people more quickly and cost-effectivel

Shaping our collective futures: the Africa we want

In 50 years, what kind of Africa can we envision, and then proceed to achieve? What are the non-negotiables? What agenda will see a true transformation of the world in which we live? What factors will enable us to not simply survive, but to thrive?

Helpdesk Report: Innovations in education systems and delivery

There is a significant body of evidence showing the efforts of educational institutes all over the world to innovate their educational systems in order to extend services, improve performance and communication flows, and to reduce costs.

Helpdesk Report: The use of mobile phones to improve communication from lower to higher tier health workers

mHealth refers to medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices.  Mobile phones and internet technology are being used in developing countries for health projects with some success. The bulk of the literature is on phones being used for workers to communicate with

Helpdesk Report: Health in Tanzania

This report gives an overview of the health situation in Tanzania and their progress towards the goals set in the health Millennium Development Goals.

Helpdesk research report: Mobile telephony for improved health service and data management

There is significant potential for the use of mobile telephony to improve health service outcomes and data management. Opportunities include: serving as a less costly substitute for existing interventions; providing interactive functions that multiply the power of existing interventions; and serving entirely new functions.